The 23rd Winter Olympic Games have begun in PyeongChang, South Korea. The opening ceremony made history as athletes from South Korea were joined by athletes from North Korea, marching under a new unified Korean flag.
To be honest, I fully expected North Korea’s dictator to launch a missile aimed at the opening ceremony. If the missile was launched close enough to the border and with PyeongChang located only 60-miles south of the border, it would only take a minute or two at the most before it would have impacted at the stadium. It didn’t happen, but the Olympics are far from over and perhaps the closing ceremony may yet be the right time.
Many believed that there is no way Kim would dare launch an attack aimed at the Olympics for a number of reasons, but others believe those reasons are not sufficient enough to deter Kim if he wanted to make a statement to the world.
Arguments against an attack include the fact that his 28-year-old sister Kim Yo-jong, who holds a key position in the North Korean government, was in attendance at the games.
Another argument being made is that Kim has realized that war is not to his benefit and that his peace gestures to allow North Korean athletes to team up with South Korean athletes is a real effort towards peace and possible unification of the Korean peninsula.
A third argument against a North Korean attack on the Olympics is that if Kim did attack and kill hundreds of athletes from many nations, that even some of their allies like China and Russia (Russian athletes that have proven they are not part of the national doping are being allowed to compete under the Olympic flag), would no longer support North Korea.
Allow a rebuttal of those three key arguments:
Kim Jong-un has no value for any human life other than his own. He has a history of murdering relatives even some that had roles in his government. A year ago, Kim Jong-un ordered the assassination of his half-brother Kim Jong Nam. The world watched the airport security film that showed a woman placing a cloth soaked in a powerful nerve toxin on the half-brother’s face. It would not have been out of character for Kim to sacrifice his sister in order to carry out his insane plan.
Additionally, at the opening ceremony, not only was South Korean President Moon Jae-in in attendance, but so was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Vice President Mike Pence, among many other dignitaries. What better way to wipe out the leaders of a number of nations that are his current adversaries? Although there was no attack at the opening ceremony, there are still many other events, including the closing ceremony that will see a number of world leaders in attendance.
As stated, Kim Jong-un has no regard for human life and the North Korean athletes truly mean little to the tiny tyrant. As far as allowing the North Korea athletes to team with South Korean athletes and to send a delegation to allegedly talk peace, what better way to get his enemies to let their guard just enough for him to launch an attack.
Kim has repeatedly ignored the warnings and sanctions of the world, so fearing losing the support of China and Russia would not be that disconcerting to someone as power crazy as Kim.
Finally, there is the issue of a unified Korea. If South Korea somehow agrees to a unified Korea with North Korea, who will rule? Will it be a relatively free country like that of South Korea or will it be a harsh dictatorship like that of North Korea. Kim is not likely to relinquish any of his power to the South and his type of government is totally unacceptable to South Korea and the United States as well as much of the rest of the world. Knowing that there is no way South Korea or the United States would allow Kim to rule a unified Korea, the idea of true peace and unification are not a reality and therefore, is not a deterrent to war.
Hopefully, I’m wrong, but I would not be surprised to see some kind of attack before the Olympics end with the closing ceremony on Sunday, February 25.