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Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 112

by cold fjord (#48649539) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

You're post is bullshit. Iraq's long history of aggression, violations of human rights, crimes against humanity, and many other crimes was a part of the discussion prior to the invasion. You're trying to rewrite history but it fails since not everyone has forgotten. The same regime was in power the entire time and it was only going to get worse when Saddam's sons took over.

Iraq actually did posses banned missiles and warheads at the time of the invasion. What it didn't have was the chemical agent filler for the warheads, which some something it would be able to create fairly quickly once it had bribed its way out of sanctions as it was doing. I indicated above what happened to that filler, which was also a violation of various obligations on Iraq.

Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 112

by cold fjord (#48649327) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Well then, until you take a plane to South Korea, examine the situation yourself (how will you convince the banks to let you look?), and spend probably a couple of years developing the expertise on how the North Koreans operate to say one way or another you don't have much useful to say on the matter I would guess. Can we rely upon your silence until you have that expertise and direct access to evidence?

Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 112

by cold fjord (#48649159) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

I see. So you will just assume the opposite when a US government law enforcement agencies makes a statements ... in all cases, without proof. (Because you really think you're going to get definitive proof of every statement they make?) I think you might have "jumped the shark" there. And frankly I find it amusing that you are effectively believing North Korea's denials.

As to that "WMD bullshit fiasco" .... (assuming you're talking about Iraq instead of Libya that surrendered its WMDs, or Syria which (supposedly) surrendered its WMDs) ..... can I ask a few clarifying questions?

Did Iraq invade Kuwait and Iran?
Did Iraq attack Saudi Arabia and Israel?
Did Iraq use WMDs against Iran?
Did Iraq threatened to use WMDs against Israel and other countries?
Did Iraq use WMDs to kill large numbers of Kurds?
Is Iraq filled with hundreds of mass graves due to Saddams mass murder?
After the 2003 invasion were illegal long range missiles found in Iraq?
After the 2003 invasion were illegal empty chemical warheads for long range missiles found?
Was Iraq supporting terrorism, such as the Abu Nidal organization, and Palestinian suicide bombers, and many others?
Was Iraq engaged in massive corruption in the Oil for Food program, bribing officials around the world while it diverted money to weapons and building palaces for Saddam?
Was Iraq shooting at Coalition aircraft on a more or less daily basis? (An act of war.)
Were live chemical and biological weapons found in Iraq after the 2003 invasion?
Did Saddam have the Iraqi government act as if it still had hidden chemical weapons to fool Iran since it thought the Western powers wouldn't do anything?

The answer to all of those is "Yes." There were something like 20 causes of action against Iraq, and only 1 of them wasn't found to be true. The only reason it wasn't was because after having fooled UN inspectors for years the Iraqi government secretly dumped its supply of VX nerve gas somewhere in the desert but didn't claim credit for it and still had the government continue to act as if it still had chemical weapons but was hiding them.

Does that help? Or do you still not really understand what was going on?

Comment: Re:Cultural differences (Score 1) 104

by cold fjord (#48648999) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

In China (and most east-asian cultures), you never disrespect rulers. It simply is not done ....

That works fine for people under their control, but we now live in a global information age in which the opinion of some minor person around the globe could find its way there. They should probably toughen up. Besides, if they want to sling it they need to learn to take it, and both North Korea and China have had plenty of anti-American and anti-Western propaganda over the years, including that aimed specifically at the leaders.

.... and they see it as a grave insult to the entire nation to do so.

"L'état, c'est moi" in North Korea or China? I thought the Communists did away with royalty. Live and learn I guess.

Comment: Re:calling it (Score 1) 112

by cold fjord (#48648765) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

It could just have easily been an inside job, done with portable drives, backed by any faction.

Could you explain why this faction in Sony would be hacking South Korean banks?

FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

North Korea was identified as the culprit based on the type of attacking software used to penetrate Sony Pictures' computer networks. Those malicious programs, known as malware, are among those known to have been used by North Korea in the past, the FBI said.

The malware also included code that pointed to Internet addresses previously used by North Korea. The FBI also said the tools used to attack Sony were similar to those North Korea used against South Korean banks and media outlets.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 138

by cold fjord (#48648505) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

. I enjoy liberties the police never can. My liberty should ALWAYS exceed the police's.

So you like dressing in the uniform of your local police department*, driving over the speed limit with your siren blaring, and arresting people?

*Often illegal unless you are actually a member of the police force.

Comment: Re:"Cultural arrogance" (Score 2) 104

by cold fjord (#48648325) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

I see the Committee For Perpetual Rage Against America is hard at work again, and one of its prominent spokesmen has released a statement. Let's take a look at it.

Yes, freedom of speech and all that, but free speech is not free from consequences. Expecting the North Koreans not to react, expecting it not to affect the US-DPRK relationship is naive at best.

So you're suggesting that North Korea doesn't like to get treated the same way it treats others?

North Korea blows up White House in propaganda video - Mar 19, 2013

The Chinese do have a point here.

The Chinese? The same People's Republic of China that is actively trying to steal land, sea, and resources from its neighbors while the US is helping China's neighbors defend themselves? Those neighbors might have a different opinion.

First the US attacks other countries with cyber weapons like Struxnet ...

You mean Iran's illicit nuclear weapons program? So you prefer a shooting war then, with nuclear weapons?

Then it gets in a huff when others attack its movie industry, and tries to take the moral high ground.

You're comparing a comedy movie to nuclear weapons? Do we all need to fear the coming HarHarmageddon? You don't think that is a little unhinged, do you?

They also have a point about insulting the leaders of other countries.

We've already seen that North Korea long ago showed propaganda featuring the destruction of the White House with the implication of killing the US President. Will you now turn your complaints against North Korea? I suspect not, your perpetual grievance is with the US, you only need the cause of the moment.

Considering the delicate nature of the relationship between North Korea and the US making this kind of film doesn't seem like a very smart move.

North Korea considers itself at war with much of the rest of the world, and technically they are right. But even given that, and the previously demonstrated North Korean propaganda, are you claiming that the North Koreans are dumb too with that statement? Do you think that might be risky?

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