An Iranian toy company is sending a pink replica of a US spy plane captured in December to US President Barack Obama.
The Ayatollah Khomeini famously quipped, “There is no room for play in Islam…It is deadly serious about everything.” Apparently, however, when it comes to laughing at especially weak, buffoonish world leaders like the one currently occupying the White House, that dictum does not apply.
(As an aside, we also learn that the toy sells for “70,000 rials or $4.” 70,000?! Wow. Considering how weak the dollar has become, that must mean that the Iranian economy is in awful shape.)
Mocking requests to return the drone, a local toy company plans to send a miniature pink model of the RQ-170 Sentinel to US President Barack Obama.
Seyyed Saeed Hassan-pour, head of the cultural department of the Aaye Company, which is making the toy , says, “We wanted for Mr. Obama himself to have these toys and know that Iranians don’t leave anyone’s requests unanswered. We made the ‘RQ’ in pink as it is Mr. Obama’s favourite colour and we will send it to him via the Swiss embassy.”
State TV broadcast footage of the drone draped in anti-American banners after it was captured last month near the Afghan border.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry complained to the UN Security Council about the spy mission and told the US to apologize.
“We decided to show that we can deal with this issue in a very friendly and peaceful manner and put it in the playful hands of the children of Iran to pursue a ‘soft war’ with Mr. Obama and the US. This was the aim of producing this aircraft.”
The toy models will hit the market this week and go for 70,000 rials or $4 each.