What if Sony releases the movie The Interview, and theatres are bombed?
What if people are killed, maimed, injured?
What if we knew in advance there was a threat to the Boston Marathon?
What if we knew in advance there was a threat to the Colorado theatre?
What if we knew in advance that planes were going to take down the Twin Towers?
What if we knew ISIS was going to behead journalists?
What if we negotiated with terrorists?
What if the Rules of Engagement were changed and Lone Survivor could have been Multiple Survivors?
A lot of “what ifs”. In the business world, what if scenarios are used all the time, to see the end result of changing certain parameters. It gives management a tool to choose what path they want to go.
The United States has a very strict policy of not negotiating with terrorists.
“In a speech today (sic Nov 17, 2014) defending the U.S. war against the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that paying ransoms could endanger more Americans.
“And as for kidnapping, the United States has set a heart-rending but absolutely necessary example by refusing to pay ransom for captured Americans. Last year the U.N. Security Council and the G8 firmly endorsed an identical policy, and all of the evidence shows that where and if a country is paid a ransom, there are many more people who are taken hostage,” Kerry said.”
I was surprised today to hear that George Clooney has taken a hard stand against North Korea, and all that it foretells. He attempted to have high level executive sign a petition to stand behind Sony and release the picture. Not one person would sign it. Clooney was upset by that, and stated “I don’t know what the answer is, but what happened here is part of a much larger deal,” Clooney said. “A huge deal. And people are still talking about dumb emails. Understand what is going on right now, because the world just changed on your watch, and you weren’t even paying attention.” The actor added, “We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f—king people.”
I have to say that personally, when I saw the trailers for The Interview, and watched Rogen and Franco on the talk shows, my first thought was “wow, that’s really going to piss off North Korea.” But I never thought they would take it this far.
So. What would YOU do, if you knew in advance a set of circumstances? Would you change the policies of the country? Would you just hide in your homes? Would you try to effect change?
Or would you watch Homeland on Showtime and wonder if all this kind of shit happens EVERY STINKING DAY in this world. And be afraid. Be very afraid.
I would love to hear your opinions on this. This is a big deal, in my book.