Sunday, June 12, 2005

Mullahs, take cover 

(Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

The best and the surest sign yet that Iran's up for a regime change soon:
Hollywood actor Sean Penn, adopting the role of a journalist, scribbled in his notebook as Friday prayer worshippers in Tehran chanted "Death to America."

Penn, 44, in Iran on a brief assignment for the San Francisco Chronicle ahead of presidential elections on June 17, may be one of the best known faces in film, but he went unrecognized by the 6,000 faithful at Tehran University.

Working with a translator, Penn took copious notes as hardline cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati urged the congregation to vote en masse "to make America angry."
As you will no doubt recall, Penn's anti-war adventure in Baghdad was soon followed by war and downfall of Saddam. Penn is now in Iran "because of growing tensions between Washington and Tehran". Where will the harbinger of freedom and democracy turn up next?


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