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April 22, 2001
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Holocaust Remembrance Veils Criminal Policies

by Enver Masud

WASHINGTON, DC--Last Thursday, President Bush, speaking in the Capitol Rotunda to survivors of "The Holocaust," as part of the annual "Days of Remembrance," said Americans are "bound by conscience" to be sure that the lessons of the concentration camps outlast the living witnesses. Forgotten during the "Days of Remembrance" were all the other holocausts--two of which occurred within the United States, and others that are ongoing.

"Hitlerism was a human catastrophe which, unfortunately, had a precedent in the policy applied over five centuries by the European colonialists to 'colored people'," writes Roger Garaudy, former French Senator and Deputy Speaker, in "The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics." "What Hitler did to white people, they did to the American Indians,...just as they did to the Africans, of which they deported between 10 and 20 million, which means that Africa was robbed of 100 to 200 million of its inhabitants since ten people had to be killed for one to be taken alive during capture by the slave-dealers."

"To speak of the 'greatest genocide in history,'" wrote Roger Garaudy, "was for the Western colonialists to have their own crimes forgotten, as it was a way for Stalin to mask his own ferocious repressions."

Norman G. Finkelstein, professor at the City University of New York, whose parents survived Nazi concentration camps--all other family members were exterminated, writes in "The Holocaust Industry," "The number of scholarly studies devoted to the Nazi Final Solution is conservatively estimated at over 10,000. Consider by comparison scholarship on the hecatomb in Congo. Between 1891 and 1911, some 10 million Africans perished in the course of Europe's exploitation of Congolese ivory and rubber resources. Yet, the first and only scholarly volume in English directly devoted to this topic was published two years ago."

French military analyst, Phillipe Delmas, writing in "The Rosy Future of War," says: "The same Europe that we are now trumpeting as a model of pacifism has been built by wars, down to the last stone....The two World Wars--only recently fought--caused 100,000,000 deaths including 60,000,000 civilians. The Russian and Chinese Revolutions caused at least 50,000,000 more deaths; actually, historians have recently revised this upward to 100,000,000. As for the 146 little wars since 1945, they have discreetly exterminated close to 30,000,000 people, three-quarters of them civilians, and most of them in the name of the world powers....China has endured Western colonialism, invasion by the Japanese, liberation, and successive Maoist revolution: all told, China has suffered an estimated 30,000,000 to 60,000,000 deaths."

Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and English Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, writes in "Using Atrocities: U.S. Responsibility for the Slaughters in Indonesia and East Timor," "The massacres we do not hear about, at least at the time, are those for which the United States itself is responsible. This on-going, systematic suppression, from the Philippines in the 1950s to El Salvador in the 1980s, falsifies our understanding, not just of our own history, but of all managed atrocities throughout the world."

Regrardless of the cost in human lives, in Africa, in Iraq, and elsewhere, divide and rule remains the policy.

Dr. Eric Herring, the Iraq sanctions specialist at Bristol University, says that "U.S. and British decision-makers have exploited popular humanitarian sentiment for the most cynical Realpolitik reasons. They have no desire for the Shi'ite majority to take control or for the Kurds to gain independence. Their policy is to keep them strong enough to cause trouble for Saddam Hussein while ensuring that Saddam Hussein is strong enough to keep repressing them. This is a direct descendant of British imperial policy from the First World War onwards [and is about the control] of Iraqi oil...Divide and rule was and is the policy."

Dr. Robert Dickson Crane, co-founder of the Center for Strategic Studies at Georgetown University, and foreign policy advisor in the Nixon administration, writes: "The current tragedy [in Sudan] results from the deliberate colonialist policy of Great Britain more than a century ago to put two totally different peoples into one administrative unit in order to better carry out its policy of divide and conquer....From my own proprietary knowledge as a government official, I know that the Israeli Mossad has tried to orchestrate the war between the south and the north, and the CIA has funded it, for more than thirty years. The objective is to pit black Africa against Arab Africa and thereby reduce the Arab, and now the Muslim, threat to Israel."

Until recently, "the Nazi holocaust barely figured in American life," says Prof. Finkelstein. "Everything changed with the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war....it was only after this conflict that The Holocaust became a fixture in American Jewish life....[since then] it has been used to justify criminal policies of the Israeli state and U.S. support for those policies."

Prof. Finkelstein sees the federally funded Holocaust museum on the Washington Mall as "incongruous." "Imagine the wailing accusations of hypocrisy here," he says, "were Germany to build a national museum in Berlin to comemmorate not the Nazi genocide but American slavery or the extermination of the Native Americans."

