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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Boycotting American Products

Parvin Heydari, an Iranian mother of two, was flipping back and forth between the nightly news and Oprah when a bulletin on an Iranian state channel caught her attention. It urged Iranians to boycott what it called "Zionist products," including those made by Pepsi, Nestlé and Calvin Klein, and warned that profits from such products "are converted into bullets piercing the chests of Lebanese and Palestinian children." As evidence, the voice-over intoned, "Pepsi stands for 'pay each penny to save Israel.'" Heydari says she changed the channel, as she has no intention of crossing Nestlé's Nesquik off her shopping list. "Lebanon has nothing to do with us," she says. "We should mind our own business and concentrate on policies that are good for our economy, and our kids."

Wow, the code has finally been broken!

I never knew that PEPSI stood for "Pay each penny to savbe Israel".

In fact, I didn't think Pepsi had any kind of stance on foriegn policy, except to sell their products as much as possible.

Iranian TV, propaganda and lies to try and influence their people.
How long till they have jack-booted Mullahs and their cronies at the groceries stores telling their people, "You cannot buy this!" and take food and other items away from their own people?

Good for her to see what they are broadcasting as drivel.
She has no intentions of removing items that she and her family enjoys. Good for you.

Unfortunately she may not be correct in that Lebanon has nothing to do with Iran, because Hezbollah has direct connection and backing from Syria and Iran, and Hezbollah's actions certainly seem to be an extention of Syria and Iran's arm from their own countries......

To many observers in the Western world, Hizballah, the Lebanese guerrilla group battling Israel, is a mere puppet of Iran. Some are convinced that Hizballah triggered the crisis on Tehran's orders to divert world attention away from Iran's controversial nuclear plans. But client states are not necessarily as docile as one might think. Just as Israel sometimes takes actions that surprise (and even displease) the U.S., Hizballah does things Iran has neither ordered up nor necessarily approves of.

I would agree with this if the relationship between Israel and the US was the same as Iran/Syria and Hezbollah.

It isn't.

There is a big difference between how we help and support Israel, and how Iran and Syria command Hezbollah. America does not command Israel. There lies a big difference.

It's impossible to know the precise origins of the current crisis in Lebanon, but since it erupted two weeks ago, the mood in Tehran has swung between indifference--the fighting rarely makes the headlines--and resentment over Iran's longstanding sponsorship of Hizballah.

This is a joke right?
It is impossible to know the precise origins on the current crisis in Lebanon?

Has the Author not been paying attention?

Hezbollah inviaded Israel, killed it's citizens, kidnapped it's soldiers and then high-tailed it out to hide amongst civilian population.

Hezbollah controls S. Lebanon, not the Lebonese government. Lebonese government needs PERMISSION to enter the southern portion of their own country.

Hezbollah is a terrorists group. It is responsible for over 200 + US Marines deaths.

You don't know how this "crisis" started?

It's not only ordinary Iranians who are worried about what the Middle East explosion means for Iran. Even as state infomercials order Iranians to boycott soft drinks, officials in Tehran--pragmatists and conservatives alike--concur that the conflict is bad news for the Iranian regime because it exacerbates the West's image of Tehran as a regional troublemaker. Rather than helpfully distracting attention from Iran, as many have charged, the conflict "undermines Iran's position," says a university professor close to senior Iranian officials.

Iran as a troublemaker? Say it isn't so!

I mean who can argue with that...expect for when our favorite "Israel will be wiped off the map" dictator from Iran comes out and says this today:

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared Sunday that Israel had "pushed the button of its own destruction" by launching its military campaign against the Iranian-backed Hizbullah in Lebanon.


Iran helped create the anti-Israel Hizbullah movement in the early 1980s and is among its main supplier of arms and funds. But Teheran has denied Israeli claims it is sent Hizbullah long-range missiles that have reached Haifa and other points in northern Israel since the battles broke out nearly two weeks ago following a cross-border Hizbullah raid that captured two Israeli soldiers.


