I often seem to get myself into trouble for stating a point which is obvious to people in the normal world, namely mentioning the absurdity of hysterical left-wing “debate” about the Middle East and surrounding countries. Never in the field of human discourse has so much hot air been exchanged by so many people who know so little. But then every once in a while the real world becomes even more comical than the left-wing zoo, and this example really is a peach.
A couple of days back the BBC ran a story about a scandal in Iran over a capitulation to the Zionist Entity, the Great Satan’s Gendarme, Israel: yes, despite the authorities’ best efforts to be vigilant, Jaffa oranges were going on sale in Tehran, courtesy of clandestine imports! Iranian customs officials were swift to disavow any incompetence over this highly important breach of trade barriers, making it clear that if contrabrand fruit was going on sale then there must have been foul play involved. Mohammed Reza Naderi, deputy head of Iranian customs, said:
“In addition to the inspections, importers are informed about the laws and they will never take such risks for importing just a few tonnes of goods… Even if it is said that the oranges were imported to the country from Israel, the import was not done through official channels.”
A storm of protest ensued as Zionist Oranges threatened to over-run the country. Haaretz reported that there may not have been a real “citrus fruit conspiracy” but that in fact the name “Jaffa” was a brand that had been sold on to several countries. A pithy riposte for sure, but not one which satisfied those determined to remove the stamp of Zionism from their fruit drinks.
Then the truth came to light. The labels were faked, and the oranges had in fact come from China. The world’s lefties breathed a collective sigh of relief, walked away from the placard kits and returned to their Ethiopian Fair Trade Coffee and Farmer’s Market Toast. And so another day began, though the seed of controversy is never far away, so be vigilant my friends – your breakfast plate is more laden with political risk than you might think.