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The story about the story is what is especially instructive. On one side, you have a series of individuals working hard to set the record straight. University of Michigan professor Juan Cole, an expert on the Middle East (who, by the way, personally "despises everything Ahmadinezhad stands for") refuted the quotation publicly in the interest of simple truth and accuracy. Veteran journalist Jonathan Steele wrote about the error in The Guardian. Various non-profits, activists and bloggers took up the cry as well. The Middle East Research Institute, not known for giving Islamic sources the benefit of any doubt, used the more accurate and far more innocuous translation. The false quote was even officially condemned by all fifteen members of the United Nations Security Council, in October of 2005, when it had been cited by Israel to support a call for Iran's expulsion from the U.N.