OK, this one is past its sell-by-date.
One of the problems of raiding your old e-mail folder is that quite a lot of the jokes that fly around are about the news of the day. As it is, I've already dumped several about Bill Clinton that really didn't make a great deal of sense if you don't remember the exact news story it was refering to.
However, shortly before someone burst into the room yelling "Did you hear? Bush has Invaded Iraq!!!", to which the reply came "Oh, that is, like, soooo ten-years ago...", I was sent this one which I thought was funny enough to include, even though events have since made one or two of the key players redundant...
AXIS OF EVIL
Bitter after being snubbed for membership in the "Axis of Evil", Libya, China, and Syria today announced they had formed the "Axis of Just as Evil", which they said would be way eviler than that Iran-Iraq-North Korea axis President Bush warned of in his State of the Union address.
Axis of Evil members, however, immediately dismissed the new axis as having, for starters, a really dumb name. "Right. They are Just as Evil...in their dreams!" declared North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. "Everybody knows we're the best at being evil."
Diplomats from Syria denied they were jealous over being excluded,although they conceded that they did ask if they could join the Axis of Evil. "They told us it was full," said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"An Axis can't have more than three countries," explained Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "This is not my rule, it's tradition. In World War II you had Germany, Italy, and Japan in the Evil Axis. So you can only have three. And a secret handshake - ours is wicked cool."
Elsewhere, peer-conscious nations rushed to gain triumvirate status in what became a game of geopolitical musical chairs. Cuba, Sudan, and Serbia said they had formed the "Axis of Somewhat Evil", forcing Somalia to join with Uganda and Myanmar in the "Axis of Occasionally Evil", while Bulgaria, Indonesia and Russia established the "Axis of Not So Much Evil Really As Just Generally Disagreeable".
With the criteria suddenly expanded and all the desirable clubs filling up, Sierra Leone, El Salvador, and Rwanda applied to be called the "Axis of Countries that Aren't the Worst But Certainly Won't Be Asked to Host the Olympics Any Time Soon".
Canada, Mexico, and Australia formed the "Axis of Nations That Are Actually Quite Nice But Secretly Have Nasty Thoughts About America", while Spain, Scotland, and New Zealand established the "Axis of Countries That Allow Sheep to Wear Lipstick".
"That's not a threat, really, just something we like to do," said Scottish Executive First Minister Jack McConnell.
Bush granted approval for most axes, although he rejected the establishment of he "Axis of Countries Whose Names End in 'Guay'", accusing one of its members of filing a false application. Officials from Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chadguay denied the charges.