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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Did you hear the one about . .

    . . the hindoo from India who went to hell and got his a zz curried up and wings attached? He said, "God! Look! I'm an angel!", and God said, "No you stupid f ukkin hindoo! You're a bat, now eff off!"

    So the bat descended on this CNN forum. LOL

    December 24, 2014 at 3:31 am | Reply
    • rupert

      They should make a movie about Pakistan. Pakistan elects Blue Saffron as their Prime Minister. Blue Saffron declares that Kashmir belongs to Pakistan. Then the Indian army invades Kashmir and slaughters the Paki people there.
      Then the Indian army detaches blue Saffron's arms like wings on a fly.

      But he escapes and limps here to these cnn forums.

      December 24, 2014 at 8:06 am | Reply
      • Ustov Golthier

        Ahhhh.... India's nemesis. Don't Pakistanis look down upon terrorist/raipist hindus from India?

        December 24, 2014 at 10:21 am |
  2. chri§§y

    @Joey I am not a bat nor dracula. Don't I remind you of Kali Ma?

    Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head.

    December 24, 2014 at 3:39 am | Reply
    • chri§§y

      Eat your heart out ISIS. We beat you to the beheadings.

      December 24, 2014 at 3:40 am | Reply
  3. Rosey Khambatta

    SONY: Another Sequel

    Jerome had a brilliant idea as he was recovering in hospital from Ebola he contracted during a human safari to India. He took Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliette and updated it to become West Side Story. Instead of Capuletes and Montagues, he used the Sharks and Jets street gangs to represent the two feuding families.

    December 24, 2014 at 3:43 am | Reply
    • Rosey Khambatta

      It is time for another update of this Shakespeare masterpiece. Now we need to use the brahmins and dalits of hindoo culture as the fighting families. Like the H atfields and M cCoys, if you will.

      December 24, 2014 at 3:45 am | Reply
  4. Rosey Khambatta

    SONY: Incredible India

    Just took a flight from Newark, NJ to Chicago. This guy sitting next to me was smelling like rotten onions. I asked him where he was from. He muttered Bangalore, India. I apologized politely to him and told him that I was nauseous due to his BO. That I will call flight attendant to move to another seat. I did so but none were available. Halfway through the flight he opens up a tupperware. It had some kind of fish curry. The smell coupled with his BO did me in. B'fore I could get up I started throwing up all over including into his curry. I was sick. The doctor on the flight helped me move to the toilet. Thank you. I was later told that guy from India kept on eating his curry and licking his fingers in sheer joyful ecstasy. More power to him. I have landed at O'Hare and am still sick from the odor.

    December 24, 2014 at 4:00 am | Reply
    • Rosey Khambatta

      The above is the opening scene of sewuel to The Interview. Enjoy

      December 24, 2014 at 4:01 am | Reply
      • Rosey Khambatta

        Sequel not sewuel! See, I am not a bat. I can't see at night.

        December 24, 2014 at 4:02 am |
    • Nawaz Sharif

      Good morning all. Rupert asked me to share a scene of an upcoming movie "Pakistan, the Land of D-Bags"

      Scene 3..Kashmir.
      I am Blue Saffron. I was ridding a bus with Pakis around me. The Paki BO smelled so atrocious it could kill a skunk. Hasn't much time. I had to disengage a major bo mb. I wanted tp save the Pakis but the oder was slowly killing me. Then a big fat stinky paki sat next to me. The natural DNA of a Pakis oder can be deadly.

      I nearly passed out. Finally I arrived at my destination where I was to disengage the bo mb. But I fainted from the curry BO. I was unable to save Pakistan.


      December 24, 2014 at 8:28 am | Reply
      • Ustov Golthier

        Sounds like Assam, India to me.
        Ba Booooom !!!

        December 24, 2014 at 10:21 am |
  5. rupert

    Hey don't forget me. I want the part about about the gang raipist on the moving bus in New Delhi. Remember me. I am the hindoo s hit from Hindustan aka India aka BahRAT.

    December 24, 2014 at 4:08 am | Reply
    • Daddy's Joy

      You are an eff in bat. Eff off 👀

      December 24, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply
  6. rupert


    December 24, 2014 at 7:23 am | Reply
  7. Nawaz Sharif

    They should make a movie about Pakistan getting an epidemic of Ebola.
    Tom Cruise can play me .

    December 24, 2014 at 8:18 am | Reply
  8. Daddy's Joy

    @Bats were out in full force last night.
    They are all albinos. Implying they are all white born in the USA not some developing place.

    December 24, 2014 at 8:20 am | Reply
  9. Nawaz Sharif

    They should make a movie.

    India invades Pakistan and kidnaps all the women and makes them sx slaves.

    December 24, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • Aiden Buford

      Movie? India has the highest slavery rate in the world!! Ahhhh them hindu raipists !!

