The propaganda flooding the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is mind-blowing, with much of it disseminated by the American press. But a Washington Post syndicated columnist with feet planted firmly on the ground brought everyone back to Earth with the dark reality of a single tweet.
From Friday’s opening ceremony at Olympic Stadium, the world suddenly fell in love with North Korea — one of the most brutal regimes in history.
That fact was driven home by Vice President Mike Pence. He brought with him as a guest at the opening ceremony Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto was returned home comatose after undergoing months of torture for allegedly stealing a political poster as a souvenir.
Pence made his feelings clear during an NBC interview.
“We’re going to continue to put all the pressure to bear economically and diplomatically, while preserving all of our military options to see that that happens,” he told NBC’s Lester Holt.
Former Today show host Katie Couric later observed: “There’s no question the message the administration is trying to send here.”
While this was going on, North and South Korea were making like long-lost lovers — and this was what the media concentrated on. The star of this show was Kim Yo-jong, the only sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
CNN referred to her as “North Korea’s Ivanka Trump” and tweeted:
Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics https://t.co/1EenqF8pi7 pic.twitter.com/KULtJBtTEz
— CNN (@CNN) February 10, 2018
When the two Koreas joined forces to create a unified Olympic hockey team, a U.S. International Olympic Committee member suggested a Nobel Peace Prize for the players.
“I would love the team to get the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Angela Ruggiero, a four-time ice hockey world champion, Olympic gold medalist, and IOC executive board member.
“Seriously, the team. Something that is recognizing the sacrifice they made to adjusting their competitions,” she added.
ABC News even heralded North Korea’s 200-member Olympic cheerleading squad.
North Korea’s 200-plus cheerleaders steal spotlight at 2018 Winter Olympics with matching outfits, synchronized chants. https://t.co/Bm9Yg9sb2O pic.twitter.com/Lx5jdbzJ9S
— ABC News (@ABC) February 11, 2018
But columnist and frequent Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen reminded everyone of North Korea’s realities with a simple photograph depicting the nighttime darkness of the regime.
“Keep the darkness in mind while watching the North’s Olympic charm offensive,” he cautioned.
This is the Korean Peninsula at night. The bottom, awash in light, is the free and democratic South. The North is in complete darkness save for a pinprick of light in Pyongyang. Keep the darkness in mind while watching the North’s Olympic charm offensive pic.twitter.com/wcBQpfyrcu
— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) February 11, 2018
That darkness includes North Korea’s decades of broken promises with respect to its development and testing nuclear devices and ballistic missiles.
It includes two North Korean soldiers who recently defected across the demilitarized zone within weeks of one another to seek freedom in South Korea.
It includes last month’s State of the Union address, in which President Donald Trump saluted North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho, bringing even Democrats to their feet in a prolonged standing ovation.
It includes the “gruesome” airport assassination of Kim Jong-un’s own half-brother last year — apparently on orders of the North Korean dictator himself.
And closest to home, that darkness includes the brutal torture of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier by North Korea.
The Winter Games closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 25 at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. We’ll see how friendly the Hermit Kingdom remains in the weeks after the pomp has ended, the athletes and press have returned home, and everyone — especially Kim Jong-un — has settled into their usual routine.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.