Obama in Tehran
A friend sent this picture along from Tehran. Obama wears a shiny grey suit straight out of an 80s movie, and is pictured with Shemr Yazid, a legendary villain in Shia lore, the general of a usurping caliph in the 7th century. The message on the billboard is: “Be with us, (ba ma bash), Be safe…(Dar aman bash)” The suggestion is that Obama is with the bad guys so people should side with the regime to be safe; because the caliph Yazid was famous for broken promises. My correspondent says the message requires considerable religious/historical knowledge on the part of passersby. I see that the Guardian picked it up last week, and pointed out that the billboard suggests that Obama is a Muslim.