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Spiderman Not A Hero To The Head of Iran’s Basij

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Spiderman, the latest weapon in the "soft war?"
Spiderman, the latest weapon in the "soft war?"
Mohammad Reza Naghdi, the commander of Iran’s Basij force has announced the creation of a new body called “The Organization of Basij and the Media," which he said aims at increasing the activities of the Basij force in the media scene. Naghdi, however denied that the Basij is aiming to control the media.

Naghdi made the announcement earlier this week at a meeting called “Basij and Media,” in which he blasted “false” cartoon characters, namely Spiderman, and suggested that characters who promote the authority of the Islamic Republic should be used in television programming instead.

The commander of the Basij force seemed to be suggesting that Spiderman and similar cartoon characters are part of what Iranian authorities describe as a “soft war” against the Islamic Republic.

“Today, we are engaged in a unique and historical war with the enemy in the frame of a soft war,”said Naghdi, who expressed concern that the whole Iranian establishment is not doing more to fight the so-called "soft war."

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

P.S. - While I was writing this blog, I thought about a five-year-old relative of mine in Tehran, who has asked me to buy him a Spiderman T-shirt and backpack for his birthday. He is likely to disagree with Naghdi regarding his favorite hero.
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by: Anonymous
November 15, 2010 15:54
Spiderman got his powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Given the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities, I'm sure the authorities could cook up a Basiji version. He would use his webbing to immobilize prodemocracy protesters and, of course, cover up women with "bad hijab." Speaking of which, I guess his outfit would need to be a bit less form-fitting.

by: Rustam Majidi from: Turkey
November 15, 2010 20:48
May be the author should also write about her entire family and how they are not allowed to wear American clothing? Why not from now on, the entire RFERL staff write about how the so called “evil Islamic state” in Iran oppresses their 5 year olds and this way we can get the misinformed western public support the war against Iran tomorrow and have a new Shah installed? You should really think about this option, it will make your propaganda look so truthful. Lets see if this one get published
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by: Ramtin from: Germany
November 16, 2010 19:34
Dear "Rustam" the islamic regime of iran is more than just evil, it is the manifestation of Ahriman itself, and please abstain from making uninformed comments about our great Shah and his "installment" since you islamic indoctrinated people lack in intelligence as much as you do in reason, you probably haven't yet grasped the principle of monarchy wherein the son of the former monarch is the heir to the throne and requires no installment.

Long live the memory of Shahanshah Pahlavi
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by: Mark from: Toronto
November 17, 2010 04:51
Ramtin please go back to school.

The 1953 Iranian coup d'état, on August 19, 1953 (known as the 28 Mordad coup in Iran), was the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh by the intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom and the United States.[1][2] The coup launched 25 years of dictatorship under Mohammad-Rezā Shāh Pahlavi, who relied heavily on U.S. support to hold on to power until the Shah himself was overthrown in February 1979.[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d'%C3%A9tat

by: an Iranian
November 16, 2010 08:49
The attack on Spiderman demonstrates the disconnect between the regime and the population. A regime that is afraid of Spiderman! and why Spiderman? Why not Superman?

by: Ahmed Zahedi from: Dubai
November 17, 2010 04:40
Did you recruit the reporter from FoxNews through Bill O’Reylley? I sometimes read the RFERL to observe the propaganda of the US and its backed media sources. It is healthy to know the other side which most comment makers hear refuse to do. I expect to read a quasi-sophisticated propaganda and not stories motivated by personal grudges against a certain government and religion. So please make your stories a bit more serious and hire a reporter who actually lives in Iran and can blend lies with truth.

I suggest you all read the following news blog – www.raceforiran.com

by: Ali
November 17, 2010 13:42
@Ahmed of course you like the blog www.raceforian.com that is run by the IRI supported couple. You're not even Iranian so please don't talk about things you don't know.
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by: james from: us
November 18, 2010 15:27
@Ali, well guess what? RFERL is financed by the White House regime.

by: Mr Jock from: Malaysia
November 24, 2010 00:44
You'd think that the Iranian government would be worried about issues other than this. Of course, the Basiji are gangsters and do not like the superheroes for this reason!!

But it again shows the stupidity of an illigitimate incompetent government. The real thing the Basiji needs to fear is not Spiderman, Batman or Superman but an angry population who would even prefer Hitler as a liberal alternative to these jokers.

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