The man who once proclaimed that Israel needs to be eliminated is now concerned about his country’s image-----because of a movie!!
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called Warner Bros.' hit film 300 part of a U.S. propaganda campaign "to prevent our nation's development."
Actually the laws put into place by your government have done a fine enough job in “preventing your nation’s development.”
In a recent “Break Point” commentary, we are given a history lesson on the Iranian population’s stunted growth.
In 1985, the average Iranian woman gave birth to 5.6 children, one of the highest birthrates in the world, consistent with the Ayatollah Khomeni’s call to create “soldiers for Islam.”
But after the war with Iraq, which killed between 500,000 and one million Iranian men, Iran’s high birthrate was viewed as a liability. In 1993, the government enacted a “family-planning” law that not only encouraged the use of birth control but also eliminated maternity leave after three children.
The results were unprecedented: In seven years, Iran’s birthrate had dropped to less than replacement level, two births per woman. Iran’s population, which doubled between 1968 and 1988, was now growing at less than 1 percent per year.
But the Iranian president’s biggest concern about the film 300, based on the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, was that it made “Iran's image look savage.”
Oh, but Iran’s image was pristine after holding captive more than 50 American hostages for over a year in late 70s, early 80s.
And they certainly solidified their squeaky-clean reputation Friday by taking hostage 15 British servicemen off the coast of Iraq.
No, according to Iranian TV it’s a “Zionist conspiracy” that is causing the most damage to the country’s otherwise positive P.R.