Education subjects such as mathematics, science, literature, and others differ from the subject of history in that their principle teachings rarely change. History, as time passes, can change drastically. With each generation, new discoveries, interpretations, and facts arise that can greatly alter what was previously considered to be ‘history’. Certain historical facts do not change. 1492 will always be the year that Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Washington will always be the 1st President of the United States. And until recently, the fact that over 10,000,000 people (including 6,000,000 Jews) were killed at the hand of the Nazis was rarely disputed.
Recently, the leaders of Iran have launched an all out campaign calling into question whether the holocaust actually happened. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has even called for a summit of nations to discuss the topic. For the record, Tony Blair and many other leaders were offended by the invitation. However, the latest and most ‘in-the-news’ campaign comes from the Iranian national press.
When a Danish newspaper recently printed a political cartoon displaying the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb as a turban, the Muslim world was outraged. Even though this cartoon was printed in a Danish newspaper, the leaders of Iran somehow placed the blame on Israel and Jews, at large. In response, the national print newspaper launched the Iran holocaust cartoons contest. Putting aside the fact that anti-semetic cartoons are an almost daily occurrence in Iranian newspapers, there was absolutely no connection to Israel or Judaism in the original Danish cartoon in the first place. How did they come up with an Iran holocaust cartoons contest in response to a cartoon created and printed in Denmark?
This type of revisionist history by a leader of Iran is hard to comprehend. When Israel was settled after the holocaust, Iran was actually one of their biggest allies in the Muslim world. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, only a generation removed from this time, appears to have a different idea of his country’s past and seems to also have different plans for its future.
Many believe that things such as the Iran holocaust cartoons contest are mere distractions being put in place to divert attention away from the ongoing nuclear activity that Iran insists on continuing, despite overwhelming world opinion that they are violating past agreements. Again, perhaps Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fails to remember that part of the past as well.
We must always remember, or we will most certainly forget.
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