New Iranian law … requires Jews to wear badges

posted at 9:28 am on May 19, 2006 by Allahpundit

***UPDATE: THE STORY’S CREDIBILITY HAS BEEN QUESTIONED. DETAILS HERE.***

Christians and Zoroastrians get to join in the fun, too.

What’s left to say?

Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical “standard Islamic garments.”

The law, which must still be approved by Iran’s “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.

Iran’s roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth…

The new law was drafted two years ago, but was stuck in the Iranian parliament until recently when it was revived at the behest of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Note: the point to take away from that last paragraph isn’t that Ahmadinejad is pushing it through. It’s that Iran was thinking about this before he even took office. Bear it in mind when the usual suspects start arguing that the mullahs don’t really mean it, that it’s just another hollow provocation cooked up by the cagy jihadi-in-chief to draw the west into attacking.

More details from Amir Taheri:

According to Ahmadinejad, the new Islamic uniforms will establish “visual equality” for Iranians as they prepare for the return of the Hidden Imam…

The new law imposes a total ban on wearing neckties and bow-ties which are regarded as “symbols of the Cross.” Will Iranian Christians be allowed to wear them, nevertheless? No one knows…

One remaining problem is to decide the age at which girls should wear the uniforms. At present the hijab is mandatory from the age of six. But some of Ahmadinejad’s advisers want to reduce that to four…

“Our aim is to make sure that every Muslim, wherever he or she happens to be on this Earth, is a living and walking symbol of Islam,” says Pourharandi.

Re: the return of the hidden imam, see Regime Change Iran.

The important thing now is not to worry. Remember — worrying is what “fear-stricken” conservatives do. True bravery is affecting near-complete indifference to the prospect of a nuclear-armed, Holocaust-denying radical Islamic state forcing Jews to wear yellow insignia while simultaneously hosing down the front of your pants daily over NSA data mining.

Too bad Ahmadinejad’s not a “Christianist” so we could all worry about him together, huh?

Update: Meanwhile, at an archive in Germany

There is also the story of a 31-year-old nurse who was forced to wear a black and yellow “Star of David” branding her as a Jewish “race defile”. Her file notes: “The woman is a half-Jew who lives with her Aryan boyfriend. She acknowledges they have had sexual relations.” The woman disappeared after being dispatched to Ravensbrück concentration camp.

Update: Jay Stephenson reminds us that the pedigree for this odious idea stretches back much further than the Nazis. Click to find out where it leads.

Meanwhile, the previous estimates that Iran won’t have a bomb for five to ten years are in flux. The fact is, says the New York Times, we really just don’t know.

Update: Our affiliate, Sanctuary, imagines Tehran in a decade or so:

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Wow……..anyone heard any outcry from the touchy feely human rights organizations? How about just anyone from the left? Democrat? Cindy Sheehan? How about Susan “I’m a has been” Saranwrap? George? George Clooney? You out there?

darwin on May 19, 2006 at 9:36 AM

I got your red badge! It surrounds a black bullet hole! Of course the UN will approve!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 19, 2006 at 9:41 AM

Not to point out the obvious.. But didnt this kind of thing happen once before? Ohh I dunno, maybe late 1930′s early 1940′s. Germany, smallish guy, little small moustache…
Im sure the color coding system is only for identification purposes and nothing more sinister like knowing who to round up for genocide.

the observer on May 19, 2006 at 9:42 AM

You’d THINK these guys would be more intelligent and a little more subtle this time. I mean, look what happened to the last pinhead who tried this.

But stupidity is apparently inherited with the rest of the political system.

RH

RobertHuntingdon on May 19, 2006 at 9:52 AM

It’s no coincidence that there was an active Muslim SS during WWII and that there are such clear parallels in modern Islamic countries.

