Sunday, August 5, 2007

Ahmadinejad: You're grounded!

Those mullahs just can't stand to see anyone having a good time. Reuters reports that Iranian police detained 230 people and seized alcohol and drugs in a raid on a 'satanic' underground rock concert. It's apparently part of an annual crackdown that goes on at this time of year – a sort of 'summer of virtuousness'.

The report says DJs, rock groups and rap artists performed at the event. Although Iranian officials didn't elaborate on the nature of the 'satanic' material being performed, by their standards The Carpenters would probably be off limits. Alcohol, drugs and CDs were seized, but what clearly tipped the authorities over the edge were reports of 'unrelated men and women dancing, drinking and mixing' and women wearing 'inappropriate' dresses.

This is all good stuff. Iran has a young, restless and pro-western population which, in the long run, is probably a better bet for regime change in Iran than sanctions or military action (although I'm all for targeted strikes on those elements that are causing trouble in Iraq). Maybe we should start supplying the Resistance with air drops of Linkin Park, Ryan Adams and MIKA CDs, and cases of Bud Light.

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