Wednesday, February 18, 2009
God Bless Israel
A few years ago I was in Iran doing some research for my M.Phil dissertation when I came across something quite amusing that I thought I would share with my Gubu readers. While taking a stroll through Tehran's Working class Southern streets, a highly congested area buzzing with activity, something caught my eye. I noticed a man about forty feet in front of me walking in my direction. He appeared to be a common workman who was carrying a heavy vehicle tyre on his shoulder. Nothing unusual there as the local economy in southern Tehran seemed to be dominated by the motor industry. This man was a typical Iranian in every way except for one absolutely dumbfounding difference. His attire. No he was not wearing shorts or stylish western clothing, banned in the Islamic republic. But he was wearing a white t-shirt with the words God Save Israel written in block capitals. When it sunk in what I was seeing my feet ground to a halt. I stood staring at the man like an imbecile and continued to eye ball him as he walked past, gently acknowledging me with a nod as he did so. As he past me I turned to stare some more only to see the words No Withrawal From the Terrirories printed on the back of the young man's shirt. These are controversial words anywhere but in Iran, the lions den. I do not know who this man was, what was his agenda or where he got the t-shirt but I think its safe to say he just didn't know what the words meant. What a truely Gubu World.