This morning, the news was flying around the Net: Iran was planning to make Jews in the country wear identifying badges! Wow! How Nazi! What a good reason to invade the place. It turns out the news came from Canada's own National Post! Briefly,
A news story and column by Iranian-born analyst Amir Taheri in yesterday's National Post reported that the Iranian parliament had passed a sweeping new law this week outlining proper dress for Iran's majority Muslims, including an order for Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians to wear special strips of cloth.
However, it turns out its all bullshit. From tonight's retraction in the Post:
Sam Kermanian, of the U.S.-based Iranian-American Jewish Federation, said in an interview from Los Angeles that he had contacted members of the Jewish community in Iran Ã— including the lone Jewish member of the Iranian parliament Ã— and they denied any such measure was in place.
Even the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, one of original story sources, is backing off:
Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles, acknowledged that he did not have independent confirmation of the requirement for Jews to wear badges, but said he still believes it was passed.
And yet even our good PM, yankee Blo Boy Stephen Harper, talked of this today.
Mr. Harper said. Ã“It boggles the mind that any regime on the face of the earth would want to do anything that would remind people of Nazi Germany.Ã”
You know, somebody high up at The Post ought to get sacked for this. We saw a purported national newspaper suckered by what turns out to be blatant right-wing propaganda, which our right-wing government was willing to shamelessly exploit. Minimally, Mr. Taheri ought to be removed from the payroll.