A LETTER TO RODMAN OVER HIS VISIT TO NORTH KOREA - Dennis Rodman, We don’t hate you but think you are misguided and have been used. Kim Jung Un needed a little positive publicity and you provided just that, it is time to stop now and face facts.
There are many disturbing aspects to your interview, and it is understood that you are neither politically savvy nor an eloquent speaker. Your take on Kim and what you perceived to be his country’s love for him goes against everything we know about him and his father before him.
Your visit was much like a first date; you got to see the person Kim wanted to show you, the crazy comes out later. Of course you and the Globetrotters were treated well, and the Koreans were grateful for the entertainment. Didn’t hurt either that it plays well for the camera.
Kim Jung Un
Kim is known as one of the world’s most oppressive leaders. He presides over prison camps and allows millions of his own people to starve. He has openly defied sanctions by the United Nations concerning the development of the nuclear arms and missile program, which Kim says is aimed at the U.S. He sounds real nice.
Your point that Kim is young is true; at 28 most of us are just realizing who we are and make life changing decisions to become the person we want to be. Having been raised with certain attitudes and ways of doing things, Kim has a battle within himself and his support staff in order for things to change. In the almost two years as a leader, we should have seen some evidence of kindness by now. Actions do speak louder than words. It is not too late, but until there is evidence, any prior assessment stands.
Violations against Human Rights
You did your part and delivered the message, but don’t expect an audience with President Obama or for him to be calling your new friend anytime soon. Our President has seen the crimes committed within North Korea. If Kim desires change, he should be the one to make the call, it would be a great first step in a new life.
Many people and children are starving
Please don’t think that you are now an expert on the life and mind of Kim just because you spent two days with him. He is not a man to let his guard down and every move has a motive behind it. Keep your opinions to yourself, learn more about him and his country so that you have depth to what you decide to share.
If you do make it back to North Korea for a visit, maybe you should take your own bottled water. There may have been something in what you were drinking on this last trip.