China in the media / Phil

Monkeys and Hand Grenades

China is a frequent topic in media around the world. Often stories take on serious topics such as labor disputes, strikes, foreign policy, pollution, economic growth, technological achievements, poverty reduction, etc. However China (like the States) has an uncanny way  reporting on topics that are factually weak and generally absurd. We will try to bring you some of the highlights we come across such as this week’s gun totting monkeys

Source Mocking the Absurdity:

Chinese media scoop: The Taliban’s deadly monkey soldiers

Posted By Brian Fung  Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – 9:58 AM

Wake up, Washington. The biggest challenge facing Afghanistan today isn’t corruption or political deadlock. It’s an army of bloodthirsty, Kalashnikov-toting monkeys. That’s right — according to the ever-credible Chinese state media, who are apparently the only ones alerting good readers to the insidious primate threat, Afghan Taliban have been recruiting countless baboons and macacas to the insurgent cause, turning peaceful tree-dwellers into unstoppable war machines that won’t hesitate to shoot:
In a sense, the emergence of “monkey soldiers” is the result of asymmetrical warfare.

Analysts believe that apart from using “monkey killers” to attack the American troops, the Taliban also sought to arouse Western animal protectionists to pressure their governments to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
This changes everything. Fundamentalist monkey rebels? Mortar-launching baboons? Do primates even respond to counterinsurgency?



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