Ironical, Isn't it? The Europeans and Americans pride to call themselves the champions of true democracy. Of free press, freedom of speech, liberty and expression. Yet they run scared of an academic discourse. They recently jailed David Irving, a noted Holocaust revisionist and historian in Austria because he denies the holocaust. Irving is a celebrated author of Hitler’s War and Apocalypse 1945: The Destruction of Dresden. Public denial of the Holocaust is a criminal offence in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland, and is punishable by fines and jail sentences. Call it the Freedom of Expression!!!
Holocaust revisionists -- academics and experts who dub holocaust as an over-exxageration --include Harry Elmer, Barnes, James J. Martin. Paul and Rassinier to name a few. Internationally reputed organisations like the Institute of Historical Review http://www.ihr.org/ supports holocaust revisionism. Joining issue, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently remarked that Holocaust was "a myth" that had been promoted to defend Israel.
For once, I don't want to mitigate the suffering of the Jews preceding WW-II. I believe holocaust did take place. May be, the jews like to exaggerate it a tad. Six million dead. They don't agree with another figure. I align more with the position of Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky. Both reverned scholars believe that holocaust did happen but was exploited for all the wrong reasons.
The Iranian prez is making a good point: On the pretext of the killing of Jews in Europe, are they supporting the aggression and massacres [of Israel]? Holocaust, even if it happened -- and it did -- was an European affair. Did the collective European guilt led to the formation of Isreal? And the widespread brutalities committed by the Isreali's on the poor Palestinians. An already oppressed people are not supposed to annihilate another hapless people. And throw them out of their lands. Kill them. Maim them. Pillage them. Rape them. De-face them. Humiliate them. Repeatedly.
What's the difference between Adolf Hitler and Mosche Dyan? Between Hermann Göring and Ariel Sharon? Between Joseph Goebells and Ehud Barak? Hitler obiletrated the Czech villages of Luddite! Sharon engineered the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palenstians in Lebanon. The Nazis punished a whole lot of innocent persecuted European jewry. The Isreali Defence Army (IDA) is exactly doing the same to an innocent, persecuted, Arab population. And that is despite having grabbed 80% of the original land of Palestinians. And controlling rest of the 20%, for which the poor folks are fighting it out with Isreal -- a clandestine nuclear nation.
Ahmedinejad may be positioning. Deflecting world attention. We know that for a fact. Isreal can't be wiped off. It was created out of guilt by Europe and US with Great Britian playing the midwife. That is history. Balfour declaration established the state of Isreal. It was a bastard-child. Now even Hitler was the same, born out of wedlock. The similarities simply don't seem to cease.
Mr prez however has a valid point: True, Holocaust is not a myth. It's emotional handling is. Its gross misuse is. Justification of crimes against humanity is, using the shield of holocaust is the biggest scandal, the biggest piece of fiction!
- The picture is real TV footage shot by French channel 2, in Sep 2000 and shows a Palestinian kid Al-Durra being protected by his father Mr. Jamal, while Isreali army continue to spray bullets on them. Moments later the child was dead on his father's lap. French Journalist, Mr. Charles Enderlin who shot the footage later said he cut 27 minutes of rushes. "I cut the child's death throes. It was too unbearable", Enderlin added.