Iran set to add atomic symbol to currency

posted at 3:37 pm on March 4, 2007 by Allahpundit

Who knows how seriously to take these reports, but word on the street last week was that Iranians are getting nervous about the nuke drive and its potential, er, fallout:

On the eve of the gathering [of western powers], Ahmadinejad struck a defiant tone. He told a group of clerics that Iran’s nuclear ambitions were unstoppable. “The train of the Iranian nation is without brakes and a rear gear … We dismantled the reverse gear and brakes of the train and threw them away some time ago,” he said.

Those comments brought a hail of condemnations in Iran on Monday, not only from reformists who have long opposed Ahmadinejad, but also from conservatives who once backed him but now see his fiery rhetoric as needlessly provoking the West into confrontation.

That means it’s time to ratchet up the nationalist brainwashing, so the atomic symbol is getting a plum spot on the face of the new 50,000 rial note (Khomeini himself appears on the reverse). The mullahs have a habit of transforming political issues into elements of religious doctrine, as Noah Feldman memorably described last year in writing about Islamist anti-Americanism. Khamenei has issued a fatwa declaring Islamic nuclear weapons forbidden, but the more dissent there is in Iran over the nuclear program, the more we’ll see Shiite religious authorities start to argue that Islam demands nukes. This is a short step in that direction.

The punchline? The 50,000 rial note is a new denomination printed up to keep pace with the soaring inflation generated by the mullahs’ economic malfeasance:

The biggest note now in circulation is for 20,000 rials, worth a little more than $2.

With inflation officially running at about 16 percent – which economists say underestimates price rises for the goods most people worry about – Iranians carry increasingly large quantities of notes even for relatively modest shopping trips.

Inflation, particularly as it applies to tomatoes, is of course a Jewish plot, too.

Nukes may have been the cause of the breakdown in Saudi-Iranian talks this weekend, although this may have played into it too. I can’t believe Ahmadinejad, with all exterminationist rhetoric, would support a peace initiative that calls for Arab recognition of Israel. But then why did the Saudi news agency claim he did? To embarrass him? During an official state visit?

Exit question: if we hit their reactors, how many other countries are getting hit in response?

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If they’re going to put the atomic symbol on their currency, why don’t we assist them by putting some radiation on their Banks?

TugboatPhil on March 4, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Are these bill lead-based, by any chance?

And do you get a free supply of iodine pills with each new savings account opened?

The 12th imam is safe down his well, but what about the rest of the Persian people?

Mahmoud must be glowing with this news.

Or will be…

profitsbeard on March 4, 2007 at 4:17 PM

Curse you AllahPundit. I was going to put up a detailed post on this but stepped out for brunch.

Sigh, I have no use for this now:

New [Iranian] Budget Includes More Money for Nuclear Plants — Aftab News reported on 27 February that the new budget will include allocation of several hundred million dollars to building more nuclear plants, in which 10 percent of it will go toward training personnel in this regard. In addition, $300 million will be allocated to the private sectors for building or purchasing equipment for these power plants. [ Aftab News at is a conservative website posting news and information on current internal and external affairs of the country. It is associated with Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of the Expediency Council and former President, and linked to Hasan Rowhani, the former secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.]

ganeshpuri89 on March 4, 2007 at 4:17 PM

We will never hit Iran. The best we can hope for is that Israel takes initiative and ends their nukes program.
(The folks in DC will be “discussing” the Iran issue until it’s way too late. Politicians don’t really do anything, anymore.)

RedCrow on March 4, 2007 at 5:12 PM

E. Pluribus Nukem.

Clever. I like it.

RedWinged Blackbird on March 4, 2007 at 6:25 PM

That I must have on a teeshirt

– The Cat

MirCat on March 4, 2007 at 6:30 PM

I imagine that a thousand years from now those banknotes with Khomeini and nuke symbols will suffice to explain to historians why it is still too dangerous for humans to set sail on Lake Teheran without lead-lined suits.

Tantor on March 4, 2007 at 6:34 PM

No not really, by that time they’ll be claiming that the atomic symbol is an Islamic symbol and they want it back. Then again, that’s probably what’s going to be said in 3 months

– The Cat

MirCat on March 4, 2007 at 6:42 PM

Maybe they could put “Madam, I’m Atom” on their money.

Will they take off the atomic symbol after they get nuked?

Mojave Mark on March 4, 2007 at 11:10 PM

…and we’re set to add a mushroom cloud to their capital.

Tony737 on March 5, 2007 at 4:41 AM

It’s like some stupid kid teasing a big dog on a chain. Keep it up, moron. Sooner or later, you’re going to get too bold, you’re going to go too far, and that dog is going to shred you. I’m not even sorry to say that it’s going to be fun to watch.

Anyway, I’m glad to see that I wasn’t the only one to find the knowledge that fifty thousand rials is worth five dollars to be personally edifying.

Wolfman on March 5, 2007 at 5:58 PM