The Mainstream Media has spent much of the 2018 Winter Olympics fawning over North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un and his sister. Many pundits on the Left have cheerfully wondered if the athlete’s exposure to Western culture may result in a change in the oppressive North Korean regime. One has to wonder why. To hear the media tell it, North Korea is already a socialist paradise on par with Cuba or Venezuela.
North Korea’s athletes, however, probably aren’t focusing on bringing their slice of not-even-third-world hell into the 21st century.
Most of them are, most likely, concentrating on trying to avoid a death sentence when they return home:
Having failed to land a single medal in South Korea so far, its Winter Olympic team could suffer the same fate as previous underperforming athletes – imprisonment in one of the country’s sick gulags.
The most infamous case is that of the North Korean football team which made history for reaching the second round of the 1966 World Cup.
Former leader Kim Il-Sung is widely believed to have ordered them to be arrested after they lost to 5-3 Portugal days after they were seen drinking with local women in public.
Instead of going home to a proud welcome, the are reported to have been sent to one of the reclusive nation’s most notorious gulags.
North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan claims he met some of the team while they were being held in Yodok prison, or Camp 15, usually reserved for political prisoners.
In his tell-all book The Aquariums of Pyongyang, he asserts that footballer Pak Seung-Zin became infamous for his ability to endure torture.
Another inmate, dubbed “The Cockroach” after gobbling any insects he could find to fight off hunger pains, would often be thrown into a solitary chamber known as the “Sweatbox”.
The reality is that North Korea is arguably the single most oppressive regime on planet Earth. The media, and the Left as a whole, have largely forgotten or ignored that fact.
North Korea’s Olympic athletes haven’t, though. Many of them will be brutally reminded of just how oppressive their government is when they return home.