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Hong Man Choi ducks military service

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.

  • FightStinker is RIGHT!

    come on guys. Could you really picture some 7 foot tall guy trying to duck behind some bushes to shoot at his enemy? He’s be the first one shot on the battle field due to how big he is.

  • garth

    yes, because that’s the only job in the military. what about unarmed combat instructor? but…but…that’s two years (or however many) of my life i could be making tons of money to lose MMA matches to tiny russians!

  • #1 jackal

    im sorry but i lost all thought on what this topic was suppose to be about. As soon as you said
    Kim Jong-il, I only thought of one thing.

    I’m So Ronery
    I’m so ronery
    So ronery
    So ronery and sadry arone

    There’s no one
    Just me onry
    Sitting on my rittle throne
    I work very hard and make up great prans
    But nobody ristens, no one understands
    Seems that no one takes me serirousry

    And so I’m ronery
    A little ronery
    Poor rittre me

    There’s nobody
    I can rerate to
    Feer rike a bird in a cage
    It’s kinda sihry
    But not rearry
    Because it’s fihring my body with rage

    I work rearry hard to stay nice and fit
    But none of the women seem to give a shit
    When I rure the world maybe they’rr notice me
    But untir then I’rr just be ronery
    Rittre ronery, poor rittre me
    I’m so ronery
    I’m so ronery

  • j

    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).

    There’s 29,000 U.S. soldiers in South Korea.

  • Aaron

    29000 soldiers is dick fuck all compared to the 700,000 south korean troops within an hour of the DMZ, and the million plus to the north, not to mention all them chinese troops that aren’t officially in the area. Those 29000 sure do a whole lot….I imagine sitting around, watching the koreans stand around staring daggers across the DMZ.

    There’s a whole lot more american troops in Iraq. and they’re the only thing stopping the country from falling into an islamic extremist fatwah hell of ied’s (almost put iuds), suicide bombers and ak47’s.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    The troops in Iraq aren’t stopping the country from falling into an islamic extremist fatwah hell of ied’s, suicide bombers, and ak47s.

    Either that, or you have a novel definition of the word “stop.”

    The US troops in South Korea are only there so that we would be dragged into the war the moment it started. We should leave that place, and Japan, Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, England, Israel, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Uzbekistan, etc etc etc.

  • Accomando

    I’m with Jeremy (yes that jeremy). At this point, when I read a recent survey where….

    “…65% percent of South Koreans ages 16 to 25 said they would side with North Korea against the United States if the two engaged in armed conflict….”

    Pissed me off, side with N. KOREA, really? I say fuck em’ all.

    Let’s go back to being isolationist, just like before WW 2, and let the rest of the fucking world figure their bullshit out on their own. No more donations, no more hand-outs, no more nothing, just the USA worrying about ourselves.

    Oh, if only that were a possibility…..

  • Jemaleddin

    Blah, blah, blah – what is this, Talking Points Memo? Instapundit? NO, people, it’s fucking Fightlinker. So let’s treat this subject the way it ought to be treated! I’ll give you some starter topics:

    This is why I love Fedor: Not afraid to fight people that aren’t healthy enough to push a broom in the military. Hey Fedor, you should fight that kid with no hands or feet next! Show us what a man you are!

    Maybe Choi can get in a Freakshow MMA circuit with that Zulu fat guy, Giant Silva and Mark Hunt (hey Mark, I don’t care how much they paid the Pride announcers to talk about how great your conditioning is: put down the sandwich and get on a treadmill). I have just the right ring girl in mind…

    Choi: not even useful as a bullet-catcher. That says a lot about his skills, no? Maybe they could use him as part of the DMZ fencing.

  • Pontus

    Draft IS slavery.
    If Canada had it maybe you would feel the same.
    I had the fine choice of doing one year in the swedish military or being sent to jail.
    And all I got paid was aprox 250 dollars a month.

  • fightlinker

    I’m just saying when it’s a choice between a draft and an invasion, then a draft ain’t all that bad. Now I’m not exactly sure why Sweden even has an army … is it to keep those pesky Danes in check?

  • Jemaleddin

    Dude, the Finns did pretty well against the Russians, considering. I’d want an army if I were Sweden – how else can they protect all that Lutefisk?

  • Roxy

    I was laughing about the Cali athletic comission until I read the thing about him maybe needing brain surgery? I hope he’s okay…

  • killNU

    I’m sure there are plenty of Iraqi that wish America had done nothing instead of the snafu you guys get into all the time

  • fightlinker

    Tis very true, but the toothpaste is out of the tube now, so it’s either do something about it or spiral into further destruction :-p