Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Paul The Octopus - A Sign Of Western Decay
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Says Paul The Octopus A Sign of Wester Decadence And Decay
For Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the soothsaying mollusk from the World Cup of Football, Paul the Octopus, is a sign of everything that is wrong with the West - a sign of the failure of leadership in the Western World.
The Iranian president accused the octopus of spreading "western propaganda and superstition." Paul was mentioned by Mr Ahmadinejad on various occasions during a speech in Tehran at the weekend.
"Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values," he said.
Mahjmoud Ahmadinejad may have a point. Paul the Octopus is indeed a bona fide Western Octopus. He lives in the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany and is believe to have been hatched from an egg in England.
Paul the Octopus could not be reached for comment, choosing to rely on a spokes creature instead who happens to be from the Persia Gulf. Arial the Dugong Mermaid dismissed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's charges saying "Paul rejects the 'trumped-up accusations' from any two legged creatures, Iranian President or otherwise - eight legs good, two legs bad."