Last week we reported that Dennis Rodman hosted a basketball camp in North Korea with members of the Harlem Globetrotters, and interestingly enough it seems that there was actually some diplomatic value to his visit.
While i do condemn the type of enslavement and oppression that takes place in North Korea, reducing the amount of tension between North Korea and the west would definetly make the average people of both areas a lot safer.
Although, that’s not to say that the US has any business telling other countries what sort of weapons they can and can not build.
Opening up a dialogue is still at least a step in the right direction, especially in a case like North Korea where they have been largely cut off from contact for generations.
As i said last week, in times of war the governments involved are always working to dehumanize the people who belong to the countries that they are not formally aligned with.
This is the only way that the general population would agree to support the mass murder of large groups of people.
While this may seem like your typical worthless celebrity story at face value, art, sports and entertainment can be very effective ways of connecting with people who are on opposing ends of conflicts that neither of them truly want.
Speaking on his return from North Korea, the unlikely diplomat said: “He loves basketball. … I said Obama loves basketball. Let’s start there” as a way to warm up relations between the US and North Korea.
“He asked me to give Obama something to say and do one thing. He wants Obama to do one thing, call him,” Rodman told ABC’s This Week.
The State Department criticized North Korea last week for “wining and dining” Rodman while its own people go hungry.
Rodman also said Mr Kim told him, “I don’t want to do war. I don’t want to do war.”