Are 500,000 Keys to Paradise Enough?

Germany "Confronts" Ahmadinejad

By Matthias Küntzel

Transatlantic Intelligencer, January 2006

In pondering the behavior of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I cannot help but think of the 500,000 plastic keys that Iran imported from Taiwan during the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88. At the time, an Iranian law laid down that children as young as 12 could be used to clear mine fields. Before every mission, a plastic key would be hung around each of the children’s necks. It was supposed to open for them the gates to paradise.

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