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Moth 1, Ahmadinejad 0

The jokes are flying within the Iranian webspace after Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad failed to deal with a moth during a speech on state television last night.

Within minutes some Iranians had described the insect as a national hero and said it had since been detained by security forces who are videotaping his confessions.

Others said the moth was only able to breach security after being helped by people “involved in a coup.”

The obvious comparison, highlighted by many bloggers, was with how Obama recently dealt with a fly during an interview. The fly was less fortunate than the moth.

A mock statement by the office of the president is also making the rounds.

“The quarrel between the moth and the president is only a family issue and shouldn’t be interpreted as anything else. These two loyal friends have always stood together and a small difference between them should not be interpreted as a separation. This statement is an answer to those who want to create a rift between the president and the moth.”

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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