This is actually kind of interesting. I made this wiseguy FB post:
What I meant was, it puts you in such a good mood to hear “Merry Christmas Darling” or “Walking in a Winterland,” that it would make the fighters chill out and lay down their arms. The extra joke of course was that they obviously wouldn’t celebrate American Christmas.
But the people in the comments were saying stuff like, “Nickelback” and “Yeah they’d get so depressed they’d kill themselves.”
So people clearly thought I meant that it would be a weapon.
Now, I don’t think it’s because my taste in music is off. (I like Barry Manilow too, but I understand that he is the butt of jokes.) I think the reason this joke missed is that people just assumed that if I had a plan to do something with this group, it involved killing them.
Whereas in my mind, especially with the persona I’ve cultivated with my FB jokes over the years, I thought it was obvious that I would come up with a solution that everybody would endorse. As if I were called in to negotiate a labor dispute, not stop terrorists.
I’m being serious, I think most people vastly underestimate the number of situations where there are decent non-violent outcomes. I’m not in the post going to give my plan to neutralize terrorists, I’m making a general observation.