You may or may not have access to Andy Borowitz's humor columns and op-eds. His brand of cynicsm and satire cracks me up. A recent piece, written after the North Korean missile launch last week, struck me as particularly funny. I think it is because I found the "axis of evil" (Iran, Iraq, North Korea) metaphor coined by Dubya when he was president to be one of the most absurd things I ever heard. This particular piece picks up where that left off. Oh, I know that the situation with North Korea is anything but humorous...but take a minute!
Evil Axis Expels North Korea
~by Andy Borowitz
Just hours after an embarrassing launch of a rocket that crashed in the ground in a little over a minute, North Korea suffered another blow to its prestige as it was expelled by the Axis of Evil.
The decision was announced by the presiding Chairman of the Axis of Evil, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who cited as the reason for the expulsion North Korea's evident "lack of evil".
"There are a lot of evil countries out there, Iran for one, who are trying to terrify the world by developing nuclear weapons", he said. "When North Korea launches a so-called "rocket" and it goes about 20 feet before blowing up, that just makes it harder for the rest of us."
A spokesman for the erstwhile evil nation objected strongly to Ahmadinejad's statement, saying it was "totally unfair to judge how evil a country is based on one crappy rocket".
For a rogue nation that prides itself on threatening the world community, membership in the Axis of Evil is considered essential, which makes North Korea's expulsion from the group a particularly damaging setback.
"The rocket thing is hurting our credibility, evil-wise, no question about it", and aide to North Korean President Kim Jong-un said. "This afternoon we tried to threaten Japan and it went straight to voicemail!"
In a possible sign of newly reduced ambitions, North Korea today hurled a roll of toilet paper over the border of South Korea.