Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The invasion of Iran has begun.

And this time we're doing it right.

Iran's top prosecutor has warned of the "destructive" social and cultural consequences Barbie dolls are having on his country. ... Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi [wrote] "The appearance of personalities such as Barbie, Batman, Spiderman and Harry Potter and... computer games and movies are all a danger warning to the officials in the cultural arena." ...

"Undoubtedly, the personality and identity of the new generation and our children, as a result of unrestricted importation of toys, has been put at risk and caused irreparable damages," Mr Najafabadi said.

In 1996, the head of a government-backed children's agency labelled Barbie a "Trojan horse" that was sneaking in Western influences such as makeup and revealing clothes.

Authorities launched a campaign of confiscating Barbies from toy shops in 2002 ... Also in 2002, Iran introduced its own competing dolls — the twins Dara and Sara — who were designed to promote traditional values with their modest clothing ... But the dolls proved unable to stem the Barbie tide.

Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. The sun never sets on Coca Cola.