December 23rd, 2014
12:46 AM ET

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. Bad Karma Hinduz ®

    What baffles me is that thousands of people were killed, maimed and burnt alive by hindoos in Gujarat, India but nobody heard their cries. Nobody heard their screams. Nobody saw their plight. Nobody smelled their burning bodies. NOBODY!!!

    December 23, 2014 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • Indian

      Great news! You Pakis have basically been castrated and made completely irrelevant in Kashmir despite the sterling efforts of LeT and the ISI. You you guys are now reduced to posting useless rubbish as trolls in international news sites.

      Don't worry. This is just the beginning to your permanent nightmare. It is just a matter of time before the Indian flag flies in PoK & Baltistan and we open our brande new Embassy in an independent Baluchistan

      December 23, 2014 at 9:51 am | Reply
      • Cow in a Bottle ©

        India is part of Pakistan, isn't it.

        December 23, 2014 at 10:10 am |
      • rupert

        Lol. These dumb paki trolls think Kashmir is Pakistan and not India.
        Poor guys.

        December 23, 2014 at 11:24 am |
      • Cow in a Bottle ©

        Ok go deliver your curry tiffin box hindoo boy.

        December 23, 2014 at 11:49 am |
  2. Bad Karma Hinduz ®

    Furthermore,

    What further baffles me is that millions 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 graves to the Indian Government. How strange their compasses ceased functioning!!!

    December 23, 2014 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Haha hehe hoo hoo. Some guy from India told u off.

      Hehe hoo hoo haa haa KMA

      December 23, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
  3. Charlie

    List of poop that Blue Saffron shoves up his A.S.Z

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    December 23, 2014 at 8:24 am | Reply
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    December 23, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

      Mmmmmmmmm... poop

      December 23, 2014 at 10:21 am | Reply
  5. Cow in a Bottle ©

    There are 2 types of India ..... neanderthal and ancient. One seyxually advanced the other technologically advanced.

    You see the hindoos invented gang raipes to accelerate nirvana. But then they raipe on moving buses from Point A start of raipe to Point B end of raipe the whole experience ends quicker.

    And while doing so they also kill 3 birds with one stone.
    #1 Enjoy the raipe.
    #2 Get the raipe over quicker.
    #3 Reach another destination as an unintended consequence.

    GENIUS !!!

    December 23, 2014 at 8:35 am | Reply
  6. Cow in a Bottle ©

    Raipes are a celebration of hinduism in India. It is the very fabric of Indian hindu culture.
    It has been going on for 5000 years.

    This cancer is now spreading into neighboring countries. It is also being exported to western nations where hindus migrate to.

    Singapore recently arrested and deported thousands of hindus for raipes and terror.

    December 23, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  7. Cow in a Bottle ©

    ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
    In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic debacle, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
    SHAME ON INDIA AND ITS BARBARIC AND MEDIEVAL CULTURE !!!
    Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and
    ISIS put together.

    December 23, 2014 at 10:18 am | Reply
  8. Looks

    Looks like Lil Donged Un is compensating for something!

    December 23, 2014 at 10:27 am | Reply
  9. palintwit

    Sarah Palin believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that early man walked with the dinosaurs. Sarah Palin believes that all those millions of years old fossils were planted in the ground by the baby jesus just to test everyone's faith and mess with their heads. Sarah Palin also believes that the first automobiles really were foot powered just like on the Flintstones cartoons.

    December 23, 2014 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • Profile Of The Typical Republican Voter

      1. Thinks they themselves are rich.
      2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
      3. Has a net worth less than $200,000.
      4. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
      5. Still has a mortgage on that residence.
      6. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
      7. Benefits directly from the ACA but really, really hates Obamacare.
      8. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
      9. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will be the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
      10. Has a government job or job that is funded/subsidized by the government.
      11. Racist.
      12. Likes to vote against their own interests.
      13. Actually thinks republicans represent THEM!!
      14. Too stupid to understand this post.

      December 23, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply
  10. palintwit

    Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent... The Dynamic Duo of Doosh-Baggery.

    December 23, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Don't

      Don't forget the all time greatest Doooosh. Doosh Limpjaw, the retarded GOP god.

      December 23, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply
      • palintwit

        That fat POS

        December 23, 2014 at 11:58 am |
  11. Cow in a Bottle ©

    In some villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

    December 23, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
  12. rupert

    Ha ha ha. They told u off. Irrelevant paki troll.

