March 3, 2013
Last Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with, of all people, former basketball player Dennis Rodman in what is being billed as an attempt at “basketball diplomacy.”
The trip was filmed to be aired on HBO, and occurs amid strained diplomatic relations with the U.S., who among other nations, recently denounced North Korea’s nuclear testing.
More importantly, Rodman’s meeting with the infamous despot shows how sick as a culture we have become that we take total evil as a joke.
Rodman told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos that the 28-year-old ruler “is not his father” and “don’t want to do war.” Rodman also said, “I don’t condone what he does,” speaking to the murderous regime’s notorious reputation of systemic dehumanization, torture and forced labor camps, but failed to come up with an explanation on why he didn’t bring any of it up to the leader.
In an interview last week, Rodman expressed his “love” for Un and labeled him “really awesome.” He also said he thought Un’s father and grandfather, Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, “were great leaders.”
In reality, North Korea is an over-the-top tyranny, where its 20+ million people are starved and all aspects of political life are tightly controlled by a party of thugs.
Paul Joseph Watson described North Korea’s egregious human rights violations in an article outlining the United States’ direct ties to ensuring a nuclear North Korea:
North Korea is controlled by a hereditary Stalinist dictatorship that has starved two million of its citizens to death in favor of building a million-man army. Some people put the figure at four million, one-quarter of the population. In the far north of the country there is a network of forced labor gulags where people who have ‘expressed a bland political opinion’ are, along with their entire families, tortured, raped and executed. Horrific bio-chemical experiments are performed on mass numbers of people. Babies are delivered and then stamped to death by the camp guards. If the mother screams while the guards are stamping on the baby’s neck, she is immediately assassinated by a firing squad. These guards are rewarded with bonuses and promotions for ripping out prisoners’ eyeballs.
The North Korean people are enslaved by a government that is using food as a weapon. Perhaps this is why the EU and the United States, via the UN World Food Program, resumed the shipment of hundreds of thousands of tons in food aid at the end of February 2003. This goes directly to the sitting dictatorship, which then decides who gets it by their level of allegiance to the state.
This article was posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Tags: foreign affairs