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JuchuKai
Feb 14th, 2006, 06:47 AM
:eek: my family has a subscription to the Tagesspiegel newspaper so I saw this cartoon last friday already and I was wondering if it wouldn't cause any new trouble finally :unsure: :scared:

Iran demands apology for German soccer cartoon

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060213-1300-media-iran-germany.html

1:00 p.m. February 13, 2006

BERLIN – The Iranian embassy in Germany has demanded a written apology from a Berlin newspaper that printed a cartoon of Iranian soccer players dressed as suicide bombers and threatened legal action if none is forthcoming.

The sketch, published on Friday by Der Tagesspiegel, shows four moustachioed soccer players wearing Iran shirts with explosives strapped to their chests next to four German soldiers in a soccer stadium.

A caption above read: 'Why the German army should definitely be used during the soccer World Cup!', referring to a debate in Germany about whether to use troops to help with security during the month-long tournament which begins June 9.

Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, the daily's managing editor, said on Monday he regretted the reaction to the drawing but did not consider an apology necessary.

The cartoon's artist had received three death threats and had been forced to leave his apartment, he said, adding that the police was investigating the threats.

In a letter to Der Tagesspiegel seen by Reuters on Monday, the Iranian embassy in Berlin said the cartoon was offensive and accused the paper of using sport to make a political point in an 'irresponsible and immoral way'.

http://www.meinberlin.de/fototouren/bilder/685/001_Bundeswehr-EinsatzTS_630x326.gif

Sally Struthers
Feb 14th, 2006, 07:01 AM
replace the heads with the other cartoon and we'd have something! :tape: :o

Homer & Co
Feb 14th, 2006, 08:09 AM
:eek: my family has a subscription to the Tagesspiegel newspaper so I saw this cartoon last friday already and I was wondering if it wouldn't cause any new trouble finally :unsure: :scared:
Well, this probably wouldn't cause trouble if it wasn't for the trouble around the Danish cartoons already. Note that the cartoon doesn't directly offend the islam (it doesn't mention a religion), although I do think that most Iranian players are islamitic (but why in the hell choose football players to make fun of?).

I'm sure that German forces ARE going to be used in the World Cup this summer (they wouldn't want to make the same mistake they made at the 1972 Munich Olympics).

wipeout
Feb 14th, 2006, 08:36 AM
What next, people threaten The Simpsons for parodying just about everybody?

It's... only... a... cartoon! :rolleyes:

alfonsojose
Feb 14th, 2006, 02:37 PM
:sad: