At least on prominent American is not afraid of the US government’s propaganda machine aimed at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and anyone who might treat the leadership there with any king of respect. Dennis Rodman is flying to DPRK, with a documentary crew to spend four days helping train a team of DPRK basketball players for a January exhibition in Pyongyang.
A CNN article about Rodman’s trip actually looks more like an editorial then an actual news story.
The article states this opinion as fact: “one of the world's most repressive regimes.”
The CNN article brought up a whole pile of charges made by both the US government and its lap-dog press. The US press is supposed to be free and independent but seems to parrot the US government and none of these new organizations seem to say anything different from one or another.
For a look at those charges:
*“People are subjected to torture and thrown into prison camps based on political charges. Those who have managed to escape describe horror that includes beatings, starvation and executions.”—The US now had more of its citizens behind bars than any other country in the world. So how does a country, with this distinction, get the right to tell another country it mistreats its people with its prisons? It looks like this country is violating the human rights of its own people. The US is one of the few countries left in the industrialized world that puts its citizens to death.
*…But in a sign of internal political upheaval, North Korea announced last week that the regime had executed Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek— The US still executes people in contrast to Europe, where most leaders want to end executions worldwide, Executions are bad because they can lead to innocent people being killed. But the US does that routinely and most politicians just don’t care if innocent people die.
*Tensions in the region were ratcheted up as North Korea carried out a long-range rocket launch a year ago and an underground nuclear test—the US has the largest stockpile of weapons in the word, including long range missiles that work. The US also has the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world. On top of that South Korea, the US puppet government, is also experimenting with nuclear materials for either nuclear power or weapons. The US, under President George W. Bush, called DPRK a part of an “axis of evil” and soon after invaded and deposed the government of another so called axis of evil country Iraq. So it makes sense that DPRK needs to defend itself against a possible imperialist invader.
According to CNN;
….That January 8 exhibition -- said to be against a yet-unannounced team of former NBA players -- will celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman has called a friend and a "very good guy" despite international condemnation of the country's human rights records.
Rodman's trip -- sponsored by the online betting company Paddy Power.
…..Rodman said he struck a friendship with Kim, a basketball fan, during Rodman's first trip in February. After the two men sat next to each other watching a basketball exhibition in North Korea's capital, Rodman told Kim that "you have a friend for life."
CNN also quoted someone they claim has authority to speak on Rodman’s trip:
Rodman is "really important" to the North Korean regime, said North Korea expert and Forbes.com columnist Gordon Chang.
"Got to remember that Kim Jong Un needs to show that his regime, his government, is united, which it isn't," said Chang, author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World."
"With Dennis Rodman, we're going to see a lot of made-for-television events. Everybody's going to be smiling, everything will appear normal, and this will bolster the regime," Chang told CNN Newsroom on Wednesday.
When it comes to human rights, the US is the most Hypocritical nation in the world. President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, shed crocodile tears over DPRK’s human rights abuses, while they support such countries as Saudi Arabia, a nation that offers its people no more democracy or human rights than in DPRK.
We can be thankful for Rodman's willingness to explore the possibilities of ending hostilities between the US and one of the last cold war states. That is better than the ridiculous goal of the US—to wipe the DPRK out. -សតិវ អតុ