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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Spanish newspaper calls David Irving 'expert' on WWII

The Spanish newspaper El Mundo is including convicted Holocaust denier David Irving (pictured) among its 'experts' in a series of interviews marking the 70th anniversary of World War II's outbreak. The interview is scheduled to appear in Saturday's editions of the paper, one day after an interview with Yad Vashem director Avner Shalev.

El Mundo is the second largest daily newspaper in Spain, with a print circulation of more than 330,000.

In a letter responding to the expected appearance of the interview with David Irving, Israel's ambassador to Spain, Raphael Schutz, correctly described the cultural problem with our post-modern society. The letter appeared in El Mundo on Wednesday.
Schutz wrote that one of the problems facing the post-modern age was an inability to recognize anything as true, saying instead that there were only "different narratives."

As such, Schutz wrote, there was no capacity to differentiate between truth and lies, between the important and the superfluous. And in this world void of truth, everything is at the same level - the murdered and the victim, the wise and the ignorant, Mozart's opera and the latest pop song.

Even freedom of the press, Schutz wrote, had limits. One sentence that was edited out of his letter was his charge that the paper was printing the interview to cause a sensation.

The paper's response, which was run under the letter, was not to endorse Irving's ideas, but rather to cite press freedom and the right for everyone to decide on their own.
Schutz's view is the antithesis of Barack Obama's 'multicultural' world, where all countries are equal, all nations are equal, each country gets one vote in the UN, each country has the right to sit on the 'Human Rights Council' regardless of how miserable their own record on human rights is, and there is no country that has a claim on being unique. The reasons that the Europeans love Obama are the same reasons that his worldview poses such a danger to democracies everywhere.

As to the claim of 'freedom of the press,' let's see if the Spanish government does what the Swedish government still has not done in the Aftonbladet case. Freedom of the press requires allowing all points of view to be expressed, but it does not require newspapers or governments to provide a forum for that expression. If the Irving interview does appear, Israel should call on the Spanish government to disavow the validity of Irving's viewpoint. But don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen. Ever since the Zapatero government came to power in Spain in 2004, that country has become increasingly anti-Semitic.

Speaking of Aftonbladet, the Syrian government has praised that newspaper's blood libel that claimed that IDF troops dismember 'Palestinians' and sell their organs for profit.

Read the whole thing.

The ugly specter of anti-Semitism is once again rearing its head in Europe. 70 years is not a long time.


At 8:38 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Anti-Semitism has become respectable again. 70 years is not too long for it to reappear in the open. And its going to be with us for a long time to come.

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a tough competition, with David Irving and Pat Buchanan going neck and neck.

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Josephine said...

This is so disturbing.

At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once a Nazi, always a Nazi. Read the last paragraph.


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