'We Are a Dangerous Country'

Bowling and an Invitation

We saw school kids marching by on their way to class in lock step, and singing a song that compared Kim Jong Il to the sun that shines down on their day.

We noticed even at the book shop, at the hotel that caters to foreigners.

Nearly all of the books are by Kim Il Sung, or his son, Kim Jong Il, who has written about every part of life, including how you should be a journalist, how you should direct movies, and his political philosophy called "juche" -- self reliance.

Our hosts are eager to take us to a special exhibit -- a flower exhibit to see the begonia named for Kim Jong Il and the orchid for Kim Il Sung, noting that both of them are listed in the American botanical survey.

The exhibit grounds are a place for weddings. We see couple after couple come in.

We ask one couple what they want for the future. They tell us to live with love under the excellent leadership of Kim Il Sung.

Next, we stop by a bowling alley. There are only about four in this city of 3 million people.

I tell them I'm American and ask, "What do you know about America?"

Bad, bad, they say. But then, they invite me to bowl.

At the bowling lane, there is a young girl who says she has no interest in U.S. music or movies, but politely bows to say goodbye with a shy smile.

Back at the park, an old man tells us that the nuclear test for North Korea is absolutely useful and that it's about time that Korea put pressure on the United States, just as the United States puts pressure on the rest of the world.

Then afterward, he invites us into his home, which we're going to show you on Thursday.

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