One would think that Iran would have its share of pressing social and political issues from the torture of prisoners to the denial of free speech to the development of nuclear weapons. However, Iran is aghast this week because of this video showing its U.N. ambassador, Ali Reza Sheik Attar, actually touching the hand of a woman. Yes, that is Attar giving a high five to Claudia Roth — a video that sent Muslim clerics in Iran scrambling to determine if he could be forgiven for such a public act of immorality. By the way, they are working on nuclear weapons.
Iran finally solved the problem by declaring it was the woman’s fault — there’s a change. A government spokesman announced that he was simply waving to be polite when this woman ruthlessly and unexpectedly high fived him in public. The spokesman stressed “The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran never shakes hands with a woman, and he has never shaken Claudia Roth’s hand either.” Thank God.
Notably, Germans are no happier with Roth, a Green party politician, that she is sharing friendship slaps with the representative of one of the most repressive, anti-women regimes in the history of the world. She has been declared “loser of the day” by one columnist and condemned by many Germans as someone who needs to find a wider circle of friends.