Guam and THAAD

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                      While the political left in South Korea argues about the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude
Area Defense) anti-missile system, there is no argument in one place that has had it deployed for some
three years now—Guam. An unincorporated territory of the United States, the people of Guam have their
own internal government and are for all due purposes an independent state. When THAAD was deployed
on Guam, the only consideration of why it should be there was a military one. At first, THAAD was only
supposed to be a temporary part of Guam’s defense. However, with China becoming ever more dangerous
and North Korea developing more advanced missiles, the Guamanians thought about how this will affect their
security. They have done environmental assessments of THAAD on their territory, and were concerned that
having THAAD might truly anger China. But they realized that with a large number of U.S. military personnel
on their territory, plus a lot of tourists from the United States as well as from everywhere else in Asia, they
have chosen they want the best and most sophisticated weaponry system available. They realized that they
are a target no matter what they do. So now THAAD is permanently stationed in Guam. It is the price they
pay for freedom, and for their protection. But that protection is not just for Guamanians—it is there also for
U.S. military personnel, and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who flock to Guam every year. For the
Guamanians, tourism is a BIG issue, and if anything chases away tourism then it is not acceptable to
the people. This is why THAAD is not considered an issue—it remains in the background and is
not a threat to the people on the island. This assures that Guam remains safe, stable and a place for
people not only living there but for people to visit.