Monday, February 13, 2006

Ahmadinejad and the Holocaust: Like a dog with a bone, i.e. he can't let go

Check out the Memri post on the latest speech [diatribe?] by the Iranian president. The responsibility for the cartoons has been laid squarely at the feet of the ubiquitous Zionists.

Furthermore, in another example of moral equivalences that Arab/Muslim leaders have been pushing since this thing began, he says in Europe you can insult the Prophet but you can't deny the Holocaust.

Similarly, I heard the Saudi Ambassador to the US interviewed last week and he sang a similar tune. "I am not allowed to say anything antisemitic in Europe. But I can disparage Islam." [I am paraphrasing.]

I think rational Arab/Muslim leaders are a bit upset by the reaction against the Muslim reaction. I just don't know how many of them there are and how much influence they have.

[I almost changed the title of this post because I anticipate that some people will take my words out of context and charge that I called the President of Iran a dog. The fact is that I did not do that in this post.]


Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

Now do you see why I disagreed with you about the publication of the anti-Holocaust cartoons? I expect them to be ugly and disgusting, but I've heard precisely this argument on too many sites in the Middle East, and have seen too many Muslims -- I was on a Pakistani forum for months -- who really BELIEVE the crap about "The Jews control the Western media."

Many of them are young, and they are the ones who need the lesson shown that we DO accept free speech, even if it is offensive. (Let's face it, most of the people who support the publication of the Mohammad cartoons are not personally offended by them. They aren't Muslim -- and fortunately there ARE Muslims who DO support the publication. We need to support free speech even when it is offensive TO US.)

And after all, as I said, what is the harm? You know these cartoons are going to show up on the net, they will be a news story if nothing else. So by taking a stand in favor of the publication, we lose nothing and make a much needed point.

Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

While we may continue to disagree on this point, I think the funniest and most delightful comment on the whole thing comes from an Israeli graphic artist (Amitai Sandy, from Tel Aviv) who has decided to run his OWN 'anti-semitic cartoon' contest, limited to Jews.

"We'll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published!" said Sandy "No Iranian will beat us on our home turf!"

For more info on this - and please check it out before you publish it -- see the invaluable blog from Egyptian SandMonkey


If true, *D*e*l*i*g*h*t*f*u*l*


California Highway Guy - Daniel said...

Dr. Lipstadt:

You might find the following article of interest:
Muslim institute dares Iranian leader to visit Auschwitz. It was pointed out by a friend of mine on LiveJournal who is working in Qatar. In the article, a spokesman for the Islam-Archiv-Deutschland Central Institute invited the Iranian president to visit Auschwitz, noting "In this place of horror he can again deny the Holocaust, if he has the courage". It also pointed out that by denying the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad not only denigrated the Jewish victims of the genocide but also the 200,000 Roms and Arabs murdered in the "gypsy camp" of Auschwitz-Birkenau and other camps.

Quite interesting.

Daniel (cahwyguy)