      December 24, 2014 at 8:48 am | Reply
  10. Aiden Buford

    Brilliant effort to flush out hindu apologists from India trolls on this forum. Absolutely brilliant. Wonder who the genius is?

    December 24, 2014 at 8:46 am | Reply
  11. Nawaz Sharif

    Shut up stupid paki troll

    December 24, 2014 at 8:52 am | Reply
  12. Blue Saffron☼

    So true @Cristobal.
    Now that North Korea issue is behind us let us focus on India ... another global parasite.

    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 pronto to get from Point A to Point B fastest. Now that is a good thing. We can smell the roses and enjoy after reaching the destination. The journey has been one where the surroundings have been full of bloodshed and genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

    December 24, 2014 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • Harold

      Why is it taking so long. Kick India out of UN.

      December 24, 2014 at 10:32 am | Reply
  13. Ustov Golthier

    So well articulated @Blue Saffron. Indeed.
    Moreover, that fart Modi needs to be put on the stand at The Hague.

    December 24, 2014 at 9:11 am | Reply
  14. rupert

    Difference between United States Marine and ISIS:

    TRAITS....................................... U.S. MARINES. .............................................ISIS



    SALARY.......................................TAX PAYERS......................................................BLOOD MONEY

    PENSIONS......................................YES, AVAILABLE...............................................NO..

    TREATMENT OF PRISONERS........INTERROGATION...............................................BEHEADINGS

    Gee some if u stupid Americans, our military ain't that bad after all.

    December 24, 2014 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • Ustov Golthier

      I could not disagree with you more. You are looking at India's problems through the wrong prism.


      Metal Rodding/Gang Raipes
      Human Sacrifices to clay gods
      Self immolation

      December 24, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
  15. rupert



    PENSIONS ....YES..................NO


    December 24, 2014 at 9:28 am | Reply
  16. Ustov Golthier

    Terrorism, IEDs, self immolation methodology and suicide belt technology was invented by Indian hinddoous in Sri Lanka. They trained Tamils as suicide bombers and terrorists. They were marketed as Tamil Tigers. The terrorism lasted 35 years. Hundreds of thousands were killed as a result. The hate towards India was so much in Sri Lanka that Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was slapped by a Sri Lankan soldier during an official visit. He was later assassinated.

    December 24, 2014 at 9:29 am | Reply
  17. rupert

    No country is perfect. Your focus on only India makes u less credible.
    Every country has the good and the bad

    December 24, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply
  18. rupert

    What about atrocious acts in
    You only focus on India. So u do not care about people. U only care about what India does. Nothing else.
    U are half blind fool

    December 24, 2014 at 9:34 am | Reply
  19. Ustov Golthier

    Now, billions are starving in India so important to visit Mars. Why?
    FIRST::: to find water! Why? Hinddoous don't shower.
    cow urine....So why they need water? To wash Shiva's d ic.
    SECOND: To find methane. Well, they can pipe hinddoou a zz for that.
    CONCLUSION: This is just to divert attention of Indians from an imploding India.

    December 24, 2014 at 9:36 am | Reply
  20. rupert

    Blah blah blah.

    December 24, 2014 at 10:04 am | Reply
  21. Ustov Golthier

    What has happened in India is very similar to the raipe culture in Congo and Rwanda and the terrible loss of lives that could have been avoided. It is apathy at work, a perfunctoriness of sorts. A neglect to celebrate human life and respect women. Perhaps embedded in the preachings of hinduism such concepts are contrary to the underpinnings of civilized religions such as christianity.

    December 24, 2014 at 10:23 am | Reply
  22. rupert

    India congo genocide


    December 24, 2014 at 10:34 am | Reply
  23. rupert

    bunch of irrelevant paki trolls

    December 24, 2014 at 10:35 am | Reply
    • Harold

      Really? Then why are you responding? Seems like they have hit a nerve in you.

      December 24, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply
  24. Tom White

    The frikkin guy is from India @Harold.
    He is jobless. Leave him alone. He may blow his suicide belt.

    December 24, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
  25. Crockett

    The @Dracula aka @Bat is sleeping. Wait till the darkness comes. IT will emerge. LOL

    December 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  26. rupert

    Paki irrelevant trolls

    Blah blah blah

    December 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  27. Tom White

    Hindus sing jhinga bells for xmas.

    Dashing through the Ganges
    In a one cow open sleigh
    O'er the sewage filled waters we go
    Raiping all the way
    Oh what fun it is
    Shoving candles up five year olds all the way
    The hinddoou way....shall we say
    Of course we may
    We are Indian hinddoou raipists all the way

    December 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  28. Hannah

    Sun is soon going down in parts of the world. Expect @Bat to emerge then. We have the Bat Cam monitoring the landscape. LOL.

    December 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  29. Cristobal

    Merry Christmas to all!!!
    Happy Holidays!!!
    Happy New Year!!!


    December 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  30. Blue Saffron☼

    Season's Greetings to all !!!!
    Have a wonderful 2015!!!


    December 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
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