Since reading the article in The Times [London] which condemned the forthcoming trial of David Irving in Austria on the grounds of free speech, I have been troubled by something. A lot of people seem to assume that I am opposed to the trial. I am not. Austria is a democracy whose people can pass or reject any law they wish. Their judiciary is, as far as I know, completely independent.
I cannot therefore say that the trial is "wrong" or "undemocratic."
Simply put my position is: 1. I don't like laws against Holocaust denial on two grounds.
2. I don't like the idea of censorship because it is contrary to the concept of Free Speech and because I think it makes the forbidden speech more -- not less -- alluring.
3. This whole thing is not smart from a strategic perspective.