We can talk all day about Freedom of Speech, Internet hacking, enemy action and threats to American lives, but my one thought this evening after seeing a preview for the already yanked Sony film The Interview was:
Yes, we really are a Global Village now, and the North Koreans . . . sorry, the Guardians of Peace . . . have become honorary Americans.
In one fell swoop they have joined the proud ranks of the book burners, the angry crowds who demand that invitations to speak at college campuses be withdrawn, insist that songs or musicians be banned from the airwaves, the unruly, unwashed mobs of pitchfork wielding villagers who demand that TV networks yank a series off the air because they (or the stars) offend their sensibilities, the Cotton Mathers who demand that books be removed from public libraries . . .
. . . or screech that film companies either not release films, else not produce films they already have plans to make, because they find the content objectionable.
And by threatening violence, they put themselves on the same intellectual pedestal as any yahoo upset that taxpayer money is spent teaching our young the evils of evolution.
In short, the North Koreans responsible for forcing Sony to capitulate - not all that hard to do, really, in today’s climate - should probably head to the nearest American embassy and apply for political asylum, at the very least.
Quote of the Day
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. - Robert Brault