PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA – If you are a North Korean school kid and you don’t want your family shot, starved, or frozen to death, what’s the first thing you do with a school computer? Why, figure out how to draw your country’s flag, of course.
And if you are former UN Ambassador Bill Richardson in North Korea to rescue a US citizen, what’s the first thing you do? Why, you visit a university with the head of Google and watch students pretend to surf the internet, of course.
Richardson and Eric Schmidt arrived in North Korea this week. Richardson is trying to rescue an American missionary from Washington state captured last month. He’s done this a couple of times before, so for him to show up isn’t so strange.
But who knows why Schmidt is there? He’s not saying, but it’s pretty weird that the head of an Internet company would be in a country that doesn’t allow its citizens to use the Internet.
Oh, wait! Maybe he’s there to set up L’il Kim Jong-Un’s Gmail account.