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What a funny way Iranian’s have of showing their love

By Robert McNeil

Published 18/12/2009

You wouldn't want to live in Iran. Sure, it's sunny, but nearly everything is banned, and rights we take for granted here are there deemed peculiar and wrong.

By the authorities, at least. The people — many of them — take a different view.

They continue protesting about the dodgy re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the little man in the Matalan jerkin.

More disturbingly, they've been accused of tearing up a picture of the Islamic republic's founding nutjob, Ayatollah Humphrey Khomeini. How awful.

Even the moderate opposition leader has been moved to say: “I'm sure students would never do such a thing because we all know they love Imam Khomeini.”

Imagine during the Iraq war protests, if someone in Westminster had said: “I'm sure they can't really mean it because we all know everyone loves Tony Blair.”

Even harder to imagine would be supporters of Mr Blair organising counter-protests and chanting: “Death to opponents of the Supreme Leader.” But that's what happens in Iran.

Though Ahmadinejad gets to wear the jerkins as President, the flowing robes of Supreme Leader belong to Ayatollah Bernard Khameini (no relation to the above-named Khomeini), who said disturbingly: “Those who stage illegal rallies have no root in the society.”

Under-rated former American president George W Bush categorised Iran as part of an “axis of evil”. George is no longer around to lead the free world. But I'm sure the heroic protesters in Iran will free themselves eventually.

Not under-rated. What's that other word? Oh yes. Peculiar.

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