December 23rd, 2014
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Mistakes made over 'The Interview' response

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By Fareed Zakaria

Why does a terrorist threat from North Korea produce appeasement and indifference whereas threats from Islamic terrorists produce courage, and defiance, and resilience? I suspect that 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 allowed one to two million of its own people to starve in a famine in the 1990s. The United Nations says that North Korea abducted thousands of people from neighboring countries following the Korean War and currently imprisons about 100,000 people in brutal labor camps. That statistic comes from a U.N. panel commissioned to investigate the human rights situation in North Korea. Its report, released in February, paints a picture of a regime that really has no parallel in the scale of its cruelty and oppression.

The challenge that movie studios and theaters face is real because they have to balance the issue of freedom of expression with safety and commerce.

But they have made a mistake.

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  1. Jessup

    NORTH KOREAN AFFILIATED
    TERRORIST GROUPS IN INDIA (Fareed's motherland) WITH GLOBAL REACH:

    RASHTRIYA SWAYAM SEWAK SHANG (R.S.S.)
    VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)
    HINDU MUNNANI
    ARYA SAMAJ
    SHIV SENA
    BHARATIYA JANATA PARISHAD (BJP)
    SANT SAMITI
    HINDU MAHASABHA
    BAAJRANG DAL

    LEADERS: Narendra Modi/ L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    December 23, 2014 at 1:11 am | Reply
    • Hannah

      What about Gandhi? He was a pedophile!

      December 23, 2014 at 1:47 am | Reply
    • Hannah in a Bottle©

      This is a list of all the poop Blue Saffron eats:

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      December 23, 2014 at 5:44 am | Reply
  2. Bad Karma Hinduz ®

    Really Fareed?

    AND WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT NORTH KOREA ?

    What baffles me is that hundreds of thousands of people have been and continue to be slaughtered in Indian Occupied Kashmir. A lot of them have been buried alive and rayped. Human rights outfits have provided coordinates of these unmarked mass graves to the Indian Government. How strange their compasses ceased functioning!!!

    Furthermore, UN resolutions have also gone unheeded. No one in the western world.... No one hears their screams. Nobody sees their plight. Nobody smells their burning bodies. NOBODY!!! CNN? are you deaf?

    AND WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT NORTH KOREA?

    December 23, 2014 at 1:15 am | Reply
  3. Cow in a Bottle ©

    Suffice to say that plebiscite must and should be held in Indian Occupied Kashmir in accordance with the mandate of UN. Nothing more nothing less.
    This is a matter of principles.

    The concept is no different than what we Americans are doing in Puerto Rico. Let the people decide their fate. This is what democracy is all about.

    Unlike what hindoos did in Indian Occupied Kashmir, we Americans didn't send in the Army to Puerto Rico to occupy it and raipe the people.

    Just like US is letting the Puerto Ricans decide their fate, a plebiscite needs to be held in Kashmir under UN supervision to allow these people to decide their future. That is what democracy is all about.

    Therefore, the only Technology Transfer that India needs is how to hold plebiscite in Indian Occupied Kashmir. It took Putin of Russia a week to hold plebiscite in Crimea. India has not been able to accomplish this in 70 years. YES, 70 YEARS !! RUB YOUR EYES !!!

    So India should import this technology from Russia. Just like it is importing arms and ammunition from Russia. Pronto.

    December 23, 2014 at 1:20 am | Reply
    • rupert ram

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      December 23, 2014 at 5:55 am | Reply
  4. Blue Saffron☼

    North Korea poses no existential threat to America. Since when is a $275 million Sony problem an issue? That is what Pentagon pays to build a toilet seat! LMFAO.

    What is problematic is India buying nuclear and missile technology from North Korea. NOW THAT POSES AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO AMERICA !!

    Indeed, a sad day for India. A travesty for humanity. A murderer has been selected by hindus to be their leader. I cry for those who died in the Gujarat genocide.

    We cannot and will not accept Modi as a leader till the cloud of genocide hovering over his head is lifted.