Hening on May 19, 2006 at 9:58 AM

This is a joke, right? *shaking head ruefully* wow. Might be a good time to pack up your kids and get the hell out of there, before the next logical step catches you, and it’s too late.

ecamorg on May 19, 2006 at 10:00 AM

Why not just tattoo bullseys on their foreheads and get it over with? This is probably highly approved by the left. They thrive on seperatist beliefs. Starting with segregated dorms, segregated graduation ceremonies, segregated clubs, etc. Look at all the racial segregation they support, NAACP, BET, LaRaza, etc.

roninacreage on May 19, 2006 at 10:02 AM

The most tragic part of the Canadian article is the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s intent to bring the matter before Kofi Annan. It is unfathomable that some Jews remain dellusional about the UN as a legitimate body. Sadly, such gestures only give the UN an aura of credibility when it has done nothing but undermine Israel and advance the antisemetic agendas of some members.

papermelech on May 19, 2006 at 10:04 AM

Please, ronin. The left doesn’t approve. But I also don’t expect to hear much outcry from them. We need to show proper respect for other cultures, after all.

Allahpundit on May 19, 2006 at 10:05 AM

The tattooed numbers will come soon enough, appearing on forearms throughout Iran. Why ANYONE would want to live in the middle ages is beyond me.

clyde on May 19, 2006 at 10:05 AM

The UN isn’t a legitimate body, unless your body is related to Kofi Annan. Then it is a very legitimate means of funds transfer to your private bank account. (see: Kofi Annan’s son)

clyde on May 19, 2006 at 10:07 AM

History DOES repeat itself, it IS repeating itself, and no one is paying attention. Big difference this time around, however, is that we are not the only ones who have nuclear weapons.

The certifiably insane people in charge of Iran (I refrain from writing ‘leaders’) are speeding down a path pioneered by Hitler and his cadre. We all know where that led.

The useless U.N. is doing nothing, has done nothing and will do nothing because the payoffs and handouts are huge (proven).

Many on the Security Council are partners in these crimes, and will never vote to stop Iran.

The U.S. President and Congress are consumed in a march to transport the entire Mexican population to this country in a bidding war for votes.

There’s no one left to save the world, I’m afraid, except perhaps ISRAEL! Trouble is, Israel will absolutely use nuclear weapons if attacked or threatened, and that will plunge the entire mideast and ultimately the world into another war that will have no finality.

If the World does not immediately respond to the lunatics running Iran, it will soon be too late.

The joker running Iran is not telling jokes.

So we are left with only one choice: ERASE IRAN!

ForYourEdification on May 19, 2006 at 10:10 AM

How many more signs do we need?

Brian on May 19, 2006 at 10:10 AM

There is an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”

I suspect that interesting times are coming upon us.

EFG on May 19, 2006 at 10:14 AM

Let’s see:

Pre-Jihad airing of grievances to Bush and the Pope; check

Weapons-grade uranium; check

Jewish insignia, and preparations for the return of the Hiddin Imam; check, and check.

What’s next?

I submit that we are already paying the jizya. We just call it UN dues instead.

Kid from Brooklyn on May 19, 2006 at 10:15 AM

Hey guys. Let’s take this horrific act in Iran and DESPERATELY try as hard as we can to STREEEEEETCH this out so that we can overgeneralize it toward American liberals, especially Hollywood.

Woops….seems you beat me to it.

better off blue on May 19, 2006 at 10:18 AM

better off blue, are you speaking to the room, or to someone in particular? Given that you’re whining about overgenralization….

Is it OK when you do it?

Pablo on May 19, 2006 at 10:24 AM

No need to go all Godwin… Mullah Omar and the Taliban did this 5 years ago. It worked out OK for them. They weren’t a global threat or anything. So why is everybody worried???

You’re all just xianist bigots! Fascists! Amerikkkans!!!!!!

/moonbat

BTW is this not just the most idiotic construction? Xianist? I thought it was some Sci-Fi club. Or maybe Chinese. It’s so nice to see the commentors at supposedly rational Kevin Drum or Matt Yglesias be just as loopy as Atriosniks, Kossacks, and DU… I wonder what the left/liberal church people think about this.

libertarianuberalles on May 19, 2006 at 10:29 AM

This should antagonize Israel just a smidgen. As their action is intended to do. There are enough survivors of the holocaust that will be quite vocal. It seems Iran wants to provoke a war.

gary on May 19, 2006 at 10:32 AM

I feel about this exactly the way I felt about the Taliban destroying the ancient Buddha statues. March, 2001. I remember staring at the computer, thinking, “We can’t put up with this. We’re gonna have to take them out. It’ll be up to us. Alone, pretty much. But we’ll do it.” The whole inescapablity of it weighed down on me.

