Category: Satire & ridicule

Satire and ridicule can be cost-effective, high-impact, and life-saving ways of defeating adversaries.

Kurds make fun of ISIS in this parody video

Kurdish comedians make fun of ISIS terrorists and their abnormal affection for goats in a popular TV video. Made available with English subtitles by MEMRI, the video, aired on Kurdish television in October, is a four-minute musical skit of bearded men in front of an ISIS flag, playing air guitar with an AK-47 and singing about all the worthlessness and...

Why aren’t we making fun of our enemies’ attraction to donkeys and goats?

Our Islamist extremist enemies around the world frequently engage in bizarre behavior that we can exploit simply by making fun of them. At issue is the jihadis’ inordinate sexual attraction to donkeys and goats. In addition to little boys. Made public for all the world to see, the behavior could become a real source of pain for the enemy. Pictures...

This is the kind of info we should be using to discredit adversaries

Radical Islamists who claim to hold the moral high ground are often vulnerable to revelations about their own behavior. It is important for the US and its allies to diminish and undermine the moral stature of radical Islamists by publicizing information that disgraces them in the eyes of their followers and supporters. In shame-based cultures, this disgrace can extend to...

Muslim Brotherhood can’t take a joke – so let’s keep joking

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi depended on protesters to ridicule the regime he targeted in Egypt, but now that he has become the Egyptian regime, he’s showing he fears the power of ridicule as a political weapon. Morsi had local comedian and satirist Bassem Youssef set up to be prosecuted for “insulting” him (and Islam) on March 30 of this...

Egyptian Islamists fear comedian’s jokes

Egyptian Islamists are so fearful of jokes undermining their authority that they have taken action against a popular comedian. Their action to prosecute funnyman Bassem Youssef, who modeled his program after Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, shows yet again how satire and ridicule can be potent weapons against Islamist intolerance. Youssef (not to be confused with a litigious FBI agent of...

‘Sheiks playing on their Playstations’ – Fearful Qatar sentences critic to life in prison

A Qatari opposition figure who derided the family dictatorship as a bunch of “sheiks playing on their Playstations” has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for “insulting” the emir. The case shows the Wahhabi regime’s vulnerability to ridicule. Qatar can dish it out to the rest of us with its Al Jazeera TV, but it...

Satire: Muslims outraged over having nothing to riot about

“Scores were injured and numerous buildings were burnt to the ground in the city of Itsnotsobad in the Islamic Republic of Whereizitstan, after a riot was started by peaceful Muslims who expressed outrage over five straight days of no provocation or insults from the West. “Mahmoud Iwannariotbad, a local businessman who sells detonators, wire, and dynamite to the local mosque...

Cult of personality and satire surround Putin’s 60th birthday

The Russian government is outdoing itself with a Cult of Personality campaign to mark the 60th anniversary of strongman Vladimir Putin – an event that coincides with the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. The former KGB man, once known among his colleagues by the nickname “Stasi” for his work with the East German secret...

British cartoonists show a weakened, over-apologetic USA

Political cartoonists from our nation’s closest foreign ally are skewering the US and its leadership over perceived weaknesses toward Islamist extremists – and Muslims in general who seek to dictate their views. British cartoonists are shredding the White House for what the satirists see as an acommodationist, over-apologetic attitude that diminishes the prestige and credibility of the US around the...

Syrian artists’ lethal weapon against regime: Satire

Faced with no real journalism and a weak Internet presence, Syrian artists have become increasingly courageous in skewering the Ba’athist Assad regime with a psychologically lethal weapon: Satire. As if to verify the artists’ effectiveness at psychological warfare, the regime in Damascus has responded with horrific brutality. Regime agents broke the hands of an opposition political cartoonist, mutilated and murdered...