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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 7th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Robert Park Profiled In the Washington Post

Via a reader tip come this profile of former detainee in North Korea Robert Park.  Not much really new in the article other than the fact that a drug cocktail given to him by the North Koreans may explain his current mental instability:

Unlike before his detention, Park stutters. He prays almost compulsively. He has tried to commit suicide several times. And he hasn’t had a haircut since his release, in part because he now feels uncomfortable whenever strangers touch him.

On Christmas Day 2009, Park, hoping to raise attention to Pyongyang’s human rights abuses, entered North Korea – an act Park’s friends liken to a monk setting himself on fire.

“It was just an incredibly pure act that stemmed from a frustration – the inability to get people to care about the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” said Suzanne Scholte, a well-known activist who heads the North Korea Freedom Coalition.

Though reluctant to speak in detail about his imprisonment, Park says he was tortured and sexually abused by his captors. He calls his treatment “humiliating” and “worse than death.” Scholte suspects that Park was administered a brain-scrambling cocktail of drugs that has left him paranoid, sometimes angry. On bad days, Park believes his life is in danger. He says North Korean agents will kill him for speaking so harshly about their government.  [Washington Post]

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  • Leon LaPorte
    8:48 pm on February 7th, 2011 1

    The Messiah Park needs professional help. Real help, not prayers. He needs it before he again attempts something along the lines of 'death by cop' (such as sneaking into norK-land to 'protest'.

    Or perhaps he is sane and divinely guided. If so he needs to man up and get over it. We can later call it the 'Passion of the Park'.

    Nah. He's a danger to himself and others. Lock him up, medicate him and get him the help he needs.

  • Teadrinker
    12:39 am on February 8th, 2011 2

    I'm not one to defend North Korea, but I think this guy has issues before he ever went there.

  • Utg
    2:30 am on February 8th, 2011 3

    Something was already off about him before his detention, when he decided to step into NK.

  • guitard
    8:12 am on February 8th, 2011 4

    …other than the fact that a drug cocktail given to him by the North Koreans may explain his current mental instability

    I think he'd be just as wacky now – even if he didn't have a drug cocktail in North Korea.

  • JoeC
    11:16 am on February 8th, 2011 5

    I asked before how a guy who "was administered a brain-scrambling cocktail of drugs that has left him paranoid, sometimes angry" was able to board a plane and return to Korea recently?

    Would you want to be on the same flight with someone who seems to be looking for ways to martyr himself?

    What good is having a No-Fly list?

  • Teadrinker
    12:43 pm on February 9th, 2011 6

    That drug cocktail…I've heard that story before. My cousin tells me the same thing happened to him. He also claims they (the CIA) did all kinds of unmentionable things to him, just like Robert Park does. My cousin suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

  • Leon LaPorte
    2:48 pm on February 9th, 2011 7


  • ChickenHead
    4:31 pm on February 9th, 2011 8


    Scramble his brains even further and release him back to the world as propaganda demonstrating that Christians are more crazy than everyone thought, spies and agitators can't say anything bad about North Korea once they have been there and seen it in all its glory, and the societies of the Imperial Running-dog puppet lackeys are obviously foolish and corrupted to continue extending an obvious wacko's fifteen minutes of fame.

    You did ask, "What Would Jong-il Do", right?

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:08 pm on February 9th, 2011 9

    Fact & Fiction

    Top 10 Crazy Facts About Kim Jong Il

    North Korea’s pint-sized dictator is a master of propaganda and social manipulation, but he also apparently suffers from insecurity, delusion, and severe OCD. Here are 10 “facts” about Kim Jong Il, as reported by the media. The word “facts” is in quotes because the first 5 on the list are examples of propaganda that Kim Jong Il uses to brainwash his citizens into maintaining his almost god-like image. The last 5 are actual facts.



    The “Fact”: He had a supernatural birth

    According to North Korean historical literature, Kim Jong Il was born in a log cabin inside a secret base on Korea’s most sacred mountain, Mt. Paekdu. At the moment of his birth, a bright star lit up the sky, the seasons spontaneously changed from winter to spring, and rainbows appeared. This contradicts way less interesting Western accounts of his birth, which state the dictator was born in a guerilla camp in Russia, while his father was on the run from the Japanese.


    Fashion Forward

    The “Fact”: He is a fashion trendsetter

    According to North Korea’s newspaper Rodong Sinmun, Kim Jong Il’s iconic style has become a global phenomenon. The inspired look of his zipped up khaki tunics with matching pants has been spreading across the world, an obvious testament to his outstanding image and influence. The paper didn’t mention the popularity of the 4 inch platform shoes Kim wears, but his oversized shades definitely seem to be a big hit with the women of Hollywood.


    Loved the World Over

    The “Fact”: The world loves him

    According to state-run media, Kimg Jong Il is the most prominent statesman in the present world, and people in countries the whole planet over celebrate his birthday with films and festivals. In reality, most nations are confused by his erratic foreign policy decisions on important issues such as N. Korea’s nuclear program.



