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The SWASTIKA Secret

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Postby Slade » Sat May 20, 2006 5:48 am

MM,

There was a firestorm in Canada this morning when the National Post reported what's in the following excerpt from the paper. Of late, the news out of Iran had conditioned people to jump at the story as being true - on that, the jury is still out - and I heard several comments like, "That's it, it's time to nuke them!"

Interesting times!!

Several experts are casting doubt on reports that Iran had passed a law requiring the country’s Jews and other religious minorities to wear coloured badges identifying them as non-Muslims.
The Iranian embassy in Otttawa also denied the Iranian government had passed such a law.

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.

According to the reports, Jews were to wear yellow cloth strips, called zonnar, while Christians were to wear red and Zoroastrians blue.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Iranian expatriates living in Canada had confirmed that the order had been passed, although it still had to be approved by Iran’s “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect.


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Postby steelclaw32 » Sat May 20, 2006 10:23 am

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Postby MarylandManson » Sat May 20, 2006 12:54 pm

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Postby Slade » Sat May 20, 2006 4:37 pm

Steelclaw,

I watched SPACE RACE a few months ago, when it originally showed. It's an excellent program - very well made - that really opens your eyes. In the West, we're conditioned to see SS Major Wernher von Braun as the undisputed titan and genius of rocketry, and yet there's another man few of us know who was every bit as brilliant.

It takes TWO for a race.

MM,

OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper was quick to condemn Iran on Friday for an anti-Semitic law that appears not to exist.

Harper seized on a newspaper report that said Iran's hardline government would require Jews and Christians to wear coloured labels in public.

The prime minister couldn't vouch for the accuracy of the newspaper report, but he added that Iran was capable of such actions and compared them to Nazi practices.

"Unfortunately, we've seen enough already from the Iranian regime to suggest that it is very capable of this kind of action," Harper said.

"We've seen a number of things from the Iranian regime that are along these lines ...

"It boggles the mind that any regime on the face of the Earth would want to do anything that could remind people of Nazi Germany."

But western journalists based in Iran told their Canadian colleagues that they were unaware of any such law.

And Iranian politicians - including a Jewish legislator in Tehran - were infuriated by the Post report, which they called false.

Politician Morris Motamed, one of about 25,000 Jews who live in Iran, called the report a slap in the face to his minority community.

"Such a plan has never been proposed or discussed in parliament," Motamed told the Associated Press.

"Such news, which appeared abroad, is an insult to religious minorities here."

The Post's front-page story, which quoted Iranian expatriates living in Canada, made headlines around the world and was the banner story on the popular Drudge Report website in the U.S.

The story said Iran would require Jews to wear yellow labels on their clothing in an eerie reminder of the buildup to the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler forced Jews to identify themselves with yellow Star of David patches.

Christians would need to wear red labels, and Zoroastrians would be tagged with blue.

The law was still to be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide," Ali Khamenehi, the Post reported.

Calls to the Post newsroom for comment on the developments around the story was not immediately returned.

Harper called the report a reminder that the international community must prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.
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Postby MarylandManson » Sat May 20, 2006 11:36 pm

"Harper called the report a reminder that the international community must prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons."

Because of course the only religious fundamentalists who are allowed to have nuclear weapons are Western conservatives. Well, at least if Iran gets blasted for making and hiding WMD, which fact is itself a slam-dunk, the West will only use tactical nukes to correct the deficiency. Back in 1967 Truman's and Stalin's nukes atop von Braun's and Korolev's ICBMs must have seemed a scarier proposition.

Sigh...

Cheers, though! MM (aka Mr. Don't-Worry B. Happy)
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Postby Slade » Thu May 25, 2006 2:01 am

And then came the retreat...

TEHRAN, Iran (CP) - Canada's ambassador to Iran was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, state television reported Wednesday, in apparent diplomatic fallout from remarks by Prime Minister Stephen Harper after a newspaper report suggested religious minorities in Iran would be forced to wear badges.

Iranian television gave no reason for Ambassador Gordon Venner's summons. But it came days after Harper criticized Iran over a report last week in the National Post, quoting Iranian exiles as saying Iran's conservative parliament was debating a draft law that would force Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims in the country to wear special patches of coloured cloth to distinguish them from Muslims.

The Post apologized for its report Wednesday, saying it "did not exercise sufficient caution and skepticism" on the story.


And CNN:

OTTAWA, Canada (Reuters) -- A Canadian newspaper apologized Wednesday for an article that said Iran planned to force Jews and other religious minorities to wear distinctive clothing to distinguish themselves from Muslims.

The National Post ran the piece on its front page Friday along with a large photo from 1944 that showed a Hungarian couple wearing the yellow stars that the Nazis forced Jews to sew to their clothing.

The story, which included tough anti-Iran comments, was picked up widely by Web sites and by other media.

"Is Iran turning into the new Nazi Germany? Share your opinion online," the paper asked readers Friday.

But the National Post, a longtime supporter of Israel and critic of Tehran, admitted Wednesday it had not checked the piece thoroughly enough before running it.

"It is now clear the story is not true," Douglas Kelly, the National Post's editor in chief, wrote in a long editorial on Page 2. "We apologize for the mistake and for the consternation it has caused not just National Post readers, but the broader public who read the story."
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