Friday, September 07, 2007

1. Iran has a new hit t.v. show, shot on location in Budapest and Paris, which depicts the plight of Jews in Europe before and during WWII. The show's creator, Hassan Fatthi says he was inspired by the life story of Abdol Hussein Sardari, who worked at the Iranian embassy in Paris and apparently saved the lives of thousands of European Jews by forging Iranian passports for them.

The aim of the show, according to many inside and outside the country, is to draw a clear distinction between the government's views about Judaism -- which is accepted across Iranian society -- and its stance on Israel -- which the leadership denounces every chance it gets.

"Iranians have always differentiated between ordinary Jews and a minority of Zionists," says Hassan Fatthi, the show's writer and director. "The murder of innocent Jews during World War II is just as despicable, sad and shocking as the killing of innocent Palestinian women and children by racist Zionist soldiers," he says.

This is the official website of the show if you are interested in checking it out.

2. Thankfully, no one takes this guy seriously anymore (if they ever did), but you have to admit he is still good for a laugh: "Bush and I were both born on July 6, within the same hour...many Iranians would actually welcome a military strike by the U.S.".

The independent weekly City Paper sometimes teases the Washington Post for articles that attempt (and fail) to be poetic or "writerly", and I would like to nominate the following lines from Amar C. Bakshi's above noted story on Fakhravar and Bush:

"He [Fakhravar] has the fierce green eyes of a panther, and an eerie confidence that makes you wonder if he sees something you can't."

What's that line from the Morrissey song? "Love at first sight may sound trite, but it's true you know..."

3. A couple of weeks ago, Bush shocked a lot of folks by suggesting that the problem with the Vietnam war was not that it was started, but that it had ended!

When pressed by South Korean president and staunch ally about when the U.S. was planning to formally end the U.S. war with Korea, Bush was peeved:

"Bush, now looking irritated, replied: "I can't make it any more clear, Mr. President. We look forward to the day when we can end the Korean War. That will end—will happen when Kim verifiably gets rid of his weapons programs and his weapons."

I guess the guy never met a war he didn't like.