The idiots in charge of Iran

February 14th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Asher Moses reports:

has been caught out in another Photoshop blunder in an effort to prove its purported stealth fighter jet is the real deal.

An Iranian state news agency released a new picture of the radar-dodging jet flying above snow-covered mountains.

But the picture was immediately suspected to be fake, with the lighting on the plane and its position similar to its appearance in pictures on the ground in Tehran at the unveiling earlier this month.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described it as “among the most advanced fighter jets in the world”, capable of hitting ground and air targets by stealth, but experts dismissed it as a “laughable fake” which looks like a toy or mock-up model.

Now the new picture has also been laughed off, after it was revealed by The Atlantic Wire that the background image of the mountain was taken from the stock image sitePickyWallpapers.com.

It scares me that such morons can be in charge of a country. I mean seriously it just wouldn’t happen in most countries. I could just imagine what would happen in say NZ if the PM suggested we just photoshop an image of a plane into a picture and claim it is a stealth fighter. There would be hundreds of people pointing out why it is the stupidest idea ever.

In 2008, news wire Agence France-Presse had to retract an official image of an Iran missile launch following revelations it was doctored to include an extra missile. The photo had appeared on the front pages of many media outlets including NYTimes.com and the front page of The Los Angeles Times.

In November last year Iran showed off a new drone design, but it was later revealed that the photographs it released were ripped off from a Japanese university and doctored.

Iran last month claimed to have successfully sent a monkey into space in a Pishgam rocket. That announcement was also accused of being faked as photographs of the monkey before and after showed two clearly different animals. Iran is sticking to its guns.

They’ve done it so often now, it is really becoming a bad joke. The Iranian Government seems to be the equivalent of the kid with the small penis who keeps stuffing tissue paper into his underpants to make his package look bigger.

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38 Responses to “The idiots in charge of Iran”

  1. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    I absolutely agree with your characterisation of Ahmadinejad. The man is a buffoon, but unfortunately he resides over a nation which either may have or may be developing nuclear capabilities. You left out the fact he stole a previous Iranian election and has a deplorable human rights and civil liberties record, as well as executing lesbians and gay men under the Shia version of sharia law.

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  2. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Agreed, DPF. It really is embarrassing for them.
    They’re just digging themselves deeper and deeper into a hole.

    It’ll be interesting to see the results of their elections later on this year (June, IIRC). Ahmadinnerjacket isn’t allowed to stand again so it’ll be interesting to see who replaces him. Unlikely to mean much change, unfortunately for the Iranian people.

    I SO want the Iranian people to be *free.*

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  3. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    I didn’t realise Whaleoil was working for the Iranian government. He’s got his fingers in a few pies.

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  4. jims_whare (403 comments) says:

    Maybe the US should let them make a nuke as the chances are it would self detonate before launch.

    I mean really the mad mullahs are stooping to Sadam’s or the old USSR level of beliveability.

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  5. cossackstomper (24 comments) says:

    Another example of a wonderful Muslim Country led by some of the highest leaders of the Muslim faith. Totally corrupt, total liars who hate the Sunni Muslims because their Muslim faith is better than the other one. Why is it that the Muslim religion breeds corruption ,and deceit in Government where ever its the Majority religion within that Country. A religion of peace definitely not. A controlling mechanism that infiltrates ever social structure and fabric within a country that is what it is.

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  6. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    One Iranian expat mate of mine was fond of saying Ahmadinejad is how one spells “George W.Bush” in Farsi. I gather that she’s now switched that to “Rush Limbaugh” in Farsi.

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  7. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Ahmadinejad might be a buffoon but he’s got nothing on Donald Trump, who reckons he has proof that his father wasn’t an orangutan!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/celebrity-news/my-dad-was-not-an-orangutan-donald-trump-says-in-lawsuit/article8467052/

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  8. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    And of course, Uganda, Nigeria, Serbia and other predominantly Christian basket cases are pure as the driven snow, CS?

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  9. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    Now, Ross, that’s insulting to orangutans!

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  10. Andrew M (50 comments) says:

    That’s an oddly specific analogy.

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  11. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    If and when Iran gets a credible nuclear warhead or a missile capable of deploying it, we’ll know because the Israeli air force will send a few hard bastards over in F-16s and knock it out.

    Somehow I doubt they’ll cop much flack from camel pilots in the Qaher F313 on their way over.. :-)

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  12. cossackstomper (24 comments) says:

    @ Chardonnnay Guy
    Can you tell me how many Christian Suicide bombers come out Uganda, Nigeria, Serbia lately?
    Or where they have a shot a girl in the head for getting an Education?
    Or where they have chopped of the Hands of people or stoned them to death.

    The Muslim Religion is One of Control it has never been a religion of Peace. Right from the days where Mohamed the paedophile took a 7 year old bride ,and then told his henchmen to attack the Merchantmen. Doesn’t sound like a religion with a good value set to me

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  13. Scott Chris (6,139 comments) says:

    I think there is a lot more to this story than some people may think. Propaganda works both ways.

    After all, painting your political foe as being mentally imbalanced is quite a common political tactic.

