June 23, 2009

What is the problem with this picture?

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The gentleman has omitted the definite article: "Down with the British" not "Down with British."

Posted by Howard Baskerville at June 23, 2009 5:14 PM


Posted by: Asher Abrams Author Profile Page at June 23, 2009 6:15 PM

I saw a picture earlier of a protester holding up a sign with pictures of Mousavi and Mossadegh.

Andrew Sullivan claims that this poster shows that the protesters don't want the west to meddle, like it did when the US and Britain helped the Shah fire Mossadegh.

But I find this odd. If they compare Mousavi and Mossadegh, doesn't that mean that they are afraid that someone from the outside might help the government get rid of Mousavi rather than help Mousavi?

At the moment it seems to like the world's governments are mostly supporting the Iranian regime. Perhaps that is the meddling they don't want?

Posted by: Leauki Author Profile Page at June 24, 2009 4:16 AM

Perhaps the demonstrator is exhibiting nuance. He may well have contemplated "Down with All British" but realized many Muslims would then be included in his denunciation. "Down with Some British" would appear weak and wishy-washy to his fellow regime supporters. "Down with most British, except for the devout Muslims" would have been positively unwieldy on such a small piece of posterboard.

So he decided to play to British expectations of those curious foreigners and their amusingly weak grasp of the Queen's English and funny accents. That way the message would be a real punch in the gut for the British toffs.

Posted by: Seppo Author Profile Page at June 24, 2009 7:33 AM

wow! it looks like a whole six people got together for the regimes counter protest. i wonder where the rest of Ahmadinejad's supporters are? Oh yeah, they're out shooting and beating their fellow Iranians.

Posted by: ramsis Author Profile Page at June 24, 2009 12:52 PM

Actually, the picture looks to me like it's been photoshopped. The flag poles seem to leave shadows (and appear to be genuine) however the flames do not seem to cast enough light to change the source of light in other shadows.
I'm no rocket scientist, but does anybody else sense anything fake about the picture?

Posted by: Paul MacPhail Author Profile Page at June 26, 2009 12:09 AM
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