Western liberals like to outrage and offend people who can't harm them

In a year that has been marked by faux outrage and offence-taking, the North Koreans may have won the crown for the biggest overreaction of 2014. Next week was supposed to see the release of the Seth Rogen/James Franco film The Interview, about a plot to assassinate the Democratic Republic’s spirited young dictator Kim Jong-un. However, and to the astonishment of many, a cyberattack carried out by supporters of the dictatorship against Sony Pictures and threats to cinemas planning to show the film has led the company to withdraw it.

As Binyamin Appelbaum of the New York Times wrote this week: