I notice the MSM, with their usual keen eye, have entirely missed the point of the Sony issue – it isn’t that there was a cyber-attack: in the modern era, cyber-attacks will only become more common. No, the problem is that Sony – and Paramount – have shown an incredible level of cowardice.
I’m not sure if Sony was more worried about a terrorist attack on a theater or further revelations of internal Sony communications, but whatever the reason for their surrender, it is disgusting. It doesn’t matter who really did the cyber-attack – and people falling over themselves to devise ever more bizarre theories about who might “really” be behind the attack are just distracting from the real issue (and as the MSM seems to be running with it, I’m guessing that a lot of MSM outfits are terrified of their internal communications being revealed to the world: as an aside, this brings me back to my view about doing anything over the internet – it is a completely public place, there is no real possibility of privacy…if you can’t do it in broad daylight in your front yard with your grandmother watching, don’t do it on the internet). What have we become? A nation which is afraid – afraid to say things and do things for fear that someone might attack us for saying or doing. It is a terrible state of affairs.
It is also, of course, tailor-made for leftism…and no surprise that a Communist nation like North Korea might well be behind such things. What is the difference between what North Korea has allegedly done and screaming Stalinists in the United States do when they, for instance, get a speaker banned from a college? Peas in a pod. What this event tells me is that 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Communism is again on the march and is being far more successful than it ever was when run from Moscow…now its run from a hundred different places, and enabled by cowards who are afraid of a fight.
UPDATE: Rand Paul has essentially taken Obama’s side on the Cuba issue. This is just another reason why I can never be a Libertarian and while I’d vote Paul if he got the nomination, he’s way down there on my list of choices. Libertarians have the nonsensical – really, rather stupid – idea that if you trade with tyrannical regimes they will liberalize. Grab a clue: they won’t. In fact, they’ll get more tyrannical. We’ve been going down this route with tyrants since we set up relations with Stalin’s USSR in the 1930’s. Here’s the thing everyone needs to understand: tyrants don’t care. They’ll steal their own people’s money in order to live well. They’ll have them slave away in order to make things which can be sold to us for hard cash (tyrant money is always functionally worthless in the global market). They’ll use the wealth we provide – that which they don’t steal to build themselves palaces and monuments, that is – to buy weapons to fight us, allies to hate us, and traitors to undermine us (the USSR routinely funded leftist groups in the West – these days, Oil State kleptocracies spend money in the US to burnish their image, and hold down US oil production). Trade with tyrants is always a bad idea – we shouldn’t be opening up to Cuba; we should be shutting ourselves down to China.
UPDATE II: Had forgot about this – but, all people of the left are all alike…and so remember when the Clintons managed to get a movie cancelled?