While the rest of the modern, civilized world is worried about things like, (for instance) terrorism, crime, starvation, drugs, Islamic slave trading, cowardice killings of Islamic women, high gas prices, food shortages, bank failures, mortgage forclosures, these bearded religious goons from The Dark Ages are worried about children being corrupted by Barbie and Spiderman.
The average Iranian parent on the street who struggles to make a living only wants to love his or her children and see them happy, and so naturally the demand for Western toys has fueled a thriving contraband trade.
All of this prompts me to repeat what I've said before: If we really want to combat Islamic terrorism, what we have to do is pour the fuel onto a jacked-up ideological war against religious hardliners. I say we should literally FLOOD those countries with as much Western decadence as we possibly can. We need to let the average Islamic citizen taste the fruits of freedom.
I'm hoping that the C.I.A. and other covert agencies have caught on to the idea. Through their clandestine channels we can really blast the Middle East with the Mother of all ideological wars. If Iran wants to smuggle bombs and guns into Iraq, then we should plaster the streets of Iran with Britney Spears, marijuana, and feminism (especially feminism. If Gloria Steinem wants to put her money where her mouth is, I challenge her to go campaign in Iran.)