    Don’t let the media manipulate you folks, especially when it’s stuff you want to believe.

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  14. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    It’s not clear to me how the people in any countries in that region become “free”. The recent revolutions don’t appear to have achieved that outcome, in fact for some of them they’ve become less free. I’m not sure if that’s a valid reason to stop supporting such revolutions, but it is certainly reason for caution.

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  15. Scott (1,800 comments) says:

    I read an excellent book about Iran called “Iran desperate for God” which talks about how many people have become so oppressed by the Islamic State that at considerable threat to themselves they have become Christians.So I have a great heart for Iran and its people and the struggles of the persecuted church.

    One feels sorry for the people with such awful rulers. However I think the leader of Iran rather than being a buffoon is deadly serious in his desire to wipe out Israel. If Iran ever got a nuclear weapon then watch out. Who could say that the leader of Iran right now would hesitate to push the nuclear button?

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  16. cossackstomper (24 comments) says:

    @PAUL
    Totally agree freedom , or Democracy aren’t big words in the Muslim Countries, Control , Dictatorships , cronyism, Bribes, manipulation they all seem to work well in these countries. Its just a shame about the normal people when they are led by such despots .

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  17. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    But…but…DPF – these guys are muslims. How dare you take this bigoted approach to these poor simple souls who know no better…….

    Of course they are dangerous morons – but only a few hours ago you were wailing on about people who take the same view as you are now –

    Incredible……….

    [DPF: Are you trying to be a fuckwit. Or just decided to lie. Where have I ever said you can not criticise someone because they are Muslim? Where have I ever said you can't criticise Islamic Governments??

    Are you unable to read or just unable to comprhend?]

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  18. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    @bazza: he didn’t say all muslims are morons. He said these specific individuals are morons, and I think he intimated that they’re morons because they’re morons, not because they’re muslims. The fact that you can’t see that difference is concerning.

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  19. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    @barry
    You seem unable to tell the difference between shit and clay.
    Noted.

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  20. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Oh come on Lance and PaulL – you think there are just a small number of these morons doing all this stuff? Get real. For a country to come up with the crazies this lot do then you need most of the population supporting them – or at least not against them.

    There is a substantial portion of the iranian population who support this sort of idiocy – and theyre all muslims. Im sort of coming to the conclusion that in this country muslim equates to moron., or if one prefers moron equates with muslim.

    [DPF: Thank you for proving you are a bigot. I've actually been to Iran. The people there are lovely. And almost all of them think their President is an idiot]

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  21. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    Not all Iranians support Ahmadinejad. In fact, he stole the last election and relies on the Revolutionary Guard to suppress dissent. Just as not all Americans supported George W.Bush when he stole the US election in 2000, for that matter. Unfortunately, every country has its version of nonsentient populist kneejerk religious social conservatives- which not all Iranians are. There’s a lot of internal dissent to Ahmadinejad’s regime.

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  22. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    I could just imagine what would happen in say NZ if the PM suggested we just photoshop an image of a plane into a picture and claim it is a stealth fighter.

    Probably the same thing that would happen if a NZ opposition leader with Finance portfolio aspirations suggested that NZ would improve its economy by printing money. Achmadinnajaket doesn’t have exclusive dibs on stupidity. It flourishes quite well here in godzone as well thank you very much.

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  23. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    No Barry I don’t think that. I also don’t think that being a muslim makes them morons. Living in a country with crap education and a crazy govt then leads to them growing up crazy. And then they vote for crazy people (and their political system doesn’t exactly give them a lot of choice). Which perpetuates things. And then when the revolution comes, they elect more crazy people, because that’s what they are used to.

    If we could show that all muslims were crazy, and people in those countries who aren’t muslims aren’t crazy, there’d be an argument for pointing to Islam as the problem. But if there are lots of muslims who aren’t crazy (there are) and there are people in those countries/regions who are crazy but aren’t muslims, then you’d have a hard time blaming Islam. I’d agree with DPF that Islam sometimes doesn’t help, but that’s a different argument.

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  24. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    China photoshopped a group of executives to look like they were checking out a newly constructed road.

    They looked like they were floating , very embarrassing.

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  25. Ed Snack (1,872 comments) says:

    Jesus Chardonnayguy, GWB STOLE the election in the US ? Keep drinking the koolaid bro.

    The most credible analysis on the Florida vote appears at least to me to indicate that Bush carried the state on almost any reasonable scenario, and an vote rigging by Republicans (of which there is no good evidence) would be completely counterbalanced by the deliberately engineered exclusion of military voters by Democrats.

    It’s a constant story, this “stolen election” issue, and yet every attempt to clean up votre records and to establish a clean electoral register is always opposed by the Democrats, and they also block any attempts to investigate vote rigging in key places like Chicago, where entire precincts deliver 100% votes for democrats. Oh, and when a clear case of voter intimidation is demonstrated, the justice department somehow doesn’t want to actually enforce the law, against people who were of course simply intimidating Republican’s, and hence acting quite legitimately, no ?

