Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Holocaust denial: the face of Evil

Today was the end of Iran’s conference on the Holocaust. I agree completely with a TimesOnline article in which the author writes:

"There can be little as nauseating as the hypocrisy coming from Iran over the conference it has organised on the Holocaust. With spurious objectivity and mendacious intent, Manouchehr Mottaki, the Foreign Minister, said that the aim was not to deny or confirm the Nazi killing of six million Jews, but to create an opportunity for thinkers “who cannot express their views freely in Europe about the Holocaust."

As a CBC article reports, "Ahmadinejad has repeatedly expressed anti-Semitic opinions, said he didn't believe in the well-documented genocide of millions of Jews during the Second World War and has called for the state of Israel to be 'wiped off the map.' He has also claimed the Holocaust was used to justify the creation of Israel at the cost of Palestinian lands, a view popular among hard-line Iranians."

Similar male-bovine-excrement poured forth from the Iranian president’s mouth at the end of the conference today.

Some excerpts from Jerusalem Post article by Robert Rozett provide a more personal perspective on the whole issue. Mr. Rozett writes:

"I am a scholar of the history of the Holocaust, and I am also a child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors. My father suffered cold, hunger, disease, despair and gratuitous cruelty as a Jewish slave laborer attached to the Hungarian army during World War II. Some 80 percent of the men who served in units similar to his did not return home from the Eastern Front, to which they were sent simply because they were Jews."

"My grandmother miraculously survived Auschwitz, a labor camp in Trautenau, and the horrible last weeks of the war in Bergen-Belsen, where tens of thousands of camp inmates were dumped by the Nazis and unceremoniously left to die of starvation and typhus."

"WORDS ARE inadequate to express the feeling of insult, sacrilege and anger that I feel when Ahmadinejad and his ilk call this history into question. It is my family's history, the history of my people, and the shared history of much of the world. It is also the history that my colleagues and I at Yad Vashem can verify and recount in great detail, based on the 110,000 published titles and the 70 million pages of documentation in our collection, and the personal records of a sizable percentage of the individual Jews who were murdered."

"DENYING and ridiculing the Holocaust and refusing to comply with international conventions regarding developing nuclear capabilities are merely expressions of the same arrogance, born of ignorance. Ahmadinejad and his crew have amply demonstrated that they will not be swayed by reasonable argument, but will do whatever they want, regardless of the price for mankind."

"The leaders of the world have yet to find a way to deal with the threat Ahmadinejad poses. The question is: Since words have proven futile, will the world take concerted action before it is too late?"

Make no mistake about it, when we look into the face of Holocaust denial we are looking in to the face of remarkable stupidity or pure Evil, the likes of which we have not seen since the days of Adolf Hitler. And unless the world acts decisively, the Iranian incarnation of Evil may end up with nuclear weapons.

1 comment:

professor ed said...

The good news about this conference is that it has concluded. Hopefully, as I post this comment, the intelectual absurdities involved in this sick distortion of rational discussion, have drifted back into their comfortable shadows of what passes for life.