Thursday, October 9, 2008
Get It Right
This is important enough to make a post because there have been objections to the "wiped off the map" translation since day one. Despite being frequently debunked, the quote lives on. Sarah Palin said it last week. It has become propaganda. Policy should be based on facts. There are plenty of reasons to criticize Ahmadinejad and the Iranian theocratic regime. We don't need to make things up.
*** I want to note that there is no controversy I'm aware of in this translation. There are not Persian speakers who argue that he said or meant "wiped off the map". The initial "wiped off the map" translation came from Aljazeera. Since they are nobody's propaganda outlet, we have to give them the benefit of the doubt and call it an error. In any case, the "wiped off the map" statement was so incendiary that it made news all over the world.