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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

Dangerous interesting times Slade many thanks for that
interesting piece . A horrible updated version of something that in and of itself was grotesque. . .
including an order for Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians to wear special strips of cloth.


And something NOT too off the topic matter of SWASTIKA; did you or any one on Special X.Net see this
on National Geographic Channel
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Space Race: The Untold Story Part 1of4
SpaceRace ep. 1 [TV-PG]
Part One of Space Race The Untold Story tells the story of the two men at the center of the race - ex-Nazi Wernher von Braun on the American team and Sergei Korolev, the Soviet project leader. Technical director of Hitler's V2 Rocket program, von Braun realized that Germany's defeat was inevitable and set off on a journey to place himself under American protection before being caught. Heading the Soviets' chase was the Russian rocket expert, Sergei Korolev, recently freed from one of Stalin's prison camps


There's a repeat showing on Sunday at One pm to 2pm PT .

It will REALLY make SWASTIKA come alive in more ways than one, as to is it part of human history...but at a brutal, brutal cost to our humanity .
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Postby MarylandManson » Sat May 20, 2006 12:54 pm

Slade and steelclaw32,

My guess is there will be several parallel layers beyond the obvious "two sides of the Second World War" relationship between SWASTIKA and KAMIKAZE. An intriguing connection is the idea that technology--such as rockets and nukes--can "run away" when expediently but imprudently used. Once the genie's out of the bottle, all bets are off. In Spielberg's JURASSIC PARK, Jeff Goldblum uttered a brilliant nugget of dialogue: "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

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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 steelclaw32 » Sat May 20, 2006 10:39 pm

Thanks for that Slade, I'll be watching that series with great intrest indeed.

It makes fascinating if not nauseating reading of the National Post, its intresting to note too that
But western journalists based in Iran told their Canadian colleagues that they were unaware of any such law.
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Calls to the Post newsroom for comment on the developments around the story was not immediately returned.


whether or not said newspaper's articles are true or not, the very idea that EVEN such a notion is on the table, is disgusting as it's repulsive.

The British used to say, about the Irish,: "the Irish are like elephants...They NEVER forget" ;

the same could be applicable to the Jews. After what happend to both races in their history...Is it any wonder?

It would appear that somethingWAS leaked and that something was afoot. Whatever the situation, that the thought IS there the seemingly plausible
implementation of said, is repugnant .
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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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