I am a bit shocked watching the Olympics.
By TR Bergstrom
February 9, 2018 7:38pm CST
I am a bit shocked watching the winter Olympics, don't get me wrong I am enjoying it, but I am shocked North Korea was allowed to compete, that's the opposite of anything I expected, but you know, I hope it leads to peace in the world, though hard to believe, at least everything I have ever heard of North Korea, it is a beautiful opening ceremony though. I guess Kim's sister is there for North Korea and, Mike Pence for the USA. What is your thoughts with North Korea's involvement in the winter Olympics? Photo is from Pixabay free images
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• United Kingdom
The whole point of the Olympics is that the entire world can compete. How is this any different to the height of the Cold War where the USA and Soviet Union both competed, or the 1936 Olympics that were HOSTED by Nazi Germany? If countries want to use the Olympics to make a political statement, they can do so (e.g. Iran refusing to compete against Israel) but they usually only end up harming themselves. Also, think of this from the NK athletes perspective - sporting success is one of the very few avenues open to the average North Korean to improve their life. Medalists are treated as national heroes in the country.
• Banks, Oregon
Once again you're misunderstanding and, obviously uniformed of what goes on in North Korea it's a surprise that there dictator allowed them to compete he usually kills anyone who disagrees with him as well as starves them and, many other horrible things you may want to research.
• United Kingdom
@TRBRocks420 In politics, yes I agree the regime will happily purge anyone seen as a threat (e.g. Jang song-taek) but in the sporting arena NK is desperate to compete as It's one of the few opportunities to basically "showcase" the country to the world, and should you defeat an "enemy" that's even better. Think of the USA v. USSR matches in sports like ice hockey, USA v. Iran in the football World Cup (btw Iran won and the footage from Tehran would make you think they'd won the entire tournament) or even something like India v. Pakistan in cricket (which believe me is intense). If North Korea can medal then it guarantees media exposure in the outside world, internally it helps Kim (as no doubt the medal winners were "inspired by the Leader's guidance" or some such rubbish) and as I commented before, it helps the athletes themselves in a limited fashion. As for being "surprised", do you really think a North Korean athlete would be so stupid as to voice ANY criticism of the regime during the Games? The ordinary people may despise him but only the Party elites or outside forces can realistically get rid of him.
I think intermingling allows others to see who is progressing, and how happy or unhappy etc. People then realize that they are mistaken about others and all that propaganda is wrong. When they return home they share their experiences and thoughts and it percolates. So I am for allowing North Korea to participate. In any event, what can citizens do about the leaders? Voting does not mean having rights to have the leader behave the way we want them to. So sportsperson be viewed like that.
• Banks, Oregon
I have no problem with them competing, what I meant is I am surprised Kim allowed it since he usually kills anyone who try's to go to the South and, I didn't believe he even allowed his people to have fun or think for themselves, have you not saw the news and, documentaries.