Western News Agencies Mistranslate Iran’s President Speech – It Is Not The First Time Such ‘Error’ Happens

Moon of Alabama – June 26, 2019

Yesterday the news agencies Associated Press and Reuters mistranslated a speech by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. They made it sound as if Rouhani insulted U.S. President Donald Trump as ‘mentally retarded’. Rouhani never said that.

The agencies previously made a similar ‘mistake’.

A 2005 speech by then President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was famously misquoted. Israel should be wiped off map, says Iran’s president headlined the Guardian at that time. Others used similar headlines. The New York Times wrote:

Iran’s conservative new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Wednesday that Israel must be “wiped off the map” and that attacks by Palestinians would destroy it, the ISNA press agency reported.

Referring to comments by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic revolution, Ahmadinejad said, “As the imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map.”

The statement was used by the G.W. Bush administration and others to whip up hostility against Iran:

Ever since he spoke at an anti-Zionism conference in Tehran last October, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has been known for one statement above all. As translated by news agencies at the time, it was that Israel “should be wiped off the map.” Iran’s nuclear program and sponsorship of militant Muslim groups are rarely mentioned without reference to the infamous map remark.

Here, for example, is R. Nicholas Burns, the under secretary of state for political affairs, recently: “Given the radical nature of Iran under Ahmadinejad and its stated wish to wipe Israel off the map of the world, it is entirely unconvincing that we could or should live with a nuclear Iran.”

However Ahmedinejad never used those words:

“Ahmadinejad did not say he was going to wipe Israel off the map because no such idiom exists in Persian,” remarked Juan Cole, a Middle East specialist at the University of Michigan and critic of American policy who has argued that the Iranian president was misquoted. “He did say he hoped its regime, i.e., a Jewish-Zionist state occupying Jerusalem, would collapse.” Since Iran has not “attacked another country aggressively for over a century,” he said in an e-mail exchange, “I smell the whiff of war propaganda.”

Jonathan Steele, a columnist for the left-leaning Guardian newspaper in London, recently laid out the case this way: “The Iranian president was quoting an ancient statement by Iran’s first Islamist leader, the late Ayatollah Khomeini, that ‘this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time,’ just as the Shah’s regime in Iran had vanished. He was not making a military threat. He was calling for an end to the occupation of Jerusalem at some point in the future. The ‘page of time’ phrase suggests he did not expect it to happen soon.”

Despite the above and other explanations the false “wipe Israel off the map” translation never died. Years later it still reappeared in Guardian pieces which required it to issue multiple corrections and clarifications.

Now, as the Trump administration is pushing for war on Iran, a similar mistranslation miraculously happened. It were again ‘western’ news agencies who lightened the fire:

The Associated Press @AP – 7:52 utc – 25 Jun 2019

BREAKING: Iran’s President Rouhani mocks President Trump, says the White House is “afflicted by mental retardation.”

Farsi speakers pointed out that the Rouhani never used the Farsi word for “retarded”:

Sina Toossi @SinaToossi – 13:49 utc – 25 Jun 2019

A lot of Western media is reporting that Iranian President Rouhani called Trump “mentally retarded.” This is inaccurate.
Regarding Trump, he just said “no wise person would take such an action [the new sanctions imposed].”

Reza H. Akbari @rezahakbari – 15:58 utc – 25 Jun 2019

Absolutely incorrect. There is a word for “retarded” in Persian & Rouhani didn’t use it. Prior to him saying “mental disability” he even prefaced his comment by saying “mental weakness.” Those who speak Persian can listen & judge for themselves. Here is a video clip of Rouhani’s comment: link

But the damage was already done:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump – 14:42 utc – 25 Jun 2019

Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words “nice” or “compassion,” they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone..

….The wonderful Iranian people are suffering, and for no reason at all. Their leadership spends all of its money on Terror, and little on anything else. The U.S. has not forgotten Iran’s use of IED’s & EFP’s (bombs), which killed 2000 Americans, and wounded many more…

….Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!

Reuters, which also peddled the mistranslation, gleefully connected the dots:

Cont. reading: Western News Agencies Mistranslate Iran’s President Speech – It Is Not The First Time Such ‘Error’ Happens

 

3 responses to “Western News Agencies Mistranslate Iran’s President Speech – It Is Not The First Time Such ‘Error’ Happens”

  1. Moronican leadership doesn’t understand the words “truth” or “consequences,” they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is military Strength and Power, and Moronica is by far the most barbaric, wasteful and immoral Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars wasted over the last two years alone and over 20 trillion dollars unaccounted for…lost…stolen…whatever.

    The Moronican people are suffering, and for no reason at all. Their leadership spends all of its money on Terror, and little on anything else. Iran has not forgotten the US’s use of depleted uranium bombs, chemical weapons and the downing of one of their passenger
    planes which killed over 250 Iranians.

    Trump’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that the Moronicans do not understand reality. Any attack by the US terrorists on anything Iranian will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.

    No more Mr. Nice Guy – Alice Cooper
    https://youtu.be/KN6ngThqMEs
    ——————–
    Mr. Rouhani and Mr . Putin, here is my suggested list of targets:
    You Will Know Them By Their Targets
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=188389&unapproved=932915&moderation-hash=a1968a4cb63f32a7b8cccd551180af2a#comment-932915

    You’re welcome.

  2. Well, Donald Trump is retarded, so even if he did say it — so what? Speaking the truth is a crime now, I suppose. All of this isn’t aimed at us regular folks. They are using this to manipulate Trump’s fragile ego. He is a narcissist (as well as low IQ) and that is a dangerous combination. They are hoping that, by alleging Iran insulted him personally, Trump will be angry enough to retaliate. Trump is being set up by (((them))) to be the next Hitler. The US has to go in order to establish the JWO and they have picked their next boogeyman to usher in WW3. And, by the way, “our best friend in the middle east” won’t be on our side. They will scurry of to latch themselves like the blood sucking parasites they are to the next superpower: China.

  3. I don’t think the mistranslation was a mistake at all. It was 100% intentional by Jews who are intentionally manipulating Trump into war. I am sure everyone on this website understands this.

    Last night Jeff Rense interviewed Joel Skousen (hour 2) and they talk explicitly about this “mistranslation” and how Trump is a dummy for getting himself manipulated and boxed in.

    Here is a link on Mami’s Shit website and it definitely worth a listen, no wasted bs chat either: http://grizzom.blogspot.com/
    https://ln.sync.com/dl/6e9012740/7qh4a7fm-x4rjmfar-x6ufr2rs-ksnvxm4s/view/default/2910717900010