[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
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.]