Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Thank God our journalists Laura Ling and Una Lee are home safe and sound from North Korea! Thank God! Watching their arrival in Burbank, their plane touching down, their reunions with family and Laura Ling's speech choked me up to no end. The fact that North Korea has seemingly been using these two women as political pawns and tools to punish the US and UN for our stances on their nuclear "activities" has terrified me from the get-go. I cannot imagine the sheer terror they have experienced for the last 140 days, nor can I imagine the sheer joy and relief when they were brought to a room for a "meeting" and saw President Clinton standing there waiting for them. The possibilities are overwhelming and I literally, for once, cannot imagine. Thank God they are home. Thank God the North Koreans followed through on their word that if President Clinton went there, they would let them leave with him. Thank God President Clinton went. (He looked anything but comfortable and happy in the pictures taken during his time there and no one seems to know how he felt about going). (Tearing up again as I type this). I had been very angry that VP Al Gore didn't seem to be doing enough to bring them home, they are working for him and his Current network, but they said today that the North Koreans didn't want him to go there, they wanted President Clinton and so Al was the one to call Bill and ask him to go. I also thank God he made that call.