Originally Posted by *JR*
Stories like this generally don't totally "invent themselves". Perhaps the part about the religious ID's was in an earlier draft of it, then dropped for the reasons I mentioned above. (In every legislative body except those like in North Korea, the first drafts of legislation are typically amended B4 passage). But if it wasn't @ least a "subtle message", then why didn't a member of the leadership immediately disassociate the government from it?
from what i gather this was reported only yesterday, so there is still time for reaction. it was already denied not only by this mp, but also by some middle east analysts (who are not friendly towards the iranian regime).
there is not much information available (in english, that is, there is apparently more information about the law on the internet in farsi), but it seems that the law is directed against the iranian fashion industry and indeed only regulates the dress code for women. furthermore, the badge rumours were started by some random newspaper and the sources were very vague - "human right groups".
it should be also noted that ahmadinejad's supposed statement that israel should be wiped off the map was also not reported accurately. such phrase apparently does not exist in farsi, and what he actually did was quoting
a sentence from an old
speech by khomeini
and should be translated as "The occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time." of course, ahmadinejad wouldn't mind wiping israel off the map, i'm sure, but his statement was far less spectacular than that. first of all, it's not the first time someone in iran has said that and the one who said it the first time had more political power than ahmadinejad has.
these sensationalist claims are there to whip up anti-iranian sentiment. that's not unusual when nations are preparing for war. in other times things like this would be reported differently.