Azara Blog: Iran allegedly wants to hold a conference on the Holocaust

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Date published: 2006/01/15

The BBC says:

Iran says it will hold a conference to assess the scale and consequences of the Holocaust, which its president recently described as a "myth".

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also sparked international condemnation by calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map", or moved to Europe or the US.

An Iranian spokesman said the seminar would examine the "scientific evidence" supporting the Holocaust.

Six million Jews were killed in Nazi persecution during World War II.

Mr Ahmadinejad's comments received a sympathetic ear in some parts of the Muslim press, but resulted in two rebukes from the UN Security Council.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said debate of the issue should not be off limits.

"It is a strange world. It is possible to discuss everything except the Holocaust," he said.

"The foreign ministry plans to hold a conference on the scientific aspect of the issue to discuss and review its repercussions."

The Iranian government taking the piss, they are just making themselves look like even bigger idiots than they are. It would be like the current US administration holding a conference on the "scientific evidence" for evolution. Unfortunately for the nutters that run Iran, there are still plenty of people who lived through the Holocaust, and also their children. There are lots of places in Europe (e.g. Poland) where there was a thriving Jewish community before the war and practically nothing now, and all these people did not move to Palestine in between. Of course nobody really knows if the death total was six million, just like nobody knows how many Iraqis the Americans have killed since they invaded Iraq. Victims rarely get counted. Having said that, the Germans were rather fastidious at record keeping (how stupid can you get) so the six million figure is unlikely to be that far wrong. (And would it matter if it were "only" three million?) And the Germans killed lots of non-Jews as well, they should also not be forgotten. You have to pity the poor people of Iran having to put up with such stupid leaders.

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