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Leg-Crossing Swedish Ambassador Angers Iran
The Local ^ | 8 Dec 12

Posted on 12/10/2012 6:03:44 PM PST by nickcarraway

Sweden's newly appointed ambassador in Tehran has reportedly upset Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - by crossing his legs during a meeting.

According to Iranian website Asriran.com the Swedish ambassador, Peter Tejler, committed the apparently offensive act after a ceremony in which he presented his credentials to the president.

It is unclear, though, whether the president himself was offended by the ambassador's cross-legged pose or whether this was, in fact, the interpretation of events by Asriran.com. Photos from the meeting show Ahmadinejad himself sitting cross-legged, too.

Armenian website Panorama translated the Iranian website's report, which explains that crossing one's legs "contradicts international diplomatic norms".

The report continues: "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for his part, himself crossed his legs in response to the impoliteness of his interlocutor."

Photographs from the meeting indeed show Tejler sitting cross-legged, his right foot pointing slightly upwards.

The Atlantic Wire has published this explanation, from the University of West Florida, of why it is a taboo in Muslim culture to show the soles of one's feet.

"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 website of the Swedish Embassy in Tehran confirms that the ceremony and meeting took place in on December 3rd but has no mention of the ambassador's and the president's sitting poses.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; protocol; sweden

1 posted on 12/10/2012 6:03:51 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Just another sign that these people are nuts.


2 posted on 12/10/2012 6:05:45 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway
I wonder if pissing on their shoes while giving them the finger is an offensive gesture?

Geee .. I certainly hope so.

3 posted on 12/10/2012 6:06:48 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: nickcarraway
Obama has shown the soles of his shoes to the American people with his feet on the Oval Office desk. Guess what he thinks of us. Wage slaves?
4 posted on 12/10/2012 6:09:33 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: nickcarraway
Genesis 16:12

"He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”

Always angry about something.

5 posted on 12/10/2012 6:11:51 PM PST by SENTINEL (I lie, I cheat, I steal, I communize, I sacrifice unborn babies, I'm Harry Reid and I'm a mormon)
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To: Sacajaweau

It’s like dealing with superstitious cavemen. They freak out when the sun goes behind a cloud.


6 posted on 12/10/2012 6:13:12 PM PST by relictele
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To: nickcarraway

Muslims are so sensitive. Dangerously so.


7 posted on 12/10/2012 6:13:56 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Sacajaweau
Just another sign that these people are nuts.

Just another sign that these people are nuts savages.

8 posted on 12/10/2012 6:15:14 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: nickcarraway

“Lighten up, Francis.”


9 posted on 12/10/2012 6:16:06 PM PST by MilesVeritatis (Devote yourself to the truth, no matter where it leads you.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m offended by people with beards,first thing I think is LAZY DIRT BAG


10 posted on 12/10/2012 6:17:56 PM PST by molson209
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To: nickcarraway

Photographs from the meeting indeed show Tejler sitting cross-legged, his right foot pointing slightly upwards.————
Showing the soles of your shoes is the ultimate insult in the
IsloF diplomatic protocol. Good on the diplomat!


12 posted on 12/10/2012 6:19:51 PM PST by txhurl (Zero on America: Drive it like you stole it)
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To: Sacajaweau

I was going to post a pic of Sharon Stone in the
famous leg crossing scene but couldn’t get it to load.


13 posted on 12/10/2012 6:21:02 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nickcarraway
"I don't want to offend anybody."


14 posted on 12/10/2012 6:23:35 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Sacajaweau

Muslims are insane.


15 posted on 12/10/2012 6:26:51 PM PST by Venturer
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

16 posted on 12/10/2012 6:30:53 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

Have you noticed that the Muslims always expect others to respect them???

True story: I was in the Baghdad airport a few years ago (before 0bama turned it back over to the Jihadists). There was a small group of Muslims sitting not too far away and, shortly after I sat down, one of them crossed his legs such that the bottom of one of his feet pointed in my direction (true gratitude that America had saved him from a ruthless dictator - I began to question right then whether these people could ever govern themselves). Upon seeing the bottom of his foot pointing in my direction and knowing the custom (actually, it’s a religious mandate), I quickly crossed my legs such that one of my feet was pointing in his direction. The entire group got up and walked away immediately (most of them are cowards), but I made sure my foot stayed pointed in their direction until they disappeared.


17 posted on 12/10/2012 6:33:58 PM PST by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: Bronzy

Not only has 0bama shown the soles of his feet to the American people, he’s shown his ass as he was bowing to foreign potentates!


18 posted on 12/10/2012 6:34:14 PM PST by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: a fool in paradise

19 posted on 12/10/2012 6:38:15 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SENTINEL

Smith-Goodspeed translation: “. . . a wild ASS of a man.”

