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Iran to Build Statue Commemorating Humiliation of Captured US Sailors as ‘Tourist Attraction’

According to a senior Iranian military officer, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) plans to build a statue of the ten US sailors who they briefly held captive in January. The IRGC is the branch of the Iranian armed forces responsible for capturing and humiliating US personnel found in the Persian Gulf on the eve of President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address.

The Telegraph (UK) reports, “Commander Ali Fadavi, the head of the Guard’s naval forces, said the monument of the surrendering Americans would be a ‘tourist attraction.’”

“There are very many photographs of the major incident of arresting US Marines in the Persian Gulf in the media and we intend to build a symbol out of them inside one of our naval monuments,” Fadavi added.

This isn’t the first time Iran has gone out of its way to demean the honor of American servicemen. In February, the Iranian regime relentlessly mocked the ten Americans it had captured at its annual “Revolutionary Day” parade, which commemorates the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Throngs of parade-goers dressed up like American service personnel and acted out scenes of the capture. Some revelers bent down in mock-submission as they gleefully celebrated the humiliation of US soldiers at the hands of IRGC thugs.

All of this comes after the IRGC published countless photos of detained US sailors in compromising, humiliating, and submissive positions.

Thanks to President Obama, Iran is now looking forward to expanding its tourist industry. The statue of our soldiers seems to be the country’s first highly publicized investment.

“The statue is likely to be built on Kharg, a small Iranian island in the Persian Gulf not far from where the sailors were captured,” explains The Telegraph. “The monument could feature as a stop for travelers on the Rahian-e-Nour, a semi-mandatory pro-regime pilgrimage that takes visitors to historical spots from the Iran-Iraq war and extols the virtues of the Iranian military.”

No word yet on whether Iran will build a gift shop nearby selling desecrated American and Israeli flags.