    December 23, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
  13. Cow in a Bottle ©

    India was one big Chicken Ranch back in the day just as it was for the hippies in the 60s/70s and now for low budget tourists. The mongols, persian, arabs, moghals came and banggged the living daylights out of hindinis. The hinddoou trolls on these forums are the b@st@rdz descendants of these bangggings. Short of intellect plenty on VD.

    December 23, 2014 at 11:47 am | Reply
  14. Cow in a Bottle ©

    Indian hindus are obsessed with s hit. Maybe because they eat it due poverty in India.

    December 23, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
  15. Bad Karma Hinduz ®

    What do Kim of NK and Modi of India have in common. Both like to be rear ended.

    December 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  16. rupert

    Haha hehe. The India flag shall rise in BALTISTAN. HAHAHEEHEE. While Pakis KMA

    December 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  17. BAD ODOR INDIAN HINDUS ©

    The Bodos shoved Indian flag up Modi hindoo a zz in Assam. Hee Hee Haa Haa !!! Lol

    Muther f ukking hindoos

    December 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  18. sabina

    Islamic terrorists such as al-qaida, isis or isil, boko haram and al shabab have all been created by the United States and Israel. THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY HENRY KISSENGER during one of his speeches.
    Michael Lynton the CEO of Sony Pictures should make another comedy movie but this time to kill president Obama. It would be fun to watch no doubt. One point worth mentioning is that the CIA were behind the cyber attack on Sony and not North Korea, it's just another dirty game played by the CIA.

    December 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Sales Alert

      Tin foil is on sale as Walmart.

      December 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  19. Serafin

    Who created all of the following?
    Love of freedom!!

    A SAMPLING OF SOME 114 FREEDOM FIGHTING ORGANIZATIONS IN INDIA:

    1. National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB)

    2. United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS)

    3. Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO)

    4. Bodo Liberation Tiger Force (BLTF)

    5. Dima Halim Daogah (DHD)

    6. Karbi National Volunteers (KNV)

    7. Rabha National Security Force (RNSF)

    8. Koch-Rajbongshi Liberation Organisation (KRLO)

    9. Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)

    10. Karbi People's Front (KPF)

    11. Tiwa National Revolutionary Force (TNRF)

    12. Bircha Commando Force (BCF)

    13. Bengali Tiger Force (BTF)

    14. Adivasi Security Force (ASF)

    15. All Assam Adivasi Suraksha Samiti (AAASS)

    16. Gorkha Tiger Force (GTF)

    17. Barak Valley Youth Liberation Front (BVYLF)

    18. United Liberation Front of Barak Valley

    19. United National Liberation Front (UNLF)

    20. People's Liberation Army (PLA)

    21. People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK)

    22. The above mentioned three groups now operate from a unified platform,

    23. the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF)

    24. Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)

    25. Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL)

    26. Manipur Liberation Tiger Army (MLTA)

    27. Iripak Kanba Lup (IKL)

    28. People's Republican Army (PRA)

    29. Kangleipak Kanba Kanglup (KKK)

    30. Kangleipak Liberation Organisation (KLO)

    31. Revolutionary Joint Committee (RJC)

    32. National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM)

    33. People's United Liberation Front (PULF)

    34. Kuki National Army (KNA)

    35. Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA)

    36. Kuki National Organisation (KNO)

    37. Kuki Independent Army (KIA)

    38. Kuki Defence Force (KDF)

    39. Kuki International Force (KIF)

    40. Kuki National Volunteers (KNV)

    41. Kuki Liberation Front (KLF)

    42. Kuki Security Force (KSF)

    43. Kuki Liberation Army (KLA)

    44. Kuki Revolutionary Front (KRF)

    45. United Kuki Liberation Front (UKLF)

    46. Hmar People's Convention (HPC)

    47. Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)

    48. Hmar Revolutionary Front (HRF)

    49. Zomi Revolutionary Army (ZRA)

    50. Zomi Revolutionary Volunteers (ZRV)

    51. Indigenous People's Revolutionary Alliance(IRPA)

    52. Kom Rem People's Convention (KRPC)

    53. Chin Kuki Revolutionary Front (CKRF)

    54. Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC)

    55. Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC)

    56. People's Liberation Front of Meghalaya (PLF-M)

    57. Hajong United Liberation Army (HULA)

    58. National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) – NSCN(IM)

    59. National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) – NSCN (K)

    60. Naga National Council (Adino) – NNC (Adino)

    61. Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)

    62. Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)

    63. International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)

    64. Khalistan Commando Force (KCF)

    65. All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF)

    66. Bhindala Tigers Force of Khalistan (BTFK)

    67. Khalistan Liberation Army (KLA)

    68. Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF)

