I never did like Dennis Rodman.
I didn’t like him as a basketball player – too thuggish.
I didn’t like those tattoos.
I didn’t like his hair.
I didn’t like his lifestyle and the way he exploited women.
But now there is a reason for every civilized person in the world who values justice and liberty and hates oppression and mass starvation to detest Dennis Rodman.
Rodman recently returned to the U.S. from North Korea where he is filming a new HBO series with a production crew appropriately called “VICE.”
And what did he have to say about the dictator who runs the country like the largest gulag in the world?
“He’s proud, his country likes him – not like him, love him, love him,” he said of Kim Jong Un. “Guess what, I love him. The guy’s really awesome.”
This was too much even for Barack Obama’s State Department.
Spokesman Patrick Ventrell had this to say: “The North Korean regime has a horrific human rights record, quite possibly the worst human rights situation in the world. Clearly you’ve got the regime spending money to wine and dine foreign visitors, when they should be feeding their own people.”
Or how about letting the people feed themselves?
North Korea actually prevents its citizen-subjects from growing food for their own families. It is believed millions have starved to death. North Koreans are so desperate to escape their totalitarian nightmare world they eat grass and crawl to the border of China in an effort for a better life – China, not exactly known as a bastion of liberty itself.
On top of that, North Korea is well-advanced in its development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles and threatened the U.S. with a pre-emptive strike while Rodman was whooping it up with the tyrant.
During Dennis’ three-day excursion, in which he no doubt got to speak to the majority of North Koreans about their candid opinion of their beloved leader, Kim threw a lavish dinner – 15 courses, which included sushi, turkey, beef filet, kimchi and a whole roasted pig.
The pig was appropriate given the nature of the attendees.
After the feast, Dennis and Kim were entertained by an all-girl orchestra – the Moranbong Band. They were serenaded with American TV and movie theme songs, including “Dallas” and “Rocky.”
Upon his return to the states, Rodman stopped off at the more familiar haunts of a Miami strip club.
Even though this trip was about making money – something forbidden in North Korea to its citizens – Rodman says he will be going back to attempt to broker a peace deal between the U.S. and Pyongyang.
And you tell me the world has not gone stark, raving mad?
But it gets worse.
After the strip club appearance in Miami, it was off to be interviewed on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” for Rodman.
“He loves basketball,” Rodman said of Kim. “Obama loves basketball. Let’s start there. Let’s start there.”
When Stephanopoulos pointed out Kim’s human rights abuses and threats toward America.
“Guess what?” Rodman said. “He doesn’t want war. One thing he doesn’t want is that.”
Rodman claimed ignorance of the barbaric conditions of the people of North Korea after his return to the states. Through a press agent, he issued a statement expressing his deep sorrow for offending anyone.
There’s some good news about Rodman’s trip though.
The Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center issued him with a subpoena to be deposed about his financial dealings with North Korea in conjunction with HBO.
In 2010 Shurat HaDin won a historic $378 million judgment against North Korea for its involvement in the 1972 Lod Airport massacre, but has been unable to collect on the judgment to date.
Deposing Rodman about what he may have learned about North Korea’s finances during his trip and through his contacts, the law center hopes, will help lead to better targeting of North Korean assets.
Shurat HaDin head Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said that despite “the spirit of humor surrounding the [TV] series and Rodman himself, Rodman’s actions in North Korea are not a trivial matter.”