COMMENTARY – CNN reported on February 23, that North Korea made threats against the United States, stating it would cause "miserable destruction," if "your side ignites a war of aggression by staging the reckless joint military exercises ... at this dangerous time.”
The Washington Times reported on February 19 that north Korea threatened to “destroy South Korea” in the wake of its third nuclear test. A test which the United Nations Security Council unanimously (which includes Russia and China) called a “clear threat to international peace and security.”
The CIA World Factbook shows North Korea's record on human rights, stating “North Korea does not fully comply with minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; the government does not acknowledge the existence of human rights abuses in the country or recognize trafficking, either within the country or transnational.”
And despite repeated calls by the international community for North Korea to stop its nuclear detonation testing, its posturing, its vast human rights violations and its constant threats against South Korea, the regime of its great leader (currently Kim Jong Un, son of former leader Kim Jung Il) has failed time and again to heed the warnings and sanctions.
But if Dennis Rodman is to be believed, everyone is wrong about North Korea and Kim Jong Un. In fact, “he's awesome” according to Rodman. “He's so honest.”
Forget about the fact that people try to escape North Korea in droves, even to end up in the human trafficking rings in China. Forget about the fact that his government officials are often found trafficking drugs in other countries and enjoy luxuries the common citizen doesn't. That fact does seem to bother the former NBA star a little, but he says he “I didn't talk about that. I understand that.” [Not to take things out of context so here is the complete statement on this to George Stephanopoulos in an interview when asked about North Korea's human rights violations – “I hate the fact that he's doing it but the fact is, you know what, as a human being though, he let his guard down. He did it one day to me. I didn't talk about that. I understand that," Rodman said.]
But he doesn't want war. He just wants President Obama to call him. Again, according to Rodman, even though Un “loves power, he loves control, because of his Dad and stuff like that . . . he's very humble. Very humble.”
Caitlin Hayden, who is a spokesperson for the National Security Council, states that President Obama has made clear that there is currently an open line of communication for Un to pursue if he so wishes.
"We have urged the North Korean leadership to heed President Obama's call to choose the path of peace and come into compliance with is international obligations," Hayden said, adding that "North Korea's actions, however, directly violate UN Security Council resolutions and threaten international peace and security."
If Rodman, who has been a colorful and volatile public figure himself (arrested multiple times for violence, interference with a police investigation, domestic violence, failure to pay child support), is to be taken seriously as a good judge of character and a political savant, there is no real threat from North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un. And if he is to be believed and trusted as a valuable source of first hand knowledge of the man whose constant actions give grave concern to countries and governments around the world, then you have to discount the CIA reports, the UN Security Council, the people and leaders of South Korea and news media around the world.
We can all now sleep a little sounder knowing that Dennis Rodman has found out that one of the most dangerous threats to “international peace and security” is in actuality an “awesome guy” who just wants a phone call.
Charles is a print and online media freelance journalist, musician and songwriter, and small business owner whose work has appeared on Examiner.com, Yahoo! and other online sites, in print for the Pike County Courier and whose internationally read blog – Thinking Out Loud Blog – has reached the top ten Conservative blogs on the internet numerous times (and the top 50 political blogs of all stripes).