“They destroyed him,” Cindy Warmbier stated. “No mother, no parent, should ever have gone through what we went through. And the fact that Otto was alone all that time, with no one to comfort him, is inexcusable.”
Last year, college student Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years hard labor for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster. After a little more than a year, the North Korean government abruptly returned Warmbier, in a coma, to the United States. He died days later on June 19, 2017.
This morning on Fox and Friends, Otto’s parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, shared truly horrifying details of their experience seeing the state in which their son was returned to them.
They were told their son had severe brain damage, but they were unprepared for what they were about to see.
“We heard this howling, involuntary, inhuman sound,” Fred described, as they were walking up the steps to the plane. “He was jerking violently, making these inhuman sounds,”
“They are terrorists,” Otto’s dad said of the communist nation who had tortured his son for over a year. “It looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth.”
As a parent, I cannot imagine seeing my child in a state like this. Fred and Cindy will have to process this for years to come, wondering about all of the things their son endured, “alone all that time.” This is more than a story where we can hear gruesome details about what an evil government did to someone.
Pray for Fred and Cindy. And pray for the people of North Korea, whose names we don’t know, but countless numbers of whom have experienced the same thing, or worse, because it is their own government. For them there is no hope of rescue.
Communism is evil. We would be wise to remember that the vast majority of murders and torture committed in the whole of human history were done by governments — usually by a person’s own government, and always by a government who has too much power to do so.