Monday, April 28, 2008

Iranians Issue A Fatwa....On Barbie???

Most of the world is pretty nervous about the Iranians getting nuclear weapons due to their statements about destroying Israel and eliminating the U.S. (the Great Satan) but some of us are doubly nervous because, let's face it, the Iranians are just flat out insane. We have a country in Iran whose President flies around the world, sticking his nose in EVERYONE's business, who will demonstrate and object to cartoons published 8,500 miles away and sponsors terror a half a globe away, but they are tirelessly trying to keep anything "Western" away from its own people. It's my opinion that the Iranians should heed this: If you want to stay in the 7th century culturally and societally, then put up a bloody wall around your country and keep to yourselves - don't trade with anyone, don't bother anyone, don't ask for a thing...just live in isolation, because if you don't you can't have it both ways, chumps.

Anyway, here's the latest rantings of the insane asylum formerly known as Persia from the Breitbart article here:

A top Iranian judiciary official warned Monday against the "destructive" cultural and social consequences of importing Barbie dolls and other Western toys.
In the latest salvo in a more than decade-old government campaign against Barbie, Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi said in an official letter to Vice President Parviz Davoudi that the doll and other Western toys are a "danger" that need to be stopped.
"The irregular importation of such toys, which unfortunately arrive through unofficial sources and smuggling, is destructive culturally and a social danger," said the letter, a copy of which was made available to The Associated Press.
Iranian markets have been inundated with smuggled Western toys in recent years partly due to a dramatic rise in purchasing power as a result of increased oil revenues.

So there you have it, Barbie and Ken dolls have a fatwa on them and their little plastic heads risk beheading! Hahaha. You know, if these clowns in Iran weren't so dangerous, they'd be even more comical.

Iran takes new shot at Barbie, calling US doll 'destructive'

While importing the toys is not necessarily illegal, it is discouraged by a government that seeks to protect Iranians from what it calls the negative effects of Western culture.
Najafabadi said the increasing visibility of Western dolls has alarmed authorities and they are considering intervening.
"The displays of personalities such as Barbie, Batman, Spiderman and Harry Potter ... as well as the irregular importation of unsanctioned computer games and movies are all warning bells to the officials in the cultural arena," his letter said.
Najafabadi said Iran is the world's third biggest importer of toys and warned that smuggled imports pose a threat to the "identity" of the new generation.
"Undoubtedly, the personality and identity of the new generation and our children, as a result of unrestricted importation of toys, has been put at risk and caused irreparable damages," he said.
Mattel Inc., the maker of Barbie, had no immediate comment Monday on the Iranian action.
Barbie is sold wearing swimsuits and miniskirts in a society where women must wear head scarves in public and men and women are not allowed to swim together.

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