A TRAVESTY OF
David Irving has been sentenced to three years gaol by an Austrian court, for denying the Holocaust. Let us leave aside the question - on which I have written in this journal a number of times - about whether Holocaust denial (or for that matter any historical question) should be a crime. Clearly it should not and only is because the Zionist power elites have used this issue as a display of their power.
editorial of The Australian disagrees. Irving's alleged Holocaust denial
in Austria is like shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre and "is
not protected by the West's long Enlightenment tradition of free speech."
This argument is illogical
and grounded in historical ignorance. Nazis arose under very special historical
and economic conditions. It is not likely to arise again as a major social movement
unless those conditions are repeated. Holocaust discussion and denial has little
to do with it.
Although about 158 people have been convicted of holocaust denial in Austria between 1999 and 2004, (and 724 individuals prosecuted in 2004) very few, other of course than David Irving, have been imprisoned. The sentence on top of that is excessive. Irving has never been a strong-line "Holocaust denier". Although he made isolated comments about 16 years ago he never for example published an entire book on the subject. Irving however was well known and vulnerable to attack if he visited Austria.
In any case, Irving changed his mind on the
holocaust after discovering personal papers of Eichmann in 1991, and did come
to believe that the Nazis did murder millions of Jews. I think - by contrast to
other league writers - that Irving's present position is correct and that the
historical revisionists are wrong. (In this journal we respect free speech, difference
of opinion and free debate), I believe though that people have a right to discuss
this matter without the fear of a gaol sentence.
Perhaps the most insightful comment
on this situation, in my opinion, was made in a letter to the editor (The Australian
23/2/06, p.11) by James McPhedran: