Monday, December 13, 2004

Denial of service attack

Apparently Nizkor, one of the premiere websites combatting Holocaust denial, has come under a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), which explains why the site is presently unreachable. The same thing happened to the Holocaust History Project and Nizkor three months ago, apparently timed to coincide with the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks. It was a nasty attack that brought both sites down for nearly two weeks. So far, the Holocaust History Project has escaped.

It just goes to show that the Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites can't stand having their lies exposed to the light of day. Contrary to their posing as "free speech" martyrs, when push comes to shove, their tendency is to suppress the speech of those who oppose them, rather than to engage them in debate (mainly because, when push comes to shove, deep down they probably know their "arguments" and "evidence" can't hold up to scrutiny). Here's hoping Nizkor is up and running again soon.

2 example(s) of insolence returned:

At 12/15/2004 6:29 PM, Blogger Paul said...

This is something I've wondered about in many areas, not just Holocaust denial. Do the people who believe these obviously nonsensical things *really* believe them, or is there some cynical manipulation going on? And if so, to what purpose? It's easy to think that a politician doesn't necessarily believe what they claim, or at least that they keep what they believe separate from what they actually get done. But that seems relatively minor, and in any case the beliefs most politicians hold are reasonable (not right, or even good, necessarily, but not wildly silly).

Contrast that to people who believe that the Holocaust didn't happen, or that aliens are among us, or any one of a hundred other weird ideas. Do they really think that these things are true? If they do, how? And if not, why the pretense?

I bet you were (mildly) interested in my theory eh? Sorry, I don't have a clue! But I'll think about it ;)

(Got here via pharyngula, btw)


At 12/16/2004 4:05 PM, Blogger Robin said...

On a perhaps pedantic note, I would have said "it is an example of...", rather than "it just goes to show". That a handful of people decide to take offline a website, does not, of course, prove anything about the (unfortunately quite large) group that they (presumably) belong to.

Just as, when a handful of, at best, misguided fools DDOSed the website of SCO (an ethically dubious company currently in the process of trying to tarnish the good name of the Linux community), it did not establish that the Linux community as a whole were not interested in free speech and open debate.

Of course, in the case of Holocaust deniers and "anti-semites" I think you are right, they don't tend to be interested in rational debate! But the fact of a few people (presumably Holocaust deniers) downing a few websites, is a poor piece of evidence to cite in support of that conclusion.


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