Laugh it off
According to The Times Online, Iran’s most widely read newspaper is launching a competition to find the 12 “best” cartoons about the Holocaust, to counter the original 12 cartoons satirizing Muhammad which first appeared in a Danish newspaper.
Farid Mortazavi, graphics editor for Tehran’s Hamshahri newspaper, said that the deliberately inflammatory contest would test out how committed Europeans were to the concept freedom of expression.
“The Western papers printed these sacrilegious cartoons on the pretext of freedom of expression, so let’s see if they mean what they say and also print these Holocaust cartoons,” he said.
The twelve winning artists will be rewarded with gold coins and probably ass slaps by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is affectionately known for hating Jews, denying the Holocaust, and calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”