Monty Python and the terrorists

September 3, 2006

We know that Tony Blair is a big fan of Monty Python and I wonder if he studied this scene from the ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ when he developed his ideas on what caused extremism in this country.

Sir Bedevere: Tell me, what do you do with witches?
Mr. Newt: Burn them!
Sir Bedevere: And what do you burn apart from witches?
……..
Peasant #2: Wood!
Sir Bedevere: So, why do witches burn?
Peasant #3: ………. ‘Cause they’re made of… wood?
Sir Bedevere: Good! So how do we tell whether she is made of wood?
……. Tell me, Does wood sink in water?
Peasant #1: No, no, it floats. Throw her into the pond!
Sir Bedevere: No, no. What also floats in water?
Peasants yell various answers: (Bread!) (Apples!) (Very small rocks!) (Cider!) (Gravy!) (Cherries!) (Mud!) (Churches!) (Lead! Lead!)
King Arthur: A duck!
Sir Bedevere: Exactly! So, logically…..
Peasant: If she weighs the same as a duck, she’s made of wood.
Sir Bedevere: And therefore?
Peasant: A Witch!

PM: What do terrorists do?
Peasant. Blow people up!
PM . And…?
Peasant. Tell lies.
PM. Tell lies about what?
Peasant. About our foreign policy.
PM . Good. And who else tells lies about our foreign policy?
Peasant The media!
PM So?
Peasant The media are all terrorists!

Wonderful thing, logic!

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