Honestly, what would we do on this blog without those hilarious guys in Iran. In their latest standup routine, the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast issued a statement to the British government to show greater restraint in dealing with protesters in London and other cities. That’s right, the government that has killed, beaten, and raped protesters is publicly calling out England on its efforts to stop the rioting and looting in London.
Mehmanparast called for an international investigation by human rights groups (which are largely banned from investigation in his own country) and suggested a “dialogue” with the protesters to avoid violence.
I took steps to try to find a clinical definition for the collective insanity of the Iranian government starting with the most obvious: delusional disorder. However, this is defined as “characterized by the presence of recurrent, persistent non-bizarre delusions.” This is obviously bizarre and thus would not fit. However, the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) does note that “bizarre delusions represent the manifestations of more severe types of psychotic illnesses (eg, schizophrenia) and ‘are clearly implausible, not understandable, and not derived from ordinary life experiences.'”
That seems to fit nicely.