THE NON-VIOLENT REVENGE OF HUMOUR?
IRAN'S CARTOON COMPETITION DISPLAYS FIRST BATCH OF ENTRIES
Iran reacted to the deadly Mohammed cartoon fiasco by announcing they would hold a competition for cartoons based on the Holocaust, saying it would be a challenge to the West's claims of the unfettered right to free speech.
Well it appears they have gone ahead and done something along those lines, though the organisers appear to have widened the subject material, to include cartoons commenting on the outrage over the Mohammed cartoons, the plight of the Palestinians and the War On Iraq.
Not surprisingly, the delayed death of Ariel Sharon has been a favourite subject for cartoonists in Iran, and from countries like Argentina and Brazil.
The Iranian Holocaust Cartoon Competition claims it has recieved dozens of entries from some 34 countries all over the world. Not suprisingly, the majority were from Iranian artists, but there were also four entries from the UK, and at least six from the US.
Go here for the full list of alleged participants.
Note, while these cartoons have been linked to what appears to be the official page of the Iranian contest, many of these actually appear to be newspaper cartoons that have been published all over the world and have been compiled together onto one Iranian site.
As yet, there is no firm proof these were officially entered into the competition, although we reprint them here as examples of the kind of cartoon art that appears regularly outside of the Western media.
Go here for a page of cartoons also featuring the ones below :