"Everyone was terrified of Doug. I've seen grown men pull their own heads off rather than see Doug. Even Dinsdale was frightened of Doug."
"What did he do?"
"He used ... sarcasm. He knew all the tricks; dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes, ... and ... satire."
The life-art imitation loop continues to fascinate and bemuse.Whoever imagined that Monty Python's seminal tale of Doug Piranha's cruelty would wend a decades-long path into contemporaneous American political discourse, not as the satire it originally was, but as a real political excuse for expanded claims of state secrets?