Otto Warmbier’s death is a tragedy. But war with North Korea would be, too | Isaac Stone Fish

Responding to the passing of Warmbier by provoking or attacking North Korea goes against American interests – and would cause other tragic deaths

With the death of the 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier, American officials are calling for revenge. “The United States cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers,” Senator John McCain said in a statement. That evening, Senator Marco tweeted “North Korea must be held accountable for its brutality.” And Donald Trump said in a statement that “Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people.” 

Warmbier allegedly tried to steal a propaganda poster in Pyongyang on New Year’s 2016; the regime sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016. Last week, Pyongyang released him, in a coma – likely caused by injury to the brain – and he died six days later. 

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