Wednesday, August 02, 2006

No "Cabins", no "Chats", no "Pizza" ... Jihadis aren't kidding, but we're laughing

Saw an incredible story over the weekend and was expecting much more blog buzz about it. But that's okay. Here, we'll call it "developing" ...

It seems that Iran's mini-mullah in a sportcoat, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has decreed foreign words off-limits, including the insidious "pizza". Yes, it's true. In Iran, pizza shall hereafter only be lawfully be referred to as "elastic loaves".

No, this is not Scrappleface. There's more. Hang on.

The Associated Press also reported that "a 'chat' will become a 'short talk' and a 'cabin' will be renamed a 'small room'."

Thus, gay Republicans will now be referred to as "Small-Room-Made-of-Logs Zionist-Fascists".

Indeed, language is powerful, even transforming. But so is humor. There are very few things as funny as some one who is not trying to be funny, but is very funny but doesn't understand how funny he is. This is very funny indeed.

Don't misunderstand. I fully understand the evil that Ahmadinejad and his ilk represent. But I also understand that almost all thinking people know the value of a good laugh.

English essayist William Hazlitt said that people with a sense of humor understand the difference between the way the world is and the way that it ought to be. I've always liked that thought very much.

I would like to take this thought even farther and posit the following: You need a sense of humor as a nation to maintain your influence and preserve your place in the world.

America, of course, is the land of the free, the brave, and the funny, as all the world knows. And witness the Brits ... the land of Mr. Bean and Monty Python. As for Israel, well, you need a sense of humor to have the Muslim world surrounded for nearly 60 years.

Canada? There's lots of funny people there, but there are limits to this hypothesis.

Now, back to Ahmadinejad, just look at him. Look at the whole lot of the jihadis while you're at it.

No humor. No sense of proportion. Elastic loaves? Are you kidding me? How can he not know how hilarious that is to be spending time, effort and energy worrying about "pizza", "cabins" and other deleterious phrases?

Surely the bulk of the Iranian population laughs privately.

But their leaders don't understand difference between the way the world is and the way it ought to be.

So we who do will laugh.

And keep on surviving.