Holocaust Deniers and Their Allies

[Washington Times] Ariel Cohen - 103 countries co-sponsored a UN resolution, initiated by the U.S., which "condemns without reservation any denial of the Holocaust" and urges UN member states "unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event." Unsurprisingly, Iran made a strong statement against the resolution. All of the Arab nations and most Muslim countries refused to be co-sponsors. The deafening silence of the Arab states, even though some, like Egypt and Jordan, are formally at peace with Israel, as well as the stance of nuclear-armed Pakistan, makes one wonder how deep both denial of history and hatred of the Jews go. The implied embrace of the ideology and politics of hatred that brought about the Holocaust does not threaten Israel alone. Radical Islamism, which embraces Holocaust denial, Jew hatred and denial of Israel's right to exist, also vehemently denies Western civilization its right to exist. It is a clear and present danger to world peace. It is laudable that the Holocaust is commemorated at the UN, but to preserve peace, UN members need to do much more than adopt nonbinding resolutions. The writer is senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

2007-01-30 01:00:00

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