But just for a moment.

jimharalson on May 19, 2006 at 10:35 AM

“There’s no reason to believe they won’t pass this,” said Rabbi Hier. “It will certainly pass unless there’s some sort of international outcry over this.”

The Iranians will not follow through on this and the MSM and libs will tell us how wonderful they are for seeing the error of their ways and that we should let them continue making atomic bombs because they are such peace loving people! Mark my words!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 19, 2006 at 10:47 AM

Words fail to describe my thoughts on this latest disgusting, appalling outrage. And outrage really doesn’t describe this filthy, evil (yes, evil!) repetition of history either.
My heart goes out to the survivors of the Holocaust- my God that they should have to live through it all over again…

Abigail Adams on May 19, 2006 at 10:49 AM

clyde said: “Why ANYONE would want to live in the middle ages is beyond me”.

That’s easy….POWER!!!!!

Keep your people uneducated and ignorant and you control them.
Keep your women in total subjection and you control them.
Establish a state religion and you control them.
Make your citizens wear visible ID, and you control them. Divide your people according to race and religion and you control them.
Blame neighboring countries for your people’s misery and you control them.
Indoctrinate your people with hate from birth and you control them.
History repeats itself over and over and over…

ecamorg on May 19, 2006 at 10:53 AM

I still don’t seem to understand the logic of Ahmadinejad. This policy and rhetoric will only guarantee the total destruction of his nation as we know it. I feel sorry for the otherwise “rational” Iranians in this country as their fearless leader seems to be leading them directly to their death.

Let’s face it! If your strategy depends on the mass murder of millions of your own citizens (Most likely in a Nuclear Blast from the US or Israel in retaliation) then you are doomed. The Useless Nations will do nothing as they are profiting from having this madman continue his rhetoric. Russia is secretly assisting with Nuke technology and China has backroom deals for oil so don’t expect them to be on board when the boiling point is reached.

I predict that if Bush doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to take out the Iranian facilities before the end of his term. We will see full scale war somethime within the following decade. If Iran gets nukes, this war will be so terrible it will make WWII look like a picnic in the park.

Scorched_Earth on May 19, 2006 at 10:57 AM

The left also had no outcry when terrorist states sat on the Human Rights Commission in the U.N. either? Defacto approval in my opinion. I’ll respect others cultures when they stop disrespecting Americas.

roninacreage on May 19, 2006 at 11:03 AM

IMO, this is just prophesy coming to pass. Read Daniel chapter 11.

ecamorg on May 19, 2006 at 11:04 AM

ecamorg, care to sum it up for us biblical neophytes?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 19, 2006 at 11:16 AM

Through out the ages badges have been used to identify a person of a certain religion or ethnicity. Even the color is meant to malign. In the year 717 the caliphs of Persia marked Jews and Chrisitans with badges, and on and off through out the ages many nations of Europe and the middle east practiced this persecution. The nazis are best known for it, but it occured in France before them. Pope Paul IV marked jews with a yellow hat. As late as 1995 hindus in Afghanistan were forced to wear badges.

I am appalled that many nations and people in the US tolerate this in our modern age. Nevile Chamberlain clones in the UN unable to act or respond. Lefties in the US don’t seem to want to take on Irans state sponsored hatred, and terror. And Europe appears, once again, apathetic.

I hope this is not a precursor to a persian Kristallnacht, or worse pogroms to come.

The world had better not stand idly by as the mad mullahs of Persia build a bomb and allow thier religous theocracy to mark jews and christians for persecution.

Its a shame that the US appears to not want to act…but then again no one else appears to want to be bothered either.

Penn on May 19, 2006 at 11:19 AM

As Iran has been spoiling for a fight for quite awhile, is anyone surprized that Ahmadenejad and the Mullahs would follow up the letters to world leaders with re-instating one of the most horrific symbols of Jewish persecution? The point made is a good one-this law was coming up for a vote before Ahmadinejad was picked by the Mullahs to be President. But I’m sure that he knew about it, and is ready to put it into practice.
ecamorg: Daniel 11 may sound like it fits, but the ‘mighty king’ prophesied was Alexander. Daniel prophesies quite a bit about the end times, but also about the near future-480 BC.
Let me echo ecamord: Read Daniel chapter 11, and then a history book, to see how it all came true; read all of Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Revelation to see what will come next for us.

