Friday, May 19, 2006

Iran 'Holocaust' Story May Be False

Canada's National Post ran a story today claiming that the Iranian parliament had passed a law requiring non-Muslims to wear badges or specially-colored clothing to indicate their heathen status. It's been picked up by Drudge, and Andrew Sullivan just posted about the story, too. Here's what he says:
I can remember when many people ridiculed the idea that Islamic dictatorships, like Iran's, should be described as fascist. I think the ridicule should be officially over now.
I read the story and was horrified. Talk about shades of Nazi Germany. When I looked more closely, however, something was troubling. The only sources quoted by National Post are "Iranian expatriates living in Canada". That's odd, considering the amount of press attention focused on Tehran.

I did a little more digging and found a post on Israpundit that suggests the story might be fabricated. That post links to an article on another Canadian site that quotes Meir Javedanfar, a Tehran-born Israeli Middle East expert, as saying the story is "absolutely factually incorrect."

Knowing what we do about Iran's current political rulers, the story is entirely plausible. As to whether it's actually true, we'll just have to watch and wait.

Update: If the story is false, it may point to an effort by expats to undermine the Iranian government, which is probably a good thing. But, why make up a story when the truth is bad enough? The jury's out on this one.
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