In todays Mullah news, Iranian lawmakers voted to resume uranium enrichment and end snap UN checks of its nuclear sites if Tehran is referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions. Sanctions are being considered after Iran failed to convince, well, anyone that their atomic scientists are working on power stations and not nukes.
Clearly, Iran doesn’t like sanctions or even the threat of sanctions. US sanctions against Iran have already forced the Iranians to buy crappy outmoded Russian aircraft, that even the Russians don’t want. The Iranians are also seeking to increase trade with the Chinese, but Iran already has plenty of AK-47s, the Mullahs are not keen on importing bootlegged western movies and there is a limited demand in Iran for chopsticks and fortune cookies.
On a serious note, Laura Secor wrote an interesting piece in the New Yorker about the collapse of the Iranian reform movement. She quotes a young Iranian security official as follows:
The majority of the population is young. Young people by nature are horny. Because they are horny, they like to watch satellite channels where there are films or programs they can jerk off to. We have to do something about satellite television to keep society free from this horny jerk off situation.
Secor then added:
My translator implored me, in a jaw-clenched monotone, ‘Please do not laugh right now. This is a very sensitive moment.’
Secor’s article is not available online but for all you Iranophiles out there too cheap to spring for a New Yorker, there is an interesting interview with Secor about her experience in Iran.
I can’t help thinking about how soft and superior US made Kleenex is to Russian and Chinese made tissue paper. Now not only are the Mullahs mad, but young, reform minded Iranian men… well, they gotta be aa bit resentful, no? Is it wise to alienate those sympathetic to Western values in Iran? Or will their frustration result in a Kleenex Revolution? Stay tuned I guess …
Tip of the hat to the Muk Report.