Things Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Hates: Paul The Psychic Octopus, Making Sense
While stopping short of issuing a fatwa against Paul the Octopus Oracle, the cephalopod psychic of soccer scores who became a media darling during the World Cup, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad let his freak flag fly when he had some harsh words for the octopus and those who heed psychic advice from animals during a speech recently delivered to his country’s youth regarding the evils of Western Imperialism. From the Toronto Star:
In a recent speech to an audience at Iran’s National Youth Festival, Ahmadinejad singled out Paul. He also called out Russia, the U.S., his familiar bugbear, Israel, and all those “plotting” against Iran.
In an attack on “Western propagation methods and superstitions,” the Iranian leader had this to say of those who took heed of Paul’s prognostications:
“Such people cannot be the leaders of the world nations towards human perfection while the Iranian nation with its love for the entire blessed values, is after establishing a humane world that would move towards absolute perfection,” Ahmadinejad said.
So there you have it: despot from Middle Eastern country attempts to rally his country’s citizens through a shared hatred of a silly gimmick featuring a octopus who can supposedly predict the outcome of soccer matches. Good luck with all that.
Iran’s newest state enemy: an octopus [Toronto Star]