May 19, 2006

Iran - Badges for Infidels?

According to recent press reports, the Iranian parliament passed a law that would require non-Muslims to wear distinctive colors that identify them by faith. If these reports are true, and the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approves the law, Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians will be required to certain items of clothing to identify them as non-believers. Jews would be forced to wear yellow, Christians red, and Zoroastrians blue.

This comes at a time when the new president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has threatened Israel, embarked on what many observers to believe is a nuclear weapons program and acquired long-range ballistic missiles from North Korea.

Let's see. A country whose name translates to "Aryan," whose elected leader is arguably a certifiable mental case, acquiring "super weapons" and now forcing its minority religious groups to wear distinctive clothing - is this conjuring up visions of the 1930's?