Now that SONY has surrendered to the terrorists, Americans left right and center are all outraged saying who are they or any country to tell us what he can see and can’t see. The movie called “The Interview” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen was a comedy about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un. It did look funny from the trailer I saw even though it got bad advanced reviews. Now everybody wants to see it. Even Sean Hannity said no matter how bad it is he would still see it to show up North Korea that we aren’t afraid of their threats. Even Obama urged people to see it for the same reason.
However I see this as a double edged sword with SONY pulling the movie. The terrorists who have been identified as from North Korea with possible help from Iran, China or Russia were very crafty in their cyber warfare. First they released embarrassing e-mails of SONY heads Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin showing them as they really are making all kinds of racist comments which is why they are in so much hot water now and she faces being replaced on her job. Then they released the social security numbers and personal medical information of all their employees along with new unreleased movies. Third they made threats bringing up 9/11 references of an attack on Christmas Day in any theater showing the movie and anyone living near a movie theater showing it should be out of their house that day. SONY then capitulated and surrendered causing America to lose their first cyber war.
I say this is a double edged sword because by SONY surrendering they are showing other countries how weak we are and making us vulnerable to other countries doing the same thing to bring us down. The House Cyber chairman has warned that our grids, Wall Street or even Washington could be next. On the other hand suppose SONY refused to give into their demands and show the movie and a movie theater or several movie theaters got blown up on that day. Have we forgotten so soon what one maniac did in a Colorado movie theater not too long ago? This is a country we are dealing with making these threats who probably have agents in this country right now willing to die for the cause. I’m sure if a movie theater got blown up then all these people would be saying SONY should have held back on releasing the film as it is better to be safe than sorry. So SONY was caught between a rock and a hard place. Release the film and risk having movie theater blown up or not release it and make us appear vulnerable to the rest of the world.
Obama then insisted that America would strike back at the hermit kingdom for sponsoring the hacking of Sony Pictures. “We’ll respond proportionally … in a place, time and manner that we choose,” said the president.
What’s he going to do? Sanctions? We don’t deal with North Korea. As one commenter recently remarked:
And what, exactly, would you have done, Obama? Putin laughs in your face. Assad laughs at your “red lines”. The Taliban is back in business and now we have ISIS to deal with. Like North Korea would take anything you said seriously? I don’t think so, toothless tiger.
The software used in the hacking was at a level of sophistication not previously seen in past North Korean attacks, a US intelligence source told Fox News, adding that China, Iran and Russia had all used the technology previously. The hackers who launched a cyberattack on Sony Pictures praised the company’s decision to cancel the release of The Interview on Friday and said its data will be secure if they continue to comply, CNN reported. “It’s very wise that you have made a decision to cancel the release of ‘The Interview,'” the message said, according to CNN. “We ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.”
Meanwhile Obama hasn’t helped matters any in keeping us strong. He has reduced our military to pre WW11 status and reduced our nuke capacity by 85% (see link below). North Korea has nukes now and Obama has lifted sanctions on Iran’s uranium enrichment program thus causing them to build nukes. Iran views us as the Great Satan and must be destroyed along with Isreal. Iran is also being viewed as being in on this cyber attack. Under Obama he has turned our friends into enemies and enemies into friends. Our friends no longer trust us and enemies no longer fear us. God help us!!!!