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#88141 11/30/02 03:20 PM
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"French Intellectuals to be Deployed in Afghanistan to Convince the Taliban of Nonexistence of God"

The cleanup portion of the ground war in Afghanistan heated up yesterday when the Allies revealed plans to airdrop a platoon of crack French existentialist philosophers into the country to destroy the morale of the remaining Taliban zealots by proving the non-existence of God.

Elements from the feared Jean-Paul Sartre Brigade, or 'Black Berets', will be parachuted into the combat zones to spread doubt, despondency and existential anomie among the enemy. Hardened by numerous intellectual battles fought during their long occupation of Paris's Left Bank, their first action will be to establish a number of sidewalk cafes at strategic points near the front lines. There they will drink coffee and talk animatedly about the absurd nature of life and man's lonely isolation in the universe.

Their leader, Colonel Marc-Ange Belmondo, spoke yesterday of his confidence in the success of their mission. Sorbonne graduate Belmondo, a very intense and unshaven young man in a black pullover, gesticulated wildly and said, "The Taliban are caught in a logical fallacy of the most ridiculous. There is no God and I can prove it."

Marc-Ange plans to deliver an impassioned thesis on man's nauseating freedom of action with special reference to the work of Foucault and the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

However, humanitarian agencies have been quick to condemn the operation as inhumane, pointing out that the effects of passive smoking from the Frenchmen's endless Gitanes could wreak a terrible toll on civilians in the area.





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C'est formidable!


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That's great, Juan.


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The word needs to get out. Does MSN know? It's a lot more interesting than the headlines and stories I've been reading there.


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WO'N, if that doesn't cause Al Qaida to absquatulate, nothing will!


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tres bien!


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Um - Juan - isn't this a little old? I thought it was posted here much earlier this year! At about the same time as the refusal from the Australian Government to honour Indonesia's declaration of war, if I remember correctly. And I quote:

THE INDONESIAN CRISIS

To: The Indonesian Foreign Minister
From: The Australian Prime Minister

My Dear Dr Atalas,

May I thank you, on behalf of the Australian people, for your country's most kind declaration of war, received in my office at 8pm last night.

With sincere regret, I must decline your invitation to fight. If you could delay your invasion of our northern coastline until, say, 2015, I'm sure we'd be able to give you a terrific scrap, but at the moment, I doubt if we could even field a team.

Our F-111s are grounded again and, because of their age, (ours have the gearshift on the steering column and those indicators that flip out of the door pillars), spare parts are available only at wreckers yards and swap meets. Also, we just can't seem to get them to run properly on unleaded. The Chinooks in Townsville are grounded too. Losing the choppers is bad news as our fixed wing capacity in the north is presently in tatters. Why? A slight kafuffle over my good friend Warren Entsch's concreting business has left our RAAF base at Weipa short of a number of desirable features, such as a runway.

Our Defence Minister, Mr Moore, sends his apologies, but insists that a war is presently out of the question as we don't have a Defence Secretary. Well, we have one, but he's currently trying to wrestle Mr Moore to death in the federal Court, for wrongful dismissal. It would be a little unfair on Mr Moore to begin a war while nobody in the Defence Department will speak to him.

You will probably know that the Chief of the Navy isn't getting a new contract either but, even if he was, I could not possibly commit our senior service to any conflict. Our two Collins submarines, Drowning and Waving, have just returned from sea trials off Fiji to assess their design targets of silence and stealth. Every time they went into reverse, normal conversation became impossible across most of Chile and Peru. It is also disheartening that Drowning ran aground, especially as this mishap somehow seems to have snapped off her periscope.

Not that we have enough submariners to man the boats anyway. Attracting career sailors to our modern professional navy has not been helped by recent revelations on prime time television that recruits are routinely stripped naked, smeared with food scraps and flogged on the buttocks. I do not take comfort from the flood of applications this publicity drew from Tasmania.

The army is still the bulwark of Australia's security, but even there things are difficult. Changes following the Women in Combat report, and same-sex relationships rulings, have, in my opinion, compromised our flexibility. For example, both the Ladies First Heavy Armoured and the Gay Fusiliers (The Queen's Light Foot) refuse to fight for a fortnight either side of the Sydney Mardi Gras.

Other soldiers are insisting, these days, on owning the conflict and have begun to enrol in regular workshops to manage their aggression. High court rulings may also mean, without offence Dr Atalas, that we cannot engage in a battle against a racially selected enemy force. Can you recruit a sprinkling of Europeans next time? By all means take as many of ours as you want.

It is a good indication of the quality of our Defence Intelligence Organisation that I am unable to send this transmission in Code. The code books were stolen by an unstable steroid abuser, Jean-Phillipe Wispelaere, shrewdly recruited by the DIO and entrusted with most of our defence secrets. Mr Wispelaere sold them all in Bangkok. If you have any secrets you don't need any more, we would be most grateful for them. I should have the code books back soon. Christies is auctioning them in Havana next week. In the meantime, DIO suggests we do the old a=b, b=c, c=d code... They swear by it.

I know our refusal will be a considerable disappointment to you, but can I suggest you consider invading New Zealand instead? Their only significant defence capability lies with their two Anzac Class frigates, Mulk and Lemb. I have no doubt you'll cream them and I should know. They were both built in Australia.

Best wishes

John Howard



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with their two Anzac Class frigates, Mulk and Lemb.

I wull not have the vusual sumphony that is Zild slandered so outrageously!


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Yus, indeedy. We are perhaps fortunate however that Mr Howard didn't suggest that Indonesia declare war on some other neighbour. Malaysia, for instance. Sub rosa pokes at their linguistic traits might have been the least of the potential problems that might have caused!

- Pfranz


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