Friday, June 17, 2005

"A Breath Of Freedom"
BBC Helps Islamofascist With His Image Makeover

The Iranian politician Akbar Rafsanjani is giving himself a maveover. The BBC decided to help. From Little Green Footballs:

"I'm in Club Rafsanjani!" jokes a young girl on her mobile telephone to her mother in Fereshteh, an affluent area of north Tehran.

Dressed in three-quarter length trousers, a tight overcoat and colourful headscarf, she is one of several young Iranians handing out election stickers for Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the frontrunner in Friday's presidential elections.

Techno music is playing from Mr Rafsanjani's office and there are even two disco lights on the upper floor. Some of the Persian pop songs come from the banned satellite channels in California.
Meanwhile, boys in black jackets and pointy shoes wearing big shades and greased back hair are thrusting posters of the 71-year-old cleric into car windows.

They give out cakes and even copies of a special CD made for Mr Rafsanjani's campaign to motorists passing by.

The stickers are written in English, not Farsi and some boys are plastered in them - across their foreheads, on every arm and leg.

Mr Rafsanjani has found an unusual following among the youth of Iran, who hope he will address their problems if he comes to power.
There is a breath of freedom because elections are coming and these young people can take risks because they have a powerful backer.

I wonder if the youth of Iran think "their problems" come from the Jews, because Rafsanjani has outlined a solution to that particular situation:

Rafsanjani added that with the formation of Israel, colonialists created insecurity in the region, exposing states to threats so as to bring them under the dominion of colonialism. The survival of Israel depends on the interests of global arrogance and colonialism, and as long as this base is beneficial to them, they will preserve it.

If one day, he said, the world of Islam comes to possess the weapons currently in Israel's possession [meaning nuclear weapons] - on that day this method of global arrogance would come to a dead end. This, he said, is because the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.

This man has proposed using nuclear weapons on the country of Israel, but the BBC writes articles about him which create the impression that he is a "backer" of the people, "a breath of freedom."