Monday, December 2, 2013

A 21st Century North Korea POW

Why an 85-year-old American veteran has been held by Pyongyang for more than a month

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The North Korean government released a video over the weekend of an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War, purportedly confessing to “hostile acts” committed prior to the July 27, 1953, armistice suspending active combat “until a final peaceful settlement is achieved.”

So here we are, 60 years later. The war — at least as far as North Korea is concerned — continues. And Merrill Newman finds himself the world’s unluckiest prisoner of war.

His incarceration comes following a lengthy career as a financial executive and a comfortable retirement in Palo Alto, Calif. The “confession” that he read was littered with strange English syntax, suggesting it wasn’t something that someone with a master’s degree from Stanford would have written.

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