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May 19, 2006

In the Shadow of Hitler

UPDATE (via Michelle Malkin): The report may not be true.

From Canada.com:

Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."

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.

"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."

Read the rest here.

Rabbi Hier, quoted in the article, says this will pass unless there's an "international outcry." Frankly, I don't think such an outcry would have much effect on Iran's decision either way. Consider President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reaction to incentives being offered by Europe if Iran suspends uranium enrichment:

"Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold from him?"

[...]

"They say they want to offer us incentives," he said. "We tell them: keep the incentives as a gift for yourself. We have no hope of anything good from you."

His defiance was met with shouts of, "We love you Ahmadinejad!" from the crowd.

Iran is intent upon developing nuclear weapons. Iran plans to make non-Muslims wear color-coded badges for identification. Europe continues to put its collective heads in the sand.

Same story, different antagonist, higher stakes. Will the end result be the same?

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