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Doing Their Bit For Mankind

Iran have explained why Iranian world judo champion Arash Miresmaeili avoided facing his Israeli opponent. You see, it was all part of their plan for world peace (via MEMRI news ticker).

THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT SAID THAT JUDO OLYMPIAN ARASH MIR-ESMAILI REFUSED TO FACE HIS ISRAELI OPPONENT SO AS TO PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL PEACE. AN IRANIAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: ‘INTERNATIONAL PEACE WILL BE AVAILABLE WHEN OCCUPATION COMES TO AN ENDÖ IRAN DOES NOT RECOGNIZE ISRAEL OR ANY INDIVIDUAL CARRYING ISRAELI FLAG.’ (IRNA, TEHRAN, 8/16/04)

Meanwhile, Yudi Vaks, the Israeli opponent whom the Iranian refused to fight, has shown how Israelis are the biggest threat to world peace (hat tip: Allah).

At the rear of the Ano Liossia Olympic Hall yesterday, Yudi Vaks squatted down onto his heels and buried his big square head in his arms — imagine the fetal position gone vertical — and sobbed.

The 24-year-old judoka wept for Arash Miresmaeili, the young Iranian who didn’t fight him because Mr. Vaks is a Jew from the hated state of Israel, and the Islamic Republic of Iran does not let its athletes compete against Israelis. He would rather have had Mr. Miresmaeili beat the snot out of him, as indeed the reigning world champion in the half-light class likely would have done, than advance through the first round via a DNS — short for did not show.

“It’s not the way I wanted to win,” Mr. Vaks said. “Sport is more than two people fighting judo; it’s contesting. It’s really unfair for him. It’s a small world, judo. I admire him. He’s a great player.

“I’m sure, given the chance,” he said, voice breaking a little, “he would fight. It feels horrible, for him. I don’t have to imagine how I feel when I lose, but this is worse. They didn’t even let him fight.”

Update: Here is more on Iran’s tireless work for the cause of peace and stability in the world:

Iranian officials continued threatening Israel and the US Sunday, saying that they can now strike anywhere in Israel with their latest missile.

The threats are a response to Iranian fears that Israel or the US may try to destroy the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities. “The entire Zionist territory, including its nuclear facilities and atomic arsenal, are currently within range of Iran’s advanced missiles,” the ISNA students news agency quoted Yadollah Javani, head of the Revolutionary Guards political bureau, as saying.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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