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["My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice . . . And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people." (Adolf Hitler, April 12, 1922, according to Norman H. Baynes, ed. "The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939," Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942)--Chris Thiefe, "Hitler Was a Christian: The Holocaust was caused by Christian fundamentalism," evilbible.com]

[This paper will serve to evaluate the legal issues pertaining to the use of the Internet as a medium of communication for Holocaust deniers--Avi-Jacob Hyman, "A Draft of a Legal Policy Paper on how to Deal with the Dissemination of Racist and Holocaust-Denial Information via Electronic Media, particularly the Internet," eff.org, March 1995]

[In a much-publicized recent case, a Paris court on February 27, 1998, fined French philosopher Roger Garaudy 240,000 francs ($40,000) -- not 120,000 francs, as widely reported -- for statements made in his 1996 book Les mythes foundateurs de la politique israelienne ("The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics," reviewed in the March-April 1996 Journal). Specifically, he was found guilty of "denying crimes against humanity" by expressing scholarly skepticism of the Holocaust extermination story, and for "racist defamation" by citing the awesome Jewish role in the Western media.--Mark Weber, "French Courts Punish Holocaust Apostasy, Institute for Historical Review, March 22, 1998

[ . . . during the Second World War, a man-made catastrophe occurred within the British Empire that killed almost as many people as died in the Jewish Holocaust, but which has been effectively deleted from history, it is a 'forgotten holocaust'. The man-made famine in British-ruled Bengal in 1943-1944 ultimately took the lives of about 4-million people, about 90% of the total British Empire casualties of that conflict, and was accompanied by a multitude of horrors, not the least being massive civilian and military sexual abuse of starving women and young girls that compares unfavourable with the comfort women abuses of the Japanese Army.--Gideon Polya, "Bengali Famine, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, February 21, 1999]

[During its occupation of Taiwan, Japanese invaders killed 650,000 Taiwan compatriots and plundered countless amounts of properties. Japan's war of aggression against China resulted in 35 million Chinese casualties and Chinese economic losses of US$500 billion. --"Japanese Occupation of China, chinataiwan.org, April 17, 2001]

[Annette Insdorf . . . lists, together with the fiction films, 69 documentaries made since 1990 alone - a rate of almost one every two months. Elsewhere she estimates that there are at least six completed Holocaust documentaries that do not get distribution for every one that does. And the stream has continued at flood tide into 2003.--Barry Gewen, "Holocaust Documentaries: Too Much of a Bad Thing?, New York Times, June 15, 2003]

[. . . they knew nothing of the 1932-33 genocide in which Stalin's regime murdered 7 million Ukrainians and sent 2 million to concentration camps.

. . . this titanic crime has almost vanished into history's black hole.

So has the extermination of the Don Cossacks by the Soviets in the 1920's, and Volga Germans, in 1941; and mass executions and deportations to concentration camps of Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, and Poles. At the end of World War II, Stalin's gulag held 5.5 million prisoners, 23% Ukrainians and 6% Baltic peoples.

Almost unknown is the genocide of 2 million of the USSR 's Muslim peoples: Chechen, Ingush, Crimean Tatars, Tajiks, Bashkir, Kazaks. The Chechen independence fighters today branded `terrorists' by the US and Russia are the grandchildren of survivors of Soviet concentration camps.--Eric S. Margolis, "The 20th Century's Worst Crime Goes Unpunished," November 17, 2003]

[On March 14, the BBC reported that the Honduran government would investigate the killings of 1,569 street children in the last five years. The killers may well be "police or army personnel," according to Amnesty International, and there have been virtually no prosecutions. Not even the alternative left-wing press gave the story any coverage. In the Congo, 3 million have died in 4 1/2 years. Perhaps anti-Semitism is not, after all, a high priority.--Michael Neumann, "ANTI-SEMITISM A Minor Problem, Overblown," Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2003]

[Are the German foreign minister and the Dutch and Swedish prime ministers - after crossing themselves and proving they remember the Holocaust - planning to remind Israel that all the settlements, not only the outposts, are illegal? Will they demand that Israel evacuate them? Which of the participants in the ceremony will go to see the roads for Jews only and for Palestinians only? Will any of them protest the laws discriminating against Israeli citizens, only because they are non-Jews - Arabs - and threaten to impose sanctions unless these laws are revoked? . . .

This widely covered event shows that Israel has turned the liquidation of Europe's Jews into an asset. Our murdered relatives are being enlisted to enable Israel to continue not giving a damn about international decisions against the occupation. The suffering our parents endured in the ghettoes and concentration camps that filled Europe, the physical and mental anguish and torment that our parents were subjected to every single day since the "liberation," are used as weapons to thwart any international criticism of the society we are creating here. This is a society with built-in discrimination on the basis of nationality, and the discrimination is spreading on either side of the Green Line. This is a society that is systematically continuing to banish the Palestinian nation from its land and usurp its rights as a nation and its chances for a humane future.--Amira Hass, "Using the Holocaust to ward off criticism, Haaretz, March 16, 2005]

[Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald and Auschwitz are household names. But who recalls even more murderously prolific Soviet death camps like Kolyma, Vorkuta and Magadan? Stalin told Churchill he had killed 10 million farmers in the early 1930's, and hailed the butcher of 6 million Ukrainians, Commissar Lazar Kaganovitch, as 'our Himmler.'

