Lot's of luck!We can't even get a captured Marine out of
Mexico, and have no terrorists to trade for.
What is a 56 year old municipal worker doing in North Korea? This guy
wasn't a 'tourist'. And anyone with the wherewithal to end up
there should know that bringing a bible in, let alone leaving it there, is
prohibited. You may not like that idea, but that's the way it is.It's tiresome that people go there and then cry for help when they
inevitably get into trouble. These guys are the religious equivalent of out of
bounds skiers, 12 year olds sailing solo round the world or 'hikers'
who choose Iran instead of the Appalachian trail or something. It's high
risk behaviour that we shouldn't encourage or bail out. Religion, meet
Darwin, in other words. Or, as has been the case in the past, we could send an
ex president to secure their release. It's W's turn. Good Luck!
HutteriteI agree, I wouldn't go to North Korea for any reason,
and certainly I would not be carrying anything that is illegal in their country.
Maybe we should send Dennis Rodman to help get these people released.
Having lived in Korea 24 years ago as an Expat I learned that North Korea is not
normal. Logic and common sense are not words in their vocabulary. My 2nd son
served 2 years in Korea on his mission and has a Masters in Asian Studies
(Korean) from the U of Washington. He got a visa into North Korea 5 years ago.
When asked where he learned his fluent Korean he could not say missionary
service as he knew they would either question his intentions for being there or
detain him. He had a great experience and was able to talk to government and
military people. Most are good people who have no clue outside of their North
Korean world. Talk about brainwashed and secluded. He was a celebrity as not
too many 6'3" blond haired blue eyed Americans can speak their
language. He made friends and was invited back anytime. BUT he did not try to
leave a bible or preach any religion as you have to respect their laws even if
you do not agree with them. Not sure a visit right now is a good idea. I think
I will eat my kimchee on the south side.
I agree with the above comments.Why do these people go to North
Korea and leave Korean Bibles around the area and then when they are caught they
cry help from our government?
hutterite and Iron Rod,you are right, these guys should not go to NK
and blatantly disobey the laws there. They should expect to be responsible for
breaking the law.now if we could only expect illegal immigrants to
ALSO bear the consequences of breaking OUR immigration laws,
@happy2bhere, you might have a good point. Rodman seems to be welcome there, as
North Korea's president loves basketball. As far-fetched as it might sound
at first glance, it is something that could be worth pursuing. I feel bad for
the families of these men, especially the one with children.
I wish them well. God´s work can be dangerous.