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Because The Lawyers Talked To Them

Apparently the National Post has decided to acknowledge the obvious and admit they didn’t use due diligence: Newspaper apologizes for anti-Iran report.

The National Post ran the piece on its front page Friday along with a large photo from 1944 that showed a Hungarian couple wearing the yellow stars that the Nazis forced Jews to sew to their clothing.

The story, which included tough anti-Iran comments, was picked up widely by Web sites and by other media.

“Is Iran turning into the new Nazi Germany? Share your opinion online,” the paper asked readers Friday.

But the National Post, a longtime supporter of Israel and critic of Tehran, admitted Wednesday it had not checked the piece thoroughly enough before running it.

“It is now clear the story is not true,” Douglas Kelly, the National Post’s editor in chief, wrote in a long editorial on Page 2. “We apologize for the mistake and for the consternation it has caused not just National Post readers, but the broader public who read the story.”

Another planted story to confuse the situation and drum up anger against Iran.

I would like to see the real government of Iran to at least advance a couple of centuries, say to the Renaissance, but that isn’t going to happen if people keep spreading lies about what they are doing. Every time a group in the West spreads another of these false attacks, those in Iran trying to make a difference lose ground and the fundamentalists in charge gain more ammunition to fight change.

The first thing the West needs to do is ignore Mahmoud Amadinejad. He has no real power. He decided that it would probably be all right for women to sit in a separate section and watch soccer games, but in less than a week he was informed that he had misspoken and that such a thing was not possible. Understand: he can’t even make decisions about soccer games, so why would his opinion matter in any of the really important decisions.