Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not only wants to wipe the state of Israel off the world map but also sincerely believes that it can be done. And the first stage in his long term strategy is the project of creating doubt about the single most human tragedy that the world had to endure – the Holocaust.
In December, 2005 speaking in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he said “Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces and they insist on it to the extent that if anyone proves something contrary to that they condemn that person and throw them in jail.” Then on December 14, 2005, Ahmadinejad stirred up international controversy with a speech calling the Holocaust a “myth.” Ahmadinejad said the myth has been created by Europeans to create a Jewish state in the heart of the Islamic world. “Today, they have created a myth in the name of Holocaust and consider it to be above God, religion and the prophets,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan.
In December, 2005, he tried to deny that the Holocaust occurred. “Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces… Although we don’t accept this claim, if we suppose it is true….The Europeans,” said Mr. Ahmadinejad, “should give some of their provinces in Europe to the Zionists and the Zionists can establish their state in Europe.”
Then on June 16, 2006, addressing a press conference in Shanghai, China, he said that these Holocaust events need to be further investigated by independent and impartial parties. “An event that has influenced so many diplomatic and political equations of the world needs to be investigated and researched by impartial and independent groups,” he said.
Then in a letter in July, 2006, to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Holocaust may have been invented by the victorious Allied powers in World War II to embarrass Germany. He wrote, “Is it not a reasonable possibility that some countries that had won the war made up this excuse to constantly embarrass the defeated people … to bar their progress.”
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s anti-Semitism is fully supported by Iran’s powerful supreme leader Ayatollah Khameimie who wants to see Iran as the sole regional power in the Middle East and the undisputed leader of the Muslim world. By championing the cause of the anti-Semites and by openly calling for the destruction of Israel, Iran’s Mullahcracy is trying to kill at least three birds with one stone; divert the attention of the masses away from their regime’s failure in fixing Iran’s socio-economic problems; gain the confidence of the Muslim street by exploiting the wide spread Muslim anti-Semitism; and widen the gap between the Muslim governments and their peoples who already believe that their rulers do not represent their interests.
In their sinister plans, Iran’s Mullahs are helped by the misinterpreted and manipulated Islamic Holy Scriptures that has historically been painting the Jews as an evil people. The fact that an anti-Semitic mind looks for ways to demonize the Jews has facilitated the job of Iran’s fascists to spread the seeds of holocaust denial in the Muslim world. Muslims at a grass roots level, in fact, have never been informed of the genocide. That’s why when they hear of the historical event they immediately declare it a lie. The curse of denial is not just reserved for the uneducated and ill-informed; I have met many educated Muslims who also do not want to believe it.
“t is not only the most radical of lslamists who deny or minimize accounts of past killings of the Jews. Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser Arafat’s successor as leader of the Palestinian Authority and approved by many for his moderation, argued in 1983 in his book The Other Side that the Holocaust had claimed ‘only a few hundred thousand lives’, and that the figure of six million had been ‘inflated’ ‘in the interest of the Zionist movement’. ‘All the data regarding the killing of the Jews’ were ‘exaggerated’, he asserted, ‘as an expedient to smooth the way for the occupation of Palestine and the justification of Zionist crimes’.” [Ref]
The official Palestinian al-Hayat al-Jadida went further on 13 April 2001, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, describing the Holocaust as a ‘fable’. Figures of the Jewish dead were a ‘lie’, their dissemination a product of ‘international marketing’ by Jews. In France in February 2004, teachers similarly reported that Muslim pupils had for some time been interrupting history classes in order to object to accounts of Nazi policy and actions in the Second World War.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the Shiite face of Islamist fascism and as such he, just like Wahhabis and other neo-Nazis, is totally committed to the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. What makes him more dangerous than Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin is the fact that in his anti-Semitism he is not alone. Not only he is backed by the Islamist religious establishment but is also supported by a vast majority of Muslims who have unfortunately been brainwashed into believing that the creation of the Jewish state is a conspiracy against Muslims. Muslims, worldwide, have been convinced that the Jews are behind a sinister plot to destroy Islam. Some of these Muslims believe the battleground is anywhere on the globe where Jews are organized to assist and aid in this plot.
