November 20, 2002
KIRIBATI MUST BE FREE!:Satirical NZ Web site sends Kiribati into panic (AP, November 5 2002)
A spoof story claiming the United States was planning to invade the tiny Pacific state of Kiribati sparked panic and prompted the government there to air public reassurances the country would not be overrun by US forces.
The US Embassy in Wellington said yesterday it was unfortunate the story on a New Zealand satirical Web site, www.spinner.co.nz, was taken as accurate. [...]
The story, headlined "Bush to invade Kiribati islands", read in part: "George W Bush today announced a realignment of US foreign policy. The goal of ousting Iraq's Saddam Hussein has now been replaced by the goal of regime change in the Kiribati islands as the new top priority."
The article said Bush believed Tito "is in the process of developing weapons of mass destruction. And some pretty damn fine crab soup" and had dispatched the navy to Kiribati.
If we fail to liberate Kiribati the terrorists will have won. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2002 5:31 PM