Gallows Humor

Sony’s capitulation in the face of threats by unidentified sources, who are presumed to support the odious Kim dynasty, serves to confirm what most of us have known for some time. Namely, the extent of allowable political discourse in popular culture is inextricably linked to the willingness of the objects of political criticism to violently suppress that criticism. Or, at the very least, intimate the unpleasant nature of the response in store for those willing to offer a dissenting voice. An interview the iconic Indo-British author and apostate Salman Rushdie did with Irshad Manji several years ago is worthwatching again, if only because in it Rushdie makes the ineluctable observation that with each acquiescence to the grievances of Islam-whose appetite for grievance is insatiable by its very nature-Western society weakens its resolve to stand up to less imposing gangsters and their intimations of violence. As this complete and utter surrender to a third-rate, despotic Asian reich demonstrates.

  • Just a thought

    Inside job?

    Also, this isn’t some cheap publicity trick, to make everyone want to see it so it will make millions, is it? …wouldn’t put it past ’em.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I say this is absolutely NOT Sony corporate. Lots of executives are going to lose their jobs, if not the president of Sony herself.
      That does not discount certain inside or former employees coordinating with the bad guys as to where all the treasure is buried and how to get arround what security they had.
      There are still lots of blank spaces left on this crossword.

      • Just a thought

        Well, of course, I could be wrong about it being a marketing ploy, but it would be an effective one. I saw on another blog people swearing up and down they would now eagerly stand in line, just to get even with the NORKs. And, if I’m wrong, I can imagine the execs saying, “Darn, why didn’t we think of that?”

        But, yes, “still lots of blank spaces left…”

      • Yup it ain’t played out yet.

  • Frau Katze

    It’s disgraceful that China supports this regime.

    Unless North Korea invades or bombs another country, or China gives up its patronage of the Hermit Kingdom, it’s hard to see much concrete coming out of the report. Paul Whitefield at the Los Angeles Times remembers the post-Holocaust slogan, “Never Again,” then throws up his hands in resignation:

    So what should the world do? What can the world do? Must we accept that in North Korea, basic freedoms — even such a simple thing as the right not to starve — are denied most people? You already know the answer: Yes. Diplomacy can’t fix North Korea’s problems. And we are not going to attack North Korea. And even if we did, as we saw in Iraq and Afghanistan, once we’ve broken it, we own it. And we don’t want to own North Korea’s problems.