Euna Lee (L) and Laura Ling (R) were pardoned by North Korea for trespassing

Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, have been release from punishment of 12 years hard labor in North Korea. Ling, sister of journalist Lisa Ling had been traveling with Lee and accidentally crossed over the North Korea Border. Yesterday former President Bill Clinton flew to Pyongang, North Korea to speak with leader Kim Jong-il to influence the release of the two American journalists.

The North Korean government, which in June sentenced the women to 12 years of hard labor for illegally entering North Korean territory, announced hours earlier that it had pardoned the women after Mr. Clinton apologized to Mr. Kim for their actions, according to the North Korean state media. The White House, which had implicitly blessed Mr. Clinton’s mission, said it would withhold comment until officials had a chance to speak with the former president.

While it is simple to say that these young women should have simply “minded their business” and kept away from this dangerous territory, I commend them for bravely bringing more international attention to the criminal regime of North Korea. It is the complacency of people living in relative comfort that allows modern-day genocide to continue unchecked.

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