Recently, the British government's intelligence service used cupcakes to fight the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.
There are more traditional methods of dealing with such cowardly thugs. For instance, if your civilization is suffering from an infestation of violent extremists hellbent on murdering civilians to further their political ambitions, you can park a mechanized army on top of their heads. You can fill the skies with little robot planes that can lob missiles at terrorists hiding in remote locations. You can send a heavily armed team of commandos to tiptoe up to the door of a terrorist in the middle of the night and knock, gently.
But MI6, the fabled spook factory that's the home of fictional spy James Bond, came up with a non-lethal and utterly hilarious way to discourage the nefarious plans.
Called "Operation Cupcake," British spies hacked into an online Al-Qaeda "magazine" and replaced bomb-making directions with cupcake recipes from a cookbook.
The terrorists thought they were downloading instructions on how to make a bomb from a website dedicated to inspiring and helping wannabe terrorists, and what they got was a recipe for Mojito cupcakes from the cookbook The Best Cupcakes In America, published by comedian Ellen Degeneres' television production company.
These "lone wolf" amatuers wanted to find out how to spread shrapnel into infidels, but they found out how to spread "vanilla buttercream." This is freakin' hilarious.
I imagine the conversation went like this:
Terrorist #1: Once we download these instructions on how to build a homemade bomb, we're going to be so popular. We're fighting, like, Western imperialism and stuff and that's cool.
Terrorist #2: Bro, it's going to be awesome!
Terrorist: #1: My daddy is going to be SO PISSED OFF! Like, he'll wreck his Bentley with rage when he finds out I'm totally a holy warrior.
Terrorist #2: Dude! Here are the instructions: to make a sinfully delicious red velvet cupcake, you'll need sugar, vanilla extract… what… the… seventy-two-black-eyed virgins?
Terrorist #1: These are instructions on how to build a pipe bomb? We've been pranked! THIS SUCKS MAJORLY!
Terrorist #2: Dude. Let's make a YouTube video and rant. Before my mom gets home.
MI6 should be commended for using humor and ingenuity in the fight against international terrorism. Al-Qaeda needs the ability to recruit and manipulate disgruntled youths into becoming disposable pawns for their cause. A couple of computer nerds in the UK elegantly, and hilariously, thwarted those plans and maybe shut down a potential new jihadist franchise before it even opened.
Of course, there could be blowback. The terrorists could decide to create and distribute cupcakes of irresistible deliciousness, and use diabetes as a weapon.