Dennis Rodman is a man of his word, he did go back to North Korea to hang out with his “friend” Kim Jong-Un. Rodman originally befriended the North Korean leader when he went to North Korea for a basketball exhibition in the beginning of the year, according to Fox News on Sept. 3. Something happened to Rodman while he was there because he came back singing Kim praises and asking President Obama to pick up the phone and give him a call. What was he thinking then, and what is he thinking again today?
Rodman came back gushing over his new friendship with Kim saying he was “an awesome kid” and then claimed he was going back soon to hang out with “the Supreme Leader of North Korea,”as Rodman referred to the dictator on Twitter. He is a man of his word because Tuesday he stepped off the plane in North Korea.
Rodman has already laid the ground rules of his visit for the American public. He is not going to try and get Kim to release Kenneth Bae, an American being held by Kim's regime since last year.
The Basketball Hall-of-Famer “promises nothing.” He is going there as a “friendly gesture,” and apparently he believes this trip will work towards bridging the gap between Americans and North Koreans.
"I'm just going over there to have a good time and try to bridge the gap with Americans and North Koreans," Rodman added. "Just let's let people see in America that it's not a bad thing to go to North Korea and have a good time and meet new people."
With at least five other Americans detained since 2009 in North Korea, it's not a place that you'd expect to pick up a travel pamphlet for under the label of "good times" and a place to "meet new people." While the other detainees were eventually sent home without serving out their complete terms, it took a couple of clemency missions by prominent Americans to get some of them home. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter intervened to get the ball rolling on some of those releases.
Last week news emerged that Kim's alleged former lover was executed by a firing squad, along with another 11 musicians and singers from North Korea. Kim's former lover was rumored to also be a present lover when the pop star was put in front of a firing squad in front of forced spectators, according to the National Post.
A well-known pop singer in North Korea, Hyon Song-wol, the reputed ex-lover of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was executed for violating anti-pornography laws. She was killed along with 11 others who were also accused of making a porn movie.
Hyon, who was a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra, was arrested as part of this group of 12 on August 17. Only three days later all 12 were machine-gunned down by a firing squad. Members of their immediate family were forced to watch, along with friends and associates. After they were made to watch the carnage, the family members were sent to prison camps. It was rumored that Kim's wife, a singer herself, didn't think that this pop star deserved to be famous.
This is the type of place that Rodman is promoting? Then throw in the threats of a nuclear attack to Washington and Seoul made by North Korea earlier this year and this somehow just doesn't scream vacation spot.
According to Fox News:
"After U.N. sanctions imposed in early March over Pyongyang's February nuclear test, North Korea threatened Washington and Seoul with nuclear and missile strikes and shut down an inter-Korean factory in the North."
This somehow just doesn't seem like a place you'd want to visit. Most of all it doesn't appear to be a place you'd want to go to and rub elbows with a dictator who is capable of the behaviors he's demonstrated in the recent past. While Rodman says this visit is all about getting a basketball league going, singing praises about the dictator suggests that Rodman is not at all well informed or he literally doesn't care about who he calls his friend. What do you think?