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Subject: Our secret weapon
jastayme3    4/29/2004 12:14:41 PM
You know what I think terrorists fear more than daisy cutters? Satire. I suspect that many of these people are excedingly proud and will stand anything but mockery. Of course daisy cutters have their uses too.
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jastayme3    RE:Our secret weapon   4/29/2004 12:17:52 PM
As part of our psy war we could have commeidians talk over the radio. It is a pity that some jokes don't carry through language.
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SGTObvious    Translating Jokes, Jastay   4/29/2004 2:04:48 PM
Won't work. Some people just don't do humor. As a bit of research to back this up, I did a series of googles. Searching for "American Comedian" gave me 14,600 hits. Not bad. "British Comedian", surprisingly, (or not) even better, with 19,100 hits. "Australian Comedian" returned a respectable 2,920 and even "French Comedian" got 2,020. But "Arab Comedian"?? 72. Curiously, "unemployed comedian" returned 73. Go figure.
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Worcester    RE:sGT   4/29/2004 3:03:24 PM
The Brits are one of the few to internationalize comedy. "Fawlty Towers" has shown in 41 countries including Spain where the but of the joke was changed from a Spanish to an Italian waiter. More appropriate to the current situation are the gods of comedy - "Monty Python" If you ever want a good laugh at middle eastern politics rent the movie "Monty Python's Life of Brian" - it got reprimanded/banned by just about every major religion.
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sentinel28a    RE:sGT   4/30/2004 4:34:36 AM
I believe the Israelis used to broadcast snide comments about Arab manhood and implied homosexuality at earsplitting volume across the lines at Syria and Egypt during the War of Attrition. This usually resulted in a wild, ill-concieved attack that left a lot of dead Arab soldiers. Similarly, the US used to broadcast Buddhist funeral dirges and porn sounds over VC held areas to demoralize the enemy and keep them from getting any sleep. The problem was, US soldiers didn't get any sleep either.
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jastayme3    RE:sGT   4/30/2004 12:06:45 PM
The problem isn't that Arabs don't have a sense of humor the problem is that past Arab "commeidians" tended to have a short lifespan
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