Tuesday, February 07, 2006

"Oh yeah, THAT'LL teach 'em..."

This should prove both interesting and informative:
IRAN'S largest selling newspaper announced today it was holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. "It will be an international cartoon contest about the Holocaust," said Farid Mortazavi, the graphics editor for Hamshahri newspaper - which is published by Teheran's conservative municipality. He said the plan was to turn the tables on the assertion that newspapers can print offensive material in the name of freedom of expression. "The Western papers printed these sacrilegious cartoons on the pretext of freedom of expression, so let's see if they mean what they say and also print these Holocaust cartoons," he said.

Unfortunately, the lesson to be learned isn't going to be learned by the people that need to learn it. I think it's very safe to say that, regardless of what they come up with, we aren't going to see angry mobs of Jewish people torching Iranian embassies in Denmark or Poland or France. Whatever the Iranians think that they're trying to prove, what they're going to actually demonstrate is the ridiculous over-reaction that's currently going on among the rioting muslims. But, as I say, they won't actually learn the lesson that they're teaching...

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