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Signing? World diplomacy? Leave it to the pros

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Feb. 28, 2013) Credit: AP

Some things are best left to professionals.

Things like brain surgery. And signing for the hearing-impaired. And international diplomacy.

Thankfully, no untrained amateurs were caught last week donning scrubs and drilling into anyone's skull. But we did have a very strange man at Nelson Mandela's memorial flapping his hands like a couple of live fish on a griddle, and Dennis Rodman is heading back to North Korea.

What? You thought the Worm's latest turn at diplomacy might be delayed by Kim Jong Un's decision to execute his own uncle, Jang Song Thaek? Think again. Dennis didn't become such a PR menace by worrying about what other people thought. This time, he's promising basketball diplomacy for the crazy Korean leader's 31st birthday. Need proof of how ridiculous all this is? Donald Trump has been defending Dennis.

You see, that's the thing with these barefaced amateurs. Not one of them has the sense to pull down the shades and stay inside.

In South Africa, Thamsanqa Jantjie tried to pass himself off as a sign-language interpreter at one of the highest-profile events ever. World leaders were there. The rest of the planet was watching on TV. And there was Flappy Jantjie, standing inches from our president, signing nothing but total gibberish.

Still no one can say why.

But this much is certain from Pyongyang to Johannesburg: Some jobs really aren't for amateurs.



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