Iran minister hails Gunter Grass for his anti-Israel poem

In a letter addressed to “Distinguished author Dr Gunter Grass,” Deputy Culture Minister Javad Shamaqdari was quoted as saying: “I read your literary work of human and historical responsibility, and it warns beautifully.”

“Telling the truth in this way may awake the silent and dormant conscience of the West. Writers are able single-handedly to prevent human tragedies, in a way that armies cannot.”

h/t FOI