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September 23, 2009

Iran at the U.N. and Holocaust Denial: Don’t Take Ahmadinejad’s Bait
Posted by Joel Rubin

Iran’s President will be speaking at the U.N. this evening.  He has made a lot of news recently, largely because of his continual outlandish and condemnable remarks denying the Holocaust.  These are bizarre, yet well calculated statements.  While we have grown accustomed to such statements from the Iranian leader, we would be well served to remember that he is doing this for a reason.  What we should not do is take the bait.

I remember visiting the Nazi concentration camp of Majdanek in Poland in the early 1990s.  I’ll never forget our tour guide telling us that thousands of Jews, Poles, Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals, and others were killed there by firing squads, their bodies then tossed into mass graves.  I remember the bumpiness of the ground where those graves were located.  And I remember praying at the mountain of human ash at the Majdanek mausoleum, unable to comprehend the enormity of the evil that was done there.

It is because of this that I will not allow Ahmadinejad to cheapen the memory of the Holocaust by using it for his own cynical, political purposes.

Ahmadinejad is a master of distraction.  He knows that he has no credibility at home, having stolen an election in a coup d’état and then having proceeded to violate the human rights of his own citizens.  As NIAC’s Trita Parsi pointed out yesterday, Ahmadinejad is attempting to change the conversation about what’s going wrong inside of Iran by using the Holocaust as bait.  He doesn’t want to be questioned about his government’s behavior surrounding the June 12th elections, or about the show trials of political opponents underway in Tehran.  And he certainly doesn’t want to answer the hard questions being posed by the international community about his country’s nuclear intentions.

Yet there is too much at stake right now for us to allow him to use the Holocaust as a distraction.  President Obama’s consistent policy of engaging the Iranians is gaining momentum, as the P5+1 will meet with the Iranians on October 1st.  This meeting should include discussions not only about Iran’s nuclear program, but also about broader issues related to our relationship, including human rights and democracy.  Ahmadinejad should not be allowed to avoid this scrutiny, and the Iranian people should know that we are on their side.

When Ahmedinejad speaks at the General Assembly, his rants about the Holocaust should be ignored, precisely because ignoring them will weaken his position.  A continual focus on these comments by us only serves to strengthen his hand internally, helping him to make the case to Iranians that the international community is against Iran.  We should instead move right past these comments and demand that he answer the tough questions that the P5+1 discussion will bring.

As one of the 99.99% of humanity that knows that the Holocaust occurred, I believe that we have a responsibility to both remember and speak out about this horrific event.  Yet it is also our responsibility to ensure that we are forcefully and directly resolving the problems of today.  That is not what Ahmadinejad wants us to think about.  But it is our choice on how we want to react.  We should not take the bait.

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