Noooo…this is a lethal amount of irony. Don’t look below the fold, it’ll kill you.

To the Muslim community, if you don’t want to be portrayed in a negative light, maybe don’t burn people alive and set off bombs

This, in the week that ‘Murica proudly dropped the Mother of All Bombs, a massive thermobaric weapon.


  1. Mark Smith says

    At first I read that as “massive thermobarbaric weapon,” although I don’t guess the difference is worth worrying about.

  2. HidariMak says

    A minute before reading the above post, I happened to be thinking about the movie ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ and on how it impacted my views on war. For those who haven’t seen that movie, it follows the suffering of the country who are trapped in their homeland, through the foolish actions of their government. More accurately, it follows two siblings in the last weeks of their life, as they die in a country whose citizens can no longer afford to care about them. Odd how America’s most watched cable news channel views war with just as much complexity as a standard 6 year old watching a GI Joe cartoon.

  3. gijoel says

    I guess all of those good old boys in the Klan who burnt crosses on people’s yards were Muslims too, huh?

  4. microraptor says

    HidariMak @5:

    I’m pretty sure that GI Joe cartoons had the message that killing people was bad at least once. That puts them ahead of FAUX Noise.

  5. says

    #5: Oh, man. I took my daughter to see Grave of the Fireflies after seeing Princess Mononoke and Totoro, with all the expectations associated with those movies. To say we were shocked is an understatement.

    It’s a great movie, but jeeezus. I don’t think I’ve seen any other movie that describes the horror of war on civilians so thoroughly.

  6. Ray, rude-ass yankee, Bugblatting Flibbertigibbet says

    I survived, though just barely. How did he tweet that with his head up his ass?

  7. emergence says

    PZ @8

    This is a bit off topic, but as effective Grave of the Fireflies is as a movie about the horrors of war, it apparently wasn’t the main intention behind the film. Apparently, it was at least partially made to bring across to the younger generation in Japan what their elders had gone through during WWII. That doesn’t stop it from reminding you how the civilians in “enemy” countries are actual people. It makes for an interesting contrast with the smug, tacky jingoism you see on Fox News.

  8. emergence says

    I should say that Grave of the Fireflies wasn’t primarily intended as an anti-war film. It’s very much about the horrors of war, just the specific horrors faced by the target audience’s parents and grandparents.

  9. komarov says

    It gets even better, whatever that means. According to the wiki article on that dreaded thing its predecessor was used to, among other things, “initimidate” the Iraqi army during Bush II’s Golf II war. The new bomb was designed as a replacement because the old bombs ran out or something. If true that means the MOAB is quite literally a terror weapon, by design.

  10. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    And then guy on the left says (paraphrasing), hey Muslim people you should denounce extremists in your community and stop being all PC and calling out white people–it’s frustrating.

  11. says

    Anyone who hasn’t seen “Grave of the Fireflies”… goddamn

    Don’t even TRY to watch this one without a box of tissues and some slapstick videos for afterward. I don’t care if you’re a seven-foot-tall war machine who had his emotions surgically removed to make room for more bullets made of toxic masculinity. You will need the tissues.

    … christ, I watched this once, years ago, and I can barely remember it without tearing up.