Saturday, March 25, 2006

USA Today has nice things to say about ridicule

USA Today ran a fantastic column this week arguing for the use of ridicule in a strategic PSYOP campaign against our terrorist enemies.

The Hoover Institution's Peter Schweizer wrote the USA Today piece, which ran on March 23.

I especially like the feature because it has very kind things to say about my White Paper, "Ridicule: Instrument in the War on Terrorism," published by the Institute of World Politics.

American propagandists made vicious fun of Hitler during World War II, starting when the US Army took over the Walt Disney studios in Burbank, California, the day after the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor.

It's hard to become terrorized when your enemies are worthy of ridicule. It's also hard for a terrorist to get recruits and support if people are making fun of him.

Think of how we could parody Osama bin Laden, with that effeminate way he walks, and especially that and limp wrist?


Blogger RWE said...

Are you by any chance familar with the Dean Ing novel from the early 1980's, "Soft Targets"?

It predicts the coming of terrorism to the U.S. - specifcally Islamic terrorism.

The approach that is used by the authorities in the novel is to ridicule the terrorists, even creating a "Wile E. Coyote" kind of character, an inept, foul mouthed terrorist.

You might dig up a copy of that novel - it could be a means of further developing your idea.

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