Iranian president Ahmadinejad denounces superstitious West over Paul the Octopus

By Allan Hall

In retirement: Paul has stopped predicting football results after correctly guessing the outcome of Germany's seven World Cup matches

Germans want to eat him, Spaniards want to beatify him and bookmakers want to hire him.

But Paul the Octopus is a symbol of all that is wrong with the Western world, according to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Paul became a global celebrity when he correctly predicted the result of all seven German World Cup matches and Spain’s victory over Holland in the final.

He did so by choosing one of two boxes labelled with a team’s national flag in his tank, each of which contained a mussel.

The octopus, which lives at an aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, was mentioned by Ahmadinejad several times during a speech in Tehran at the weekend.

He said Paul spread ‘Western propaganda and superstition’.

‘Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values,’ he added.

Paul represents decadence and decay among Iran’s enemies, the president said.

source: dailymail