We already knew that new South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s more conciliatory approach toward North Korea was a bit unrealistic at a time when Kim Jong Un’s rogue republic was testing missiles and building up its nuclear program. We just didn’t know how unrealistic that approach was.
Well, South Korea’s sports minister has opened his mouth and removed all doubt. According to the London Guardian, Do Jong-hwan has suggested that the country could share certain events in the 2018 Winter Olympics with North Korea as a peace measure.
The Olympics will begin next February in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang, making such last-minute adjustments unlikely. However, Do has offhandedly proposed an inter-Korean female hockey squad as well has hosting events at North Korea’s “top-class” Masikryong ski resort.
If you think that athletes might not be terribly willing to go into a country that very recently tortured a college student to death for the alleged crime of stealing a poster, how about the world’s top soccer players? That’s because earlier this month, President Moon proposed the same arrangement for the 2030 World Cup, which the South Koreans are bidding on.
“If the neighbouring countries in north-east Asia, including North and South Korea, can host the World Cup together, it would help to create peace in North and South Korea as well as north-east Asia,” Moon said, according to the Guardian. “I would like (FIFA) President Infantino to have interests on this matter.”
I can just picture it now: Cristiano Ronaldo, crying before a kangaroo court somewhere in Pyongyang, while Larry Wilmore describes him as “Portugal’s idiot football fratboy” and the Huffington Post does a piece about how his Real Madrid privilege makes it OK to torture him to death.
But let’s focus on the 2018 Winter Olympics. I’m curious about how North Korea could participate. Maybe their labor camps could become the Olympic village? They could make the bobsled track out of halved missile silos. And just think of the summary executions for athletes who don’t make the podium!
Or, here’s an idea: Maybe we could wait until North Korea follows international law and stops firing missiles, obtaining nukes and threatening American vessels before sharing anything with them. That sounds like a significantly better idea of giving an intransigent nation that feels entitled to take the world to the edge of WW III the Olympics as a perverse reward for their brinksmanship.
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