Doug on May 19, 2006 at 11:31 AM

Better in Blue, come on, baby, put your red dress on…

No need to stretch the radical left anti-American ideas so they can reach Hollywood. Hell, most of the really stupid screeds actually begin there.

But you have to admit, when it comes to projecting political ideas onto our perceived opponents, no one can lay a finger on Hollywood, where they use America’s own money to make anti-American movies, and find the whoriest leftists they can think of and cast them as Republicans. Then they can portray America as they see it.

Don’t embarrass us both by making me list the 100 top examples of this propaganda that I can think of in an hour.

Jaibones on May 19, 2006 at 11:34 AM

Wow……..anyone heard any outcry from the touchy feely human rights organizations? How about just anyone from the left? Democrat? Cindy Sheehan? How about Susan “I’m a has been” Saranwrap? George? George Clooney? You out there?

——————————-

If anything, their reply will be “Oh yeah, well, what about the Crusades?”

If anyone thinks that the left doesn’t want to do the same thing in this country, well, all I can say is that is a nice little dream world in which you are living.

Paul Atreides on May 19, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Badges ??

We don’t need no stinking badges !!!

moc23 on May 19, 2006 at 11:53 AM

This is simply disgusting. Are we going to have to go through this shait **AGAIN**?

And the Media’s total and willful refusal to even mention these things makes them knowing and willing (and eager) accomplists (sp?).

But them they always were allies of the terrorist – just look at their coverage of Beslan.

CrazyFool on May 19, 2006 at 11:54 AM

Why would any Jew in his right mind ever be doing in Iran?

Tip to Iranian nuclear scientists. Why risk a U.S. bombing when you can build the A-bomb right here in America. It also solves the problem of building long-range rockets. Here’s what you do:
1 Sneak illegally into the United States. George Bush and the Senate have made this even easier for you.
2 Form a corporation, erect a factory and start building. You will now be doing a job that few American are willing to do.
3 If anybody has the temerity to question what you are doing or the materials used, cite invasion of privacy rights, First Amendment rights and scream ‘bigotry’, ‘prejudice’, ‘racism’ ‘ethnic bios’. This will freeze all politicians and law enforcement officials into absolute immobility.
4 You can fund your project through illegal bank tranfers and by robbing convenience stores and banks–again performing work that few Americans are willing to do.
5 Remember the work you perform now as illegal aliens will count toward your Social Security Benefits when you become citizens.

MaiDee on May 19, 2006 at 11:56 AM

UN pans Tokyo’s ‘racist’ new law
Peter Alford, Tokyo correspondent
The Australian
May 19, 2006

“Tokyo – Top UN race-discrimination investigator Doudou Diene has denounced a new Japanese law for compulsory fingerprinting of foreigners as evidence of a worldwide trend towards ”criminalising” [sic] outsiders. Mr Diene, the UN High Commission on Human Rights special rapporteur [sic] on racial discrimination, said yesterday that the Japanese legislation illustrated a ”worrisome development” of creating laws to set foreigners apart, on the pretext of combating terrorism.”

But a nice colored ribbon! Nothing here. Move along!!! Move along!!!!

(PS. Exactly how does one go about getting a job as a UN High Commissioner and race-discrimination investigator?)

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 19, 2006 at 11:59 AM

Um …. whatever happened to “never again?”

And yes – the silence of the liberals is truly defeaning. Our friend “Better Off Blue” up above can pretend otherwise, but it is deeply appalling that liberals in America are not speaking out.

Then again – liberals aren’t liberal. They don’t actually care about human rights; they care about politics.

As for “never again” happening all over again, there is – Thank God – a difference this time around. Two of them, in fact.

The state of Israel, armed with righteous anger and nuclear weapons. And a United States of America that – this time – won’t stand idly by.

Iran’s days are numbered. And the numbers are getting smaller fast.

Professor Blather on May 19, 2006 at 12:03 PM

MaiDee
Jews have been in Iran for a very very long time – starting with the conquest of Babylon by Cyprus the Great. Iran was one of the few rather friendly places for Jews up til Khomeni took charge (Iran in the Shah days was the only middle eastern country to have economic and defensive ties with Israel). Even when Khomeni took charge Jews weren’t bothered with too much until now; they were treated like dhimmis but by and large they weren’t mistreated. I think there are between 25-75K Jews living in Iran and trust me they REALLY want out now!

