July 11, 2010

Understandable: Journos Mistake Taliban for Monkeys, Wookies


Iranian soldiers or Wookies?

When I first heard the "news" that the Taliban are training "monkey soldiers" I thought, "what kind of idiot believes this"? Followed closely by, "I wonder if monkey soldier's brains are served chilled"?*

I don't care if even some pretty good bloggers picked up the story and maybe believed it, but this is ludicrous.

Until "meh" put it all in context: can you really blame these journalists for mistaking the Taliban for monkeys? Or Wookies?

Now, less ludicrous and more too good to fact check!

Some stupid Chinese news source:

Reporters from the media agency spotted and took photos of a few "monkey soldiers" holding AK-47 rifles and Bren light machine guns in the Waziristan tribal region near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The report and photos have been widely spread by media agencies and Web sites across the world.

According to the report, American military experts call them "monkey terrorists."

Go ahead and call the Taliban monkey terrorists, I'll stick with monkey f*ckers.

*Apologies for the Temple of Doom reference which I know brings up a lot of bad memories for the Indiana Jones purists who insist anything with Short Round (or aliens) in it doesn't count.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:09 PM | Comments |