Do you want your children to be the ones dead so that the US can go avenge them? Or would you prefer they not die in the first place?
Our freedoms are, by far, our most important possession. They are more important than my life, my children's lives, your life. After 9/11, there was quite a bit of talk about us going on with our lives, still living them as we would have months earlier. If not, the terrorists get to define us. If we grant them that power, they win. This time, the terrorists won, and not because our government caved, but ball-less corporate concerns about liability. Sony was put into a bad place though; the bullshit Aurora, Colorado lawsuit is STILL ongoing. Sony didn't have a good decision to make.
That's rhetorical; unless you basically never avoid any area ever and don't want your children to either for reasons of safety.
Send your 8 year old wandering the city at night? Sure, someone may kidnap him: but his freedom is more important than his life. I suspect you are very brave on the internet. I suspect when the gun gets pointed at you, you start doing what the guy with the gun says despite it not being "free".
It's easy to sit back and arm-chair the decision when a) you don't believe it's a real threat, b) you won't be proven wrong because what you advocate will not have been tried and c) you have nothing at all on the line.
It's also a straw man. No freedom has been taken.
But of course, this is getting into rhetorical realms. Nothing would have happened. It was your usual amount of pointless North Korean bluster.
This is literally the first time I've ever discussed North Korea on Slashdot. I don't have a *usual* anything.