Disingenious Reporting

Whatever your views on the latest Iran-Britain situation, in which 15 British servicemen are being held by Iran, you have to agree that there has been some serious misreporting in the UK. Newspaper headlines constantly scream about the ‘mother’ being ‘held hostage’ in Iran. What about the fathers being held then? It is not just the typical newspapers on the right that are engaged in this. The liberal Independent has had several front page headlines about ‘the letter from the mother’.

None of this hysterionics helps the people currently detained (the correct word, not kidnapped or held hostage) by the Iranians. The best resolution would be for Britain’s allies in the EU — who do plenty of business with Iran — to make appropriate threats to cut any economic ties with the country.

And Muslims should think twice before blindly tying themselves to Iranian actions — one too many think Iran is a benevolent regional power merely because its clerical establishment uses anti-Israeli (and downright anti-Semitic) and anti-American rhetoric.


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