Ok, it got your attention at least. But Rodman—the former NBA star (aka “the Worm”)—could win the 6th Man Award in US diplomacy if he could get his North Korean buddy Kim Jong-un to chill out on his war threats against South Korea and the US.
After his recent tour of Pyongyang, Rodman declared the 28-year-old basketball-loving Supreme Leader his new BFF. So if diplomatic relations disintegrate further between North Korea and the US, who better to intermediate the conflict than the Worm?
If you weren't paying attention, North Korea—the most repressive and gulag-ridden state in the world—just this week declared void the Korean War armistice of 1953, implying that the war has never ended. (I hate it when that happens.) The new South Korean President, Park Guen-hye, calmly responded that if attacked she would reduce Pyongyang to a plate of gimchi. (Well, her exact words were the North Korean government would be “evaporated off the face of the earth.”) Why aren’t world leaders taking the prospect of war more seriously? Apparently the South Korean military leaders didn’t even interrupt their weekend golfing to prepare themselves for total destruction, so maybe they know something.
As usual, the media trivialized the story of Rodman’s trip to Pyongyang and missed the big picture. Even ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who interviewed DR 10 days ago, did not ask the question on the minds of millions of North Korea watchers around the world. Namely, can the 5’ 2” Supreme Leader dunk?
But just as important to many of our readers: the Supreme Leader’s brother, Kim Jong-chol, happens to be a HUGE Eric Clapton fan and has even been spotted at Clapton concerts in Germany and Singapore. Perhaps this was the reason his father and former Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il did not choose Jong-chol to succeed him? Maybe the elder Kim did not want to hear “Crossroads” (let alone “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Cocaine”) blaring on North Korean state radio?
Meanwhile, we’re not sure about the young Supreme Leader’s own musical tastes. He supposedly loves Western culture. (If he likes basketball so much wouldn’t he be down with rap?) Yet he put a prominent military leader before a firing squad a few months ago for some heavy partying and drinking. That might put a damper on the number of musical artists who would consider adding Pyongyang to their itinerary. But maybe the abstemious Kim would be happy with Pat Boone?
Yes, you just can’t make this stuff up. Now we just need a good nickname for the North Korean leader, to go with the nickname of his buddy. If he can dunk, maybe we can call him “the Butterfly”?