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On my show today, we speak with Michael Rubin about the Iranian hostage situation.  Iran is holding (and parading on television) American Hostages.  But the press is not covering it.  As Kathryn wrote yesterday: “Where is the outrage on this?”  “If we don’t draw the line here, we look impotent.”  Well, we’ll draw the line here.  Do you know why this needs to be covered and what happens when it isn’t?  It’s what Robert Jackson said in his closing argument in the Nuremberg trial:  “They stand before the record of this Trial as bloodstained Gloucester stood by the body of his slain king. He begged of the widow, as they beg of you: ‘Say I slew them not.’ And the Queen replied, ‘Then say they were not slain. But dead they are.’  If you were to say of these men that they are not guilty, it would be as true to say that there has been no war, there are no slain, there has been no crime.”

In other words, if you do not report that Iran has seized American hostages, it would be as true to say that there has been no war, there have been no hostages, there is no crisis.


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