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This explains everything
Yes 38%
No 61%

Votes: 13

 Frank Herbert foresaw this situ

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Sep 19, 2001

The situation in Afghanistan is explained by Frank Herbert's novel Dune, a geek favourite...


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Substitute the following in Dune with their Afghan equivalents and you build up a good picture of the situation:

  • Paul Atreides = Osman Bin Laden
  • Fremen = Taliban
  • Spice = Heroin
  • Harkonnen = Russians
  • Emperor = GWB
  • Sadukuar = US special forces
  • Sandworm = DMG's penis
  • Uncanny or what. Bad Omen for the west unfortunately


    There aren't many heroin addicts in America, (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Adam Rightmann on Wed Sep 19th, 2001 at 07:38:25 AM PST
    so your analogy is incomplete, though perhaps there are many in the UK. But if any American heroin users are reading this, I urge them to boycott Afghanistan heroin and only use domestic heroin.

    A. Rightmann

    Well perhaps you have... (none / 0) (#2)
    by nobbystyles on Wed Sep 19th, 2001 at 07:45:20 AM PST
    Seen the film 'Trainspotting'. This a sad but true reflection of all UK youth culture especially in Scotland. Ask bc about the 'shooting' galleries.

    So my analogy breaks down in terms of the clean living and godly USA but reflects the European situation so well.

    It's not this that worries me... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Weyland Yutani on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 06:02:00 AM PST
    ...but does it mean there are going to be endless sequels?

    Yes (none / 0) (#4)
    by nobbystyles on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 06:19:04 AM PST
    and they're not going to be a patch on the original....

    Would that make George Herbert = Frank Herbert (4.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Adam Rightmann on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 06:28:05 AM PST
    And Dubya = undertalented son riding the coattails of a talented father?

    A. Rightmann

    Actually preferred the prequels (none / 0) (#6)
    by nobbystyles on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 06:53:00 AM PST
    To the rest of series apart from the original. Bit more classic space opera.

    The Frank Herbert sequels were all a bit too mystical to me.

    Heretic! (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Weyland Yutani on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 07:24:13 AM PST
    That makes you a Heretic of Dune.

    Dune is the biggest POS ever (none / 0) (#8)
    by manifold on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 07:35:55 AM PST
    Bad story, worse execution. Between the dull, dreary prose and the unconvincing and two-dimensional characters Dune was one of the few books I put down partway through and have never bothered to go back to. What a load of old crap, and a waste of my time. It's even worse than Lord of the Rings, and that's saying something in my book.

    But you (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by nobbystyles on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 08:55:28 AM PST
    *like* Buffy....

    i like both of those books (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by alprazolam on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 02:30:35 PM PST
    you must have bad taste

    try spice = oil (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by typical geek on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 09:04:46 AM PST
    and the southern palmaries = afghanistan and pakistan and you're right on the money.

    gcc is to software freedom as guns are to personal freedom.

    Much better (none / 0) (#11)
    by nobbystyles on Thu Sep 20th, 2001 at 09:19:04 AM PST
    Spice = oil
    Harkonnens = Israelis
    Dune = muslim world

    Actually I think Frank Herbert actually did base Dune on this...


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