Sunday, January 15, 2006


Iran pledges to get to the bottom of the Holocaust. The question is, just how low can they go?"

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Sunday it would sponsor a conference to examine the scientific evidence supporting the Holocaust, an apparent next step in hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's campaign against Israel and a move likely to deepen Tehran's international isolation.

Ahmadinejad already had called the Nazis' World War II slaughter of 6 million European Jews a myth and said the Jewish state should be wiped off the map or moved to Germany or the United States.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi did not disclose where or when the Holocaust conference would be held, nor would he say who would attend or what had prompted Tehran to sponsor it.

On Saturday, however, Ahmadinejad urged the West to be sufficiently open-minded to allow a free international debate on the Holocaust. Asefi adopted that theme.

"It is a strange world. It is possible to discuss everything except the Holocaust. The Foreign Ministry plans to hold a conference on the scientific aspect of the issue to discuss and review its repercussions," Asefi told reporters.

Earlier this month, the Association of Muslim Journalists, a hard-line group, proposed holding a similar conference, but Asefi said he was not aware of the association's wishes. He said the conference he announced was planned and supported by the ministry.

Honestly, I'm getting a little sick of this term hard-line. I know it's the kind of phrase journalists must use in place of using judgemental words like insane, or evil, but the problem with it is, the phrase "hard-line" implies that Ahmadinejad's attacks on the Holocaust occupy an actual space in intellectual reality, from which he refuses to back down. However, the truth is, the only space he occupies is in fantasy land.

And, by the way, is it just me, or do the forces of evil seem to be accelerating their attacks on the Jews, and on decency itself?