In Teheran, the government has sanctioned billboards showing Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and a message that it is the duty of Muslims to "wipe out" Israel. Officials also organized a demonstration in the southern city of Shiraz by Iran's small Jewish community calling for Israel's destruction and praising Hizbullah.


Iran a troublemaker? Naaaaaa.
More like an INSTIGATOR.

I believe they have proven the weapon used against the Israeli ship was supplied from Iran earlier.

Our resident psycho still beats the Israel must be wiped out drum.

He does nothing to show Iran is not involved, and he ramps up the rhetoric and threats each time he speaks. He is instigating the violence as much as Hezbollah is. Even if he didn't command Hezbollah to do this (which is doubtful), Hezbollah still looks to Iran for 'spiritual leadership' and guidance, and they will see this as permission to continue.

In the low-rent neighborhood of Tehran Pars, patrons at a café talk of how to balance faith with the politics of aiding Islamic militant groups. Mehdi Sedaghat, 27, a clothing-store clerk, speaks between bites of his bologna sandwich. "It's our religious duty to aid Muslims who are being killed," says Sedaghat, whose car bears a sticker on the rear window that reads INSURED BY IMAM REZA (Shi'ite Islam's revered figure). "But reality is reality, and we can't afford it." He quotes a Persian proverb: "If the lantern is needed at home, donating it to the mosque is haram [forbidden]."

Bologna sandwich?

Does he realize what Bologna is made of?

Bologna is a cooked, smoked sausage made of cured beef, pork, or a mixture of the two. A typical recipe for this sausage uses seasonings such as salt, sugar, pepper, and spices, plus a curing mixture that includes sodium nitrite to prevent botulism. While beef and pork are the most traditional bologna meats, exotic fare such as moose and venison can even be used.


I thought Pork products were forbidden in Islamic Culture?

The prohibition of eating pork in Islam is relevant in this context. There is a saying in English that "a man becomes what he eats." According to physicians and medical experts, pork is a harmful diet. Consumption of swine-flesh creates lowliness in character and destroys moral and spiritual faculties in a man.


It is interesting that he would be eating a pork-based product.

Meanwhile back here on the homefront, John Kerry decides it is time to take an Armchair Quarterback stand and stated:

"If I was president, this wouldn't have happened," said Kerry during a noon stop at Honest John's bar and grill in Detroit's Cass Corridor.


John Kerry still beating that dead horse how many years now?

All I can say is THANK GOD john Kerry is not President.

He would hand the reigns of the US over to the UN.
He would expect the UN Security Council to handle this, which they would just stand by and let the killing continue anyways, or rebuke Israel because israel has the audacity to try and protect its people. If the UN truly was to handle this, they would enforce Resolution 1559, yet they haven't. (Wikipedia's version Resolution 1559)

"This is about American security and Bush has failed. He has made it so much worse because of his lack of reality in going into Iraq.…We have to destroy Hezbollah," he said.


Isn't that what Israel is doing right now?
But you and other Liberal Democrats want a time table for Israel now. First Iraq time table and now Israel must have one.

Do you have another plan? What is the plan Mr. Armchair Quarterback?

A cease-fire so Hezbollah can re-arm themselves and kill more Israelis?

Oh, talk with Iran and Syria - and we see how well they have been responding to talks. Talks and negotiation only works when BOTH sides want it, and Iran and Hezbollah do not want peace. Negotiation and talks do not work when one side keeps saying NO.

I seem to remember Arab countries respect STRENGTH, and what Israel is showing is unified strength and determination. John Kerry shows yet again weakness. His way would make the terrorist laugh with contempt at how the Americans cower and beg for them to stop.

It is always easy to sit on the side-lines and say you could do better. You are not President, you will never be President. No matter how much you beat that dead horse, it still remains the same, YOU ARE NOT PRESIDENT.