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Forget Freedom! We Have #IranJeans!

rouhani "...the willingness of many in the media to isolate one or two catchphrase headlines from complex statements made in New York in recent days by both Rohani and Zarif - or even just one word, as in the spat over whether the Iranian president did or did not utter the explicit word Holocaust on CNN - in order to absolve them, more or less, of Holocaust denial, is grounds enough to suspect that Rohani may be getting a similar free pass when he protests his nuclear innocence." - Chemi Shalev

To Fisher, "the Islamic Republic has some of the world's worst civil rights, but it is a far cry from Pyongyang's style of rule, and is not peopled with 78 million Iranians just waiting to be liberated." Netanyahu's clarion call to the Persians to fight for their freedom could, therefore, only be seen as incendiary by a public so free they could sneak on to their government-banned Wi-Fi to hashtag pictures of denim-laden closets via Twitter.

Fisher's hard-hitting, in-depth analysis didn't end there. He concluded with, "It's a telling little irony that, when Netanyahu criticized Iran's severe restriction of civil liberties, it led Iranians not to criticize their government but Israel's -- and to do it using the very social networks, such as Facebook, that are banned by Tehran." The only telling thing is that an entire generation raised with bedside copies of the Protocols thinks the purpose of banned social media is to mock the evil Jew for telling them they deserve to be free.

Of course, in the era of Russian negotiated pseudo-peace with Syria (weapons that give you headaches, bad; weapons that kill you outright, good), when an Iranian leader's Holocaust distortion is a reason to believe in peace, the popular kids will take every opportunity to pounce on the one world leader willing to call it like it is. Netanyahu's faux pas had nothing to do with jeans and everything to do with the fact that he is the only and most powerful world leader to openly pronounce that the emperor has no clothes.