February 07, 2006

Mutually-Assured Insensitivity

Iran launches a contest to find and publish a dozen cartoons lampooning the Holocaust:

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.

One wonders what the Iranian regime expects. Mobs of Danish Jews roaming the streets of Cobenhaven, looting stores and burning the Iranian embassy?

Panels of solemn Hassidim demanding the execution of the cartoonists?

Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prompted international anger when he dismissed the systematic slaughter by the Nazis of mainland Europe's Jews as a "myth" used to justify the creation of Israel.
Sort of like the myth of the Shah?
Mr Blair also said Mr Ahmadinejad "should come and see the evidence of the Holocaust himself in the countries of Europe", to which Iran responded by saying it was willing to send a team of "independent investigators".
Stupid as that sounds, part of me would like to see that; a bunch of bearded, turbaned Clousouabads meandering about Yad Vashem or Auschwitz or Majdanek or the Holocaust Museum; "Er, nothing here, Mahmood. Next?"

It'd be the Baghdad Bob moment of the century.

(Via Lileks)

Posted by Mitch at February 7, 2006 05:00 AM | TrackBack

But the real question about the new Iranian Holocaust cartoons is :

How will they be any different than what they already publish?

Posted by: yet another rice alum at February 7, 2006 10:15 PM
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