Monday, February 20, 2006

A controversial topic

A friend of mine writes about David Irving, a British historian that was sent to jail in Austria 3 years for denying the Holocaust:
"In many European countries it is illegal to deny the Holocaust (click on the title to learn which) and you can go to jail if you do. In the meantime, apparently you can say whatever you want about the Arabs or the Muslims. Personally I think the law is a farce. Freedom of expression should not be selective. And then those idiots can become martyrs if they go to jail".
If any Jews reading this are about to have a conniption, let me point out that the writer of these sentiments is Jewish.
I agree that the law is stupid. But it is not surprising that most of the European countries that have this law also have lots of neonazis and don't know what to do with them. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
I agree that freedom of expression should be equal for all, whether we like it or not.
It seems to me that this very unsavory character David Irving is using this trial to sell books. He got himself pictured in newspapers across the world with a copy of his book "Hitler's War" prominently displayed for everyone to see. He's gonna cry all the way to the bank. It's the James Frey school of self-promotion.

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