Saturday, January 12, 2008

Cartoon Villians

the recent near explosion of hostilities between Iran and the US in the Strait of Hormuz may have been due to a heckler making a fake threat. if i heard someone say, "I am coming to you. You will explode in a few minutes," in a bad b-movie voice over the radio, it would be almost as terrifying as "All your base are belong to us." this is as embarassing as the ridiculous over-reaction to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force creative marketing promotion in Boston last year.

if i got a CB radio and sent out a demand for all the rubber nipples in the state, would i be arrested for terroristic threats?


emily2 said...

why not real nipples?

emily0 said...

Well, the audio was crap, but the posturing wasn't. There's a reason that militaries keep themselves at a distance from non-hostile militaries: accidents or overly aggressive behaviour or just annoyance can cause combat.

This is why active military vessels keep very clear of each other all over the world. Posturing can lead to mistakes or counter-posturing; close quarters are avoided like the plague so as not to incite war caused by simple 'friction'.

That's why the situation in the Hormuz is so damn dangerous.

But the Filipino Monkey (can we blog under that name?) is a different issue. If the audio was added, it would be a damn shame. And I doubt very much it would have been added by the boat crew... be sure to remember who runs the media show. Did you see how the crew documented the incident with videotape for evidence? Changes made to that are out of their control.