As the title notes, file this one under “Exercises in Futility.” Excerpt:
A D.C. District Court judge slammed dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime with a $501 million bill today to the family of tortured and murdered American hostage Otto Warmbier.
The family of the 22-year-old University of Virginia student held hostage by North Korea and returned to the United States just days before he passed away filed a wrongful death lawsuit in April against North Korea.
Warmbier, who visited the communist regime as part of a tour group, was seized by North Korean officials on Jan. 2, 2016, before his flight was supposed to take off from Pyongyang. He was paraded before cameras the next month for a tearful “confession,” admitting he took down a propaganda banner that was hanging in the hall of his hotel. “I made the worst mistake of my life,” he said.
North Korea claimed the student took the poster as a “hostile act” to disturb DPRK unity at the behest of the CIA, a college group and a church in his home state of Ohio. He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor and reportedly fell into a coma shortly after his sentence began.
The 46-page ruling handed down today by Judge Beryl Howell noted that Warmbier was “blind, deaf, and brain dead” when returned by North Korea.
Let’s be real about this for just one moment; the judge didn’t “slam” the Norks with anything. The North Koreans will not give one ounce of rat’s pee about this ruling, except maybe to enjoy a few rounds of laughter over it.
Seriously, though, why do people who should know better visit shitholes like North Korea and Morocco? In what insane universe did they think things would end well? Countries like North Korea are always looking for an opportunity for internal propaganda against the United States, and as for Morocco, it’s in a part of the world that, frankly, is populated by fucking savages.
North Korea, of course, won’t be following any order issued by a U.S. court. They will instead answer it with derision, and, to be honest, the U.S. government won’t do anything about it. Sad as this whole situation was, anyone with a lick of sense could have seen the strong possibility of a bad ending the moment Otto Warmbier set foot in that batshit-crazy country ruled by a stunted little gargoyle with bad hair from a long line of stunted little gargoyles with bad hair.