May 21, 2006
It never ends with the neocons—illusory weapons of mass
destruction, aluminum tubes, yellow cake, Mohammed Atta in Prague,
argumentum ad nauseam, ab ovo usque ad mala—they are seasoned and
pathological liars. "Iran’s announced intention to force non-Muslims to
wear an identifying badge is causing many to make the comparison to
Hitler and the Nazis, who forced Jews to wear badges in the shape of
the Star of David," declares the American Thinker,
or rather non-thinker since there is a good chance the story is
nonsense, a cheap and gaudy propaganda contrivance, another log tossed
on the attack Iran pile.
Australian neocon, John Howard,
"has reacted with horror to a new Iranian law forcing Jews and
Christians to wear colored badges," reports National Nine News. "The
Iranian parliament passed a law this week setting a dress code for all
Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical ’standard Islamic
garments’, Canadian newspaper the National Post reports," while failing
to mention the National Post is swamped with neocons and was owned by
Israel Harold "Izzy" Asper, a prominent member of Canada’s Jewish
community and energetic defender of Zionism until his death in October,
As Paleo notes on the Daily Kos blog earlier today, the author of the "colored badges" story
is Amir Taheri. "Google the name Amir Taheri and you will find that his
writings are published by National Review, the New York Post, the
Jerusalem Post and the Weekly Standard. But more significant is that he
has sponsored by Benador Associates, an erstwhile public relations firm
whose founder, Eleana Benador has major right-wing [or rather neocon]
connections." Benador’s client list is a veritable who’s who of
criminal neocons, including Richard "Prince of Darkness" Perle, James
"World War Four" Woolsey, Michael "Universal Fascist" Ledeen, Charles
Krauthammer, Max Boot, Frank Gaffney, Michael Rubin, David Wurmser,
Laurie Mylroie, and New York Times war propagandist Judith Miller (the
only neocon to see the inside of a jail cell—but for the wrong reason).
Naturally, Taheri’s story was immediately and hungrily
pounced upon by the usual suspects, including the Jerusalem Post and
Ynetnews in Israel, and the New York Sun in America and Judeoscope in
Canada, to name but a few.
Mr. Taheri’s questionable "story"
is grist for the Nazi comparison mill, trotted out with increasing
frequency as the shock and awe campaign against Iran ramps up.
Executive Director of American Jewish Congress Council for World Jewry,
simply could not contain himself: "Iranian President Ahmadnejad denies
the Holocaust ever occurred, but closely follows the Nazi playbook as
he forces Jews to wear yellow cloth and threatens to destroy Israel,
just as the Nazis forced Jews to wear yellow stars as a prelude to
implementing their program of genocide."
"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," Rabbi Marvin Hier,
head of the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles, told United Press
International. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the
Meanwhile Rev. Rob Schenck,
president of the National Clergy Council in Washington, D.C., billed as
an "evangelical Christian" (in other words, he is a Christian Zionist),
believes the bogus badge story "proves that the worst in human history
does repeat itself" (i.e., Iran is Nazi Germany reborn) and urges
"President Bush, Secretary Rice and Congress to take swift and severe
action against Iran and enforce the most dire of consequences should
the country enact this supremely inhuman decree."
be noted that the dubious badge story came from "Iranian expatriates,"
that is to say the Iranian equivalent of Iraqi expatriates (who
happened to have close ties to the neocons and the Pentagon)
responsible for telling outrageous lies about Saddam and weapons of
mass destruction and other chimerical horrors.
the sudden prospect of relevance, exile [Iranian] activists are
jockeying for recognition from U.S. policy makers," writes Ronald Hilton.
"They are touting contacts with the White House, the Pentagon, the
State Department, the CIA. They boast of tete-a-tetes with members of
Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff…. They prominently display Christmas
cards from Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, an early backer of
legislation that would provide financial support to the Iranian
opposition. In Washington, they’re making the rounds like actors
looking for an agent…. Some Iranian exiles speculate that someone among
them could emerge as the next Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi opposition
leader who helped to spur the American invasion of Iraq with his
now-discredited intelligence indicating that Saddam Hussein’s regime
possessed chemical and biological weapons."
In fact, the whole
thing stinks like a neocon re-run, more than three years removed.
Adding dismal memories of the Holocaust make it all the more repugnant.
Of course, it does not matter if the star of David story
blows over or evaporates under the harsh glare of truth—the impression
is left indelibly in the minds of millions, especially impressionable
Americans: the mullahs of Iran are the New Hitler (right behind Osama
and then Saddam) and if we don’t "take swift and severe action" against
the people of Iran—imagine bunker-busters and mini-nukes bursting over
Tehran—these Islamic monsters will "wipe Israel off the map," never
mind that Israel has more than 400 nukes and has expressed the desire
to use them (and in fact used them to blackmail the United States in
Israel can take care of itself—and it should and leave us out of the sordid mess with its neighbors.