tisdag 28 augusti 2007

Conspiracy theory of the week

Yesterday, the Iranian government protested against Nerikes Allehanda's publication of Mohammed as a roundabout dog. Most LGF & GoV readers have probably read about it in The Local. But the article excludes a new rather funny conspiracy theory, supposedly concocted by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Director General for Central and North Europe Ali Baqeri. I quote him from a dispatch by Islamic Republic News Agency itself:
The act might be masterminded by some groups who seek to mar ties between Sweden and other Muslim states

Were do I sign to join these groups of conspirators?


These groups of conspirators are, of course... the Zionists! Islamic Republic News Agency:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday castigated a Swedish daily for publishing blasphemy against Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and said that the Zionists, who do not believe in religion, are behind such a dirty job.

"Religions call for friendship, equality, justice, peace and respect for divine prophets (Peace Be Upon Them). The Zionists only pretend to believe in religion. They are telling lies. They are perpetrating oppression against the Europeans and putting at risk the prestige of Europe."
He said that the Zionists are the minority whose population is very small, but, they are doing things in an organized manner.

They are suffering from psychological complex since blasphemy against one prophet accounts for blasphemy against all of them.

The Local:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that "Zionists" were behind a cartoon in Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda, which depicted the head of the Prophet Mohammed on a dog's body. The drawing sparked an official protest by Tehran to Stockholm.

"They do not want the Swedish government to be a friend of other nations. I strongly believe they are behind it (the cartoon). They thrive on conflict and war," he said.

The claim came during a tirade against Israel, in which Ahmadineja accused Zionists of sowing conflict, publishing offensive cartoons and "lying about being Jewish."

"Zionists are people without any religion," Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly predicted that Israel is doomed to disappear, told a news conference in Tehran.

"They are lying about being Jewish because religion means brotherhood, friendship and respecting other divine religions," he said.

"They are an organised minority who have infiltrated the world. They are not even a 10,000-strong organisation," he said.

"Anywhere they are found there is war. Anywhere where there is war they are behind it," Ahmadinejad added.

Now he's trying to blame possible / eventual riots, perpetrated by Muslims, on the Zionists. His part on the "Zionists' " unwillingness to Swedish-Muslim states' relations, however, indicates no solidarity to the Swedes. Ahmadinejad blaming Zionists is rather an act of reflex.

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