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Paul (the Octopus) feeling Iran's wrath

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is up in arms -- as if he had eight of them.

Ahmadinejad has declared that Paul, the octopus that correctly predicted the results of World Cup soccer games, symbolises "western propaganda and superstition" and represents everything that's wrong with decadent Western society.

That's certainly a sea of slurs to heap on the hapless Paul's pate.

And perhaps the good thing is that it diverts Ahmadinejad's maniacal cerebrations from Israel and the US to something else for a change.

In a recent speech in Tehran, Ahmadinejad said: "Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values."

Love of all sacred values? Aspiring to human perfection? Ahmadinejad really is singing from the octopus's garden, if he believes those are truly the tenets of his nuclear ambitions and governance.

Meanwhile, Paul, who correctly predicted the results of seven soccer matches, has retired from the prognostication business. That's too bad. It would be nice to bring him out of retirement and ask him to predict how much longer it will be before Ahmadinejad is ousted and real change can come about for the freedom-hungry people of Iran.