Say North Korea does decide to kidnap Bill Clinton. Then what do they do? They automatically would lose ANY kind of grace they have with China and Russia. Who would stand by a country that has kidnapped a former U.S. President? We're not even talking about a state backed assassination because those are all too common. We tried to do it to Fidel in the 70-80s. Israel supposedly has had some complicity in the murders of Arab politicians. Iraq did it. Africans do it to each other every other week. A state backed assassination isn't that big of a deal as far as really dirty politics go. But a kidnapping? What would they get accomplished other then having the entire U.N. on them?Originally Posted by jamesrage
As far as Americans traveling to hostile lands not getting any assistance. What wrong did they commit to be sent to jails and forced in hard labor? What were they doing that deserves their government, which was created to protect them in these sorts of international situations, turning a blind eye to injustices against them? Since the answers to these questions are A) None and B) Nothing. Then there is really no reason why a high level diplomat shouldn't get involved if he so deems it necessary.
Bill Clinton regardless of what right wingers at home think of him is highly respected and seen as a popular American figure around the globe. I don't see a reason as to why he shouldn't get our assistance if the N. Koreans are willing to talk to him about releasing prisoners.