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Iran: About the Arrest of Opposition Leaders… Squirrel!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:08 am

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That is my take on this sequence of events.  First, yesterday we learned that Iran had arrested two of the leaders of the opposition, who are trying to get an Egyptian/Libyan/Tunisian type revolt going in Iran:

Iran’s government put the two prominent reformists under house arrest after they called for opposition rallies on February 14 in solidarity with anti-government uprisings in the Arab world.  Iran’s government banned the rallies and ordered security forces to disperse them, triggering violence that killed two people.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency says a judicial official denied the opposition’s claim that Mousavi and Karroubi were moved to Tehran’s Heshmatieh prison.  The official said Monday authorities have kept the two men under house arrest and restricted their contacts with the outside world.

Iranian opposition activists have called for protests to be held every Tuesday to demand the release of the leading reformists.

And in the same article you see some criticism from outside of Iran for the arrests.  And surely many in Iran would be outraged, so they responded by essentially shouting “Squirrel”—that is, trying to distract people—by claiming that the logo of the London 2012 games was part of an Israeli conspiracy:

Iran is threatening to boycott the 2012 Olympic Games in London because of the Games’ logo.

According to an Iranian official, the logo, with its blocky, abstract rendering of “2012,” is racist because it appears to spell the word “Zion,” a biblical term for Jerusalem, rather than 2012. Bahram Afsharzadeh, the secretary-general of Iran’s National Olympic Committee, said via the official IRNA news agency that he sent a letter of complaint to International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.

And here is the offending logo.

I myself am reminded of how a few weeks ago Gaddafi asked why the Palestinians weren’t rising up and more than a few people took that as a sign that Gaddafi was worried.  I suspect this stupid logo controversy is designed to serve a similar purpose.

And regime in Yemen seems to be playing that, “quick, look at the jews!” game, too.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

25 Responses to “Iran: About the Arrest of Opposition Leaders… Squirrel!”

  1. The Iranians are nuts, the logo spells ZOD-Z which is the name of a Jewish superhero recently released from the Phantom Zone and destined to protect London from the threat of tainted fish-n-chips.

    ropelight (06bcb2)

  2. Patterico, this is nothing new. They go looking for thise shite. There’s a MEMRI video on YouTube where an Iranian media expert (much like Goebbels himself) talks about how Tom and Jerry was a conspiracy by the Jewish Walt Disney company to rehabilitate the image of mice after the Holocaust, because Jews were referred to as “dirty mice” by the Nazis. Ya, I know. Let your eyes do the rest:

    Not that it matters much, but Tom and Jerry is a creation of Hannah-Barbera, not Disney, Yet one more Jewish Ziono-Hollywoodist conspiracy! Don’t expect reason from obsessed anti-Semitic psychos. You can only shoot them. FYI.

    TheMadKing (b7eade)

  3. To me the logo is obviously a bastardized spelling of Zeus, “Zois.”

    The London Olympic Committee has been taken over by the international Greek-ry!

    deepelemblues (a78b16)

  4. So Iran stays home. Downsides? None I can see.

    Steve (522a96)

  5. Iran is furious that the Olympics are in London.

    Iran has a bigger problem with England than they have with the USA. In some ways, it’s worse than their problem with Israel (I realize this makes no sense). If there’s a traffic jam in Tehran, many will seriously blame a British conspiracy.

    This is yet another clever move by the Mullahs. This level of paranoia constantly blanketing Iran helps the government survive some of the criticism it deserves, especially these days.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  6. If they think that logo’s bad, they’re gonna go ape sh*t over Sherman William’s Paint.

    Leviticus (35fbde)

  7. If Iran boycotts, then it leaves it wide open for who will win the “100-meter sprint from a car bomb” event.

    chuck (b94ec9)

  8. Obiously, the logo is an abstract version of a Rorscharch test. Whats the big deal about a pile of dead puppies?

    JPE (0609ab)

  9. Looks like a bj to me.

    Jeff S. (f9af2b)

  10. Is it me or does it seem that pretty much every Olympic mascot and logo is teh suck?

    carlitos (01d172)

  11. JPE



    yes, they all suck. btw, it was actually the nazis who invented most of the “classic” olympic imagery. leni reifenstahl and all that.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  12. I see boobies.

    JD (2028b1)

  13. Heh.

    carlitos (01d172)

  14. carl

    yeah, that has to be the most delicious irony in history, since…

    Well, did you ever hear of America’s first black senator, Hiriam Revels?

    He was elected in 1870, and represented the first black man seated in congress, period. this was the first time they had given his state, mississippi, representation in congress since secession and back then senators were chosen by state. so the mississippi legislature could have given him 2 different seats.

    They chose to give him the one that had belonged to one Jefferson Davis.

    Needless to say northern editorial cartoonists had a lot of fun imagining old Jeff Davis’ reaction.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  15. And I thought it had to do with paranoia that has developed after [object]found the Star of David perched high atop Tehran’s airport.

    Unlikely Hospitalist (bea2fc)

  16. And I thought it had to do with paranoia that has developed after Google Earthfound the Star of David perched high atop Tehran’s airport.

    Unlikely Hospitalist (bea2fc)

  17. unlikely

    i like your blog, btw.

    and yeah, we had a post of that with the star of david story. its some bad crazy jew hate over there.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  18. Thanks Aaron, tell all your friends! It is crazy and there is no talking to crazy, so you might as well try to mock them….

    Unlikely Hospitalist (b1c017)

  19. If you look, the upper left letter looks like a z, the letter below it looks like an i, with the i dot in the center, the upper right looks like an o, and the bottom right looks like an n on its side. ZION, what a crafty conspiracy.

    eaglewingz08 (83b841)

  20. Looks like a swastika to me. The mullahs should love it.

    Andy (c17686)

  21. Zion?


    I had diarrhea a few weeks ago (yeah, TMI, sorry).

    I’m pretty sure if I searched hard enough in the rather explosive results in the bowl that I could find an equally valid depiction of Ahminajad’s faceshot as (clairvoyantly) painted by Seurat…

    Just sayin’…

    Smock Puppet (c9dcd8)

  22. If you play it backward it spells NOIZ.

    Hazy (996c34)

  23. By all means, leave the logo just as it is.

    Icy Texan (2987c7)

  24. Shitty logo. Someone prolly got big money for this.

    Hazy (996c34)

  25. Some timees it seems that muslims and liberals are playing can you top this in ridiculous with the “the jews did it. What was the question?” Remember the accusation that the jews were behind shark attacks.

    dunce (b89258)

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