These are very strange days. A meeting of Holocaust deniers, hosted in Iran by President Ahmadinejad, has just ended. Included among the invited guests were, on the one hand, such notorious haters as white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke and, on the other, anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews who, while they do not deny the Holocaust, believe Zionists have overstated the number of Jews killed under Hitler’s regime and who oppose the creation of the nation of Israel because in their view it is unbiblical. A founder of the Lebanese Hezbollah who attended the conference said that the gas chambers in Hitler’s Germany were a “tale”. Ahmadinijed said:
Thanks to people’s wishes and God’s will, the trend for the existence of the Zionist regime is downward. This is what God has promised and what all nations want. Just as the Soviet Union was wiped out and today does not exist, so will the Zionist regime soon be wiped out.
When I was a little girl, every Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day, patriotic holiday, my dad, who served in the Army in Japan the year World War II ended, would recite the poem “Flanders Field” to us, by memory. The lines that always stuck with me were the lines about the world leaders and whether they were satisfied. It went, “They played their game of checkers and 11 million died.” This was common knowledge to all Americans in the second half of the 20th century, and yet here it is, 2006, and “scholars” are meeting to dispute what we all know to be true, playing their own game of checkers which can result, inevitably, only in all of us losing.