Jews wearing badges and yellow ribbons, WILL SOMEONE NOW TELL ME HOW THIS SUNUVABEYATCH ISNT HITLER IN A HEADSCARF?!?!?!

Defector01 on May 19, 2006 at 12:05 PM

I wonder if New Orleans will lend us their busses so we can move Jews and Christians OUT of that cesspool of a Country.

NRA4Freedom on May 19, 2006 at 12:07 PM

I have a question.

There are a fair number of people out there who have observed that the current Iranian president is elected. Apologists for Iran say that the country, while an imperfect democracy is freer and more democratic than most other countries in the region. (At the same time they point out the democratic elections for the Palestinian Authority).To an extent it is true…though the Mullahs prevented Reformers from running,Iranians did select Mr.Ahmadinejad ahead of Mr. Rafsanjani, and there seems to be no doubt that this selection was legitimate.

One of the theories coming out of WWII about the Holocaust was that “peoples”, were not to be held collectively responsible for the acts of their leaders. Thus, though we prosecuted many Nazi and Japanese leaders for various war crimes and crimes against humanity, we did not prosecute the civilian population (and low level military) even though many of them at least knew what was happening and a lot were complicit.

Maybe that made sense when you consider that both Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were brutal dictatorships. Maybe the people were essentially powerless against the regime (this is giving them the benefit of the doubt, I know, for there certainly was lots of support for the regimes in both countries).

But (and here is the question) should the same rule apply when the government committing the atrocities is democratically elected? When the people make a conscious decision to select a government in the knowledge of the policies they will likely follow, do we still immunize that same population from the easily foreseeable consequences of their actions?

The Palestinians were well aware and were warned that if they elect Hamas, they will lose international support, but they went ahead anyway…what is wrong with allowing them to experience the consequences of their conscious and collective decision?

This new policy coming from the Iranian government is just another in a long line of lunacies stretching back to the Revolution. But now these decisions are being made by a president who forecast them both as mayor of Teheran and in his election campaign.

Fine…it was no secret to Iranians what he would do…maybe he would lead them to disaster with his nuclear programme, but that was a risk they were willing to take.

I understand the reluctance to contemplate sanctions or even military action against the Iranian people. At home in Canada I know lots of Iranians, and I can tell you that, at least the ones I know, are great folks. In a different situation, Iran is a country I would love to visit.

But, I do not see how the security of the civilized world…lets say the CIVILIZATION of the civilized world…can be permitted to be threatened by the insane fanatics in charge in Teheran.

If the people of Iran were a people held hostage by this regime, then perhaps the equation would change. But that is not the case…they voluntarily picked this guy.

Doesn’t that change things?

Blaise on May 19, 2006 at 12:14 PM

The United States is certainly not without options. Since everyone hates us already, why not just lob a few tactical nukes at selected targets?? I mean what else can the world and the UN say about us that hasn’t been said already? Supposedly we’re the cause of all the world’s ills.

Or, why not go hardcore isolationist? Europe’s a lost cause anyway…..it’ll soon be under sharia law with complimentary beheadings on friday afternoons. Let’s just let everyone deal with everyone else. When the dust clears, we’ll have a damn good idea of where to target the nukes and where to carpet bomb.

darwin on May 19, 2006 at 12:21 PM

He wasn’t democratically elected, Blaise. The mullahs decide which candidates are acceptable to stand for election; they eliminate dozens, and even hundreds, of reformers from the ballot beforehand so the people are left to choose between terrorist nutjob A and terrorist nutjob B.

Allahpundit on May 19, 2006 at 12:25 PM

You all might like the photoshop image I just put up on my blog:

http://mikesnoise.typepad.com/noisepage/2006/05/now_are_you_con.html

The picture of Ahmadinejad by himself is creepy, but next to old Adolf he’s just plain evil.

MikeOK on May 19, 2006 at 12:50 PM

Dread Pirate Roberts: I will try. Remember please, that I am not an expert, a scholar,a theologian, or a historian. I’m a self taught man with a keen interest in history, politics, religion, and prophesy. I can read a damned map. In a nutshell:

Daniel Chapter 11 speaks of a great war between the king of the north(Iran)and the king of the south(US)with pitched battles that cause suffering and death on a scale unmatched by any conflict in history. The king of the north will prevail through treachery and great schemes ending when the archangel Michael steps in and finishes the conflict (Armageddon).

