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. rupert

    Just save a little bit for Philip. Little Islam boy.

    December 26, 2014 at 10:26 am | Reply
  2. Blue Saffron☼

    In Nigeria we have Boko. In India we got Bodo. The former, terrorists. The latter, freedom fighters. Two peas but from different pods.

    December 26, 2014 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Boko Haram is a covert CIA operation, Blue Saffron. You have GOT to stop believing official versions of stories until AFTER you have spent dozens of hours investigating them.

      December 26, 2014 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Wikileaks

      Boko Haram is a covert CIA operation.

      http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=boko%20haram%20cia%20covert%20operation&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tarnews.co.za%2Fboko-haram-is-a-cia-covert-operation-wikileaks-2%2F&ei=BX-dVPb4Oob1yATJ84C4CQ&usg=AFQjCNEug85Q-CXiev-ppqouxf-HIKpT1Q&bvm=bv.82001339,d.aWw

      December 26, 2014 at 10:31 am | Reply
  3. Blue Saffron☼

    Prominent Indian writer and human rights activist, Arundhati Roy has said that Indian Hindoo army and police are using raipe as a weapon against people in Kashmir and parts of India like Manipur.

    Arundhati Roy in a media interview in New Delhi while commenting on the issue of the recent Delhi raipe incident said that when raipe was used as a means of domination by the Upper Caste of the Hindus or by army and police in India, it always went unpunished.

    December 26, 2014 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Philip

      According to the Department of Justice, Americans raype over 246,000 men, wome, boys and girls each year. And since studies show that the majority of raypes are kept secret from police, the actual number of people rayped by Americans is closer to 750K per year. That's over 2000 raypes PER DAY in the USA.

      December 26, 2014 at 10:34 am | Reply
      • rupert

        Adriana Grande rapyped me.

        December 26, 2014 at 10:50 am |
    • Philip

      Raype in India is the fourth most common crime against women in India.[1][2] According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report, 24,923 raype cases were reported across India in 2012.[3] Out of these, 24,470 were committed by relative or neighbor; in other words, the victim knew the alleged rapist in 98 per cent of the cases.[4]

      December 26, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
  4. Blue Saffron☼

    :::20% of women or 140 million women have been gang raiped in India

    :::60% of men or 420 million men in India think that gang raiping and burning the wife alive for dowry by spraying kerosene and lighting her up is acceptable.

    :::Only 1% of raipes in India are reported.

    :::There is a raipr every 2 seconds in India

    ::: 85% of women in India have been groped, their breasts pulled like pork and a ss fingered

    ::80% of hinddoous track to rail tracks to defecate in India

    :: 95% of hinddoous in India don't have toilets

    December 26, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Crockett

      Them hindoos even raipe their muthers and sisters. Ask chrisy. she was raiped in india since her childhood. and continues. Ask her.

      December 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Albert

      I spoke to a guy from India. He says Modi is good.

      December 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  5. Philip

    Raype in India is the fourth most common crime against women in India.[1][2] According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report, 24,923 raype cases were reported across India in 2012.[3] Out of these, 24,470 were committed by relative or neighbor; in other words, the victim knew the alleged rapist in 98 per cent of the cases.[4]...

    December 26, 2014 at 10:49 am | Reply
  6. Blue Saffron☼

    A raipe every 2 seconds in India translates to about 43,000 raipes every day. Hindoos doing what they know best.

    December 26, 2014 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • Black Saffron

      Raype in India is the fourth most common crime against women in India.[1][2] According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report, 24,923 raype cases were reported across India in 2012.[3] Out of these, 24,470 were committed by relative or neighbor; in other words, the victim knew the alleged rapist in 98 per cent of the cases.[4]

      Now, I aint no math wizard, but according to DoJ and National Crime Records Beureu, American's raypes abouts 20 times as many people as Indians do's, boi.

      December 26, 2014 at 11:03 am | Reply
      • Crockett

        Indians eat a lot of masala which is very hot. There is no entertainment in India except to raipe. Put this two together and you have a perfect recipe for hindoos to raipe and raipe and raipe. get it?

        December 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm |
  7. rupert

    Taylor swift rayped me too

    December 26, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
  8. rupert

    Blue Saffron mo less ted me

    December 26, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
  9. Blue Saffron☼

    Modi is a raipist. He does not raipe his relatives.but whoever he can get his paws on.

    December 26, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
  10. rupert

    Blue Saffron is a Muslim raypist

    December 26, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
  11. rupert

    Blue Saffron is an Islamic raypist from Pakistan

    December 26, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
  12. rupert

    Blue Saffron and Philip deserve each other.

