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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Kessler Cites Discredited Writer
Topic: Newsmax

A Sept. 10 NewsMax column by Ronald Kessler promoting John Podhoretz's new book "World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism," states the following:

The outcome of World War IV is still in doubt — not because we don’t have the capability to defeat terrorists but because our effort is being undermined by our own people and the "defeat industry," as writer Amir Taheri has put it.

Taheri, you will recall, was the man behind the claim that the Iranian parliament passed a law that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims. Taheri's claim was heavily promoted by conservatives -- until it was proven to be false.

Taheri's lack of credibility, though, hasn't stopped conservatives like Kessler from approvingly citing him.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:20 PM EDT

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