CNN.com - Iran invites cartoons on Holocaust - Feb 8, 2006

Published on February 8 2006

CNN.com - Iran invites cartoons on Holocaust - Feb 8, 2006
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A prominent Iranian newspaper says it is going to hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West will apply the principle of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide against Jews as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
Ok, where is the nearest Iranian Embassy again? Or heck, let's just burn down any old MidEast-type embassy, since they're all the same anyway, right?? I have to go dig in the garage and see if I can find those old firebombs. I know they're out there somewhere. Or do you think that maybe we'll react more like a civilized world and not call for beheadings and the annihilation of those who offend us?
The newspaper said Tuesday the contest would be launched on February 13 and would be co-convened by itself and the House of Caricatures, a Tehran exhibition center for cartoons. Both the paper and the cartoon center are owned by the Tehran Municipality, which is dominated by allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is well known for his opposition to Israel. Last year Ahmadinejad provoked outcries when he said on separate occasions that Israel should be "wiped out" and the Holocaust was a "myth." Hamshahri invited foreign cartoonists to enter the competition and said it wanted to see how open the West was to caricatures of the Holocaust. "Does the West extend freedom of expression to the crimes committed by the United States and Israel, or an event such as the Holocaust? Or is its freedom only for insulting religious sanctities?" Hamshahri wrote, referring to the Prophet Mohammed cartoons, in a short article on its back page.
So let me see if I have this right....the Holocaust was a myth and Israel "doesn't exist", but we're going to have a contest to make fun of that? These should be some entertaining cartoons!!! Maybe like these that run in Arab newspapers all the time? This sounds like some of the contests we make up for our own entertainment up in the fozen Tundra. I'm particularly reminded of the old contest we used to have in town here; the one where we bet on when an old junker of a car would fall through the ice on Sawdy Pond. First prize was probably a sixer, I don't really remember. I always missed the date by a month anyway.

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