Thursday, February 8, 2007

On the Muslim Council of Britain's refusal to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

Brendan O'Neil, editor of Spicked, emailed me regarding the Muslim Council of Britain's refusal to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

He describes it as
"childishly self-serving, but their tantrum has its origins in what I and others refer to as the 'Holocaust relativism' of the 1990s. Then it was fashionable to talk about Holocausts occurring everywhere -- in Bosnia, in Kosovo, in Africa (the "AIDS Holocaust"), in Chechnya; even, disgustingly, on farms (a "Holocaust of chickens, pigs, etc").

I think the MCB and others took this Holocaust relativism on board and now say "What about OUR Holocausts?" All a very grisly snapshot of the politics of victimhood."

I think he's got it.

1 comment:

Edith said...

So true... and these very same people prefer to remain silent on those genocides which CAN be compared to the Holocaust in some ways: the Armenian genocide (Hrant Dink was actually asassinated for calling a spade a spade), Pol Pot's Killing Fields, Rwanda, etc.

Muslims often accuse us of applying double standards but they are totally unaware of the brainwashing which goes on in their own community, and which makes them turn a blind eye to the plight of the Kurds (200,000 of whom were killed during Saddam Hussein's genocidal Anfal campaign) or the tragic events in Darfur. Muslims killing Muslims does not seem to be perceived as a problem... most Muslims choose to hyperfocus on the Intifada instead.