    Pair of du mb stu.pid. morons.

    December 26, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply
  13. Crockett

    @Blue saffron. You nailed it. Drag that murderer Modi to Int'l Criminal Court to be tried for his crimes. Send Rupert along to s ukk his ballz

    December 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  14. chri§§y

    Crockett why dont you please drop dead and put us all out of our misery you p o s!

    December 26, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  15. sabina

    Obama is good in criticizing the president of North Korea but really Obama's place is not in the white house but rather on a tree in the African jungle with the rest of the monkies.

    December 27, 2014 at 3:36 am | Reply
  16. Pappy

    Modi used to live on a mango tree in India with monkeys. There he met @chri§§y who was eating fleas off ITS skin. Modi forced @chri§§y to give him a B J. in exchange for a banana. Modi reneged. @chri§§y shoved the strapped d ik up Modi's a zz. Bal Thackeray got born as a result. Hindus raipe each other to celebrate.

    December 27, 2014 at 4:54 am | Reply
  17. Calcutta Chrissy

    banasy dated chrissy. While watching a movie at a drive-in in Bhutan, Banasy raiped her. It produced rupert. Philip took the fifth.

    December 27, 2014 at 5:06 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Fifth of Jack Daniels, maybe. The 5th amendment is stupid and should be removed from the US Consti tution.

      December 27, 2014 at 7:16 am | Reply
  18. Philip

    Hmmm. Guess that shut them up for once.

    December 27, 2014 at 7:14 am | Reply
  19. Philip

    Blue Saffron was rayped by his own left hand.

    December 27, 2014 at 7:18 am | Reply
  20. Kind Man

    What's wrong, Chrissy?
    "That toilet plunger over there rayped me again"
    Awe. I will clean off that plunger for you. But right now I have to go barf.

    December 27, 2014 at 7:20 am | Reply
  21. Philip

    George W. Bush actually did raype Margie Shoedinger.
    RIP Margie. Sorry only this one old white dude remembers you.

    December 27, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply
    • Philip

      Yes. He did raype her. And had her killed after she blew the whistle on him.
      Isn't it odd how long the list is of whistle blowers who "commit suicide". Click on link below to read about Margie and others like her. Thank you.
      http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104×2802130

      December 27, 2014 at 7:41 am | Reply
  22. Philip

    Did I mention that I hate Donna banazi vehemently?

    December 27, 2014 at 7:50 am | Reply
  23. Jeremy Hotchkiss

    Mr. Philip I don't think you are funny.
    I would advise that either you start posting sensible comments or refrain from doing so altogether. Do you understand?

    December 27, 2014 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • Cougar

      This character dresses up in many names and calls himself bobcat, banasy, hannah, chrissy, cristobal, joey, j von etc. We have caught on to this nincompoop.

      December 27, 2014 at 10:30 am | Reply
      • Cougar

        I am referring to @Philip.

        December 27, 2014 at 10:31 am |
      • banasy©

        Your assumption that banasy is anyone other than banasy is incorrect.

        December 27, 2014 at 11:24 am |
      • Philip

        you missed rupert.

        December 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm |
      • Cristobal

        And what is THAT banasy? A unicorn? A raipist from India as enunciated by rupert? Tell me.

        December 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm |
      • Philip

        Lmao. Sherlock Holmes you are not, Cooger.

        December 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm |
      • banasy©

        I am me, Cristolbal. Me, and no other.

        December 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm |
  24. Philip

    Shut up banasy. We know the filth you are

    December 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Not me. I have never called banasy "filthy". Only haggardly. 🙂

      December 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      No, Adam. I will not.

      December 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  25. Cristobal

    Blue Saffron you make your point ample clear at 10:50 and 10:52 above. Indians (India) are big time raipists.

    December 27, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Stfu Cistoball. American's raype over 2000 men, women and children daily. (according to DoJ and FBI crime stats) About 24,000 Indian women were rayped last year, and 98% of those by members of their own family or by family friends and neighbors.

      December 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  26. Cristobal

    Raipe is hindoo middle name just like yours Philip.

    December 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  27. O'Leary

    Shut tfu Philip. Quit s ukkin banasy n ippuls.

    December 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Incorrect again.

      December 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Reply
      • O'Leary

        So you are s ukkin his balles

        December 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm |
      • banasy©

        Incorrect again!

        December 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm |
  28. O'Leary

    Yo rupert, stop kissin Blue Saffron's beehind

    December 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  29. Cantor

    The stinky hindu boy is busy raypin

    December 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  30. Blue Diamond

    Which one Cantor? There are quite a few over here.

    December 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
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