The North Korean military's sinking of the South Korean ship Cheonan has
returned the Korean conflict to the global spotlight, reminding the
world of the North's aggressive disposition
regionally destabilizing foreign
, and unspeakably cruel and repressive treatment of its own citizens
This has led many to wonder if we should punish
World Cup team. But Gawker's Max Read has a different
. Read suggests we should respond to the brutality of the North
Korean by cheering for the country's soccer squad. He lists 10 reasons,
most along the lines of "It Will Piss Off Republicans." Here are his most
Their presence could actually make a
difference. The North Korean players are already learning about the
joys of capitalism. On a trip
to Europe this year, the team encountered pay toilets and told
their Japan-born teammate, striker Jong Tae-se, "This is truly what
capitalist society is like," which, well, fair enough. Okay, okay, one
tournament may or may not change anything (and it'll change less just
because most North Korean citizens aren't going to see any of it), but
even the chance that it opens the DPRK up a little bit is worth a
vuvuzela toot or two. This is multilateralism!
represents the people, not the government. Koreans around
South Korea—are rooting for the North Korean side, regardless of
who's on the invisible phone. So why should it stop you?
Gawker is the latest of a handful of writers to express support for the North Korean soccer team
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