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Preface: A Call to Atonement
By Kevin Barrett, http://mujca.com
Philip Zelikow, main author of the 9/11 Commission Report, is a self-described expert on the creation and maintenance of “public myths” – sacred stories that bind a group together. (The way you can tell that a particular story is held sacred is the ferocity with which its adherents defend its absolute truth.) When people argue fervently about whether a sacred story is true or false, they are usually arguing from emotion, not evidence—and the real issue is not the empirical truth or falsehood of the story, but the values the story encodes.
Thus when defenders of the West’s official version of the Holocaust story argue that precisely six million Jews were killed in a premeditated attempt at genocide, they are not just stating historical fact. The deeper meaning of the story is the enormity of Jewish suffering and victimization—and the unspoken corollary is the equation “Holocaust justifies Israel.”
Likewise, when an erudite Arab Muslim like Mohammed Heikal argues that in fact fewer than one million Jews were killed, not six million, his argument is not necessarily a dispassionate historical analysis. Heikal, and the many other non-Western folks who question the West’s version of the Holocaust, cannot help but be biased against that version. Why? Because “Holocaust justifies Israel” is so obviously false, and so obviously evil. Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust. No rational, decent person can argue that the Holocaust justifies the theft of even one square foot of Palestinian land. Yet Palestine has been invaded, occupied and ethnic-cleansed based on the “Holocaust justifies Israel” equation. Most American Jews have been terrified by the sacred Holocaust narrative into supporting slow-motion genocide in Palestine, including the systematic, officially-sanctioned sniper-murder of thousands of Palestinian children “shot for sport” (Chris Hedges, Harpers Magazine).
Today, we are on the brink of a world war fueled by big lies about Iran’s alleged pro-Holocaust, annihilate-Israel stance. Is it any wonder that so many people want to burn the Holocaust narrative, rip it to shreds, divest it of its last ounce of power to crucify the Palestinians, the Iraqis, the Iranians, and soon perhaps the world? Is it any wonder that they attack its mythic power by questioning or denying its truth?
Today, as Ramadan overlaps with Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur (coming up this Saturday) we should be meditating about atonement. True atonement requires facing stark, unpleasant truths—and exercising compassion about how those truths appear from perspectives other than our own. We need to understand that the planet’s non-Western majority has good reasons for questioning the Holocaust narrative and the legitimacy of Zionism—reasons having little to do with empirical analysis of what happened during the terrible years of World War II. Likewise, the planet’s non-Western majority needs to understand the history of Jewish suffering in the West, and ultimately forgive those who have been driven by this history of suffering to commit such horrific, world-historical crimes as the rape of Palestine, which has now expanded to become the rape of Iraq, the American Constitution, and God knows what next.
Ultimately both Jews and Arab-Muslims have been victims of the genocidal Western expansion analyzed so poetically in Sven Lindqvist’s Exterminate the Brutes, and so dispassionately in Alfred Crosby’s Ecological Imperialism. Both Jews and Arab-Muslims have been brutalized and mass-murdered because they have been perceived as darker-skinned non-European “Semites.” The attempted Nazi genocide of Jews, and the ongoing holocausts in Palestine and Iraq, are extensions of the genocides that eliminated most of the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand, North America, and temperate South America. They are the extension of the holocaust that took the lives of a million heroes resisting the French in Algeria. They are an extension of the Holocaust that led to the torture and murder of millions of heroes and martyrs in South Africa, Rhodesia, Kenya, Vietnam, the Phillipines, Indonesia, Guatemala, Chile, and dozens of other countries. They are an extension of the US government’s murder of five to ten million people in post-World War II “interventions” – what William Blum calls the American Holocaust.
The Arab/Muslims’ and Jews’ shared history of “Semitic” suffering should facilitate the process of atonement. Both sides can look in the mirror and see the other.
The story below suggests that Iranians are ready for atonement. But are we?
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Iran Holocaust Show Sympathetic to Jews
Sunday September 16, 2007 8:01 PM
By NASSER KARIMI
Associated Press Writer
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - It is Iran's version of ``Schindler's List,'' a miniseries that tells the tale of an Iranian diplomat in Paris who helps Jews escape the Holocaust - and viewers across the country are riveted.
That's surprising enough in a country where hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has questioned whether the Holocaust even took place. What's more surprising is that goveing (sic) it on state-run television.
The Holocaust is rarely mentioned in state media in Iran, school textbooks don't discuss it and Iranians have little information about it.
series titled ``Zero Degree Turn'' is clearly sympathetic to the Jews'
plight during World War II. It shows men, women and children with yellow
stars on their clothes being taken forcibly out of their homes and loaded
into trucks by Nazi soldiers...