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. Hannah

    I am so impressed with the way African Americans are standing up for principles.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  2. Hannah

    They have finally figured out the road to emancipation. Police force anywhere in America will never be same.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  3. rupert

    Hi slu t

    December 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
    • Igor

      Your mother?

      December 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  4. rupert

    Blue Saffron & Hannah are living proof that donkeys fu ck monkeys

    December 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Igor

      That would beike your father phucking your newly born daughter. I guess thst is acceptable in your hindoo culture.

      December 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  5. Hannah

    The bat is out as darkness sets. Told ya.
    Dracula perhaps? Jeepers Creepers!

    December 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  6. rupert

    Aaaha! Aaaha! Said the donkey. Just when the smell of disgusting paki smell was leaving.
    Oh well. Pass the Lysol.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  7. Cantor

    10/4 on the bats. Blue Saffron likes them shoved up his dirty Islamic a.s.z.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  8. Igor

    So charlie. I like bats and brushes shoved up my a.s.zz.
    Nothing new.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  9. Igor

    I fu ck my dog at home and I fu k my mother.
    It is Islam tradition.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  10. Igor

    Uhh sadly in the news in Pakistan. A bufoon rayped Blue Saffron.
    It gave Blue Saffron much joy.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  11. Hannah

    What has a mustache, hair in the under arms, smells like Paki BO and eats camel s hit?
    Blue Saffron's mother and all paki women.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  12. rupert

    @Hannah. Good one that was soooo funny

    December 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  13. Cow in a Bottle©

    Well hello Hannah. And rupert.
    So I guess Blue Saffron likes bafoons. That would explain it.
    You see, his mother is a bafoon and his father is a Pakistani donkey.
    It makes sense now.

    December 23, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  14. Cow in a Bottle©

    I see the paki oder has gone away.
    Put the Lysol away. Until later. Lol

    December 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  15. Philip

    80% of nurses are drug addicts

    December 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  16. banasy@

    Not true. Consider the source where u got that information.

    December 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  17. Philip

    I got a great source u old hag b tch

    December 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  18. banasy@

    I seriously doubt that u ignorant a.s.s.

    December 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  19. chrissy

    @Philip. Comic strips don't count. So as usual, u make absolutely no sense.
    U pig of a man!

    December 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  20. Philip

    U two old hags make me sick.
    GN
    Zzzzz. Zzzzzz
    Zzzzzzzzzz

    December 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  21. rupert

    Facepalm®

    December 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  22. Blue Saffron

    Modi is sooooo bad. He Will pay for his criminal acts.
    He must be brought to trial for genocide.

    B@$tard!

    December 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  23. Dazzle

    Evening all. I see the India trolls have taken a small break.
    Nice rest for all of us.
    Take care.

    December 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  24. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Cia Dazzle. Thank u for the nice thoughts. I am certain that Sony will mend it's decision and allow the movie to be out at a future date.

    December 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  25. bobcat2U

    Why did the chicken walk across the road?

    Because it couldn't fly.

    December 23, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    Did you get my email @ dazzle?

    December 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  27. chri§§y

    And @ philip that was NOT me earlier. I KNOW how to spell YOU and how i spell my name.

    December 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  28. chri§§y

    Oh and it wasnt banasy either @ philip! Her name is ALWAYS in blue and has the trademark symbol. Thought YOU woulda picked up on that but obviously your hatred takes over your common sense!

    December 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  29. Blue Saffron

    And that wasn't dazzle either. Must be that rupert fooling around, chrissy.

    Merry xmas cutie patootie.

    December 24, 2014 at 2:36 am | Reply
  30. sabina

    George Bush the criminal is sick. He'll soon be meeting Satan in the centre of hell.
    Now we need Michael Lynton to make another comedy movie but this time to kill president Obama, there is nothing wrong with that because it's only a comedy.

    December 24, 2014 at 3:15 am | Reply
    • rupert

      They should make a movie about India attacking Pakistan and slaughtering innocent civilians in Pakistan. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just a movie.

      December 24, 2014 at 7:58 am | Reply
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