Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lost in translation II

Iran held a military parade today to commemorate (celebrate?) the 29th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war. Amongst the troops, artillery, jet fighters, and Shahab-3 long range missiles proudly on display were trucks carrying banners which read, "Down with Israel" and "Down with America". At least that's according to Reuters' translation. AFP on the other hand, has a somewhat different reading of the banners:

During the parade, Iranian military pick-up trucks were seen sporting large banners proclaiming, "Death to Israel" and "Death to America."

We're still perusing pics from this year's parade but here are a couple from last year:

While the English reads "Down with Israel", the Persian/Arabic reads "Death to Israel".

The former for Reuters' consumption; the latter for everyone else.

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