Respectful Insolence

Andrew asks the right question

My blog buddy Andrew has a bit of fun turning a favorite Holocaust denier question back at them. In reaction to laws against Holocaust denial in some European nations, deniers like to ask: “What kind of truth needs protection?” They were particularly loud about this during the recent trial of David Irving.

Now, Andrew notes the case of Iranian scholar Ramin Jahanbegloo, who was detained in Tehran for publishing an article critical of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial.

His point:

So the worm turns. The hero state of the deniers (Iran), which they have (wrongly) called a bastion of free speech, now proves (again) that political dissent will not be allowed and, apparently, that disagreeing with the President that the Holocaust actually happened is some sort of crime.

Such is the deniers’ defense of “free speech.”

Comments

  1. #1 tim gueguen
    May 12, 2006

    Of course the deniers are hypocrites regarding the Iranians anyways. In any other context people from the Middle East would find themselves subject to racism every bit as strong as that the deniers aim at Jews.

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