Brother Ahmadinejad draws the wrath of the West for discussing the “Holocaust”

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Abu Dharr

Dhu al-Hijjah 01, 1426 2006-01-01

Guest Editorial

by Abu Dharr (Guest Editorial, Crescent International Vol. 34, No. 11, Dhu al-Hijjah, 1426)

Here we go again. Once again, the mainstream Western media is up in arms over the issue of the ‘Holocaust', and particularly ‘Holocaust denial'. This time their target is Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, the president of the Islamic republic, although he comes across more as a brother in the Islamic movement than the president of a modern state. The inevitable and orchestrated uproar occurred when brother Ahmadinejad committed the unspeakable blasphemy of questioning the gospel truth that six million Jews died in what has become known as the Holocaust. How dare he say such a thing? For half a century, the dominant voices of Western cultural and intellectual discourse – Jews and non-Jews alike – have striven to establish this claim as irrefutable and unquestionable truth, for an assortment of reasons that need not be discussed here; for someone now to question it, and a head of state at that, and what is worse, a Muslim head of an Islamic state, is outrageous and unacceptable! There can be only one response to such suggestions that the emperor has no clothes: the immediate and total condemnation of those that utter them, as quickly and vocally as possible, in order to ensure that few are influenced by the heresy, and none dare repeat it.

The unutterable fact of our time – and only the brave will state it in public – is that the un-anointed religion of the Holocaust demonizes, criminalizes and does its best to destroy the lives of anyone or any group that takes issue with the arithmetic of the holocaust. Yet the figure of 6 million Jews killed, which has become sacrosanct, is in fact far from certain. In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the number of Jews killed by the Nazi regime was put at 14 million, and stories emerged of Jews being made into soap and lampshades. The Hell of Treblinka, by Vaszilily Groszman, tells us that 10 million were killed in the Treblinka camp (Poland) alone. The human imagination was haunted by accounts of atrocities perpetrated on the Jews. Over time, these figures were reduced by historical analysis to six and a half million, and then to six million. The number killed at Auschwitzwas reduced from the original figure, 4 million, to 1.1 million. The true figures will probably never be known, as every attempt at independent and critical analysis has been overwhelmed by the massive zionist propaganda about the holocaust that Norman Finkelstein – himself a Jew – has called “The Holocaust Industry”. The object of this industry is to ensure that the persecution of the Jews in Europe under the Nazis lives on as a permanent justification for zionism and the crimes that are committed in its name.

Yet what Brother Ahmadinejad said on the link between the holocaust and the existence ofIsrael is precisely what every right-thinking Muslim heart and mind feels on the subject. Although he is president of a state, he was speaking not for a government or a nation, but for the 1.5 billion Muslims of the world, as the president of an Islamic state should. No one should doubt the fundamental validity of his statement: that the zionist state has and can have no legitimacy for Muslims, regardless of any suffering that the Jews may have endured in their history. What is there in his words that is objectionable? He was quoted in the world’s media as having said: “if someone were to deny the existence of God... and deny the existence of prophets and religion, they would not bother him; however, if someone were to deny the myth of the Jews' massacre, all the zionist mouthpieces and governments subservient to the zionists tear their larynxes and scream against the person as much as they can.” His words were proven by the world's reaction to them. Everyone who is someone in this holocaust-centered West lined up to condemn him. Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, said: “It's really shocking that a head of state who has a seat in the UN can say such a thing... [the speech of Ahmadinejad] calls our attention to the real danger of that regime having an atomic bomb.” Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German foreign minister, said his government had summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires to issue a protest of the “shocking” remarks. The foreign ministry of Poland said, “the remarks of the Iranian president are causing even more outrage” than Ahmadinejad's statement last month thatIsrael should be “wiped off the map.” US state department spokesman Sean McCormack called the speech “outrageous and reprehensible...” Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev said that these comments underscore the danger the Islamic regime in Iran poses.

