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Iran's Photoshopped Missile Diplomacy

Posted By James Carafano On July 11, 2008 @ 3:11 pm In Security | Comments Disabled

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Heritage Foundation analyst Jim Phillips, who wrote this week about Iran’s missile tests and proliferation concerns, [2] notes that the doctored photographs [3] that apparently were used to conceal the misfiring of one of the missiles is an example of taqiyya (concealment or dissimulation), a Shia religious doctrine that permits believers to hide certain truths from members of a different faith. According to one definition, taqiyya [4] is:

Concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury.

This concept is important to keep in mind when considering many aspects of Iranian diplomacy.

For more information and useful links on Iran-related issues, visit the Iran Briefing Room [5].


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[1] Image: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/photostore/chi-080710-photo-fakes-photogallery,0,2972551.photogallery

[2] Iran’s missile tests and proliferation concerns,: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Iran/wm1985.cfm

[3] the doctored photographs: http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=5348664&page=1

[4] taqiyya: http://www.al-islam.org/encyclopedia/chapter6b/1.html

[5] Iran Briefing Room: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Middleeast/iranbriefingroom.cfm

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