For more than three decades, the slogan “Death to America” has been a feature of public life in Iran. In speeches and Friday prayers, audiences and worshippers have shown approval by repeating the phrase, sometimes including Israel and, formerly, the USSR, for good measure.
But President Hassan Rouhani’s new push for moderation at home and abroad – including a taboo-busting phone call on the nuclear crisis with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly – have prompted calls for the slogan to be dropped.
|C'mon, Israel, they hated us first!|
|Fact: nobody enjoyed eating|
before Coke was invented.
Those Mad Mullahs need to put some thought into it -- especially since they're going to have to change the way consumers think of the product while, at the same time, keeping the general feeling intact. You can't do a 180 overnight, especially since Iran's entire raison d'etre for almost 35 years had been blaming us for their near-antediluvian standard of living. It's all a matter of turning the temperature down a few degrees while still keeping the heat on. Something along the lines of the following:
AMERICA IS A PAIN IN THE NECK
U.S.A.? MORE LIKE P.U.S.A.!
POOPY ON AMERICA
WHAT'S WITH ALL THE RELIGIONS?
NO, OBAMA ISN'T A MUSLIM!
TED CRUZ? REALLY?
IF AMERICA WAS A CAR, IT'D BE A PINTO
WOMEN IN POLITICS? PUH-LEEZE!
GO AHEAD AND SHUT DOWN, SEE IF WE CARE!
AMERICA MAY NOT BE THE DEVIL, BUT WOULD YOU WANT YOUR DAUGHTER TO MARRY IT?
NOBODY REALLY WINS THOSE PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE CONTESTS!
HOME OF HONEY BOO-BOO. 'NUFF SAID