December 18th, 2014
11:13 PM ET

Caving to North Korea on ‘The Interview’ sends the wrong message

By Fareed Zakaria

Why does a terrorist threat from North Korea produce appeasement, whereas threats from Islamic terrorists produce courage, defiance and resilience? I suspect it’s because we are fully aware of the barbarism of jihadi terrorists. But we tend to think of North Korea in somewhat comical terms — the odd dictators with their strange haircuts; the weird, synchronized mass adulation in stadiums; the retro-propaganda and rhetoric.

In fact, North Korea is one of the world’s most repressive and brutal dictatorships. Estimates are that it abducted thousands of people from neighboring countries following the Korean War, allowed 1 million to 2 million of its own people to starve in a famine in the 1990s and currentlyimprisons about 100,000 people in labor camps. The United Nations appointed a panel to investigate the human rights situation in North Korea;its report, released in February, paints a picture of a regime that has no parallel in the scale of its systematic cruelty and oppression.

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  1. Taliban facts

    After the Taliban political party was singled out and gotten rid of, once again Afghanistan began supplying 80% of America's heroin junkies with junk.

    December 20, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  2. LMAO @banasy

    Claiming she only acts in self defense. Never on the offensive. What a lark.

    December 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • LMAO @banasy

      baNazi, banasy, whatever...has got to be the most offensive woman in the history of CNN news blogs. Can I get a Hell Yeah or what. Omg she is repulsive. And not just to look at, either.

      December 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Aw. Because you constantly get refuted for your lies, I'm offensive. It must offend you that you are so easily caught in your fabrications.

      You have no clue what I look like.

      But I know what you look like, you poor little simpering fool.

      December 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  3. chri§§y

    Sheesh look whos on a lark now pullup! And THIS is exactly what she was talking about tweedleDUMB!

    December 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  4. LMAO @Chrissy

    Oh! Another very offensive person, Chrissy. Especially for someone calling herself a woman. Not a man. Though once claiming to have big balls.

    December 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Chrissy's non-existent ones are infinitely bigger than yours will ever be, Philip.

      December 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  5. LMAO @Chrissy

    What about Taliban facts, Chrissy. I noticed you passed that one up.

    December 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  6. Philipe de' Magnifico

    If Donna slash banasy doesn't have to use her real name then neither do I. So stop crying about me being Ahkmed the Terror Guy too.

    December 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Or you can call yourself what we all do: fact-free and insane.

      December 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  7. chri§§y

    I didnt use your birthname ya tool. Unless it really is tweedleDUMB? Or pullup? And actually the terror guy is MOST appropriate for you!

    December 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • Ahkmed the Terror Guy

      I am for to be noticing miss Chrissy and Donna banasy skipped over Taliban facts and am wonderings whys.

      December 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        That's because you don't drive the conversation, you ignorant ass.

        December 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm |
    • banasy©

      Oh, he'll scamper away like the rodent he is and start posting nonsense about of again, Chrissy.

      As if posting his birth name is some stupid badge of non-existent honor. Which, of course, he is totally bereft of.

      December 20, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  8. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    Oh. Because Taliban facts is news and not gossip or pecking on peoples as hens do other hens.

    December 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Congratulations on your new-found status as "Gossiping Hen."

      December 20, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  9. chri§§y

    Lol ty @ banasy...mine are a state of mind! I will take no crap! Lol im gonna be all i can be!

    December 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    Maybe because YOU dont get to pick what we discuss mr sh!t for brains!

    December 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  11. Dr. Phil

    Chicken ranchers now use the same Rx drugs to keep their chickens from pecking on one another as US doctors prescribe people to get the same effect. SSRI anti-depressants. If you eat processed chicken, you eat meds. Really, if you drink tapwater you eat meds.

    December 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  12. chri§§y

    Obviously you need MORE chicken and tap water in YOUR diet!

    December 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  13. Dr. Phil

    Prozac was first found in England's tap water in 2004. And since then, Prozac along with a veritable plethora of mind altering drugs have been found in the world's waterways and in YOUR city drinking water.
    Anyone with a brain stopped drinking tap water years ago for this very reason.

    December 20, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  14. Philrod

    N. Korea is a controlled experiment being conducted by the world's powerful governments that have been subsidizing N. Korea for decades. To see just exactly what it would take to control a citizenry once people become fully aware of just how corrupt, evil and immoral their own government is.

    December 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Philrod

      ....of course corrupt and immoral citizens are ok with the status quo. As are those living off of the backs of US taxpayers fraudulently.

      December 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Reply
      • Philrod

        ...not to mention those dependent on government spending to get by...food stampers, welfare families, old folks on SS and on so many meds don't know which way is up, but a bus takes them to vote anyway...lazy men who could work but claim to be "bi polar" and so will never be able to work again. Just sit around and blog and do meds and drink beer all day.

        December 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
      • banasy©

        You're quite hilarious, seeing as that

        December 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm |
      • banasy©

        ...if you exchanged "whiskey" for "beer", that's a pretty accurate description of what you do all day.

        The dumbest insults are those that are uttered by the hypocrite exhibiting the same behavior.

