As they should be, frankly the reaction seems inexplicably mild.
Can you imagine the reaction if the shoe was on the other foot? If this was a BD spy caught infiltrating the CIA?
A 'cool down' in relations would be a serious understatement.
"different approach to international diplomacy"
in other words: Ain't Gonna Happen.
Until they incorporate they're not entitled to free speech or religious exemptions.
Yeah, no. You can't enumerate every permutation of every weapon imaginable. At some point, you have to expect an adult to assess a new situation using generally acceptable principals to reach a reasonable conclusion.
Ask a random guy on the street whether Scala is a declarative language and you should expect a random distribution. Ask him whether a disassembled rifle is a weapon and you should expect a solid "yes". You shouldn't need to train on that.
Also, this guy was a dumbass.
A little harsh but dead accurate. They're not legally obligated to sue the grieving parents. They could even draw up a contract and sell them limited rights to have this one statue in perpetuity for a dollar, or some such. For PR reasons, the DC rep could even donate the dollar to the rights purchaser.
There are many ways DC could do this, legally and protected, without being asswipes. They chose "fuck 'em; none of the above".
DC would probably have no choice but to sue since this is in the public spotlight.
That, or they could be normal decent non-fuckhead humans and let a little boy have a grave that looks like the hero he wanted to be. I prefer that option.
Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself. -- A.H. Weiler