Friday, May 19, 2006

Iranian, Jews, Christians and others to wear colored badges

The Iranian parliament, called the Majlis, has passed a law that would require Jews, Christians and Iranians of religious faiths other than Islam to wear colored badges. Under the law, Jews would wear yellow, (sound familiar?), Christians red and Zoroastrians blue. The legislation must be approved by Grand Ayatollah Khameini before it becomes law.

Is history really cyclical after all? I've always wanted to believe we traveled along a road pointing straight to the future, no turnarounds. I'm sure that's a view too naive. How many more tea leaves do we need to read to understand that the current diplomatic approach to dealing with a potenially-nuclear Iran reeks of weakness?

I'm not saying to lock and load tonight. Diplomacy may yet work, but Ahmadinejad and the mullahs have to believe that if the talking goes nowhere, we're willing to hit them with all we've got if that's what it takes. As ugly as armed conflict is, it holds the potential to grow much uglier in the future if we don't show the resolve and willingness to do something right now. There's still plenty of people living today who were around the last time a militiristic nation required a religious minority to wear yellow badges. We know how it turned out when those who could do something about it lacked the stomach to head 'em off at the pass.

Update: Opinion Journal posted that the badge story has been disputed. One Mideast analyst claims it is false. Anther says it is true, but that the law was passed two years ago.


Blogger Roch101 said...

"I'm not saying to lock and load tonight."

That's good, because, as you note, the story is being refuted. The original source, Canada's National Post, has removed the story and Iran's Jewish Community representative in Iran's parliament says the story is false.


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