Saturday, November 30, 2013

North Korea Accuses Merrill Newman, Korean War Vet, of War Crimes

I'm having a hard time comprehending the enormity of this tyranny. The man is 85-years-old.

At the New York Times, "North Korea Accuses Detained U.S. Veteran of War Crimes":

BEIJING — North Korea accused an elderly American veteran of war crimes, and released a video Saturday of him confessing to “hostile acts” during the Korean War and while he was a tourist there last month.

The veteran, Merrill Newman, 85, of Palo Alto, Calif., who has been held since Oct. 26, appeared on the video dressed in a blue American-style shirt and wearing rimless spectacles as he read excerpts from the apology from several sheets of white paper.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency released a full text of the apology, in which he asked for forgiveness. The agency said in a separate statement that Mr. Newman was involved in the killing of innocent civilians during the Korean War.

Mr. Newman, a retired technology executive and a world traveler, went to North Korea on a trip organized by a licensed tour group to fulfill a longtime desire to see the country where he had served as an infantry officer, his family said.

There was no indication from North Korea what the next steps would be. The State Department had no immediate comment.
Right. No comment. This f-king administration won't lift a finger for an American patriot now terrorized by a communist totalitarian regime. This is why Americans hate Barack Obama. He plays footsie with murderers.

More at the link.