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Saturday, July 12, 2003

More on the Pershing/Muslim Story

Another version of the story goes that Pershing, trying to quash a Muslim revolt in the Philippines at the turn of the century, had twelve prisoners. He shot six of them with bullets dipped in pig fat, placed the bodies so that they faced away from Mecca, and dumped pig entrails all over them. The other six rebels were released. The result was the same: there was no more Muslim rebellion on Mindanao for decades. (Thanks to David Ehrens for the tip.)
It plays on the ritualistic superstitions of the terrorists, which makes it perfect for today's environment. Sure, world Muslims would be "outraged", but Muslims in most countries already hate the US.

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