Friday, January 25, 2008

Eating Chickens Leads to Global Warming and Terrorism?

An ad, promoting Dubai-based Al-Arabiya's news, reveals that ordering chicken leads to:
  • Chickens being raised in Brazil, leading to
  • Grain being stored, leading to
  • A cargo ship spewing smoke, leading to
  • An iceberg melting, leading to
  • Islands sinking, leading to
  • Islanders in refugee camps, leading to
  • Terrorists, which lead to
  • Disruption of green soybeans for chickens, leading to
  • " chicken today."
There's more, at "Al Arabiya 'Chickens-to-Terror' Promo Ad Is a Head-Scratcher," including a link to a video of the commercial, with translation.

I'm trying to remember that we may be looking at some very culture-specific humor here, but my first impression is that either someone in Al-Arabiya's marketing department is a few chunks short of a full kebab, or parts of Arabia's culture are getting as ditsy as parts of America's.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.