Saturday, May 06, 2006

Not Wiped Off the Map

How many times have you heard that the Iranian President called for Israel to be "wiped off the map?" Many times, no doubt.

It looks like that is an inaccurate translation:

The neocons had been successfully making the "wiped" quote accepted by the mainstream media as undisputed fact. Yet there were differing translations from the get-go. The NY Times provided the "wiped" translation. But MEMRI (no fans of Juan Cole) translated the line nearly exactly as Cole had it: "This regime that is occupying Qods [Jerusalem] must be eliminated from the pages of history."

You would think our media could at least check something like this. And who first put forth the innaccurate translation?

Someone with an agenda to place the US in conflict with Iran.

Bill Scher

Juan Cole


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