Replacement time

Saddam’s Iraq was a truly twisted place:

The year was 2001. Iraqi security services identified a growing threat: Pokemon. The animated Japanese figure – and an entire industry of video games, films and toys – was, in fact, a Zionist plot to undermine Saddam Hussein’s regime by inflaming the fervor of Iraqi children with the help of a pocket-sized monster whose name meant in Hebrew, according to the Iraqi secret service, “I am a Jew.”… 

The Pokemon “threat”, of course, doesn’t justify unseating a leader and then demanding the people elect Western-friendly figure-heads.

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