There’s been an ongoing story that I’ve basically been ignoring for the past week and a half: Hong Man Choi is from South Korea, and all South Koreans end up doing military service for a few years on account of their psycho North Korean neighbors. I know lots of Americans took the opportunity to say “Draft = Slavery”, but that just goes to show you how little they know about what real slavery would be like under Kim Jong-il.
So given the choice between compulsory military service or the brutal yoke of North Korea, I’m pretty sure most people would choose the service. Of course, there’s always the third option of doing nothing and forcing America to stick around forever to deal with things (also known as the Iraqi solution), but fortunately South Koreans are decent enough people to deal with their shit even if it’s not fun.
Back to Hong Man Choi … I was kinda waiting to see how long it would take for him to weasel his way out of military duty. The answer? 13 days. Looks like the tumor on his pituitary gland which he argued wasn’t a problem at all is suddenly a huge problem that will keep him from fulfilling his obligations to the state. No word yet on how much money exchanged hands behind the scene for the army to sign off on that excuse. But congrats to Choi for being able to simultaneously fight in combat sports while at the same time use a health issue to get excused from military duty.