    Modi will always be a persona non grata till he faces trial in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

    December 23, 2014 at 1:29 am | Reply
  5. Cristobal

    There are 4 million civilians being subjected to genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir by Hindoos. Hundreds of thousands have been killed.

    Over 20,000 have been killed by hindoos in Gujarat.

    175 million minorities in India are living in oppression, subjugated by hindoos and therefore seeking independence.

    AND WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT NORTH KOREA?

    December 23, 2014 at 1:32 am | Reply
  6. Cow in a Bottle ©

    URBAN PLANNING PRINCIPLES::
    HINDO CITIES OF YONDER YEARS .

    ::Town square for performing sati: Burning widows

    ::Trading post for Devadasi: Selling girls into slavery

    ::Canals for swimming in feces per Ramayana

    ;:Ladder stations to facilitate climbing on cows to raipe

    December 23, 2014 at 1:37 am | Reply
  7. Cow in a Bottle ©

    HINDOO CITIES OF THE FUTURE:::

    ::Holes in streets for squat defecation

    :;Cow urine extraction pumps on sidewalks

    ::Moving buses in carousels for gang raiping

    ::Cow dung stands for quick snacks

    December 23, 2014 at 1:39 am | Reply
    • Blue Saffron in a Bottle

      ISLAM CITIES OF THE FUTURE:

      HOLES IN STREETS FOR SQUAT DEFECATION ISLAM STYLE

      COW URINE EXTRACTION PUMPS ON SIDEWALKS

      COW DUNGEONS STANDS FOR ISLAM SNACKS

      December 23, 2014 at 6:11 am | Reply
  8. Hannah

    WOW ! Love the city posts. Very creative design features.

    December 23, 2014 at 1:46 am | Reply
  9. Lalitha Natarajan

    Reblogged this on lalithanatarajan.

    December 23, 2014 at 1:57 am | Reply
    • Blue Saffron

      Lalitha Natarajan, that blouse makes you look cheap. Like a slu t.

      December 23, 2014 at 6:51 am | Reply
      • Lalitha Natarajan

        Am sorry actually this post not relating to that please go the full link is not that kind of matter this is relating to the north korea war....... if u got anything wrong post am really sorry and am not that kind of person......

        December 29, 2014 at 12:09 am |
  10. iralarry

    No Islamic state as of yet possesses nuclear weapons. N.K. does definitively. That's why we tread lightly, because we do suspect they might be inclined to use them.

    Also we know little directly about them. Easy to be dismissive out of knowledge deficit.

    December 23, 2014 at 2:02 am | Reply
  11. 12 year old kid

    Chemical and biological weapons are a thousand times more likely to kill you than a nuclear bomb.

    December 23, 2014 at 3:00 am | Reply
  12. 12 year old kid

    AIDS is a million times more likely to kill you than nukes are.

    December 23, 2014 at 3:02 am | Reply
  13. 12 year old kid

    Fellow Americans are a bigger threat than nukes.

    December 23, 2014 at 3:04 am | Reply
  14. Shankar Sh!tRam

    My name is Shankar and I am ashamed to be an Indian. My mama calls me Shanku the Skunku because of body odor issues. You can call me Beef Shanks. My partner calls me Hank.

    December 23, 2014 at 4:03 am | Reply
  15. Shankar Sh!tRam

    My name is Shankar and I am ashamed to be an Indian. My mama sent me a tiffin box . When I opened it there was a p@nis floating in the chicken curry. It was her neighbor's who raiped her. She cut it off

    December 23, 2014 at 4:04 am | Reply
  16. chri§§y

    My name is Chrissy Sita Ram and I am ashamed to be an Indian. My mama sent me a tiffin box . When I opened it there was Phish Masala and s note from her. She asked me to go raipe some girls in India tonight. I told her NO. I will now follow Buddhism and become a lesbian. My name is Chrissy and I am considering converting to Buddhism.

    December 23, 2014 at 4:13 am | Reply
    • rupert ram

      Y u convert? My d icke not bug enuf 4 u? We hindus have toothpick size.

