Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Was there a Holocaust?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reveals himself to be a total fruitcake in a revealling interview with Der Spiegel (courtesy of Salon). The German interviewer is full of painful regret. Did Mahmoud learn anything from the obvious pain? A scary interview.

Spiegel: Are you still saying that the Holocaust is just 'a myth'?
Ahmadinejad: I will only accept something as truth if I am actually convinced of it.


conrad said...

I don't think he his a fruitcake at all. Presumably he is just trying to get support from the religious/nationalist loonies, who evidentally have quite some power in Iran. Appealing to such morons is probably a good political move for him.

hc said...

If you read the interview he doesn't come across as being very smart at all. He seems to be a genuine holocaust denialist.

His mentors seem to include people like David Irving.

Of course he appeals to the ignorant, unemployed peasant base in Iran to gain support. That doesn't make him smart.

conrad said...

I guess it depends what you consider smart. Perhaps the term politically smart is better.

This sort of stuff happens all the time. Howard appealed to children overboard, appeared sincere about it etc., and it worked quite well. I'm sure Costello realizes that giving oodles of election bribes away is likely to cause higher interest rates, but he'll swear black and blue it doesn't. George Bush appeared completely sincere about WMDs etc.

The list goes on and on. Politics is a dirty game, and marginalizing people that don't deserve it evidentally works well. Perhaps we should see it as not so bad in Irans case, since at least they are marginalizing a group that doesn't live in their country, verus marginalizing a group that does (say, like Arabs in France, Blacks in Australia...).