We have to remember to separate out the People from the Governments around the world. I don't think North Koreans are stupid people, just deluded by their State leaders and brainwashed over decades. Or take America for example. People I know personally, just aren't the self serving politicians I see in our Government. God help us if other countries think Americans are our Government. Anyway--
Michelle Obama's Oscar Dress was Photoshopped by Iranian [State] Media (photo from E). I could almost understand that that, but not really. You don't alter reality, you cover it up, though either way, you're avoiding it. What kind of religion cannot face reality in face of its beliefs? Not a very strong one obviously. A flawed belief system.
How are we supposed to have any respect for a country or a belief system that requires it and it's adherents to patently avoid reality? What kind of God requires that reality be ignored and lies inserted in its place? Christians? Take heed. This includes some of you. Any religion, especially a State religion that requires avoiding reality is a travesty. No news there, really.
Religion should help you face reality, not avoid or hide from it. That is no belief system at all. Religions should help you have the strength, the Faith, to support you through reality. Hiding from it is useless. It's a way to make a system work when it doesn't, to give the impression that it is working, when it isn't. Catholics are good at this too (see, pedophilia, wonder why they are whitewashing things by sending the Pope off to retirement).
Yes I do realize this is more of a political thing, as with the Taliban, a cowardly, fearful institution ("God Fearing" people right? Therefore it would seem, Cowards. From what I can see, we can include the Iranian Government and their Ayatollah. Yes I said cowardly, something rampant in Muslim extremists including terrorism. Yes, suicide bombers are cowards.
Maybe Bill Maher was wrong. How? When you are too fearful to face reality head on, to live in the modern world, think you are an anachronism (you are), then you die to escape reality. Cowardly. Bill was right that it takes guts to fly a plane into a building, but when taken in context of avoiding reality, it really is cowardly. It's the easy way out. Bang, you're dead, really no long term effort.
Consider this. You're sitting in a fox hole or behind a rock wall. The enemy is shooting at you. You go through this day in and day out. There is no escaping it. It's wearing on you. The "good fight" isn't working for you. You are facing overwhelming force. You may be caught, maimed, killed, tortured. God knows? Right? Isn't it just easier to kill yourself? Many "cowards" take this way out in the face of fear, but also in the face of too much effort. Such as conqueror the "West", the "Great Satan", the "Rest of the world other than your small contingent of losers". But is it cowardly to shoot yourself to avoid the real battle before you? Or to fly a plane into a building?
Well I'm sure this isn't something Iranian media does normally. Photoshopping women, that is. The wife of one the leaders of one of the greatest nations in the world. Something that Iranian despots wish they were (but refuse to take steps so that it can actually happen). But they were probably just thinking of proper decorum in dress for a woman, in not showing skin. Because that's the place of men in the world, to be sure women do what is right. Right? I'm sure that's it. They wouldn't do this about something related to one of their own, a Man. They wouldn't alter what an Iranian Man would like, say. Right?
From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty--
When Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" won the Oscar for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards on February 26, he said the following in his acceptance speech, according to Iran’s hard-line Fars news agency:
"I proudly offer this award to the people of my country who, despite all the tensions and hostility of recent months between Iran and the West over Iran’s nuclear program, respect all cultures and civilizations."
In fact, Farhadi never mentioned Iran’s nuclear program in his speech. This is what he actually said:
“At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us, and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award, or a film, or a filmmaker, but because -- at a time of tug of war, intimidation and aggressions exchanged between politicians -- the name of their county, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics.
"I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment. Thank you so much."
Countries and religions like we see in Iran are going to continue to be a laughing stock in the world forum and not be taken seriously, until they clean up their childish foolishness. Get out of the middle ages, Iran. Please note that this goes to the Iranian leaders, not the Iranian people. Like in America, two different groups entirely.
So grow up Iran. No one is going to give you the respect you so badly desire. That's another immature flaw, respect is earned, not scared out of people. Fear only gets you attacked, leading to a war in order to wise you up (remember Iraq?). So get your act together Iran. And not just you. But any nation of buffoons (North Korea). You are quickly becoming an extinct elite of destroyed dictatorships. After all, Iran still has the Ayatollah who is pretty much still running the show, nothing like a dictatorship direct from God, right? How could THAT ever go wrong? Dictators are on the way out. Wise up.
Even if the world doesn't take you out, sooner or later, your own people will. Sleep uneasy in your bed. It's coming. No matter how long or hard you hang onto power with your dying breath, your bleeding finger nails on the throats of your starving people, be it sustenance they desire through food or as members of the world community, your time is coming and then you'll just be a dirty smudge on the history books of a once great nation. It will happen, it's inevitable. But stand up and do the right thing. Let your people go--
Besides, it's just a matter of time.