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Dancing toward Middle East destruction


Sam Roggeveen


17 June 2008 12:06

Time's Middle East blog reports on an Israeli TV advertisement showing an actor portraying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatening Israel with imminent nuclear destruction. A cast of hundreds then implores Ahmadinejad, through a rather catchy song and dance routine, to delay the day of destruction until after their favourite new TV show has aired. I don't understand a word of the ad, but it's entertaining nonetheless:

Time reporter Tim McGurk says the ad has elicited some critical reaction in Iran. But it might actually be doing Iran a favour. As Daniel Levy notes in a slightly different context on his blog, hyping the Iran nuclear threat (and the prospect of a US or Israeli pre-emptive strike) tends to drive up the price of oil, and that suits Iran just fine.