      December 23, 2014 at 4:21 am | Reply
  17. banasy banares

    Namaste! My name is banasy and I am a lemur, an Indian makaka, just like my God Haramee Hanuman who is an ape. Sometimes I go bananas and start raiping in India. I love to gang raipe because as monkeys we move in a pack plus it is India's national sport.

    December 23, 2014 at 4:19 am | Reply
  18. rupert

    Shut up stupid.

    December 23, 2014 at 5:25 am | Reply
  19. Blue Saffron in a Bottle

    Wait wait there's more

    ISLAM CITIES OF THE FUTURE

    DEFECATION ISLAM STYLE ALLEYS

    URINATION PUMPS TO EMPTY SIDEWALKS

    December 23, 2014 at 6:23 am | Reply
  20. Blue Saffron in a Bottle

    WAIT WAIT THERE'S MORE

    ISLAM CITIES OF THE FUTURE

    MC ISLAM CAMEL DUNG. BURGERS

    MC ISLAM COW URINE CHOCOLATE SHAKES

    MC ISLAM BACK ALLEY FOR SQUAT DEFECATION

    December 23, 2014 at 6:26 am | Reply
  21. Cow in a Bottle

    Wait wait there's more

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    December 23, 2014 at 6:33 am | Reply
  22. rupert

    It is disgusting that these comments are published. Blue Saffron, shame on u sir.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:36 am | Reply
  23. Blue Saffron

    I am KING OF THESE BLOGS!!!!!
    I rule

    December 23, 2014 at 6:57 am | Reply
  24. Blue Saffron☼

    About to board the flight to the warm waters of South Pacific. Be back at 10k.

    Great post @Cow in a Bottle
    Welcome @Jessup @Bad Karma Hinduz

    Think we may have seen the last of cyber terrorist (singular) operating under various handles. @Canary got leied. LOL. Some remnants gasping above. No worries.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • Blue Saffron☼

      I am referring to @Canary in a mine. IT don't sing only writes.

      December 23, 2014 at 7:41 am | Reply
      • Chappel H

        Have a safe flight.

        December 23, 2014 at 7:53 am |
      • Cristobal

        Safe travels

        December 23, 2014 at 7:55 am |
    • Hannah

      Enjoy the trip. See you in a bit.

      December 23, 2014 at 7:54 am | Reply
  25. Blue Saffron

    I am the real Blue Saffron here. Let's just ignore my imposter at 7:38 and 7:41.

    Jingle bell. Jingle bell.
    Jingle all the way.

    Oh what fun it is to stuff
    My buttt-hole all the way, hey!

    Jingle bell, jingle bell.
    Jingle all the way.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:53 am | Reply
  26. Bad Karma Hinduz ®

    Change? You can change diapers but s hit is s hit. Modi is the new diaper. India is the s hit.

    Do you Narendra Kapoora Modi solemnly swear, that you will execute the office of Prime Minister of India and that you will to the best of your ability make garam garam chai, murder muslims and christians, raipe underage boys from Kerala and defend the Tribal laws of India so help you Ganesha the Elephant Man?

    MODI: But SirJi I will also continue to defecate in the open.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:58 am | Reply
  27. Blue Saffron

    Thank you. Thank you all very much. I shall have a nice trip. I am going to India to su ck Modi's big di ck. And yes. I do swallow.
    Bye.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:59 am | Reply
  28. Bad Karma Hinduz ®

    People in India, hindus mostly, are raipists. After raiping they hang these underage raiped girls to their death on large mango trees.

    December 23, 2014 at 8:00 am | Reply
  29. Bad Karma Hinduz ®

    Wonder if they have vaccination against raipes in India. My 90 year old brahmin grandma will be traveling there to select her wood for sati (grandpa died so she has to throw herself into the fire) but we don't want her raiped prior.

    December 23, 2014 at 8:03 am | Reply
  30. rupert

    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii blue saffron. Have a nice trip.
    Have fun with modi.
    Lol.

    December 23, 2014 at 8:05 am | Reply
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