Holocaust Deniers Assemble in Iran

From The New York Times:

Holocaust deniers and skeptics from around the world gathered at a government-sponsored conference here today to discuss their theories about whether six million Jews were indeed killed by the Nazis during World War II and whether gas chambers existed.

In a speech opening the two-day conference, Rasoul Mousavi, head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Political and International Studies, which organized the event, said it was an opportunity for scholars to discuss the subject “away from Western taboos and the restriction imposed on them in Europe.”

The foreign ministry had said that 67 foreign researchers from 30 countries were scheduled to take part. Among those speaking today are David Duke, the American white-supremacist politician and former Ku Klux Klan leader, and Georges Thiel, a French writer who has been prosecuted in France over his denials of the Holocaust.

Charming. No doubt David Duke will place this on his CV under “Invited Presentations.”

Let me encourage you to follow this link to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. There you will find an e-mail to incoming UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to condemn the conference. I’m not optimistic that he will do so, but I urge you to sign you rname to the e-mail nonetheless.

Comments

  1. #1 John McKay
    December 11, 2006

    Not that I would support such a thing, but if the neo-cons really, really want to bomb Iran, this would be a good moment to do it.

  2. #2 Tyler DiPietro
    December 11, 2006

    It’s quite a frightening example of the overtly genocidal mentality toward Jews in the Muslim world. Solving this problem is obviously imperative for the future of civilization, I don’t however have much of an idea of how to do so.

  3. #3 Bill
    December 11, 2006

    Tyler, I think you’re a perfect Democratic candidate for ’08. Good luck!

  4. #4 Tyler DiPietro
    December 12, 2006

    Tyler, I think you’re a perfect Democratic candidate for ’08. Good luck!

    I love snark, especially when an admission of ambivalence is somehow taken as an indication of my likelihood of being a great “Democratic candidate”! Because, you see, ambivalence and a general lack of absolute certitude in how to solve one of the biggest problems facing the world is a sure sign that I’m weak. Bush is awesome for this very reason. His strategy of global democratic revolution is seriously working and getting rid of this problem as we speak. I predict that by 2009, antisemitism won’t even exist. Awesome.

  5. #5 mark
    December 12, 2006

    And the way they said “This isn’t about proving one way or the other” was just so much like the Discovery Institute folks saying “This isn’t about religion.”

  6. #6 Roman Werpachowski
    December 12, 2006

    Not that I would support such a thing, but if the neo-cons really, really want to bomb Iran, this would be a good moment to do it.

    Maybe not.

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