The loon running Iran
Iran announced yesterday it would stage a conference to question the authenticity of the Holocaust, a move certain to stir international anger.
The statement follows a series of inflammatory remarks by Iran's hawkish president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has described the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis in the second world war as a myth and called for Israel to be "wiped off the map". He has also suggested an alternative Jewish state should be set up in Europe or Alaska.
An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said the proposed conference would examine the Holocaust's "scientific aspects and its repercussions". The description echoes Mr Ahmadinejad's characterisation of Holocaust denial earlier this month as a "scientific debate".
It is not clear who will attend. But following a chorus of anti-Zionist rhetoric since the president was elected last June, the announcement will trigger suspicions that the aim is to deny that the Holocaust happened. Last month, Mr Ahmadinejad dismissed it as a concoction invented to justify Israel's existence in the heart of the Muslim world. His comments drew widespread condemnation. At a meeting with President George Bush last week, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, described Mr Ahmadinejad's position on the Holocaust as unacceptable.
At a rare news conference on Saturday, however, the Iranian president was unrepentant. He described Mrs Merkel and Mr Bush as terrorists and war criminals, who would soon be put on trial for their support of Israel.
Describing the Holocaust as a question that had to be cleared up by scholars, he added: "My question was very clear. On the pretext of the killing of Jews in Europe, are they supporting the aggression and massacres [of Israel]? They will not intimidate me. Instead they have to answer me. If you started this killing of the Jews, you have to make amends yourself. This is very clear. It's based on laws and legal considerations. If you committed a mistake or a crime, why should others pay for it? Those who murdered [the Jews] should permit them to go back to their own fatherlands. That should be the end of it. You shouldn't say that nobody is permitted to say anything about this."
Dr. Majid Goudarzi: "The [Zionists] claimed that they had to be the rulers of the world. That's why they prepared the Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] in Russia, and implemented each and every clause. They wrote instructions how to gain control of the global media, and how to control the world's natural resources. Part of this control..."
Interviewer: "They became the board of directors of the world."
Dr. Majid Goudarzi: "Yes."
"They want to write history as they wish, and in light of their unparalleled power in the media - if you like, we could talk about that on another show - they have managed to impose the [Holocaust] issue, and to depict themselves as oppressed."
Dr. Majid Goudarzi: "Mr. Ahmadinejad's message is very clear: If the Europeans did it, they should be the ones to compensate [the Jews]. But who exactly should pay the compensation? It should have been that generation, not the current one. For example, if you want to buy a television in Germany, they take 20 percent tax from you in advance. Some of that tax is on account of the crematoria, the existence of which is in doubt... The money goes into the pockets of victims who do not exist - because, after all, if they perished, there would be no survivors. So it goes into the pockets of the Zionist regime..."
Interviewer: "Do you believe this never really happened?"
Dr. Majid Goudarzi: "Look, what they are saying is more false than true. As my colleague has said, if they had even the smallest piece of evidence, they would not sit still, given their great power in the media. Even those who believe that this actually happened doubt the figures. One of the mistakes they made - despite their cleverness - was to claim that [the Nazis] used Zyklon-B gas. This gas, according to chemists - and I asked before this program, just to make sure - is a very dangerous gas. It remains in the air and on the skin for a long time. In the photographs they published, German soldiers are seen dragging the bodies of those who suffocated, and they are doing so without gloves or masks. If this was true, the German soldiers should also have died.
"Besides, if six million people had died, wouldn't there be a record somewhere of at least a hundred names?
I'm guessing that any "conference" called by Ahmadinejad will be highly unlikely to be attended by real historians like Deborah Lipstadt. More likely it will include such noted Holocaust "scholars" as Mark Weber, Bradley Smith, pseudoscientist and pseudo-"engineer" Fred Leuchter, Robert Faurisson, Arthur Butz, or Friedrich Paul Berg (whose description of his website as "ravings" of a "revisionist heretic" is pretty accurate--he's definitely raving, especially the part about diesel exhaust not being lethal), Michael Hoffmann II, or Carlos Porter. I'm sure they'd invite Ernst Zündel, David Irving, or Germar Rudolf as well, were it not for the inconvenient fact that they are in jail right now. (Irving might be free if the conference is held after his trial on February 20.) It'll be just like one of David Irving's "Real History" Conferences (a misnomer if ever there was one), only with sand, Muslim fundamentalist extremists, and a cast of Arab Holocaust deniers whom, unlike the case for those listed above, I've never heard of.
The bottom line is that the President of Iran is an anti-Semite and racist of the worst variety, and that's what's behind his Holocaust denial. Even worse, his mind appears to have been consumed by the Hitler zombie, a rare combination. Trying to have it both ways, he denies that Hitler attempted to exterminate European Jewry, yet he still finds the Nazis a convenient evil to use to demonize Israel with by comparing its treatment of the Palestinians with the "aggressions and massacres" of Israel. Never mind that, whatever excesses the Israelis may have committed in dealing with the Palestinians, they aren't even on the same planet when compared to what the Nazis did to their enemies.
Of course, as is the case with many Holocaust deniers, in Ahmadinejad's mind, "refuting" the Holocaust is a way of attacking the basis of Israel's existence and thus justifying its destruction. Indeed, one salutory effect that might occur if Ahmadinejad actually has this conference is that it will do a lot to link the Holocaust denial with blatantly obvious anti-Semitism, which is why, I suspect, most of the "luminaries" of the Holocaust denial movement listed above will politely decline his invitation. On the other hand, I can't discount the possibility, discussed by Professor Lipstadt, that this conference will be "the biggest thing in the world of Holocaust deniers and other liars" and "will give them a stage unlike anything they have had since the trial." (The trial to which she refers is her trial in 2000, when David Irving sued her for libel in the U.K. for calling him a Holocaust denier and lost spectacularly.) I hope my view turns out to be correct, but I fear that Lipstadt may end up having predicted it better.