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Posted by: McQ on Friday, July 21, 2006

Can they indeed be this out of touch in Iran?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday forcefully rejected a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeking cooperation with Germany, saying it did not even deserve an answer.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki delivered the letter to the German embassy in Tehran earlier this week. A German government official who saw the letter told Reuters it criticised Israel and said Germany and Iran should cooperate in dealing with Zionism and solving the Palestinian problem.

"He's repeating the old thinking, which is totally unacceptable to us," Merkel told ZDF state television.

"Israel's right to exist is a key part of our state policy and he calls this into question time and again; and at the same time our offer — an offer which really gives the Iranian people hope for the future — is not mentioned once," she added.

"That's not in order and thus does not need to be answered."
Of course we've talked about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad many times as not being that powerful in real terms in Iran. But he is the country's spokesman apparently. He's a Holocaust denier and thinks Israel should be wiped from the map, but trying to get Germany to consider what he obviously considers "the good old days" is amazing. Chancellor Merkel is precisely right in simply rejecting the letter as not warranting a response.

Meanwhile as the Israeli battle against Hezbollah rages in Lebanon, a boycott is being called for in Iran. The target?

"Zionist products", of course ... like Pepsi:
“Pepsi stands for “Pay Each Penny to Save Israel”, viewers in the Islamic republic have been warned in an oft-repeated three-minute infomercial on state television, prompted by Israel’s ongoing assault against the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.

“Zionists are the biggest shareholders in the soft drinks industry, and each year they make billions of dollars for their colonialist aims,” consumers with a thirst for fizz have been told.
Coca Cola hasn't been left out either. Nor have many other companies:
“Nestle is a Swiss food processing firm which in 2000 announced that it will invest millions of dollars in Israel to build a factory there,” it added, while neglecting to mention that Nestle also has a factory in Iran.

The world’s largest chip maker Intel was also branded as “one of Israel’s biggest supporters”.

“Its first overseas branch was set up in Haifa in 1974. In 2000 it employed more that 4,000 Israelis. Its top managers have said that they are going to invest 6.5 billion dollars in Israel,” would-be Intel customers have been told.

“McDonalds, Timberland, Revlon, Garnier, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and L’Oreal are only some of the firms which belong to the Zionist regime,” state television said, before taking a swipe at what it said were less vigilant Arab nations.

“Unfortunately most of the streets of Arab nations are filled with commercials which advertise Israeli products. For each purchase, the money is converted into bullets piercing the chests of the Lebanese and Palestinian kids,” it fumed.
Propaganda at its obvious worst. But then Iran has never been that clever in the propaganda department.
“The Islamic republic of Iran has never interfered in Syrian and Lebanese internal affairs. Our support is only moral,” foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi repeated to the ISNA news agency on Wednesday.

I'd bet, if we looked closely, we'd find that Hamid Reza Asefi is really a redeployed (ok, I couldn't help myself) Baghdad Bob.
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I’d bet, if we looked closely, we’d find that Hamid Reza Asefi is really a redeployed (ok, I couldn’t help myself) Baghdad Bob.
How about Tehran Tom?
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I guess the "Islamic explosion" must be on the way since Ahmadinejad asks for emergency OIC meeting.
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"Pepsi stands for "Pay Each Penny to Save Israel", viewers in the Islamic republic have been warned in an oft-repeated three-minute infomercial on state television, prompted by Israel’s ongoing assault against the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.
LIES! Everyone knows PEPSI stands for Palestinian Extermination Project: State of Israel
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There is a much better reason to boycott Nestle than where it builds its factories. The Nestle boycott is supported by human rights activists globally due to the harm it does to babies, without regard for race, religion, or culture. Nestle has been shown to be the worst offender of a small monopoly of infant formula companies, which together cause 1.5 million infant deaths per year through inappropriate feeding of artificial breastmilk substitutes, inappropriately promoted in contravention of the International Code of Infant Formula Marketing. For more information, go to
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Muslim boycotts of American companies with significant financial ownership if not outright control by Jews, or firms required to do business with Israel by Congress have hurt America’s overseas business and investing opportunities.

The price is lost access to the 1.2 billion customers and the many resource development projects and infrastructure building projects of the Muslim world. And outside the Ummah, in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe - US brands have suffered damage for our support of Israel, or the common belief that Israel-funding US Jews own or control a significant part of American businesses and export goods. (Many US firms find themselves queried overseas on the extent of Jewish stakes in their firm, inside and outside the Ummah). That American businesses are welcomed as much in Israel as other nations businesses are, to serve Israel’s 5 million customers, is little consolation.

Boycotts can hurt. South Africa. The US boycott of French goods in 2002-2005. The present Muslim boycott of Danish goods. Par for the course. You tick off other nations, and they try to avoid French wine or US airplanes...or US beverages. I’ve seen the Israel-Jewish boycott myself in practice on overseas business, in unlikely places. In Brazil. S Korea. Greece. Or even in England, where a French firm there wants nothing to do with any American product, period, in their stores...whether it has any Jews in the people involved who benefit from sales, or not...

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LIES! Everyone knows PEPSI stands for Palestinian Extermination Project: State of Israel
Good one Shark !!!
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Perfectly Explainable, Probably Simply Intonation, especially since the brand name predates the establishment of Israel by half a century.
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Hmm..and here I am boycotting Pepsi products because one of thier CFO’s told a meeting of business folks that "America is the middle finger of the world."
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The present Muslim boycott of Danish goods.

Actually, from what I’ve heard that one blew up in their faces with a net gain in export sales of Danish goods. I’ll see if I can find the link, but it’s not a given that simply because a boycott is declared it’s automatically successful.
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