Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Holocaust Denial: Embarrassing Facts

People who would just as soon not believe that Islamic terrorists flew airliners into New York City's World Trade Center aren't alone.

One of the simplest and quickest ways of dealing with uncomfortable or embarrassing facts is to deny those facts.

Iran's President Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust "a myth." I think his claim is understandable, considering his government's policy toward Jews - and the generally negative opinion about Germany's WWII-era attempt to exterminate Jews, Poles, and other undesirable people.

I believe I understand the desire to make believe that unpleasant realities never happened. But, I also believe that it's wiser to face facts, than to deny them.

There's a pretty good reality check at Emory University's website:

"Holocaust Denial > Learning Tools > Myth/Fact Sheets"

I learned that I need to revise my view of the Dresden bombing, which I picked up in the proto-PC 1970s.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.