Monday, January 09, 2006

Iran's Holocaust Conference

Iranian president Mahmoud "Israel Should Be Wiped Off the Map" Ahmadinejad has asked the association of Islamic Journalists of Iran to put together an international conference on the Holocaust. It's nice to see the long-standing tradition of Persian scholarship being applied to such an important topic. One can only assume it will be conducted within the strictures of disinterested academic debate.

Here's a statement from an Islamic Journalists of Iran spokesman:
[President Ahmadinejad] has placed at the centre of international attention, a very important question on the truthfulness of the version that Europe and the Zionists have imposed on the world on the murder of Jews during the years of the great war.
Whoops, a bit of a stumble out of the starting blocks, there. But hey, the president of Iran is only interested in having a truly open debate, unfettered by the anti-revisionist laws that predominate in Europe. That way, according to the IJI spokesman, Iran can offer a "free and democratic platform to the historians to examine in-depth this myth" (emphasis added to show just how crazily anti-Semetic this really is). On a positive note, this marks the first time in years that Iran has called for anything to be either free or democratic. Baby steps.

If the Holocaust conference goes well, Ahmadinejad next plans to convene an international conference of law enforcement officials to help O.J. search for Nicole's real killer.
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