    The “Fact”: He invented the hamburger

    Since any American influences have long since been banned in his tiny communist country, Kim Jong Il had no choice but to create some new non-Western food by himself. North Korean newspaper Minju Joson reported that Kim Jong Il invented a new sandwich called “double bread with meat” in an attempt to provide “quality” food to university students. He then built a plant capable of mass hamburger production to feed his students and teachers, despite the fact that the majority of his citizens battle famine on a daily basis.


    Golfing Glory

    The “Fact”: He is the best natural golfer in history

    In 1994, it was reported by Pyongyang media outlets that Kim Jong Il shot 38 under par on a regulation 18-hole golf course – including 5 holes in one! That score is 25 shots better than the best round in history, and is made even more amazing by the fact that it was his first time playing the sport. It’s said Kim Jong Il would routinely sink 3 or 4 holes in one per round of golf, and – lucky for the PGA – he has since given it up.



    The Fact: If he gets addicted to a drug, everyone else does too

    According to a book written by one of Kim Jong Il’s ex-staff members, he was once injured by falling off his horse when it slipped on loose rocks. He was afraid of becoming addicted to the painkillers that his doctors prescribed him, so he had members of his administrative staff injected daily with the same dosages he had to take. He did this so he wouldn’t be the only one hooked on the drug.


    In the Movies

    The Fact: He once kidnapped a prominent director to film a Godzilla ripoff for him

    Shin Sang-ok, a South Korean filmmaker, was kidnapped by Kim Jong Il, sent to prison, and eventually forced to make a film called Pulgasari that was basically a communist propaganda version of Godzilla. After Shin and his wife managed to escape North Korea while location scouting in Austria, Kim Jong Il shelved Pulgasari and all of Shin’s other work. Kim Jong Il has since given specific instruction to his Ministry of Culture and his communist filmmakers: “Make more cartoons.”


    Hitler Much?

    Fact: He had disabled and short people deported from his capital

    In preparation for the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989, Kim Jong Il had disabled residents removed from Pyongyang. The government also distributed pamphlets advertising a wonder drug that would increase the height of short people. Those who responded to the pamphlets were sent away to different uninhabited islands along with the disabled in an attempt to rid the next generation of their supposedly substandard genes.


    Great Booze

    The Fact: At one time was the world’s biggest buyer of Hennessy

    For a few years in the early 1990s, it was confirmed by Hennessy that Kim Jong Il was it’s best customer, spending about $600,000 to $850,000 annually on the liquor. He is partial to the Paradis cognac, which can sell for over $700 per bottle. In comparison, the average North Korean makes about $1000 per year.


    City of Dreams

    The Fact: He maintains a city that was built just to be looked at

    Kijong-Dong is a propaganda city that was originally built in the 1950s by Kim Jong Il’s father right on the border, this was to display the North’s superiority to the South and also to encourage people to defect. It has no actual residents, but an extensive effort has been put forth to simulate a functioning city, including lights on set timers, and street sweepers to create an illusion of activity. The use of modern telescopes has revealed that the units lack window glass, and some buildings are just concrete shells that don’t even have interior rooms. The city also houses the world’s largest flagpole, complete with a 300lb. North Korean flag.

    …and he's still saner than Robert Park aka pakbob

  • Teadrinker
    5:44 pm on February 9th, 2011 10

    Mind control drugs, torture and abuse. My cousin also claims a certain government agency did the same thing to him…He's schizophrenic.

  • ChickenHead
    9:31 pm on February 9th, 2011 11

    That picture of Robert Park looks like the guy I see in the market holding up before and after pictures while selling diet pills off an old wooden cart.

    Fortunately, it isn't all tragedy. Here is recent picture of Robert Park, with his new look, having a better time.

  • Greg
    10:55 pm on February 9th, 2011 12

    He looks like Roberta Park, not Robert Park.

  • setnaffa
    11:24 pm on February 9th, 2011 13

    I was pretty much always of the opinion that only a nut would try to sneak into that particular "Worker's Paradise". I hope Mr. Park is able to obtain the medical help he rather obviously needs.

  • JoeC
    12:45 am on February 10th, 2011 14


    There is a minor basis for the number 8 "fact" listed.

    I was watching a video of a Center for Strategic and International Studies meeting on Korea last year. One of the speakers said he would ask his Korean friends who they think is the most famous (well known) Korean is to Americans. With all the hallyu hype, they generally named South Korean celebrities or President Lee. They were disappointed when they were told it was KJI.

  • setnaffa
    7:56 am on February 10th, 2011 15

    Dang… I'm starting to spell like I talk… :oops:

  • setnaffa
    2:55 pm on February 10th, 2011 16

    #13, that’s because mose Americans are not experts on plumbing for sewage treatmentnuclear bomb plants… :mrgreen:

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:30 pm on February 10th, 2011 17

    #13 It did say 5 of them are actual facts. ;-)


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