Category: Satire & ridicule

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

British cartoons during the American Revolution

This fine electronic collection of historical British political cartoons has just come to my attention. The cartoons and sketches parody and otherwise skewer the American Revolution and its allies. This file contains more than 150 British political cartoons concerning the American Revolution. Each is accompanied by an archivist’s description. The two sample cartoons are representative: One shows American savages hanging...

Too tasteless to watch – but we have to understand it

Sometimes truth-tellers are too tasteless to watch, but I really have a gross website to recommend to anyone wanting to see the disconnect between the theory and practice of sharia-compliant Islamic ideology. The site is called DonkeyJihad.com. That’s pretty much all you need to know – apart from the disclaimer that the site is full of tasteless images that are...

Serbian student leader draws parallels between Iran’s protests and movement that ousted Milosevic

A leader of the opposition movement that overthrew the Serbian regime of Slobodan Milosevic has been a friend of the Iranian freedom cause and sees many parallels between the two struggles for freedom. [From IranChannel.org] Ivan Marovic (pictured) is a leader of the Otpor nonviolent resistance movement, and has been a champion of using nonviolence against dictatorships. He traveled to...

Zenga Zenga: Israeli-made mockery of Qaddafi speech is big hit among Arabs

A YouTube video spoof of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has tickled the Arab funny bone, even though the creator is an Israeli. The setting, the circumstances, and Qaddafi’s wild exclamations, cadence and gesticulations provided the perfect combination to spoof the Libyan madman. Addressing the Libyan population on February 22 from the bombed-out remains of the place where President Reagan had...

Libyans finally get to laugh at Qaddafi

With Muammar Qaddafi on the run as his regime falls to the Libyan people, ordinary citizens who lived under more than 40 years of dictatorship can finally laugh at the man who tormented them. Time magazine covers the story from the dusty town of Tobruk, where a group of Libyans crowd around a television in a roadside cafe to watch...

Taiwanese animators lampoon ‘don’t touch my junk’

It’s bad enough that the Department of Homeland Security’s clumsy “security” over-reach alienates the average citizen the way it has, but it’s all the worse when the rest of the world starts laughing at us. Fundamental to any sound security policy is careful consideration of domestic and international response to the measures being applied. Those measures will never please everybody....

Bollywood pokes fun at bin Laden – and us

Hollywood still doesn’t dare make a mainstream film to mock Islamist terrorists, though as we’ve seen the British have recently come out with two: The Infidel and Four Lions. Now from India comes Tere Bin Laden, about a young Pakistani TV journalist who wants to move to the USA to live the American dream. But he’s foiled because homeland security...

Congressman is worried that Guam will capsize

This is not a joke or parody, but the real thing: A member of the House Armed Services Committee told the commander of the US Pacific Command that he’s worried that if 8,000 Marines and their family members move to the US territory of Guam, the island will capsize. Here’s a video of Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Georgia), questioning Admiral Robert...

Getting serious about strategic influence: How to move beyond the State Department’s legacy of failure

by J Michael Waller, Journal of International Security Affairs, December 2009 Download PDF: Waller_Getting Serious About Strategic Influence 2009