Alex Joffe with a fascinating and disturbing story about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's never-ending attempt to twist history to suit his perverse understanding of the world. Read the whole thing:

Anyone who deplores the politicization of the past should have been apoplectic in September 2010 at the sight of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receiving the loan of the "Cyrus Cylinder" from officials of the British Museum. Often touted as the "world's oldest human-rights charter," this clay object, about nine inches long and shaped like a cork, contains in tiny cuneiform writing a royal inscription of the great Persian king. It dates to about 530 B.C.E.