By Nick Hamilton | SOUTH KOREA
There’s been a lot of commotion about the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea this year, especially concerning the United States of America. Some may ask, “The United States is good at this stuff, why might we not go?” The answer is, it has really nothing to do with sports at all.
On New Year’s Day, in North Korea, Kim Jong Un gave a speech about the new year ahead. He stated that he thinks that this year’s games will serve as an opportunity to express unity between the North and South Koreas.
Yes, you saw that correctly. Kim Jong Un wants to express unity.
South Korea is choosing to open discussions with the North Korean leader. However, while the US Government itself hasn’t given a statement on this, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had a few words about this, which he expressed through his Twitter account.
Allowing Kim Jong Un’s North Korea to participate in
#WinterOlympics would give legitimacy to the most illegitimate regime on the planet. I’m confident South Korea will reject this absurd overture and fully believe that if North Korea goes to the Winter Olympics, we do not.
There are two arguments to be made about whether the United States should participate.
On one hand, a lot of people will be attending these games. Therefore, it wouldn’t be hard for North Korea to plot a terrorist attack, and kill quite a bit of people. North Korea wouldn’t feel bad about it, they do this stuff to their own citizens on a daily basis. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep athletes, coaches, and US citizens away from that.
However, on the flipside, we already have a ton of troops in South Korea. Therefore, the US Military and the South Korean military could do a search of every athlete, especially the North Korean ones, before they enter their playing ground, and they could have an air patrol to ensure that we keep the airspace safe, and North Korea doesn’t try anything funny. Plus, how awesome would it be to see the United States obliterate North Korea in the Olympics, live on TV? I’m sure many people would tune in, getting American TV Networks covering the event more money.
The United States Department of Defense should either travel or speak by telephone to the South Korean Government about safety measures for this event. But no matter what, I strongly believe that as long as we have safety measures in effect, the United States should travel to North Korea for this year’s games.