Tarry for the Nonce

May 30, 2006

Truth Be Told

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 3:57 pm

The Iranian President is a skeptical man:

I know that DER SPIEGEL is a respected magazine. But I don’t know whether it is possible for you to publish the truth about the Holocaust . . .

We are posing two very clear questions. The first is: Did the Holocaust actually take place? . . . [T]he second question is: Whose fault was it? . . .

Why isn’t research into a deed that occurred 60 years ago permitted? After all, other historical occurrences, some of which lie several thousand years in the past, are open to research . . .

[I]f the Holocaust actually occurred, then you should permit impartial groups from the whole world to research this. Why do you restrict the research to a certain group? . . .

I will only accept something as truth if I am actually convinced of it . . .

While he seems to harbor doubt as to the nature and extent of the Holocaust, he apparently has no problem conflating it with the repression of Palestine. I never considered the two so closely connected, but he seems convinced that the Zionist pity sparked by the (possible) Holocaust has resulted in the repression of the Palestinians through the creation of the State of Israel. I suppose there is some truth to his observation that Jewish sympathies understandably arose in the wake of the attempted extermination, but I don’t think the world supports Israel out of misplaced guilt, as Ahmadinejad supposes.

But if he really considers the world so bleeding-heart, why not use it to his advantage instead of alienating Western scholarship by denouncing it as “politically motivated?”

Perhaps he is safe. Knowing the bent of the Western academics, I doubt they will take offense.


1 Comment

  1. I don’t think to many people will dispute that the Holocaust gave a big boost to Jewish nationalism and the impetus to the founding of Israel. Surviving a (remarkably successful) extermination drive tends to cause one to seek new living arrangements that don’t leave one in a position to be victimized. Zionism predates the Holocaust by a few decades, but it certainly gained a lot of momentum in the years after WWII. The founding of the State of Israel in 1948 — three years after the end of the War — is not a coincidence. As with all effective lies, Ahmanidejad’s has this element of truth to it. Never mind that he begs the question that Israelis are European colonists on “Arab land,” as opposed to the original inhabitants of land that Arabs just happen to be squatting on.

    The rest is pure bunk. Europe hardly supported Israel after its founding. (The British favored Arabs quite openly, in fact.) The U.S. was indifferent-to-hostile until about 1967. Nor is the world particularly pro-Israel today (to say the least) — Arab oil and “progressive” influences in the West take care of that nicely.

    But honestly, Laura, taking Ahmanidejad’s “arguments” seriously is far beneath you.

    Comment by Toly — May 31, 2006 @ 12:18 am

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