Friday, June 17, 2005
Oh, they don't mean it literally: Thanks to actor/reporter Sean Penn, I'm relieved to discover that the radical Muslim ruling minority in Iran isn't really serious about that "Death to America" thing.
But he told a film student during a visit to Iran's Film Museum in Tehran on Monday that the "Death to America" slogan chanted each week at Friday Prayers hurt Iran-U.S. relations.
"I understand the nature of where it comes from and what its intention is," he said. "But I don't think it's productive because I think the message goes to the American people and it is interpreted very literally."