Monday, February 07, 2005

Did the Holocaust really happen?

I know a lot of people have been wondering if the Holocaust really happened, and we here at Make Me a Commentator!!! are happy to provide an answer to that question once and for all.

The answer is yes. The holocaust really happened. And anybody who thinks it didn't happen is either a gullible moron or has ulterior motives.

If you are interested in Holocaust Denial, however, you might check out this article at Salon (warning, you'll probably have to watch an ad). David Irving is a holocaust denier. Deborah Lipstadt wrote a book challenging David Irvings work as inaccurate and accused Irving of deliberately misreading and ignoring documentary evidence. Snoop Dogg was not involved in this issue at all, but I am mentioning him for demographic reasons. Irving didn't like Lipstadts book and so sued her for libel in England. England's libel laws are seriously messed up (as they start with a supposition of guilt rather than a supposition of innocence). The judge "not only said that Irving was an "antisemite" and a "racist" but that his "falsification of the record was deliberate and ... motivated by a desire to present events in a manner consistent with his own ideological beliefs even if that involved distortion and manipulation of historical evidence." So Lipstadt won the trial.

As is traditional when someone puts forward a retrograde nonsensical argument like this, Irving is defended by the old, "He has a right to write what he wants." Fair enough, although it kind of misses the point doesn't it? He doesn't have a right not to be criticized; and he's the one who sued to shut someone else up. Anyway the article is well worth checking out.

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