Nostradamas also speaks of this conflict. He calls the combatants the Blue king (US) and the White king (Iran). This signals the appearance of the antichrist. It’s all fascinating and spooky as hell.

Again folks, I could be all wet on this, but I reserve the right to speculate. At any rate, I agree with a previous post: We do live in interesting times.

ecamorg on May 19, 2006 at 1:01 PM

ecamorg : “Might be a good time to pack up your kids and get the hell out of there, before the next logical step catches you, and it’s too late.”

Those would be the logical goose steps wearing jack boots.

GPE on May 19, 2006 at 1:05 PM

Nice! So I needn’t worry about not having put away enough to retire on should I? Thanks ecamorg

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 19, 2006 at 1:10 PM

Doug: Sorry, man. I never read your post until just now. Like I said, I’m no expert, it just made sense to me. Appreciate your insight.

ecamorg on May 19, 2006 at 1:20 PM

OK..this is creepy. Just how long is the FREE world going to wait this time? Someone must know that poem that was engraved at the site of one of the Holocost museums…I am going to search it out…be right back….

Sandys Beach on May 19, 2006 at 1:23 PM

Blaise, I agree that it would change the equation, but remember old Mahmoud (Hitler in a headscarf, Savage was right again…) has told his people that the world is applauding their progress and condones it all. He’s also scrambled signals from western satellites so outside info is harder to obtain.
Still, Iran is the leader in the world, per capita, of nosejobs and the kids want their noses to look like Britney’s, J-lo and the like, so our “evil” influence is still present.
And, I think Hollywood HAS done a lot to make the outside world hate us, much more than our international policies have.
But, I think the population of Iran would rise up if they were guaranteed not to get beheaded for it. The kids are apparently getting pretty annoyed about not being allowed to hold hands in public or wear their tight-fitting hijabs.
And the businessmen are getting annoyed by the isolationism.

So if we can continue to pump in some of our influence without all the liberalism, the people might get energized. Ugh, I don’t think we have enough time for that though.

NTWR on May 19, 2006 at 1:31 PM

aRE WE sure this is true? This is the worst sort of PR the Iranians could pull after that cute little letter they sent showing they’re ‘peaceful’

Defector01 on May 19, 2006 at 1:31 PM

“Arbeit Macht Frei”…”Work will make you free”

The words on the gate in Sanctuary’s JPEG at the top of this page, horrible lie that it was in Nazi Germany, have a horrible ring of truth in this case, because if the work of keeping this lunatic regime in check isn’t begun in earnest, freedom’s going to be a hard commodity to come by.

This so-called leader is leading his land to a place where the entire confused mess is going to wind up as a glass landscape with a puddle of oil at its core in a single flash of light.

And there’s nothing “Tactical” about it. Just tragic.

52Ranger on May 19, 2006 at 1:43 PM

The Left, such as “Better Off Blue” just don’t seem to GET IT!

The issue here is that their rhetoric only goes one way – protect the rights of individuals*, allow for freedom of expression*, human rights are sacred*. (*The * is to indicate that those ideals are ONLY for those in favor with the left. Others need not apply.)

The point so many here are trying to make (and Liberals Just Don’t GET IT) is that there should be an uproar over such labeling as happening in Iran, and that warning bells should be going off loudly to avoid what has happened before.

By the way, Where are the Germans? They, more than any other, should be raising the alarm with voices loud and long.

omegaram on May 19, 2006 at 2:16 PM

Apologists for Iran say that the country, while an imperfect democracy is freer and more democratic than most other countries in the region.

Iran has neighbors to both east and west that are far more democratic. (Afghanistan and Iraq) Iran is not a democracy, it’s a theocracy.

Pablo on May 19, 2006 at 2:45 PM

I wonder when action will be taken in Iran. Truely history repeating itself, like the 1940s, albeit with more tech and more chaos, especially from the media.

I also await the day Iraq is able to defend itself again. I’d see that as a day where the middle east looks at Iraq and realizes the tyrants no longer can use their anti-Jew, anti-American scapegoats.

