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Bill Clinton rescues 2 US journalists in N.Korea. watch

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    THIS IS THE RESULT OF BILL CLINTON'S TRIP TO N.KOREA TO MEET KIM JONG IL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/8184583.stm

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has issued a special pardon to two detained US journalists, the country's state news agency reports.
    Laura Ling and Euna Lee had been found guilty of entering illegally in March.
    The news comes on the day that former US President Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to Pyongyang on what was described as a private mission.
    Mr Clinton is the highest-profile American to visit since ex-secretary of state Madeleine Albright in 2000.
    "Kim Jong-il issued an order... granting a special pardon to the two American journalists who had been sentenced to hard labour," the official North Korean News Agency (KCNA) said in a statement.
    EDIT: Oh man, I actually had a somewhat interesting initial post, but the mods tore it all down. But yeah, basically Bill Clinton rocked on up to N.Korea unannounced, allegedly on 'private business' according to the White House, and then met with the ruler of N.Korea. By the end of the day, the above has happened. Sigh, it's so boring now.
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    i hate sensationalist headlines!
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    (Original post by Hamcock)
    i hate sensationalist headlines!
    Not going to lie, it was actually a lot more cohesive when the entire post hadn't been brutally cut down.
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    Slick Willy is sound :yy:
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    The cynic in me wants to say this is a public relations event, both for the USA and North Korea. The USA gets to say ha we got our citizens back, and North Korea gets to pretend it's compassionate and forgiving. Win win situation for both.

    Still at least the two got freedom, shame about the tens of thousands still languishing in forced labour camps though.
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    I genuinely really like Clinton, probably my favorite US president. Seemed to really have his head screwed on and did wonders economically.
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    I don't think they should have been released. They entered the country illegally, no matter how you view it. they did the crime, knew the consequences, and should do the time.

    Saying they didn't know they were entering NK is total BS. You'd know if you were entering it.
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    (Original post by Hikari)
    I don't think they should have been released. They entered the country illegally, no matter how you view it. they did the crime, knew the consequences, and should do the time.

    Saying they didn't know they were entering NK is total BS. You'd know if you were entering it.
    I agree on your sentiment of doing the time for doing the crime, the like, yet do you honestly believe a fair punishment for straying into NK territory is 12 years hard labour?

    There is suggestions that the NK border guards went onto Chinese soil in order to detain them anyway. Borders arn't always ultra clear cut, yanno.
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    (Original post by grodecki)
    I agree on your sentiment of doing the time for doing the crime, the like, yet do you honestly believe a fair punishment for straying into NK territory is 12 years hard labour?

    There is suggestions that the NK border guards went onto Chinese soil in order to detain them anyway. Borders arn't always ultra clear cut, yanno.
    Punishments aren't always fair, which is why you should be aware of the consequences before you do something that could result in it.

    And didn't they enter through the Tumen or something? Most refugees cross that river into China, it's not hard to distinguish that border, if you cross the river, you're in NK lol.
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    Bill Clintos visit to N.Korea will clearly be used as an advantage for N.Korea in the sense they can use this visit as a propoganda tool in continuing to represent the US as the 'enemy'.(This is good as I a anti-US and a socialist).

    Second point, the journalists however did enter the country illegally and was perfectly vaible for them to be punished under the law.
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    When Bill Clinton wants to bring home two women not even North Korea can stop him
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    (Original post by Hikari)
    I don't think they should have been released. They entered the country illegally, no matter how you view it. they did the crime, knew the consequences, and should do the time.

    Saying they didn't know they were entering NK is total BS. You'd know if you were entering it.
    Oh stuff it. There's not even proof that they did enter North Korea, and even if they did, 12 years of being in a labor camp which they probably would have survived is not a fair punishment.


    When someone comes onto our property, you chase them off. You don't make them stay.
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    Bill is a legend, always has been always will be.
 
 
 
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