Andy Borowitz in The New Yorker:
The Taliban have embarked on a sophisticated information war, using modern media tools as well as some old-fashioned ones, to soften their image. . . . The dictates include bans on suicide bombings against civilians, burning down schools, or cutting off ears, lips and tongues. —The Times.
Not your father’s Taliban™. The New Taliban™. TalibanLite™.
We know what you’re thinking: “The Taliban™? Aren’t they the dudes who blow up shit and cut off body parts?”
LOL! You’re thinking of the Old Taliban™.
How do we know what you’re thinking?
You’re, like, “Focus groups? Since when do the Taliban™ do focus groups?”
We’re, like, “Since Domino’s Pizza started doing them.”
You told Domino’s their crust tasted like cardboard and their sauce tasted like ketchup. Harsh, right? But your criticism only made their pizza much tastier. At the New Taliban™, we want to be the Domino’s of extremists.
So we held focus groups in caves across Afghanistan, only instead of talking about crust and sauce you talked about the things you didn’t like about us, like the way we explode things without warning and cut off ears, lips, and tongues. And you know what? It hurt to hear you say that stuff. But we’re big boys. We can take it. We sent your opinions down the hall to the guys in marketing, and this is what they came back with:
TalibanLite™: We’re Cutting Out the Cutting™.
Ears? History. Lips. Done-zo. Tongues? So 2001. If there’s a part of your body we don’t like, we’ll just defriend it. O.K., maybe we’ll cut off a little toe. Not the big one, mind you, but maybe the itty-bitty one. Come on, you weren’t using that one anyway.
Psych! Ha-ha, just messing with you.
More here. [Thanks to Ejaz Haider.]