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Swedish diplomat crosses legs, Iran angry
upi ^ | Dec. 8, 2012

Posted on 12/09/2012 6:39:34 AM PST by JoeProBono

TEHRAN, - The newly appointed Swedish ambassador to Iran apparently upset the Iranian president by crossing his legs, an Iranian website reported.

The offending act came during a meeting after a ceremony in which Swedish ambassador Peter Tejler presented Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his credentials, The Local.se reported.

Iranian website Asriran.com posted photos from the meeting in which Tejler is sitting cross-legged, but in the photos, Ahmadinejad is also seen crossing his legs.

Armenian website Panorama translated Asriran.com's report, which explains that sitting cross-legged "contradicts international diplomatic norms."

"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, himself crossed his legs in response to the impoliteness of his interlocutor," the Asriran.com report said.

The Atlantic Wire, from University of West Florida, said showing the soles of one's feet is considered offensive in Muslim culture.

"Pointing the soles of the feet towards someone is impolite because the soles of the feet [shoe] are considered dirty, closest to the ground, closer to the devil and farther away from God. When in the presence of Muslims, be careful not to raise or cross your legs in such a way that the sole of the foot faces others in the room," The Atlantic Wire said.


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1 posted on 12/09/2012 6:39:39 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Neither man has seen a razor in the past week.


2 posted on 12/09/2012 6:43:16 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: JoeProBono

Muslims are almost as easily offended as protected class liberals.


3 posted on 12/09/2012 6:44:02 AM PST by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: JoeProBono

And I think it’s undiplomatic that the “President” of Iran never takes a bath.


4 posted on 12/09/2012 6:44:05 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: JoeProBono

Muslims get offended by the stupidest things. Perhaps, he should have pointed the soles of his feet at Amadingbatnutjob.


5 posted on 12/09/2012 6:45:59 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: JoeProBono

Should have just gone ahead and mooned him then.


6 posted on 12/09/2012 6:47:06 AM PST by TN4Liberty (My tagline disappeared so this is my new one.)
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To: JoeProBono

These muslim leaders are ALWAYS angry. Nothing sets them off, they’re already off.


7 posted on 12/09/2012 6:49:27 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (I hope we're ready to get a real candidate next time. C'mon GOP! <BCC><)
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To: JoeProBono
"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, himself crossed his legs in response to the impoliteness of his interlocutor," the Asriran.com report said.

Really? Then why aren't his legs crossed in the other direction, pointing the sole of his shoe toward the Swedish diplomat in return?

8 posted on 12/09/2012 6:55:00 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic

Funny. I bet they don’t get in a twit when hillary crosses hers.


9 posted on 12/09/2012 6:56:07 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: JoeProBono

Next time shake hands with the left hand when greeting the Iranian leader.

Then cross your legs and show the bottom of your shoe, simultaneously asking “What’s a guy got to do to get a BLT around here?”.

Yeah, I feel good about a guy who gets pissed about the bottom of someone else’s shoe showing having a nuclear stockpile.


10 posted on 12/09/2012 6:56:23 AM PST by ameribbean expat
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To: JoeProBono

11 posted on 12/09/2012 6:57:14 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: JoeProBono; mickie
Looks like Ambassador Tejler and President Ahmahandjob are forever sole mates.

Leni

12 posted on 12/09/2012 7:00:51 AM PST by MinuteGal (Please Restore Former Format on FR "Latest Posts" Page ASAP !)
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To: tacticalogic

I hate to say this, but after spending years in Asia dealing with customers and friends...I find it offensive when a guy shoves his dirty shoes at me. It was something that the older Asian guys taught me the first few weeks in Asia. So the Muslim’s aren’t the only ones who feel that way. A lot of places I visited..offices included, it was normal to take off your shoes at the door. So for years I only wore nice Bass Penny loafers one half size too big so I could slip them on and off without bending over.


13 posted on 12/09/2012 7:01:20 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: TN4Liberty

“Should have just gone ahead and mooned him then.”

Be careful! Your butt might remind them of their favorite goat and then you’d be in for a good buggering.


14 posted on 12/09/2012 7:01:34 AM PST by panaxanax
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To: JoeProBono

“”Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, himself crossed his legs in response to the impoliteness of his interlocutor,” “

And what did the Swedish diplomat think of this?

“Well I just assumed he was trying to be comfortable too”.

Literally like watching two people behave on different sides of the 13th century.


15 posted on 12/09/2012 7:04:57 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: JoeProBono

Must be a gay thing... :)

16 posted on 12/09/2012 7:05:28 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: JoeProBono

To be honest they have a right to expect a professional diplomat to behave according to their traditions.
It is very ugly if muslims demand as to follow their tradition in our cities, but it’s not the case here.


17 posted on 12/09/2012 7:10:25 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Fresh Wind

18 posted on 12/09/2012 7:11:21 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Bush was unflappable. He was smiling while ducking. Barrie would have stayed ducked, and screamed for Valerie.


19 posted on 12/09/2012 7:14:08 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Fresh Wind

20 posted on 12/09/2012 7:17:43 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: JoeProBono

Maybe the Swedish Diplomat did it purpose....

I am sure they are briefed on protocol when dealing with 13 th century savages...


21 posted on 12/09/2012 7:21:23 AM PST by JZoback
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To: BenLurkin

No wonder they only had one child, Bill needed a bullseye to find the target.


22 posted on 12/09/2012 7:25:17 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: King Moonracer

Yup...”30 Seconds Over Tokyo”...and then back to cruising in the El Camino.


23 posted on 12/09/2012 7:28:25 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: TN4Liberty
Should have just gone ahead and mooned him then.

While not necessarily as insulting as showing the soles of ones shoe, mooning may be seen as an invitation to sex, and therefore is not preferred diplomatic behavior. /S

24 posted on 12/09/2012 7:28:32 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: JoeProBono

American citizen flicks a booger at an image of Mohammed.


25 posted on 12/09/2012 7:29:54 AM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: JoeProBono
Bilateral Symmetry - Your doing it wrong!


26 posted on 12/09/2012 7:33:12 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Oldexpat
after spending years in Asia dealing with customers and friends...I find it offensive when a guy shoves his dirty shoes at me

Similar things happened to GIs fighting in the Pacific. It was called "going Asiatic." Wasn't a healthy thing btw.

27 posted on 12/09/2012 7:39:58 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Durus

How Islam—and the ever-present threat it poses to humanity—could be brought to an end in one, simple step:

http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/023326.html

28 posted on 12/09/2012 7:42:02 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: JoeProBono
doesn't matter what happens, the goathumpers are safety wired to the terrorist/murderous thug position anyway so fill in the blank...

29 posted on 12/09/2012 7:49:13 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: King Moonracer

LOL!

Bill needed those stripes to point his way to the promised land.

;^)


30 posted on 12/09/2012 7:49:13 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Chode

31 posted on 12/09/2012 8:05:54 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
OUTSTANDING!!! i'll be looking for more of that in the future now... 8^)
32 posted on 12/09/2012 8:19:26 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Travis McGee

The utter destruction of Mecca and Medina (and then their use as an international hazardous waste dump) would sure fix the problem.


33 posted on 12/09/2012 8:42:05 AM PST by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: JoeProBono

They don’t seem to have a problem with sticking their nose in the grown to pray.


34 posted on 12/09/2012 11:45:26 AM PST by windcliff
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To: 3Fingas

“Muslims get offended by the stupidest things’’<<. I agree. I should just being Muslim offense enough.


35 posted on 12/09/2012 12:41:10 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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