As if Iran wasn't abrasive enough, and as if the Muslim riots over the recent cartoon depicting Mohammed with a bomb in his turban (do these riots strike you as incredibly ironic, considering the statement of the cartoon?) had any merit, Iran's largest newspaper has now decided to put forth a contest for Holocaust cartoons
. I will concede that the Mohammed cartoon can easily be construed as offensive (despite the truth in it), the idea to issue holocaust cartoons are...well, stupid. Unlike the Muslims who are so consumed with rage...I mean peace... as they murder and pillage, the rest of the civilized world recognizes the value of free speech, and understands that while this speech may, at times, be offensive - just like cartoons about the holocaust may be - it is rarely something to go up in arms about. Furthermore, this act only strengthens the rest of the worlds understanding of the threat that Iran poses to the world, with Israel in particular.
Iran's President has already stated both that Israel should be destroyed, and also that he doesn't believe the Holocause ever happened. As his country continues to get bolder and more aggressive in their anti-semitic stance, I hope the rest of the world (including Iran's oil-purchasing countries) take the threat seriously. I am certainly not an expert in foreign relations or Islamic studies...but it does not take one to recognize that this is not merely rhetoric. Iran is a real threat, and should be seen that way.