Rodman visits North Korea

Rodman visits North Korea

Rodman attempted to single handedly smooth relations between the US and North Korea.

Parker Fox, Editor-in-Chief

Amid some of the worst tension between the United States and North Korea since the Korean War itself, former Bulls standout and rebounding expert Dennis Rodman took a gigantic leap for peace between the two countries when he visited the Communist dictatorship with the Harlem Globetrotters last month.  Rodman returned with nothing but praise for the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un.  While some less tolerant observers take issue with Rodman’s visit as a result of his generally brutal regime, they fail to consider that Rodman doesn’t see the world in black and white like they do.  He is no simpleton.  Rodman realizes that the distinction between right and wrong, between good and evil, is always based on cultural biases (it’s possible that he was a history and/or philosophy major at Southeast Oklahoma State, his alma mater).  While the Harvard-educated elitists in Washington continuously keep their selfish pride in the way of serious progress towards peace, Rodman, in classic American use of the free market, took matters into his own hands with his trip to this misunderstood nation. 

                In an interview with ABC  following his return home, Rodman fearlessly defended his friend Kim.  He explained their relationship as true friends, showing unwavering loyalty in the face of accusatory, unfair questioning.  Rodman revealed his take on diplomatic relations between the two sworn enemies, suggesting that President Obama and Kim Jong Un settle their differences with their love of basketball. 

                “He loves basketball… I said Obama loves basketball.  Let’s start there,” reasoned the former  Michael Jordan teammate. 

                In all seriousness, we shouldn’t be angered with Rodman as patriotic Americans.  Yes, he casually visited the country that is one of our greatest enemies and called the same man who claimed he would blow the United States off the face of the Earth his “friend.”  But does one get mad at a dog for sniffing the behind of another or for attempting to eat feces?  No, we understand that the dog is not capable of reasoning logically or behaving in a civilized way.  Similarly, we cannot expect Dennis Rodman, who speaks English about as effectively as the average North Korean, to understand the significance of this act.  While the reports of Rodman’s visits may cause any moderately proud American at least a little annoyance, seeing his interview alters perspective in this case.  Seeing Rodman attempt to respond to the questioning of a reporter with completely legitimate questions with confused babbling will make you realize that Rodman is essentially an infant with respect to intelligence.  While the situation as a whole is certainly unfortunate, no one is to blame here.