News that Sony Pictures has pulled the release of The Interview is regrettable, but comparing it with the Munich Agreement (as Rob Lowe did) is a bit of over-acting. For a couple of reasons:
- this is a tactical withdrawal by Sony, not a strategic one. They haven’t caved in, they’re (hopefully) figuring out how to win a long game.
- assuming the hack does indeed originate from the glorious, infallible workers’ paradise of the People’s Deomcratic Republic of Korea, they just made a rather serious mistake. They’ve gone from being distracting to being irritating. With nuclear weapons. Over a movie (which, I may be proved wrong, is unlikely to be any good). Some very serious people with short haircuts are paying attention now.
Kim Jong-un has a bad hand, and he’s playing it really badly. I think he’s counting on the rest of us to lose our cool and buy his bluff. Yeah nah. (And by the way, part of resisting the bad guys is not publishing the stolen tittle-tattle or reading it. Ignore the bastards.)
Which brings me to the other piece of bad news/good news. The Taliban’s evil murder of 130+ children in Peshawar might just be the straw that will finally convince all Pakistanis that extremism must be defeated not accommodated. Might, maybe, possibly and only 40 years too late, but maybe this time the bad guys have run over the cliff.