In a popular ad campaign of the 1980s, a voiceover would ask an athlete who had just won an important contest, such as the World Series or Stanley Cup, what his plans were now. One of the ads for example asked, “Tom Brady, you’ve one another Super Bowl. What are you going to do next?” The answer was always “I’m going to Disneyland!”
Perhaps it is time for Disney to resurrect the spot, this time asking, “Taliban, you just drove American forces out of Afghanistan and took over the country. What are you going to do next?” The videos that follow would provide their answer to the question.
Some of the images, which were shot at an amusement park in Kabul, are particularly hilarious such as when the bloodthirsty terrorists ride on tiny multicolored horsies on what is clearly a kiddy ride or when they cruise around a man-made pond in pedal-powered swan boats. Note that as they zip around in bumper cars, they carry their rifles with them.
Maybe Joe Biden’s promise of a kinder, gentler Taliban is not so far-fetched after all. As to whether Secretary of State Antony Blinken can persuade the group to make their government more inclusive, on the other hand, remains to be seen.