Ahmadinejad's European Outreach
There is little shortage of coverage on Ahmadinejad's Tehran Holocaust denial conference, complete with a handshake with former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard invitee David Duke. But for our European readers, this is worth noting:
The meeting included no attempt to come to terms with the nature of the well-documented Nazi slaughter, offering only a platform to those pursuing the fantasy that it never happened. In addition, the organizers of the conference, a small circle around the president, have been building ties with neo-Nazi groups in Europe.
At the event, Ahmadinejad had said to the invitees, "Iran is your home and is the home of all freedom seekers of the world...here you can express your views and exchange opinions in a friendly, brotherly and free atmosphere."Peter Brookes' reaction is both spot on and, thankfully, not unique.
Pretty hypocritical, don't you think, coming from the leader of a country which human rights groups have repeatedly identified as politically and socially repressive?
Not to mention one of the world's worst violators of free speech...Too bad Ahmadinejad didn't apply the Iranian "free speech" rule to the brave Iranian student protesters who were arrested when they spoke up during his address at a local university earlier this week.