Monday, February 13, 2006

German Cartoon Offends Iran

A new skirmish in the Cartoon War has erupted between Germany and Iran over this cartoon in Tagesspiegel, showing Iranian World Cup soccer players wearing suicide vests.

From IranMania:
LONDON, February 13 (IranMania) - A football cartoon printed in a German newspaper has caused anger in Iran even as the world is grappling with the controversy created by publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in Western media, Newindpress website reported.

The new controversial cartoon shows the Iranian national team standing in a World Cup stadium with bombs strapped to their jerseys has caused anger in Iran.

The cartoon, which was printed in the Friday edition of Berlin's Tagesspiegel, also depicts German soldiers standing in the stadium with a caption saying, ?Why at the World Cup of all places does the German army have to be on duty??