Saturday, March 24, 2007

300: The Monkey on Iran's Back

Iran cannot seem to get that monkey off its back. Iranian news agencies continue their media defense of Persian civilization, as if a nation must routinely come to the defense of its ancient, poly-theistic, tribal, Before Christian Era ancestors.

Iran's Press TV proclaims "300" unable to tarnish Persian civilization. Congratulations, it shouldn't. Were fervent cries of anger and concern echoed from Egyptian critics when Egyptian slave-masters whipped pyramid worker after pyramid worker in any countless number of Hollywood films of the 60's and 70's?

Did the English cry foul when Braveheart depicted the utter brutality and subjugation Scotland endured?

No. However, Iran's U.N. Mission Outraged at '300', the Washington Post reports.

Iran's U.N. Mission expressed outrage Thursday at the "deliberate distortions" of ancient Persia in the blockbuster movie "300" and said it was part of Western efforts to demonize Iran.

The movie is based on a comic-book fantasy version of the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. in which a force of 300 Spartans held off a massive Persian army at a mountain pass in Greece for three days. It has been No. 1 in the U.S. for the past two weeks and raked in more than $100 million after just one week in theaters.

Comic-book fantasy. Get over yourselves. Ancient battle film sparks outrage as Iran calls it 'effort to demonise nation'? Before Iran talks about 'the west' demonizing Iranians, the ubiquitous graffiti that can be found all over Iranian cities demonizing the "Great Satan," should remind Iran of its hypocrisy. This propaganda is state-sponsored and supported, much like in North Korea, where the state commissions such work. Such trash is nowhere to be found on American streets. This latest outcry by Iran only does three things: Inflames emotions, calls more attention to the movie, and reveals the regime's insecurity.

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