Dennis Rodman traveled to North Korea and 'hung out' with Kim Jong-un for a few days. Rodman is the first American to meet North Korea's leader. They had a translator with them and a couple members of the Vice crew. Previous to Kim Jong-un the leader was his father Kim Jong-il and his grandfather Kim II-sung.
North Korea is known for its radical views and actions. A major part of the country is their prison camps. The people that are forced into these camps live in inhumane conditions and are often people who didn't even commit a crime. If you lived in North Korea and your grandfather had committed a crime, such as trying to leave the country, you would be forced to live a life in the prison camps as well. A crime that could bring you and your family to the prison camps could be something as simple as forgetting to wear the 'great' leaders pin, trying to leave the country, not obeying everything the 'great' leader tells you to do, or walking past a statue or picture of one of the leaders and not stopping to thank them. The North Korean people are starving and have done anything possible to feed themselves and their family. People there need to worship the leaders for fear of them and their family either being killed or being put into the prison camps.
The past three leaders of the country have controlled what the citizens watch on television, what the news reports, and what is on the radio. North Korea is constantly threatening to attack the United States and South Korea. They think we are evil and we need to be destroyed. On December 17, 2011 there was hope for a new beginning when Kim Jong-il died. His son, Kim Jong-un, had studied abroad and had more worldly experiences. That hope diminished quickly when he proved to have all of the same opinions as his father and grandfather.
Dennis Rodman desribed Kim Jong-un as a great friend, person and leader. He went on to say that Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were also great leaders. During his stay they enjoyed a basketball game together and Rodman talked about Kim's love for basketball. I'm sure Hitler had a few sports he was fond of as well. I do hope this basketball game brings peace between the countries, this may be what we needed. On the other hand, this could just be a way for Kim to show his country how crazy and strange Americans are. When North Korea allows a visitor into their country, the whole stay is controlled. You have someone with you at all times. They want to show the world that they are a strong, happy, and wealthy country; the opposite of truth. Just a few shorts weeks ago Kim Jong-un threatened to attack America, this was just one of many threats. Today, after Rodman's visit, he announced he had plans to attack South Korea because of the American troops in their country.
What are your thoughts on this visit? Do you think this visit will help bring peace between North Korea and America as well as South Korea? Do you think Rodman understands what type of country North Korea is or what kind of person Kim Jong-un is?