CIA Cornering Tomato Market in Iran

Tomatoes in Tehran market
Tomatoes in Tehran market
Photo Credit: Ynetnews

Shades of Hugo Chavez. Just as soon as one dictator has problem controlling prices, we get this:,
Ahmadinejad blames enemies for tomato prices

Iran’s president said on Sunday the country’s enemies had hatched a range of plots to push the Islamic Republic to give up its disputed nuclear programme, including driving up the price of tomatoes and other food.
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"In order to harm us, they (enemies) make plots, for instance they come and push tomato prices up in the market. They think we will give up our ideals with their plots," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in which he said Iran would not reverse its atomic plans.

It's estimated that inflation in Iran is running over 16 percent, and that is the official figure which is most likely a Muslim lie. But I'm being redundant.

Of course, God willing, the problem of meat, chicken and tomatoes will be solved. One should be aware that our revolution is like a bulldozer... the enemies think by throwing a few small stones and sand they can stop this bulldozer," Ahmadinejad said.

No exact explanation of how America and its allies have driven up the prices of so many products, but expect their economy to get worse as Iran continues to burn through money despite windfall earnings from high oil prices. Ahmadinejad so far has failed to keep his promise to fairly distribute Iran’s oil wealth, instead spending it on arming the Shia in Iraq, paying for rockets and rebuilding of Hezbollah in Lebanon and constructing his nuclear arsenal.

Since readin and larnin are not high on any Islamic list, it is no accident that Ahmadinejad repeated Marie Antoinette's famous, "let them eat cake" remark when he suggested that the high prices of tomatoes are most likely due to Iranian shoppers not knowing where to buy them cheaply: "Come and buy them from the fresh fruit and vegetable market next door to us. Why are you buying them from expensive places?" the president, who won over many voters in the 2005 presidential race with his down-to-earth style, told lawmakers.

If the fate of the world did not hang in the balance on this idiot's actions, this would all be hilarious.

BTW, those tomatoes from Iran look horrid, but organic I suppose.

As one commenter suggested, perhaps they should stop using tomatoes in Iranian centrifuges to enrich Uranium.

I'm surprised Al Gore hasn't blamed the poor tomato crop on Global Warming, the real threat to the world, not this maniac with his end of the world complex.

This shows you that sometimes a carrot or a stick will not help in diplomatic relations, sometimes you need a tomato, like the one below [Israeli model Bar Rafaeli (35-24-35), currently romantically involved with Leonardo Dicaprio]:

israeli model bar rafaeli

[Click on any part of her delicious body for a larger view or click HERE for a gallery of Bar Rafaeli photos]

Bastardly has more photos: Bar Rafaeli Pictures in GQ Magazine

If you like seeing her freckles: Bastardly Flashback: Bar Refaeli Does French Elle Mag

Others blogging:
Vos Iz Neias: Rising prices, particularly the cost of tomatoes which forms an important ingredient in Iranian food, have prompted growing public criticism of Ahmadinejad’s government. The president has often dismissed complaints as media exaggeration.

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