Ahmadinejad criticizes Paul the octopus
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ahmadinejad said in a speech at a youth festival in Tehran, "Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values."
"We are after constructing Iran, but this does not mean viewing the matter from nationalist angle and singling out the Iranian race. Today the name of Iran is synonymous with prestige, justice seeking, monotheism, anti-despotism, and the entire blessed values that are dear for the world nations," he continued.
An Irish journalist, Rory Fitzgerald, wrote a satirical piece in response to the president's remarks. "A visibly shaken Paul spoke out earlier today saying: 'As an octopus, I can claim some objectivity in my view [of] human affairs,' " Fitzgerald wrote.
Paul correctly predicted the outcome of Germany's seven matches and picked Spain over the Netherlands for the World Cup final. The mollusk currently lives in a tank at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany.
- "Ahmadinejad Criticizes World Cup Octopus" — , July 28, 2010
- "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacks Octopus Paul" — , July 27, 2010
- Rory Fitzgerald. "Paul the Psychic Octopus Speaks Out After Attack by Iranian President" — , July 27, 2010
- "President Ahmadinejad reveals new US scenario against Iran" — , July 24, 2010