Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Nevermind about the Holocaust...

Turns out Iran isn't making Jews wear little yellow pieces of cloth after all... at least according to Maurice Motamed, the only Jewish member of Iran's parliament. And he'd know. Looks like the affair was largely fabricated.

Of course, Iran still seems to be working on creating nuclear weapons and wants to destroy Israel. So we've got plenty to complain about, just not the new holocaust thing.

5 comments:

Orrin Johnson said...

Since members of Iran's parliment must be approved by the religious leaders, I'm unimpressed by the "lone Jewish member of the Iranian parliment." And considering the Iranian regime's stance towards Jews in general, I think it's OK to have a little healthy skepticism about a Jewish person who defends and participates in that regime.

This is what we know. We know this type of thing is not new - the Taliban forced non-Muslims to wear identifying arm bands, following old Islamic customs which we know are in vogue for our buddies over there. We know the Iranians are passing a strict law regarding clothing for Muslims, which will help distinguish and set aside religious minorities.

We know they have promised over and over again to destroy Israel, and to bring "The Zionst Threat" to a heel. And we know that they've tested the missiles with the range to do both. I think I'll not merely take their word for it that the proposal had never come up for debate, even if it didn't make it into the final law.

More here.

I wonder if this wasn't an idea leaked and floated by they Iranian government to see if the world would let them get away with it. It would have been a brilliant strategy for them to do - if the world ignored it, they could implement it. If there was outcry, they could feign ignorance and play the victim, which is exactly what they are doing now.

Publius was right in his comment in the earlier post. Iran knows their history. They know we don't want to believe people would still think this way, and we'll go out of our way to believe they want peace and stand for religious tolerance. They will continue to push the limits to see whether we are Churchills or Chamberlains.

And given the chance, this regime will enslave or murder every non-Muslim they can. Count on it.

PubliusRex said...

I think Dan Rather was the first to break the story.

Cato said...

The "floating" idea is plausible, Orrin, but it's also plausible that Iranian expatriates fabricated the story for propaganda purposes. It's hard to imagine why any regime would on purpose do anything that would remind the west so obviously of the holocaust. Yellow ribbons? they couldn't come up with some way to demarcate non-Muslims that wouldn't signal their intent to almost immediately engage in genocide?

At any rate, the state department should be able to dig up the truth. In the meantime, I'm taking it with a huge grain of salt.

Orrin Johnson said...

They're pretty open about their virulent anti-Semitism. They've done more than "signal their intent" - they've stated it outright. And Hitler took the idea of the yellow patches from the Persians, ironically enough.

The thing that worries me is that people keep saying, despite all the evidence, "Nah - they can't be THAT bad, can they?"

Cato said...

People do tend to be awfully surprised...