Originally created 12/18/06

Checking their brains at the door



We wonder what was in the attendees' gift bags at the gala Holocaust Deniers Conference in Tehran last week. Complimentary mustard gas? Festive white hoods? T-shirts saying "My KKK Grand Wizard went to HateFest 2006, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt"?

To us, of course, this anti-Semitic ruse by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a joke. The Holocaust may be the most well-documented, proven atrocity in human history.

The problem is, not everyone knows that. Most people alive today weren't around for World War II. And hundreds of millions of Muslims and countries living under anti-Semitic despots have never been exposed to the proof of the Holocaust.

And there's Ahmadinejad up there, legitimizing his nutty bile by surrounding himself with his fellow Wizards of Odd, looking all legitimate and stately. Sadly, he even dredged up some Jews and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke to try to add to that air of legitimacy.

There's a method to Ahmadinejad's madness, as americanthinker.com commentator Marc Sheppard notes: "If he can convince the world that the Jewish State's very existence is based upon a lie, then perhaps he believes he'll be forgiven for rectifying that mistake."

Unfortunately, most audiences in the Arab world have no idea what a spiteful kook Ahmadinejad's new friend David Duke is; he is, undeniably, one of the most discredited, reviled Americans alive.

Nor were vast Arab audiences likely treated to Duke's loopy rantings in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Duke accused Blitzer, the White House, the American media and everybody short of Homer Simpson of being dupes of Israel.

But then, the only registration requirement at this conference was to check your brain at the door.

This crazed contingent of 67 comic-book scholars from 30 countries didn't disprove the Holocaust any more than they could have disproven the existence of the sun and the moon and the stars.

But you've got to hand it to them: They sure made a crystal-clear case for the co-existence of hatred and lunacy in the world.

It's amazing that something so unhinged can squeak so loud.