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  26. JC (956 comments) says:

    Imadinnerjacket isn’t crazy.. he’s doing what worked for Obama in his last election, ie firing up the base and low information voters. It looked embarrassing when BO put out those cringeworthy “Julia” ads but they worked for the demographic he was targetting.

    Imadinnerjacket and the mullahs are also desperate.. when Iran was fighting Saddam back in the 1970s Iranian women were pumping out 6-7 babies per female, today just 1.5. He needs to strike very soon before his men are too old to fight and/or defend.. the nuclear option is critical to strike with impunity, say.. the adjacent Saudi oil fields before his own oil fields run out or become unworkable.

    In 30 years his “young” men will be 60 and staring at retirement and a much smaller younger generation will have to support this bulge of people on incomes of just US7000.. and don’t forget Persians make up just 61% of the population.

    Ima’ and the mullahs have to do something before the much more fertile Kurds, Iraqis and neighbouring tribesmen overrun Iran and Shiism.

    JC

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  27. Dave Stringer (188 comments) says:

    Christianity had its Crusaders
    Islam has its marters

    just a shame that all religions seem to have to take up arms to prove they are the one that has it right and then ‘get it’ a few centuries later!

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  28. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Well – all you lot who think the muslims are just soooo nice – why not go live among them for a few years. Dont forget to take your women folk also so that you can really see how they treat each other.

    Or if you wont do that – try get them to take up residence in your part of town.

    best of luck

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  29. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    This story is about “Persian” pretence to regional leadership being exposed by the fall of an ally in Damascus and their resort to the tactic of Saddam Hussein.

    The former leader of Iraq obstruced UN WMD inspections to pretend he had something to hide – to intimidate internal Shia and Kurdish opposition as well as Iran. The Americans called his bluff – lying that they feared he had WMD and invading because they knew he did not. Now the Iranians adopt his tactic of fraudulent bravado to pose as a regional strongman as their aspirations to regional leadership begin to implode. I suspect this time the Americans will simply allow the tide of regional events and the increasingly erratic responses of the regime to discredit it so that it collapses from within – much as the Soviet Union did back in the 80s/90’s.

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  30. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    A bit of background to the USA-Iran tet a tet.

    http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/us-iranian-dialogue-obamas-second-term?utm_source=freelist-f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130205&utm_term=gweekly&utm_content=readmore&elq=ef5ec4c58a1043de85e6d1e68b680b06

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  31. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    Looks like a contender for the title of “Wooden Wonder”….it’ll fly like a tree as well.

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  32. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    Christianity had its Crusaders
    Islam has its marters

    And atheism it’s Reign of Terror. Or perhaps the communist Gulags would be a better fit for your list?

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  33. Johnboy (16,554 comments) says:

    “who keeps stuffing tissue paper into his underpants to make his package look bigger.”

    I always used a couple of bundled woolen socks.

    I had to compete with a Ram of course! :)

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  34. KevinH (1,227 comments) says:

    That jet looks like a flight training simulator, a complete mock up, no weapons systems, no avionics, no motor. Mssr. Ahmadinejad is a real comedian, maybe it’s Iranian standup.

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  35. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    “…The idiots in charge of Iran…”

    “….They’ve done it so often now, it is really becoming a bad joke. The Iranian Government seems to be the equivalent of the kid with the small penis who keeps stuffing tissue paper into his underpants to make his package look bigger….”

    Way to go DPF!

    You seem to be suggesting that ‘virtually all people’ in the Iranian government are a ‘joke’. In your definition DPF – bigotry.

    As I understand, it is the Mullahs who RUN Iran and they get the final say, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is just a figurehead for diplomacy reasons.

    Other members of their government, logic would suggest, kindness too, would NOT support the ‘photoshop’ or ‘homo hanging’ etc etc.

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  36. Dave Stringer (188 comments) says:

    “And atheism it’s Reign of Terror. Or perhaps the communist Gulags would be a better fit for your list?”

    both are OK with me ScrewBone

    If you want a little Budhism I can give you that (Sri Lanka comes to mind), Scientologists – well just read Mission Earth.

    Shall we go on? Perhaps Christian vs. Christian in the English reformation? Or Church of Rome vs. everyone in the Inquisition?

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  37. ChardonnayGuy (1,207 comments) says:

    As for mentioning Nigeria in this context, it regularly has sectarian Christian/Muslim stoushes, just as Serbia has problems with its neofascists, especially at soccer games as they recruit football hooligans, and Uganda wants to put gay people to death, has a Northern Ugandan long-standing insurgency problem against the Lords Resistance Army, hasn’t banned spousal rape and practises polygamy.

    That said, Ahmadinejad is pretty vile and his regime is repressive. But there is dissent and resistance to his rule. I repeat- he stole his last election. That should tell you something about the Iranian people.

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  38. howdarethey (32 comments) says:

    Does anyone care that Israel has a nuclear arsenal of over 100 weapons?

    The elephant in the Middle Eastern room. The sight of Israeli PM Netanyahu thumping his chest in righteous outrage when explaining the threat of Iran’s nuclear program to the world was ridiculous.

    Zionists should rejoice, for there will always be an Israel. For their part, people of Jewish faith must acknowledge there can be no peace without a Palestinian state.

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