Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

18 Nov 2001, 7:15 a.m.

Leonard: So I heard this joke about the situation in…

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Leonard: So I heard this joke about the situation in Afghanistan. Now that the war's basically over, the French have decided to send in troops.
Me: Ha ha ha!
Leonard: That's not the joke.
Me: Oh. But you can understand how I would think it was.
Leonard: Yeah. But the joke is that the French are going to go in and teach the Taliban surrender techniques.
Me: Ha ha ha! But wait, wouldn't that be the Italians?
Leonard: Oh, the Afghans already know all about switching sides when the tide turns.
Me: Ha ha ha!