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Holocaust MythsErsun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter
In totality, the real holocaust was a collective slaughter of the human race, carried out by the collective actions of all of the world’s major governments.
(EUGENE, Ore.) - Much ink is spilled in the press when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refers to “the holocaust” as a myth. Israeli Ambassador Sallai Merridor, speaking recently at a “holocaust” remembrance ceremony stated that “Honoring the dead must not be the sole purpose of remembrance…When a regime is again…terrorizing its neighbors, threatening to destroy the Jewish people, how will we meet this challenge before it’s too late?”
While the Israeli government and its supporters frequently use “the holocaust” as a pretext for their crimes, little thought or attention is given to the simple fact that, despite being a demagogue and a fool, Ahmadinejad is correct.
The governments of the United States, Europe, and of course Israel, all seek to create and exploit a false version of history to support their own agendas. This mythology is used both to conceal their past crimes and to provide an ongoing justification for their continued crimes.
In order to buttress their lies, a false brand of holocaust denial is propagated and continually given airing in the public sphere. The false holocaust deniers assert that the German government did not put Jews in slave labor camps, or gas them, and they try to claim that only a few hundred thousand died, and not six million. These false holocaust deniers are paper tigers. Their only purpose is to provide an easily dismissed counter argument to the main holocaust myth, which once brushed aside, gives greater credence to the opposing set of lies.
The reality of the holocaust is that in World War I, 37 million people were slaughtered, and in World War II 50-70 million people were slaughtered. (Wikipedia)
The reality of the holocaust is that the Germans had slave labor camps, the Russians had slave labor camps, the Japanese had slave labor camps, and the Americans had concentration camps. All of the governments involved seized the property of their citizens unlawfully, used coerced labor, and conscription. These were all crimes committed by every country’s government against its own citizens.
In totality, the real holocaust was a collective slaughter of the human race, carried out by the collective actions of all of the world’s major governments. Whether this was done through collusion, or through the independent actions of the insane fools in each respective government, is really of no matter. The result is what is important.
The myth that the holocaust was something unique to Jews, and uniquely perpetrated by the German government, with Hitler as the figurehead, is pernicious in that it dramatically understates the scale of what actually occurred. This understatement is designed to distort history. It is designed to disguise the true causes of the World Wars, and it is designed to justify the crimes of the victors by overemphasizing the crimes of the defeated.
The holocaust myth is popular in America and Western Europe because it makes those countries out to be the heroes. It gives them a sense of victory in the defeat of Germany and Japan, which allows them to cover up their own shameful actions, and to forget that they too are genocidal maniacs, fascists, and racists. While Israel may use the holocaust most explicitly today, the myth of the holocaust is just as deeply ingrained in the identity of many non-Jewish Americans and Europeans as it is in any Jew.
The real holocaust was a 40 year festival of carnage that killed 100 million people. It wasn’t caused by racism, against Jews or anyone else. The root causes of the real holocaust were ignorance and insanity. To give any other explanation is to be preoccupied with surface phenomena. While many surface causes can of course be elucidated, they can all be traced back to those fundamental causes that underlie them.
It is often said that remembrance of the holocaust is the best way to prevent it from recurring. I could not agree more. But if remembrance is to be of any value it must be a remembrance of the truth and not of fiction.
Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter Ersun Warncke is a native Oregonian. He has a degree in Economics from Portland State University and studied Law at University of Oregon. At a young age, his career spans a wide variety of fields, from fast food, to union labor, to computer programming. He has published works concerning economics, business, government, and media on blogs for several years. He currently works as an independent software designer specializing in web based applications, open source software, and peer-to-peer (P2P) applications.
Ersun describes his writing as being "in the language of the boardroom from the perspective of the shop floor." He adds that "he has no education in journalism other than reading Hunter S. Thompson." But along with life comes the real experience that indeed creates quality writers. Right now, every detail that can help the general public get ahead in life financially, is of paramount importance.
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