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December 05, 2004

Europe Iran Frets About Human Rights in Iran Europe

As Johnny Mac might say, You have got to be kidding me:

TEHRAN (MNA) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said on Sunday that Iran is seriously concerned about the rise in human rights violations in Europe and especially the rise in anti-Islamic sentiments and the treatment of minority groups.

Asefi made the remarks in response to a question about the decision of the European Union to lodge a protest with Tehran expressing concern about the human rights situation in Iran.

“The issue of human rights is on the agenda of Iran-EU talks and this is not something one-sided, and we have also some criticism about their (human rights) situation,” Asefi told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

“We have serious concerns about human rights violations in Europe, especially the rise in anti-Islamic sentiments in some European states, most notably in the Netherlands where a filmmaker insulted the sensitivities of Muslims by making a very unpleasant movie,” he added.

Gee, thanks for taking an interest, fellas. As they say, we will take your concerns under advisement.

Iran didn't express regret over the butchery of filmmaker Van Gogh, by the way. Which, I guess, means that Iran largely shares the same position as Hollywood on the matter.

They then go on to suggest they don't fell particularly obligated to honor their no-nuke commitments.

Obviously, we don't have many remaining solutions here, and most of the few that are left involve massive bombing campaigns.

Update: This article claims that nuking Iraq's neighbors -- like, oh, fer instance, Iran -- will not solve "the world's problems."

Personally, I'm choosing to take a "wait and see" attitude on that. The old "college try" and such.

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