High Sierra, Afghanistan - After the Taliban blew up the giant Buddha statue in Bamiyan, Afghanistan in 2001, top Taliban commanders have not conducted a poll to determine their all-time favorite targets they wished to destroy until today. On their all-time favorites hit list just released: India's Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Jordan's Petra, Peru's Machu Picchu, Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid, the Coliseum in Rome and especially, Brazil's statue of Christ Redeemer.
"All of them are very attractive targets, especially the latter, to be sure. Don't get me wrong," said a leading Taliban sub-commander. "But there is nothing like the first time you blowup an architectural infidel engraved image wonder of the world. It's just not the same after that."
"I'm not impressed, " said a Taliban fighter, unhappy with the poll results. "They should have stuck with the classics, like Greece's Acropolis. Now, I sure would like to blow that up."
The poll was conducted by satellite phone and meant as a morale boosting propaganda ploy to buildup the fighters' sprits, before NATO forces honed in on the satellite phone signals and blew them up. Things have not gone as well as the Taliban high command had planned in recent months.
"I don't know why I should get all excited, " said a discouraged Taliban fighter. "As if I'm ever going to live long enough to see any of those places. Last week I drew the short straw and it my turn to martyr myself for the cause as soon as they collect enough gas for me to drive into Kabul tomorrow -- Take your time guys! Don't be in a rush just because of little old me -- I would sure like to see those places too. Not to blow them up, just to get out of this hellhole. It's not like we are doing any good anyways. Just last week I saw a woman's ankles. Man, what's the world coming to?"