The best current estimate of Stalin's victims is 20 million murdered before WWII, and 10 million from 1941-1953, a total democide of 30 million. Hitler's toll was around 12 million after 1941.--Eric Margolis, "Remember Russia's Bravery, But Also Its Crimes," ericmargolis.com, May 9, 2005]

Norman G. Finkelstein, "Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History," University of California Press (June 1, 2005)

Antony Lowenstein, "There are No Monopolies on Suffering," counterpunch.org, September 13, 2006

[Mao's gruesome callousness toward human life extended to his own people. "Half of China may well have to die," he declared as he launched the Great Leap Forward. (He didn't quite succeed, but for a while the "Guinness Book of World Records" listed him as history's greatest mass murderer, for having caused the deaths of 26.3 million people.)--Fareed Zakaria, "What Iranians Least Expect," Newsweek, October 2, 2006]

[Western academics, journalists and politicians generally IGNORE the WW2 man-made Bengal Famine in British-ruled India that killed 4 million - it was associated with a 1940s demographic deficit of 10 million, horrendous military and civilian sexual abuse of starving Indian women and girls, and may have been due to a deliberate, cold-blooded British scorched earth policy to discourage Japanese invasion from Burma. This Bengal Holocaust became a Forgotten Holocaust - it has been deleted from most British history books and from general public perception in a continuing process of egregious Holocaust Denial. Yet it was to the WW2 Bengal Famine that the word "Holocaust" was first applied--Gideon Polya, "UK, US And Israeli State Terrorism And Western Holocaust Denial," Countercurrents.org, December 21, 2006]

[Turning the Holocaust into a political asset serves Israel primarily in its fight against the Palestinians.--Amira Hass, "The Holocaust as political asset," Haaretz, April 18, 2007]

[Representatives of Israel's 250,000 Holocaust survivors are to demand more state support in a protest outside Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's house.

A government offer of a monthly stipend of $20 (10) was rejected as too little by survivor groups"--Israel faces Holocaust protests," BBC News, August 5, 2007]

[The company ran Bengal as a business, tripling the land tax and ordering farmers to plant cash crops instead of rice, a policy that contributed to the Bengal famine of 1770, which killed 10 million people.--Tom Griffin, "From Bengal to Baghdad: Three Centuries of Corporate Warriors," antiwar.com, October 16, 2007]

Craig Timberg, "Report: Congo's War and Aftermath Have Killed 5.4 Million," Washington Post, January 23, 2008

[The Goan Inquisition began in 1560, lasted until 1812. . . .

But before anyone could be burned, the necessary confession often took torture to extract. The Inquisition had a forty-one point manual for this. There was flogging, whipping, scalding, pressing. Fingernails were pulled out, eyelids sliced off. Fingers and toes were removed one by one. The ears, the nose, the lipss were all cut off. Legs and arms were amputated joint by joint until nothing was left but the torso, and the living head. Then the slow dismemberment began. Jews who had fled the Inquisition in Spain discovered that the Inquisition had come to India and found them.--Tony D'Souza, "The Konkans," Harcourt (February 1, 2008), p292]

[Iraqi deaths are now calculated at around one million.--Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, "Our crimes in Iraq must not be forgotten," Independent, February 12, 2008]

["Colleagues, this resolution is a recognition that up 120 million indigenous people have died as a result of European migration to what is now the United States of America," said sponsor Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, a Comanche Indian.--Colleen Slevin, "Colorado resolution compares Indians' deaths to Holocaust," Associated Press, April 30, 2008]

Avraham Burg,"The Holocaust Is Over; We Must Rise From its Ashes," Palgrave Macmillan (October 28, 2008)

John Mearsheimer, "Invoking the Holocaust to Defend the Occupation," talkingpointsmemo.com, December 10, 2008

Eric Walberg, "Book Review: 'Masters of Discourse' by Israel Shamir," axisoflogic.com, December 22, 2008

[As soon as he gets the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 passed, . . . It will be a crime to doubt the Holocaust.--Paul Craig Roberts, "Criminalizing Criticism of Israel: The End of Free Speech?," counterpunch.org, May 7, 2009]

Gideon Levy, "Holocaust remembrance is a boon for Israeli propaganda," Haaretz, January 28, 2010

[Islam saved Jewry. . . .

Almost all the Jews in the world were now ruled by Islam. This new situation transformed Jewish existence. Their fortunes changed in legal, demographic, social, religious, political, geographical, economic, linguistic and cultural terms - all for the better.--David J Wasserstein, "So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews?," thejc.com, May 24, 2012]

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