Thursday, September 06, 2007

Iranians as Cockroaches and Editor Justifies His Paper's Racism

Incitement to hatred, anyone?

Imagine the hell that would ensue if a US paper carried a cartoon depicting Israel as a sewer with cockroaches creeping all over the Occupied Palestinian Territories and elsewhere in the region.

I've received an email that says letters of objection may be sent to the following: and

If anyone knows of others who should be contacted in this regard, please leave a comment with your suggestions and please make sure to write a note to the editors who chose to run this disgusting image.


I wrote the editor of the paper of my own volition, not because CAIR or anyone else prompted me to, and look at the canned response he gave trying to justify their overt and revoltingly racist cartoon. Have a look for yourself (my response to him is below his letter):

Dear sir or madame:

Thank you for writing to The Dispatch.

You apparently are responding to a call from the Council of American-Islamic relations to write to me and to cartoonist Michael Ramirez to complain about a cartoon about the Iraqi regime’s support of violent extremists and terrorists throughout the Middle East.

CAIR claims the cartoon demeans all Iranians as cockroaches. But since the drain cover depicted in the cartoon is clearly labeled with “Iran” and “extremism” it is clear that the cartoon refers only to those elements of the Iranian regime who support extremism. In other words, it doesn’t come close to labeling all Iranians as cockroaches.

CAIR also likens the cartoon to Nazi propaganda. This is a remarkable display of intellectual gymnastics. Iranian President Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of the Jewish state and questions the Holocaust, while his regime tries to develop nuclear weapons. If CAIR is truly concerned about the promotion of Nazi ideas and the use of Nazi methods, it should direct its attention to Tehran.

CAIR’s claims that its mission is to promote understanding of Islam and combat anti-Islamic information and anti-Islamic attitudes. That’s an honorable mission when it is directed at legitimate grievances.

In this case, CAIR has misrepresented this cartoon and missed the mark by fabricating a false grievance.

All the best,

Glenn Sheller
Editorial Page Editor
The Columbus Dispatch

Dear Glenn Sheller-

I did not write to you because CAIR or anyone else prompted me to do so. In any case, CAIR has not "misrepresented" your cartoon; it's overt racism will be apparent to everyone who is not blinded by the kind of propaganda your paper seems to relish in producing.

With or without CAIR, this cartoon will be widely disseminated among Iranians and Muslims worldwide who will be disgusted by it no matter what their political or social inclinations may be. Your canned justification for the irresponsible decision to run this cartoon further discredits you.