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Maybe too much drugs in his useless brain and he doesn't realize about the NK reality
In response to B.S. Davis:

Chinas has been North Korea's main ally and supporter for decades, but that relationship is changing very quickly. China is now economically dependent on and oriented towards the west, and considers North Korea a thorn in its side. China can't just abandon NK outright, because of its longstanding relationship, but it has little sympathy with the regime any longer. What China most fears from NK is any social breakdown that would send tens of thousands of NK citizens streaming across the border into China to escape. This fear is ann important factor is China's continuing support of the NK dictatorship. Note that China this past week joined the rest of the world in supporting the increased sanctions against NK.
For some reason I thought that travel to places like North Korea was forbidden to Americans or at least severely restricted, i.e. you can't get a travel permit or your passport will be revoked or something. How, and for God's sake why, did our government clear travel to NK for Dennis Rodman?

Perhaps of more interest is the question: whose idea was it to let Rodman back in?
Well said, B.S. Davis!

I want to know how Rodman got "invited" to NK!
How long was he there?
How many were with him?
Did he have to pay homage at the statue as others do?
Did he know ANYthing about NK before he went?!
I think one of the reasons that people seem to ignore the North Korean crisis is that we never assign them human like qualities. They're always "commie bastards" or "brainwashed minions" or something of the like. I really hate this "us vs them" mindset that our American media and society foster. We need to look at these people as human beings for once.
I have a family of friends who left North Korea before the Kims took charge. They are a very fine Christian family, own their own business and work HARD. In talking to one of the boys we discussed his working in the family business and his comment was "it's payback time." This is the kind of people they are.
Bless Pak So Keel and strategy for Liberty in North Korea.
jerry betts
Garland, TX
(South Korea in 1961-62 and 1974-75)
patricia prentice March 08, 2013 at 9:38 AM
unfortunately the average American prefers to remain ignorant to human injustices. Awareness impinges on our comfort zones. I pray that more people become informed and take action even if it means just saying a prayer.
I recently read "Nothing to Envy" Barbara Demick's book on North Korea. Aside from an annoying sympathy for the regime's early ability to take care of its people courtesy of Soviet Union subsidies, it paints a horrifying picture of a people repressed to an unimaginable degree. After reading this book I understood a comment made many years ago by my Douglas College history professor's to the effect that people living under repression do not revolt - it is only when conditions are improving under a weakening regime that you find revolution caused by heightened expectations that can't be met fast enough.

Face it, the people of North Korea are as repressed as it is possible to be - on the verge of starvation, under a microscope, conditioned since birth to worship the very people who have caused their repression - they prove the point stated above.

That being said Rodman is representative of all of the foolishness encountered when entertainers get involved in issues outside their sphere. I could recite a litany of fools - Oliver Stone, et als, who worship alter at the alter of repressive dictators. These people find comfort in the cultural simplicity that dictators like Kim Jong-un, Castro or Chavez offer - and facts like, for example Chavez's family stole billions, or that North Koreans are literally starving due entirely to goverment policies mean nothing.

They also prove the point that those who believe in nothing will believe in anything. People like Rodman are prevelent in the Democratic Party - since they have no guiding principles, they are always first to support any charismatic leader that comes along. Liberty, freedom for them is not a positive, it is a burden - these people were made to be governed, the more harshly, the more repressive the better they like it since they not only are unable to think for themselves, they prefer not to. (i.e. Tacitus: "men fit to be slaves") Rodman is a perfect illustration, he probably believes that a North Korean style dictatorship would be perfect for the United States.

I have much sympathy for Chris's comment, but unfortunately world leadership - and the benefits it provides requires us be involved. There is a trend under Obama to withdraw from the world stage, and doing so would make the world a much more difficult place for us, even at home. We need to take a leadership role, or someone else will do it, with unfavorable consequences. For example, not doing so would give North Korea free reign to continue to develop not only atomic bombs but delivery systems capable of reaching the United States. It could be argued that right now we aren't doing enough to prevent this, but withdrawal would mean doing nothing.

In fact, the key to reining in North Korea is not in direct action, but pressuring China. Without Chinese support and subsidies the North Korean regime could not exist. But, the problem with pressing China is that the United States government needs China to continue to hold and support financing the US debt. It is the trump card that China holds over the united States - it is how China freely gets away with currency manipulation that has cost us hundreds of thousands if not millions of jobs. It is corruption, plain and simple, and both sides of the aisle do it. It is how the federal government has thrown the American people under the bus in the worst way, all in order to be able to continue to win elections. These people are despicable.

I apologize for the tangents but it is all wrapped up together, and it leads to nothing but disgust since it shows in some way, the repression of the North Korean people is our responsibility, something I would have adamently rejected before I started writing this note. Wow!

All this being said, I would urge those who have a shred of sympathy for North Korea to read Demick's book. You will quickly realize that the regime has no place in the modern world.
Without denying the importance of free speech, who would bother to listen to the garbage an 'airhead' like Rodman spews out.
freedom to the North Korean people. The world knows your struggles. Its shame that the world is going nothing about the human rigths of the people in North Korean. Your struggles are overwhelming but freedom is coming.
Shame on Dennis Rodman.
Did you hear about Rodman's visit to NK?
Screw the heroic North Korean people, and the heroic South Korean people too. And ditto all the other heroic peoples around the benighted globe. There is nothing new about foreign despots. I've had it with feeling responsible for horrific countries and their immiserated masses. The more that Americans expend their energies trying to change foreign countries, the more that they will ignore the third-worldification of their own. We are supposed to be the City On The Hill, not UNICEF. Right now our first priorities should be teacher competence, law and order and free markets, not Kim Jong Un's atrocity du jour.