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The Ultimate Insult

Trying to discover just exactly what the "ultimate insult" to Islam really is.

o  Muslims committed the huge blunder of revealing their vulnerability [cartoon flap]. Now the world knows what hurts them. When you find your opponent’s weak spot, it is exactly where you want to hit him… If Islam is ridiculed publicly and systematically, it will be defeated.  

o  Muslim psychology…is all pomposity and bravado. I give you my word that if Islam is ridiculed publicly and systematically, it will be defeated. Shame is a great motivator as well as deterrent. Do not underestimate the power of ridicule. This is serious stuff not a laughing matter…  

o  How much ridicule is enough? Until it hurts. The pain of shame must become bigger than the comfort of clinging to this false fetish. When you see their eyes are popping out of their eyeballs, their veins bulging in their necks, foam forming at their mouths, and they are ready to explode, you know that the remedy is working. Give them more. They will either die of heart attacks or they will come to their senses and recover from this insanity.  

o  Every one of us must become a cyberwarrior and mock Muhammad, Islam and the Muslims. Use your talent. Draw cartoons based on the hadith and the Quran. You can find tons of ridiculous stuff in these books to lampoon. Write articles, lyrics, jokes, plays, do whatever you can to ridicule Muhammad the prophet pretender and Muslims. Don’t heed to their howls and cries.  

ALI SINA

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Persepolis should win the grand prize at Cannes

Following their attack on 300, Iran's dictatorship now attacks a new cartoon based on a comic about a woman growing up there in the days of the Ayatollah's regime (via The Beat blog):
TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran has protested to France over the screening at the Cannes film festival of an animated film about a woman growing up in revolutionary Iran, slamming the movie as a "political act", local media reported on Monday.

"Persepolis", which stems from a best-selling comic book series by Iranian emigre Marjane Satrapi and is competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or, shows its heroine struggling with the authorities in the early days of the Islamic revolution.

"The Cannes film festival has selected a film about Iran which presents an unreal picture of the outcomes and achievements of the Islamic revolution," said a letter to the French cultural attache in Tehran carried by the press.

"Could the selection of this film... not be counted as a political or even anti-cultural act on the festival's part?" said the letter penned by the government-run Farabi Cinema Foundation.

The Farabi foundation works under the culture and Islamic guidance ministry and is tasked with promoting and marketing Iranian cinema all over the world.

It complained that "Persepolis" was the only Iranian film competing in the competition this year and accused the festival authorities of "acting in line with the biased policies of domineering powers" against Iran.

Satrapi, whose black-and-white comic-memoirs have been translated into more than 20 languages and won several awards, co-directed the film along with Vincent Paronnaud.

The film, to be premiered in Cannes on Wednesday, shows Satrapi's rebellious eight-year-old screen persona watching the downfall of the shah followed by the imposition of Islamic law after the 1979 revolution.

She witnesses the horrors of the war with Iraq, leaves for Austria but quickly feels the solitude of an exile.

Satrapi, who now lives in France, published the first book of the four-volume series in France in 2000.

The series has not been published in Iran, which applies tough vetting on publications and bans books deemed to be decadent and unIslamic or contrary to revolutionary values.

This is not the first time this year Iran has been angered by a major film.

In March the authorities and bloggers alike were infuriated by the war epic "300", a smash hit for its gory portrayal of the Greco-Persian wars, with officials saying the movie was "American psychological warfare against Iran."
Oops, I think I may have detected a slight distortion at the end there: Iran disapproved of the film's depiction of Persia as an antagonist.

I think the best answer to Iran over this would be to award Persepolis with the 1st prize at Cannes, and let them know what free society thinks of them and Ahmedinejad!

Update: Marjane Satrapi has answered and says that Iran is barking up the wrong tree, which they are.

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