In December 2001, One of Iran’s most influential clerics called on the Muslim states to use nuclear weapons against Israel, assuring them that while such an attack would annihilate Israel, it would cost them “damages only”. He said since Israel is the product of Western colonialism, “the continued existence of Israel depends on interests of arrogance and colonialism and as long as the base is helpful for colonialism, it is going to keep it. “Jews shall expect to be once again scattered and wandering around the globe the day when this appendix is extracted from the region and the Muslim world”, Rafsanjani warned, blaming on the United States and Britain the “creation of the fabricated entity” in the heart of Arab and Muslim world ].
And then there are those groups of people who, driven by their leftist, liberal, white supremacist and racist agendas, have made it their life long mission to work against the state of Israel, like the former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke, known and convicted Holocaust deniers, French author Georges Thiel, who has called the Holocaust “an enormous lie” and the Australian citizen Frederick Toben, who has served a prison sentence in Germany for inciting racial hatred, claimed that “the Holocaust dogma” was a “mental rape” and tried to prove that gas chambers could not have existed in Nazi extermination camps.
It is the support of the US and European rabbis from the ultra-Orthodox group Neturei Karta that is so vital, politically and strategically, for Iran’s fascist president. This Jewish fringe group doesn’t deny the Holocaust but claims that the event has been misused by the Zionists to justify the Jewish state. Recent incidents and events staged by the Islamists have underlined the vitality of such Jewish and Christian groups for their cause. Anti-American, anti-Semitic and Islamo-fascists have been using the presence of these non-Muslims in their camps to convince the world that the creation of the Jewish state is unjust. There is no doubt that these misguided Jews and Christians have rendered an invaluable service to the cause of Islamic fascism.
Ahmadinejad’s campaign to deny the genocide is a very deliberate and cleverly plotted war plan to destroy the Jewish state so that the ground can be prepared for the second Holocaust to achieve Adolf Hitler’s final solution of the Jewish question. And the tragedy is that the rising anti-Semitism is helping the Persian Fuhrer. Just like Adolf Eichmann who coined the term, Ahamdinejad also believes that the Jewish population itself poses a “question” and a “problem”.
If Ahamdinejad is not stopped right away, the Tehran conference will go a long way in preparing the grounds to stage the second Holocaust. The Wannsee Conference in January 20, 1942, convened by Reinhard Heydrich, accomplished a similar goal by bringing together the leaders of German organizations. The cooperation of these organizations was necessary to carry out the Nazi plan for the extermination of the entire Jewish population of Europe by convincing the German leadership that the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” was a strategic imperative of the Third Reich.
“Mass killings of over one million Jews occurred before the plans of the Final Solution were fully implemented in 1942, but it was only with the decision to eradicate the entire Jewish population that the extermination camps or “Death camps” were built and industrialized mass slaughter of Jews began in earnest. This decision to systematically kill the Jews of Europe was made by the time of, or at the Wannsee conference…. During the conference there was a discussion held by a group of Nazi officials to decide on the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question”. The records and minutes of this meeting were found intact by the Allies at the end of the war and served as valuable evidence during the Nuremberg Trials. By spring of 1942, Operation Reinhard began the systematic extermination of the Jews, although hundreds of thousands had already been killed by death squads and in mass pogroms.”
In conclusion, I will only say that Ahamdinejad has to be stopped if we want to prevent a second Holocaust from becoming a reality. Because this time the Holocaust will not be just for the Jews; it will send all of the infidels to the gas chambers.
Tashbih Sayyed is the Editor in Chief of Pakistan Today and The Muslim World Today, President of Council for Democracy and Tolerance, an adjunct fellow of Hudson Institute, and a regular columnist for newspapers across the world. He is the author of eight books, including: History Of The World, Left Of The Center, Pakistan – An Unfinished Agenda, Mohammad – A secularist’s View, Foreign Policy Of Pakistan, and Shadow Warriors – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Taliban.
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