January 8, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013
So, Dennis Rodman is in Pyongang, North Korea. Again. This time he brought 10 of his fellow basketball playing pals along with him. The plan is for Team Dennis, made up of former NBA players like Charles Smith (NY Knicks), to play a squad of N. Korean players as a tribute to Kim Jong Un, dictator of N. Korea on his 31st Birthday. How sweet.
Happy Birthday Mr. Dictator. I hope you like our gift. Please let us leave your country alive.
If I were Dennis Rodman and company I’d be sure and let the guys in the dictator-clad uniforms win. You know, just in case the dictator-in-residence was hoping for a new NBA2014 X-Box instead.
But aside from whether Team Dennis makes it back to US soil in one piece (and I sure am praying they do), the breaking news is that Dennis and his mates while claiming they are not naïve, are shocked that their “game” has been hijacked by politics.
Really? Traveling to an isolated, paranoid, brutal dictatorship that seems hell-bent on starting WW3, a place where its “Supreme Leader” imprisons, tortures and kills anyone and everyone he thinks may be an “enemy of the state.” All while he aggressively pursues an anti-US hostile nuclear weapons agenda. Now, why would politics ever come into play in that sunny scenario?
Oh yes, did I forget that Kim Jong-Un just had his uncle and 300 other “enemies of the state” devoured alive by 25 starving dogs while he cheered from the sidelines? And that’s not mentioning the deaths of thousands more of his citizens the United Nations is investigating, earning N. Korea a spot at the top of the most anti-human rights nation in the world.
Yeah, the guy Rodman calls a “friend for Life” is a real keeper.
Despite all of this it seems Mr. Rodman and company are oblivious of how their presence and “gift” will be exploited by a sadistic and brutal dictator. Either, they don’t care or they actually think they’ll change Kim Jong-Un and decades of paranoid brutality through a little basketball diplomacy.
Rodman went so far today during his interview rant as to declare that he has no doubt “the door will open” to N. Korea and it will be because of “me and the ten guys with me.”
Look, long before basketball diplomacy it was “Ping-Pong diplomacy.” Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon helped lead a de-thawing of US-Sino relations in the 1970s by agreeing to athletic competitions and student exchanges (ping-pong matches, for one) with China. This eventually lead to Mr. Nixon visiting China, toasting their premier and opening a new diplomatic path to “Red China.”
But N. Korea isn’t China and Rodman surely isn’t Nixon.
And his fellow round-ballers aren’t exactly Kissinger or even Michelle Obama. When, predictably, Dennis lost it and started yelling incoherently and cursing at the NBC interviewer his “Team” cringed. You could almost touch the second thoughts they were all having about having agreed to come along.
If only they all could have had second thoughts before their first thought.
Sadly, but certainly, this trip will not help thaw N. Korea. It will not help Kenneth Bae, an American Missionary of ill health who has been branded “anti-state” and is being held in N. Korea against his will move one step closer to freedom. It will not help us see the “good’ side of Kim Jong Un because there is none.
No. He is who we know him to be. A petty, sadistic, brutal, paranoid and dangerous dictator.
And no amount of basket-ball will ever change him or his nation.
The head of N. Korea doesn’t need to watch a game of hoops on his birthday. But a good slam-dunking might not be a bad thing.