I have just seen on the news that Mr Ahmedinajad of the Islamic Republic of Iran is hosting a conference on the Holocaust to discuss whether it really happened or not.
He says this is to test the West's convictions on the ideals of free speech.
Perhaps a western leader might like to host a conference on whether Islam was responsible for the enslavement of millions of people, the subjugation, conversion and slaying of hundreds of thousands from about AD640 onwards and the near extermination of a race in Turkey between 1905 and 1922.
Methinks the reponse might be somewhat different....
However, far better to let these clowns show their stupidity in public than muzzle them and increase their following. So, I find the law banning denial of the Holocaust as rediculous as this conference.
I watched an overwhelming movie a few years ago - Conspiracy, starring Kenneth Branagh. It is a real time depiction of the conference at Wannsee in 1942, when the Nazi middle management set up the Final Solution.
The characters are all normal military men and scientists, not monsters; some are actually likable in the beginning. In sort of a mob mentality moment they all agree to the cattle cars. Absolutely riveting.
It was on HBO in the states. Did it make it over to y'all?
Sure did Huck and I have to say having watched the DVD probably 4 times now it is one of the most compelling films I have seen about the Holocaust. Based on a transcript of that conference's minutes it is one of the most chilling indictments against the Nazi's I have ever seen.
These Holocaust deniers (like Irving) are a bloody nuisance. Stupid ignorant oafs everyone of them but if they are just ignored they won't go away. They will just continue telling their lies until more people believe them. And who knows in a 100 years time a lot more people will believe them.
No every time they stick their stupid empty anti-Semitic heads above the parapets their lies must be shot down. Lest we forget.
Frederick Toben - the retired Adelaide high school teacher who denies the Holocaust took place - has dismissed as "mere puffery" historical evidence proving mass killings of Jews by the Nazis' deadly Zyklon-B gas during a speech in Tehran last night.
In his presentation, obtained by The Australian and denounced as obscene anti-Semitism by Jewish leaders, Dr Toben called "claims made by 'Holocaust' believers" about the mass gassings and burnings a "physical impossibility". Dr Toben is an amateur historian who set up the Adelaide Institute in 1994 to pursue his cause. He spent seven months in a German prison in 1999 for inciting racism.
He is a keynote speaker at a two-day conference in Iran, at the invitation of the Iranian Government, which has drawn speakers from around the world including David Duke, a former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and French professor Robert Faurisson, who denies the existence of Nazi gas chambers.
Khaled Kasab Mahameed, a Palestinian lawyer invited to the conference, had hoped to challenge its Holocaust deniers but was denied a visa by Iranian authorities. No reason was given, but Mr Mahameed claims it may have been he has proclaimed his belief that the Holocaust did happen.....