14.12.04

The Onion: tackling the unmentionable with humor

Our friends at The Onion take on the subject of genocide this week with this outrageously funny piece. The reason that their humor works is because it is so close to the truth, look at this excerpt:

"Don't think we'll just sit on our hands and wait for a crippling drought to pit neighbor against neighbor," Nigerian Minister of State Bello Usman said. "No, the next two years will be crucial. We need to default on our $2 billion IMF loan, invest the entire treasury in the overhead-heavy petroleum business, and turn a blind eye to regional guerrilla groups. That'd be a good start. After that, food shipments must fall into rebel hands, armed forces must go unpaid, and the emerging national infrastructure must be allowed to deteriorate."

Is this not a close description of almost any failed African state? (ok, with the exception of investing the treasury, usually the potentate just moves that to his off shore accounts)
Anyhow, read it and enjoy, we won't be intervening anytime soon, unless they find something we really want...

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