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posted by sysrpl on Monday May 22, 2006 4:06 PM

The National Post sent shockwaves across the country last week with a report (now retracted) that Iran's Parliament had passed a law requiring mandatory holocaust style badges to be worn on the clothing of Jews and Christians. The incendiary report spread like wildfire across the Internet, sparking heated rage as many news outlets quickly jumped on the story. People were eager to decry Iran's evil actions, and used the report as further proof Iran was full of crazy evil people.

So what is the problem? The problem is that the story was utterly untrue. Iran never passed such a law. The original report was sourced soley to an Iranian expatriate with an ax to grind. You would think fact checking a story about Iranian laws would be a simple matter, sadly though 1940 it seems the news publishers couldn’t be bothered to check facts. After all, they have to race to cover stories that make Iran look bad, right?

This wrongful reporting served as an example of how hate can be used to galvanize a society. Why are Americans so eager to hate people they have never met? Why is hate such a powerful tool and who is behind its use for political gain?

The most unfortunate aspect of this entire travesty is that while the initial story was widely reported, its retraction was not. Many people now believe more than ever that Iran is being lead by crazy evil-doers. The damage has been done. Perhaps the original report already served its purpose.

Experts say report of badges for Jews in Iran is untrue
2006-05-19 4:00PM courtesy of National Post

Hormoz Ghahremani, a spokesman for the Iranian Embassy in Canada said, "We wish to categorically reject the news item. These kinds of slanderous accusations are part of a smear campaign against Iran by vested interests, which needs to be denounced at every step."

Iran Holocost Badges Questioned
2006-05-19 12:01PM courtesy of AM940 Montreal

The National Post is sending shockwaves across the country this morning with a report that Iran's Parliament has passed a law requiring mandatory Holocaust style badges to identify Jews and Christians.

But independent reporter Meir Javdanfar, an Israeli Middle East expert who was born and raised in Tehran, says the report is false.

"It's absolutely factually incorrect," he told The New 940 Montreal.

"Nowhere in the law is there any talk of Jews and Christians having to wear different colours. I've checked it with sources both inside Iran and outside."

"The Iranian people would never stand for it. The Iranian government wouldn't be stupid enough to do it."

The National Post cites Iranian expatriots living in Canada as its primary source on the story.

This fiasco seems a bit like a disgrunted expariate spreading a little George Bush disinformation to try and provoke a war. Oh how quickly we forget the lessons of Curveball.

Pat Buchanan Reveals Other False Perceptions About Iran
2006-05-12 1:00AM courtesy of WorldNetDaily

Along the same lines, I know most of you here have no use for Pat Buchanan, however a reader tipped me off to a terrific column he wrote about Iran. It's worth a read.

Yet, in this same quarter century when the U.S. military has been so busy it is said to be overstretched and exhausted, Iran has invaded not one neighbor and fought but one war: an 8-year war with Iraq where she was the victim of aggression. And in that war of aggression against Iran, we supported the aggressor.

The Colbert Report Pokes Fun at the Media War Machine
2006-05-12 11:30PM courtesy of The Colbert Report

And finally, President Ahmadinejad of Iran, the man Fox News loves to call a nutjob, recently sent President Bush a letter. It's contents were leaked by the "liberal" media, and as usual, fair and balanced Fox News is there to cover the story. Watch them let you decide.

Iran's President

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