The Iranian Badge Story

The American Prospect—Greg Sargent—has a good item on the bogusness of those horrifying reports that Jews and other religious minorities in Iran would have to wear colored badges identifying them as infidels. One of the original reports on this canard, by Amir Taheri, has now been amended on the site of Benador Associates. Turns out there is no law requiring a dress code for infidels.

Will Chuck Schumer, never one to miss an opportunity to stoke anger toward Iran, retract this statement to the Washington Times:

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said the legislation proved that Iran’s Islamic regime “does not belong among civilized governments.”

The false story, put forward as a casus belli, is now the talk of leftwing sites, with reason. Benador is an important site for the neocon cabal. It is a speakers’ bureau that represents Richard Perle, Laurie Mylroie, Walid Phares, James Woolsey, Meyrav Wurmser, Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Krauthammer and others. It seems to have cleansed its members’ list of Judith Miller, a former member. When will we be free of this bunch?