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(humor on) On rebuilding the vanquished nations

Reader comment on item: Nation-building in Afghanistan, Iraq Was Never Going to Work

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jan 22, 2022 at 15:38

Dear Dr Pipes, Regarding the US tendency to rebuild the defeated nations, a joke is in order. The story goes as follows:

It so happened that once Sikhs, the brave and valiant people from Punjab who have won hundreds of battles against India's enemies, got very frustrated at the poverty in Punjab. They called a supreme council to find ways to bring Europe-like prosperity to Punjab. After several days of discussions someone suggested that US rebuilds for free every nation that it goes to war with so Punjab should attack the United States. When US wins the war, it will rebuild Punjab in her image. The hall was full of applause on the brilliance of the suggestion and was almost ready to vote on the resolution when a dissenting voice objected, "but what would happen if we win the war?"

I guess the Taliban never heard this joke.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Here is the source of that joke: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mouse_That_Roared_(film)

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