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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Reporting a la Johnson

This one really takes the biscuit: Charles posts a short item with a link to another website, commenting

The glory of shari’a: 8 Year Old Iranian Boy Caught Stealing Bread. (Warning: disturbing but not gory photos.)

Anyone clicking through will indeed see some disturbing pictures, but all is not as it seems (or as Charles claims it to be). The boy in the picture is actually part of a cruel but physically harmless 'circus trick'. As one Iranian on the forum points out:

I'm an Iranian and I've seen these pictures in a report in a local newspaper before.
It's not a 'punishment' or anything like that. If it was a punishment they wouldn't put the soft thing under the boy's arm.

According to the report, the man in the picture is making a show of the boy's abilities just to make money from the people standing there. This is their everyday activity. Very Very sorrowing.

Please be careful not to post anything that you don't have enough information about.
And don't post such things which are to make hate in the hearts of the people rather than sympathy.

Indeed, Charles. Don't post anything you don't have enough information about. Don't post things purely to stir up hatred. Got that?

(hat tip SK)

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