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An oppressive regime and an American college student

Otto Warmbier, a 21 year old student at the University of Virginia, was arrested in January before leaving North Korea for attempting to stealing a political banner. Yesterday, he was officially sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

My initial reaction to this story was “How foolish can a person be to try to steal something?” North Korea might be the most oppressive sovereign nation on earth. Don’t try to steal a souvenir in a totalitarian police state.