Saturday, December 16, 2006

Many Who Condemn Holocaust-Denial Helped Pave the Way

By Rick Pearcey

Bret Stephens, writing in OpinionJournal, traces the path from "polite society" in the West to Holocaust-denial in Tehran.

"'Not acceptable,' says Ban Ki Moon, new Secretary-General of the United Nations. 'Repulsive,' say the editors of Britain's Guardian newspaper. 'An insult . . . to the memory of millions of Jews,' says Hillary Rodham Clinton. Global polite society is in an uproar over the Holocaust conference organized this week in Tehran under the auspices of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Moral denunciation is what reasonable people do -- what they must do -- when a regime that avows the future extermination of six million Jews in Israel denies the past extermination of six million Jews in Europe," says Stephens.

"But let's be frank: Global polite society has been blazing its own merry trail toward this occasion for decades."

See the rest of "The Road to Tehran" here.

For a look at why Fascism "refuses to go away," see "Fascism Is Back."

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.