While on the subject of being nice to dictators, a reader sent me this recent link from US Blog Powerline
Harvard University has a bizarre idea of how to advance the education of its grads: Instruct them to bow down to North Korea’s paranoid dictators and show proper “respect” for the Axis of Evil.
It’s the ultimate in radical Stalinist chic – the Harvard Alumni Association’s $636-a-night totalitarian luxury tour of a rogue nation where thousands are deliberately starved to death.
“Demonstrations of respect for the country’s late leader, Kim Il Sung, and for the current leader, Kim Jong Il, are important,” instructs the Harvard Alumni Association’s tour memo.
“You will be expected to bow as a gesture of respect at the statue of Kim Il Sung and at his mausoleum.”
Harvard even tries to pretend that bowing down to thugs is perfectly normal – explaining that it’s because “North Korea, like every country, has its own unique protocols.”