Oldplayer


20 posted on 12/10/2012 6:44:33 PM PST by oldplayer
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To: a fool in paradise

If crossed legs aren’t appreciated, cross-hairs can be provided.


21 posted on 12/10/2012 6:45:51 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway

So a “Chuck Norris” roundhouse to the head would be somewhat offensive too?


22 posted on 12/10/2012 6:53:45 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor < still > has no pedigree.)
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To: nickcarraway
...the soles of the feet (shoe) are considered dirty, closest to the ground, closer to the devil and farther away from God.

So when they build underground nuclear facilities, are they not even closer to the devil and farther away from God?

Likewise, shooting a rocket in the air should be interpreted as an insult to God and an invasion of his territory.

24 posted on 12/10/2012 7:10:08 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: relictele

I have a problem with people who don’t take baths. Call me crazy.


25 posted on 12/10/2012 7:18:45 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: nickcarraway
Come to think of it, Muslims should halt all construction of buildings everywhere. In order to build a foundation, you're forced to burrow into the ground, therefore closer to hell. A true believer should only live in a tent.
26 posted on 12/10/2012 7:21:06 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: tet68

and I came to this thread expecting to see that pic!


27 posted on 12/10/2012 7:24:49 PM PST by bigbob
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To: nickcarraway

Yet, our fing government lets that a-hole I’madinnerjacket, our enemy, come to our country, breath our air, eat our food and stay in our hotels! I don’ think I can take much more of this crap! This country, and this world we live in, are really screwed up. I am starting to wish that I was older, so I don’t have stick around to see how this all turns out!


28 posted on 12/10/2012 7:33:58 PM PST by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: nickcarraway

And I thought the Ottomans were muslim...

29 posted on 12/10/2012 7:36:24 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Sacajaweau

Ain’t it the truff!


30 posted on 12/10/2012 7:39:43 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: nickcarraway; Salamander; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Semper Mark
"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."

Ooookay. If that's true, then why do these freaks bury their heads on the ground (and in each other's butts) every chance they get?


31 posted on 12/10/2012 7:45:49 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: nickcarraway
"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."

Good to know. Build all the cells for holding them with the soles of shoes on the walls, floor and ceiling.

32 posted on 12/10/2012 7:55:54 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: shibumi
Ooookay. If that's true, then why do these freaks bury their heads on the ground (and in each other's butts) every chance they get?

Logical consistency is an infidel plot!

33 posted on 12/10/2012 8:00:28 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The Joooze did it!
34 posted on 12/10/2012 8:04:21 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: molson209
I’m offended by people with beards,first thing I think is LAZY DIRT BAG

I'll plead guilty to the "lazy" part.

35 posted on 12/10/2012 8:18:16 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: nickcarraway

If it’s offensive if feet are closer to the ground and are closer to the Devil, then why is it they have their faces on the GROUND, and their a**es pointed toward Heaven?

Tells you who they’re praying to doesn’t it?


36 posted on 12/10/2012 8:24:58 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Sacajaweau

My thought exactly. They can just get glad again.


37 posted on 12/10/2012 9:56:29 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: SENTINEL
Genesis 16:12 "He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”

Always angry about something.

(except of course, Iranians are Persians, with no relation to Arabs, the descendants of Ishmael--except for being Muslims.)

38 posted on 12/10/2012 10:46:14 PM PST by AnalogReigns (because the real world is not digital...)
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To: knarf
The next time I see “I’m a gonna need a dinner jacket”, I’m going to moon him.
39 posted on 12/11/2012 2:28:33 AM PST by tdscpa
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To: nickcarraway

Do they mind if you pick your nose while talking to them? Or is that considered an honor? You never can tell with these loons.


40 posted on 12/11/2012 3:08:36 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: nickcarraway

Burkas at the mall offend me...but nobody seems to notice. Why is all this a one way street with Muslims? “Their” way or the highway?


41 posted on 12/11/2012 3:35:30 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (...and to the Republic for which it STOOD...)
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To: nickcarraway

Nonsense.

Crossing one’s legs insults Bedouins, not high ranking diplomats, and it is ONLY an insult if you show them the sole of your feet when doing so.

We are insulted by their lack of personal hygiene and their tendency to blow up innocent people.

I guess we are even.


42 posted on 12/11/2012 4:37:55 AM PST by Hulka
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To: txhurl

“Showing the soles of your shoes is the ultimate insult in the IsloF diplomatic protocol”

It is hardly an insult as they are schooled in our cultural norms, too, and know not to read anything into it, and the Bedouins, NOT diplomats, are insulted.

But I get your point.


43 posted on 12/11/2012 4:40:24 AM PST by Hulka
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To: 21st Century Crusader
Yeah, sure that will go on for another four years. Bowing asshat
44 posted on 12/13/2012 6:00:23 PM PST by Bronzy
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