Dennis Rodman, the NBA’s former Bad Boy, is in North Korea for the fourth time. He claims to be a basketball ambassador to the communist dictatorship of Kim Jong Un. Tomorrow is Un’s 31st birthday and Rodman, along with the other basketball players he persuaded to join him are there to help the North Korean tyrant celebrate.
But why would any patriotic American travel to North Korea to help celebrate the birthday of a man who repeatedly threatens the United States and our allies?
Worse yet, why celebrate the birthday of a man who demonstrates unusual cruelty to others?
One of Un’s top leaders was his uncle, Jang Song Thaek. He was considered to be Un’s second in command and held a very powerful position in the communist government of North Korea. Thaek also played a principal role in North Korea’s relationship with China.
That is until Kim Jung Un accused him of:
“…attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state.”
Being found guilty of the charges, Jang Song Thaek along with his five top aides were executed for their crimes against the state. That in itself does not bother me as I feel that America should execute traitors also, but it was the way that Kim carried out the execution that was horrific and beyond human reason.
According to the reports that trickled out of North Korea, they purposely starved 120 hunting dogs for five days. Then, in front of a crowd of 300 North Korean officials, Thaek and the other five men were stripped naked and then given to the starving dogs. The six men were eaten alive by hungry hounds until nothing was left of any of them.
I believe in public executions such as hanging or firing squads, but to throw a living person to a pack of hungry dogs and watch them get mauled to death and their bodies consumed goes back to the cruelty of the Roman Coliseum when Christians were thrown to the lions to be killed and devoured.
Why would Dennis Rodman help celebrate the birthday of such a cruel tyrant is beyond me, but I gather he got the nickname of The Worm for good reason. This should place Rodman in the same category as Jane Fonda when she became known as Hanoi Jane by traveling to the North Vietnamese capital to condemn the US involvement in the Vietnam War. As far as I’m concerned, Rodman can stay in North Korea if he loves it so much and wants to help celebrate a vicious tyrant’s birthday.