February 06, 2006

Iran Requests Holocaust Cartoons

Via Drudge, this bit of unpleasantness:

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.

Doesn't everyone enjoy a good Holocaust cartoon?

And so I came up with one of my own, though it is just a draft so far. What do you think?

I call it "Azadi Tower, March 2006."

I can't claim credit for this as an original concept, of course. I think the IDF is much further along working with this same concept.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 6, 2006 09:49 PM | TrackBack

Well, if we do encourage free speech, then Iran has a right to publish those types of cartoons. However, if anyone does that here, then that newspaper should be boycotted.

Posted by: Nick at February 6, 2006 09:51 PM

This type of behavior appears more racist than rseponsible. How does attacking American embassies resolve anything. America is not even involved in the cartoon issue. I think this just shows how irrational, and racist, these individuals are. There are many good Muslims, these ones perpetraing violence are not. I also wonder why more moderate Muslims have not condemmed the violence, I sure hope they don't condone this racist behavior.
Raymond B

Posted by: Raymond B at February 6, 2006 10:25 PM

I think they should run them alongside the Muhammed cartoons and have an "American Idol" style showdown. Honest editorial humour will always proves to be the funniest.

Posted by: joe at February 6, 2006 11:13 PM

Oops...I mean "prove"! I'm starting to spell like a muslim protest sign...

Posted by: joe at February 6, 2006 11:16 PM

This is a load of horse-apples. They're using these cartoons as an excuse to vent their anti-everyone else feelings.

The sooner we're off the oil teat, the sooner we can let them have at thier pointless conventions, cartoons, and stonings. And without our dollars flowing into their accounts, we can stop worrying about them since they won't be able to buy so much as a bottle-rocket, furthermore a missile with a warhead.

Posted by: Marshall Neal at February 6, 2006 11:26 PM

Arabs an Iranian newspaper publish many offensive anti semitic and anti christian cartoons that many people in the west christian and jews are offended and...I think you get the point.

Posted by: ilan at February 6, 2006 11:31 PM

You know, it might be best to treat them like spoiled kids throwing a tantrums--ignore their flag burnings and retaliatory lampoons. Maybe they'll get tired and give it up. If only they took that energy and turned it to some constrctive use. Imagine if they put that much effort into building let's say, genuine modern infastructure or sewage treatment plants, the middle-east just might gain respect again, just like it had during the high middle-ages.

Posted by: Marshjall Neal at February 6, 2006 11:32 PM

Maybe we could ship busloads of "outraged" people carrying hundreds of Iranian flags to cities with Iranian embassies. Then we could storm the embassies and burn them down while burning the flags in the streets. See this article and my post.

Posted by: Specter at February 7, 2006 08:27 AM

But I thought Ahminejihad said that the Holocaust didn't even happen. Why draw a cartoon about a fictitious event?

Nuke 'em.

Posted by: Bill at February 7, 2006 01:10 PM

i feel that iran DOES have a right to print the cartoons.. we (the west) bang on about freedom of speech and yet it is an arrestable offence to deny the holocaust.. thats just blatant hypocrisy right there.. if its ok to print cartoons to inflame muslims why not jews? are jews special? judging from history, i dont think so.. jews have to take this on the chin and stop hiding behind the 'anti- semite' card they always play

Posted by: baron samedi at February 12, 2006 07:50 AM

you thick fat ass yankees seriously need to get clued up about the world. 'nuke em' is that the best thing you can come up with? sad.. america has made the world a more dangerous place by pre-emptively attcaking countries that dont bow down to them.. i credit iran on their stance of not crumbling to u.s demands. what gives the u.s the right to have nukes? what is the only country to actually use nukes? america need to stop ruining the world and get their own house sorted first.. america will suffer one day from the mess they themselves have created....

Posted by: voice of treason at February 17, 2006 11:13 AM

I agree with voice of treason and me Hamedi

Iran is just doing what the jews and others have done for a long time - condemning others, while claiming special exemptions for themselves.

The jews produce the Last Temptation of Christ and other thing that ridicule Christianity and that's fine and accepted - yet when someone ridicules a jewish icon, they want it shut down and are willing to bomb and use American forces to force their will.

Iran wouldn't be any problem at all if we and Israel would just leave them alone -and that goes for Syria too. - and North Korea.

Bush is the criminal shame of the world.

Posted by: John Hansen at July 16, 2006 05:01 PM