    69. Khalistan Armed Force (KAF)

    70. Dashmesh Regiment

    71. Khalistan Liberation Organisation (KLO)

    72. Khalistan National Army (KNA)

    73. National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT)

    74. All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF)

    75. Tripura Liberation Organisation Front (TLOF)

    76. United Bengali Liberation Front (UBLF)

    77. Tripura Tribal Volunteer Force (TTVF)

    78. Tripura Armed Tribal Commando Force (TATCF)

    79. Tripura Tribal Democratic Force (TTDF)

    80. Tripura Tribal Youth Force (TTYF)

    81. Tripura Liberation Force (TLF)

    82. Tripura Defence Force (TDF)

    83. All Tripura Volunteer Force (ATVF)

    84. Tribal Commando Force (TCF)

    85. Tripura Tribal Youth Force (TTYF)

    86. All Tripura Bharat Suraksha Force (ATBSF)

    87. Tripura Tribal Action Committee Force (TTACF) Socialist Democratic

    88. Front of Tripura (SDFT)

    89. All Tripura National Force (ATNF)

    90. Tripura Tribal Sengkrak Force (TTSF)

    91. Tiger Commando Force (TCF)

    92. Tripura Mukti Police (TMP)

    93. Tripura Rajya Raksha Bahini (TRRB)

    94. Tripura State Volunteers (TSV)

    95. Tripura National Democratic Tribal Force (TNDTF)

    96. National Militia of Tripura (NMT)

    97. All Tripura Bengali Regiment (ATBR)

    98. Bangla Mukti Sena (BMS)

    99. All Tripura Liberation Organisation (ATLO)

    100. Tripura National Army (TNA)

    101. Tripura State Volunteers (TSV)

    102. Borok National Council of Tripura (BNCT)

    103. Mizoram

    104. Bru National Liberation Front

    105. Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)

    106. Arunachal Pradesh

    107. Arunachal Dragon Force (ADF)

    108. Left-wing Extremist groups

    109. People's Guerrilla Army

    110. People's War Group

    111. Maoist Communist Centre

    112. Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)

    113. Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Janashaktih

    114. Tamil National Retrieval Troops (TNRT)

    December 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  20. Blue Saffron☼

    Much ado about nothing. It's all good. It is all hugs and kisses with Kim and Castro. Modi, on the other hand, needs to stand trial.

    December 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  21. Blue Saffron☼

    85 and not a cloud. Lei's, tiki coktails and lobsters. Fun is in the air.

    December 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Cristobal

      Not over over. It is curry masala galore. Lol

      December 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Bo Burnside

      Hubba Hubba !!

      December 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  22. Hannah

    To say the movie is not satirical warfare is a misnomer. You don't fool us.

    December 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • Bo Burnside

      India's Modi would have made better caricature.

      December 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  23. Cantor

    The Rat Pack are back @Blue Saffron, Hannah, Cristobal. LOL

    Good riddance to the @Mine Canaries. All Done. Mission Accomplished.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • Better Tomorrow

      Love it. Dino was wonderful. I pull out Rat Pack's Christmas CD every year. Nostalgic.

      December 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  24. Bo Burnside

    Be careful what you say @Cantor the bats come out at night.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  25. Better Tomorrow

    @Hannah and @Blue Saffron this is all a tempest in a teapot. Using Hollywood for political leverage.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  26. Blue Saffron☼

    Yup, owls can see better in dark too.
    Seriously, ridiculing foreign leaders via Hollywood is BAD PUBLIC POLICY. It will boomerang on us.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  27. Blue Saffron☼

    I also do not think that our convictions are deep enough. Look at Cuba. No public discourse. Within seconds they are good. Says who? I have nothing against them. Never had. Plus I love Montecristos. I just don't trust bureaucracy. Any. Anywhere.
    Please tell me I am wrong and why.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Sky Hi

      You hit the spot. CNN is a dubious enterprise.

      December 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Reply
      • Cantor

        You bet. Wolfblitzer is an Israeli implant.

        December 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm |
  28. Blue Saffron☼

    Watch. In a few months Bourdain will be sampling pork dumplings in Pyongyang.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Hannah

      Dog short ribs more likely. But really, why are we still fighting with NK? Because we need an enemy to keep the public focused away from domestic issues.

      December 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  29. Sky Hi

    J apan is the problem in Asia Pacific. While Israel the satan in ME.
    Take them out of the equation and we have no problems. Neither NK nor Cuba.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  30. Cantor

    @Blue Saffron and Sky Hi the American Government and CNN really think the American public is gullible. Shame.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Reply
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