And we made [this] known to the children of Israel through revelation: Twice will you spread corruption on earth and become grossly overbearing! So when the first of these two [periods of iniquity] came to pass, We sent against you some of our bondmen of terrible prowess in war, and they wrought havoc throughout the land; and so the prediction was fulfilled. And after a time, We allowed you to prevail against them once again, and aided you with wealth and offspring, and made you more numerous [than ever before]. [And We said:] “If you persevere in doing good, you will but be doing good to yourselves, and if you do evil it will be [done] to yourselves.” And so, when the prediction of the second [period of iniquity] came true, We raised new enemies against you [the iniquitous children of Israel], and allowed them to disgrace you, and to enter the Temple [on theTemple Mount] as [their forerunners] had entered it once before, and to destroy with utter destruction all that they had conquered.(Al-Qur'an 17:4-7)

From the Muslim world, however, our brother Ahmadinejad should receive nothing but kudos, for his words echo those of the late Imam. In his words about the illegitimacy ofIsrael, he amplifies the meaning of the words in the Holy Qur'an that are not read by Messrs. Barroso, Steinmeier, McCormack and Regev. These words are:

And we made [this] known to the children of Israel through revelation: Twice will you spread corruption on earth and become grossly overbearing! So when the first of these two [periods of iniquity] came to pass, We sent against you some of our bondmen of terrible prowess in war, and they wrought havoc throughout the land; and so the prediction was fulfilled. And after a time, We allowed you to prevail against them once again, and aided you with wealth and offspring, and made you more numerous [than ever before]. [And We said:] “If you persevere in doing good, you will but be doing good to yourselves, and if you do evil it will be [done] to yourselves.” And so, when the prediction of the second [period of iniquity] came true, We raised new enemies against you [the iniquitous children of Israel], and allowed them to disgrace you, and to enter the Temple [on theTemple Mount] as [their forerunners] had entered it once before, and to destroy with utter destruction all that they had conquered.(Al-Qur'an 17:4-7)

Unlike his predecessor, who put forward the idea of a “dialogue of civilizations”, the new president of Iran rose through the ranks from the Pasdaran and the Baseej, where he learned what the world is all about. His foreign policy experience came direct from the jebhat. The president of Iran, who speaks in a Qur'anic mode in a world that has been cowed by the discourse of the holocaust, is simply beginning to realign the positions and policies of the Islamic State with the principles of the Qur'an. That is not to disregard dialogue, but to ensure that dialogue consists of the world having to listen to what Islam and Muslims have to say, as well as lecturing us on what they expect us to hear and conform with. The reaction to his words suggests that the West wants a dialogue in which it does not have to listen to anything it does not like to hear.

More problematic than the reaction of the West, however, may be that of some of the Shi‘i Umayis in Iran; by which is meant those who have the dubious distinction of being ritualistic Shi‘is and political Umayis at the same time. These products of the “dialogue of civilizations” era are aptly described by the words of one of them. “The majority of Iranians do not look fondly on these kind of musings because it reminds them of the early days of the Revolution, when Iran was isolated diplomatically and economically; and they don't want to see a return to those days.” The Shi‘i Umayis, who are in some circles called “reformers”, have made it more difficult for the Islamic State to speak the plain and simple truth on key issues. The “dialogue of civilizations” has taken its toll on them; they feel and think and express themselves as lambs to the imperialists and zionists, while turning their wrath on those Muslims, anti-imperialists and anti-zionists who have the nerve to say things as they really are.

Let us remind ourselves, however, of a point that will never be understood either by Muslims with an inferiority complex vis a vis the West, or by the arrogant powers of this time, a point that emerges from fourteen centuries of Islamic political constancy of purpose and commitment to struggle: Imam ‘Ali (ra) worked with ‘Uthman (ra) but fought against Mu‘awiyah. How reassuring it is to understand this, and simultaneously to understand that the sectarians among us, and the ideological enemies of the Ummah, can have no idea what it means!

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