        December 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm |
      • Philip

        I worked my ass off all day today just like I do most days you lazy old assuming cow c unt.

        December 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm |
      • banasy©

        The dumbest insults are those that are uttered by the hypocrite exhibiting the same behavior, and then act outraged when called out on his hypocrisy.

        December 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm |
    • banasy©

      Oh, there's that "NK is a giant Petri dish and all of the other countries are the laboratory" story again.

      December 20, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  15. Philip

    I got a hundred bucks that says Donna banasy is nicer to know child abusers in her own religion than she is to me. And would NEVER spout scathing denunciations at convicted Catholic priests as she does me. And I have broken no laws here. Those priests of yours are criminals and you say not one word to or about them for it. You stink.

    December 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      What on God's green earth are you blathering on about, now?

      You really do not comprehend what you read, do you?

      If you did, you would know exactly where you went wrong in the above post; but you don't.

      Oh, well. You're destined to wallow in your own misery and stupidity. Shrug.

      December 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  16. Philip

    Good night all. Except bachrusty and banutzi, that is.

    December 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Aw. I'm deeply wounded.

      December 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  17. chri§§y

    Yea no kidding @ banasy! And old people on SS? Wth thats their money tweejleDUMB and thats what is was intended for!

    December 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Sure. Because my mom should be out there working her arthritic fingers to the bone at age 87.

      December 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Hey philip. U hogged up the mad hens. Who am I supposed to fight with now?

        December 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm |
  18. chri§§y

    Lol ikr? How dare they expect to get that SS money when they retired...even though that WAS the intention of SS to begin with.

    December 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Of course those people who condemn the retired people who collect SS will show their extreme principles by refusing to collect it themselves, Chrissy.

      After all, it would be hypocritical to do otherwise, wouldn't you say?

      Also, have you ever seem the citation posting the amount of fraud by people claiming to be "bi-polar" that I have repeatedly asked for?

      Yeah, me neither.

      December 20, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        There will be no social security when I retire, banutzi. Already our national treasury is literally a filing cabinet filled with I.O.U's from The War Department Pentagon who spend 80% of what we give them on themselves and so must "borrow" from SS to wage wars and occupations on and of foreign nations. (over 130 so far)
        Since March of last year China has been loaning US funds to cover our SS obligations, otherwise grandma would not get her check.
        And it's a fact: Drunks are better drivers than senile old folks on meds.

        December 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm |
  19. rupert

    *sigh*

    December 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  20. rupert

    @blue saffron. Sux to be u. (A.s.s. HOLE)...where ever u are blogtard

    December 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  21. chri§§y

    Pssst rupert...hes on the previous thread.

    December 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  22. rupert

    Ok chrissy.

    2 parts triple sac
    1 part Patron Tequila
    Crushed ice
    Salted rim glass
    Green lime juice.

    December 20, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Think you got the liquor quantity mixed up.

      December 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  23. rupert

    That's all u need. Low carb.
    Drink responsibly. Stop at five drinks. Don't drink and blog.

    December 20, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  24. Maisonobe Fokwa

    uel Pascal Redfern N. Korea is threatening America forcing the country to give up one of its sacred value: Freedom of press. Cyber threats are real, unlike physical ones, it is impossible to post armies in cyber doors. One of the poorest country in the world attacked the best military in the world. Isn´t it the nature of the cyber space? Cyber warfare is indeed a new domain, a domain that takes us to the founding scripts of the nation: ¨ all men are created equal¨. While economic power would help us train the best army in the world, money will not help train the best computer hackers. While we could have dozen of intelligence agencies to help access the military capability of possible enemies, they will not be capable to access the brain of those computer hackers and what they are capable of. The cyber domain will be the battlefield for men vs men fights under the assumption that we are all equal.
    The next World War Web will be the war of codes, the war between the top brains, a war even the poorest country could afford fighting by just taking Americas power grids hostage. It is time for Congress to act and create cyber framework to protect Amecas vulnerability and increase our cyber resilience. It is time for the international community to create a body i would call the e-UN for electronic and cyber conflicts.

    December 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  25. chri§§y¥¥¥¥

    So what do you guys think of my name change? Almost like getting new shoes lol! Heels even lmao! My biggest vice in fashion ever....SHOES!

    January 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  26. chri§§y¥¥¥¥

    Ive gotta say, ive never met a drunk that i would WANT to be on the highway near! And i seriously do NOT believe that statement to be true at all!

    January 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  27. chri§§y¥¥¥¥

    Although i am NOT surprised that a DRUNKARD would believe that to be true! They never claim responsibility for their OWN actions EVER!

    January 14, 2015 at 11:39 am | Reply
  28. chri§§y¥¥¥¥

    And then suddenly they claim to have found Jesus....as if that makes everything theyve done OK! Lol

    January 14, 2015 at 11:48 am | Reply
  29. chri§§y¥¥¥¥

    This Just In! Homeland Security just arrested an ISIS sympathizer in Cleveland, Ohio! He had tweeted several times that he was planning a bomb attack on the White House! Theyre getting closer to you @ Adam!

    January 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm | Reply
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