But that’s optimistic ol’ me, who’s probably one of the rare atheists out there who’s too stubborn not to think the future might in fact be brighter for humanity than what anyone else might think. We all have our rough times, this being one of ‘em for the 21st century. We went through dark times, like the 1860s or 1930s/40s, for example.

This is no different, and I’m optimistic, in this case, that eventually we won’t be seeing Ahmadinejad slapping “Jew” on the Jews to discriminate against ‘em in Iran and using them as scapegoats for oppession, rather that (in the future) we’d see Ahmadinejad in bars just like Saddam Hussein, and perhaps the Mullahs eliminated like the Talifan.

But this is my optimistic two cents.

Cutty S. on May 19, 2006 at 2:56 PM

Excuse me, I meant Taliban. (Where’d the F get in there?)

Cutty S. on May 19, 2006 at 2:58 PM

MikeOK: Great Photoshop; loved it.

What about diversity, that great rallying cry of the Left? Yes, what are the Iranian Mullahs, those wonderful bearded ones, going to do about Iranian GLBT’ers? Will Iranian GLBT’ers have multi-colored labels or what; is blue before yellow or after red or mixed in with green or with pink, mixed along with all those pretty yellow ones? Where’s Al Franken’s script for his next SNL show, praising Ahmadinejad’s wit and oratory!

Seriously, when Kofi Annan next appears in Tehran, what will the color of his label be? Also, will the UN inspectors wear labels or will they be exempt?

So many undecided issues, can’t quite believe old Ahmadinejad and his bosses have thought this all the way through yet. Or, maybe they think their bunker will have air-conditioning, with air-purifiers and filters too!

Just think about another factor; the old Manhattan Project was started with the desire to beat those nasty Germans to the A-Bomb first and when Berlin fell, there was severe disappointment we couldn’t drop Big Boy on Berlin. Looks like we’ll get that chance now on the modern day, new and unimproved, version of Nazi Berlin!

DougW on May 19, 2006 at 3:06 PM

I think some should put a “Kick Me” badge on Ahmadinejad’s back.

dallas94 on May 19, 2006 at 3:21 PM

I guess America will have to police the situation with Adolph Ahmadinejad…..
Even under attack we will still send support for those being oppressed.
Both of my Grandfathers had to fight the Nazis and now someone else is persecuting Jewish people again.
Enough is enough, give them a break.

Kramer on May 19, 2006 at 3:40 PM

Can you consider Iraq as a bastion of democracy?
the Quran trumps the Iraqi constitution, it even says so IN the constitution. Same as afghanistan.
So if an Ahmadinejad clone is ever elected in either of those countries, what is to stop hm from following in irans shadow?

Not to long ago Afghanitan was trying to execute a man for the cardinal sin of converting from islam to christianity.
Although we liberated these countries, will they remain so?
The dictators are gone, but are the people free from tyhe control of their religeon?

Wyrd on May 19, 2006 at 4:08 PM

Nazis, thats what the leaders of Iran are, right out of the pages of Hitlers book. WE have to stand up to Iran now before its to late. Before they are able to strike Israel, or Europe, or the USA. Only the USA and Israel stand in their way.

birdman on May 19, 2006 at 4:22 PM

The story is wrong, it’s not yellow badges, it’s a “KICK ME” sign on the back.

Richard Davis on May 19, 2006 at 5:03 PM

THIS IS A HOAX published in a not very trustworthy right wing newspaper. See here.

_Monk_ on May 19, 2006 at 5:09 PM

. is bold off?

_Monk_ on May 19, 2006 at 5:10 PM

The American left will wrap itself around this like an anaconda and make it seem like it came from a good place.
Even if it is a false story.
Look at Chomsky’s antics.

lizzee on May 19, 2006 at 7:36 PM

Monk -
I don’t know whether “hoax” is the proper word.
The story originated from an Amir Taheri article.
He doesn’t deliberately post misinformation or hoaxes.
I would think he will post some sort of explanation tomorrow.
In any case, the Nat’l Post said that some Iranian expats confirmed what Taheri reported. Wonder who those expats are?
Anyway, seems to be untrue….for now.

TBird on May 19, 2006 at 9:41 PM

Ok folks…..Here’s the “skinny”…….

Years ago, Iran had a similar law, but it got overturned. Mock-Mood wants to bring the law back.

….That’s what’s going on!

:/

VonHelton on May 20, 2006 at 10:10 AM