Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Charles Krauthammer: does he need to look into the Auschwitz story?

Charles Krauthammer is a columnist for the Washington Post and appears as a regular on Brit Hume’s All Stars. He’s very bright, and sometimes his insights are expressed with an elegance rarely achieved on such shows. This past Sunday I watched the program. There was some chat about bombing Iran, allegedly its nuclear facilities.

Krauthammer was clear about not really knowing if Iran would be bombed any time soon, who would do it, or when. He did say that his sense of things is that the Israelis have the stronger case for bombing Iran than do the Americans because “six million” Jews were exterminated during WWII, and now the president of Iran is threatening to exterminate the Jews of Israel, to “wipe Israel off the map.” Never again, eh?

Krauthammer did not mention that all the Arabs living in Israel would be killed too, but then, they’re Arabs.

Krauthammer is a true believer then about the “six million” fraud, which I can understand, he being an intellectual and a Jewish patriot. What are the odds? What I cannot understand is his belief that Ahmadinejad wants to exterminate the Israeli Jews by wiping Israel “off the map.”

According to American media that's what Iranian President Ahmadinejad said in a speech in October 2005. So what did he actually say? I took the following text from David Irving, but Juan Cole of U Michigan at Ann Arbor was the primary figure to break this hoax.

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"The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time." To quote his exact words in Farsi: "Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad."

That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word "Regime", pronounced just like the English word with an extra "eh" sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime.

This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" (regime occupying Jerusalem ).

The full quote translated directly to English: "The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time". A word by word translation: Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods ( Jerusalem ) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).

So this raises the question: what exactly did he want "wiped from the map"?

The answer is: nothing. That's because the word "map" was never used. The Persian word for map, "nagsheh", is not contained anywhere in his original Farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase "wipe out" ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran's President threatened to "wipe Israel off the map", despite never having uttered the words "map", "wipe out" or even "Israel".

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Here is the story line. If Israel attacks Iran the act will be morally justified because the Germans “exterminated” the Jews of Europe, particularly at Auschwitz, and it will be morally justified again because now the Persians are threatening to “exterminate” the Jews of Israel. Meanwhile, if there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz, the moral jusification for Israeli and/or American policies in the Middle East will be morally compromised. The best thing by far then is to suppress revisionist questions about Auschwitz and destroy those who ask such questions.

2 comments:

It said...

It is the word "Regime"....
Well, it's not the firs time a simple word has been purposefully removed from a statement to make it sound completely different.
Something about 'territoriale' missing in an english translation of a note about an 'endlösung' comes to mind...

Michael Smith said...

The U.S. and Israel have bombed, invaded, occupied and/or terrorized five countries in Iran's vicinity, two of them right on Iran's borders, and the thesis is that Iran is the aggressor in the region. Right.

Hardly anyone seems to notice, much less care, that Palestine was quite literally wiped off the map by Israel.

Ahmadinejad's quote is about regime change, not genocide.