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That Didn’t Take Long: North Korea Detains U.S. Tourist for ‘Crimes’


One of the concerns over the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap has been that it would encourage America’s enemies to take more hostages. Time magazine reported that when it asked a top Taliban commander if his forces would be inspired by the exchange to kidnap others, he actually laughed. “Definitely.”

It may be completely unrelated, but the North Korean regime — no stranger to hostage-taking — announced it detained American tourist Jeffrey Edward Fowle on unspecified charges. Two other Americans are already being held captive by North Korea. One is Matthew Miller, whom the North Koreans claim tried to enter the county “as a shelter” and seek asylum. The other is Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to 15 years in hard labor last year for “hostile acts against the state.”

“There is no greater priority for us than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad. We have no additional information to share at this time,” a State Department official told the Associated Press. What he neglected to add is that the Bergdahl prisoner swap carries with it the danger that the “welfare and safety” of MORE Americans will be endangered because of Obama’s hasty and ill-thought-out action.