Laura Ling and Euna Lee have released a statement about some of their ordeal in North Korea.
I’m impressed with their courage and their apparent success protecting those people who gave them information, and I’m really not all that interested in digging deeper into what AlGore’s Current TV had them doing there. I’m also really glad they are out.
There’s a lot in their short story, but I wanted to comment on this brief passage:
Feeling nervous about where we were, we quickly turned back toward China. Midway across the ice, we heard yelling. We looked back and saw two North Korean soldiers with rifles running toward us. Instinctively, we ran.
We were firmly back inside China when the soldiers apprehended us. Producer Mitch Koss and our guide were both able to outrun the border guards. We were not. We tried with all our might to cling to bushes, ground, anything that would keep us on Chinese soil, but we were no match for the determined soldiers. They violently dragged us back across the ice to North Korea and marched us to a nearby army base, where we were detained. Over the next 140 days, we were moved to Pyongyang, isolated from one another, repeatedly interrogated and eventually put on trial and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor.
The guide running away I kind of understand, given it’s possible he was in on the whole thing, and if not may not have survived the capture. But the producer? Mitch? What kind of man runs away and leaves two women to be captured by North Korean soldiers?
Were I the brother of one of these two women, little Mitch and I would be having a quite unpleasant conversation. I guess you have to expect it from some little liberal weenie working for AlGore, but I think even ‘ol Al has enough manliness to make sure the women make it back.
What happened to manliness? What happened to courage? Honor?
Makes me sick.