The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. tweeted congrats to Dennis Rodman today for his basketball diplomacy. No kidding.
Rodman took some basketball buddies and traveled to North Korea which is what prompted the crazy tweet.
It now seems that Kim Jong Un did not have his uncle and his aides eaten by dogs. That story was likely a satire. Un probably only shot his uncle to death. In that case, I would say it’s safe for Dennis and his fellow basketball players to go to North Korea. They have nothing to worry about.
Diplomat extraordinaire, Dennis Rodman
Rodman arrived in North Korea today with Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, Vin Baker, Doug Christie, Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.
“Just to even have us here, it’s an awesome feeling. I want these guys here to show the world, and speak about North Korea in a great light,” he said, according to the AP. “I hope people will have a different view about North Korea,” Rodman said.
USA Today quoted Rodman further, “(It’s) not my job” to talk human rights, he said Monday. “This game is for his birthday, and hopefully this opens the doors and we can actually talk about certain things and we can do certain things. But I’m not going to sit there and go ‘hey, guy, you’re doing the wrong thing.’ It’s not the right thing to do, he’s my friend first. .. I love him,” Rodman said.
“I’m going to try and interact with him [Kim Jong Un] on that point of love for sports. He loves sports. I like the guy, and he’s an awesome guy to me,” Rodman said. “One thing is about showing people we can actually get along. Let’s get along as human beings, not politicians.”
Rodman has the ethics of a basketball. He is given PR creds to one of the world’s worst dictators.
The Daily NK has a list of some of the atrocities committed in the North Korean gulags including feeding an infant to a dog, forcing female prisoners to become sex toys, starving prisoners so they have to catch rats to stay alive, and so on.
In the wake of Un’s latest purge, Jay Carney weighed in during a press conference on North Korea’s “extreme brutality” and “what is probably the worst human rights record in the world and that’s saying something.”
Jennifer Griffin talks to one of only three people to ever escape from the gulag in this interview:
Not to worry, we have Dennis Rodman! Happy Birthday Un, you’re the man!