Monday, January 16, 2006

For Some, Words Don't Count

I was born in 1963. Everything I know about World War II, and about the Holocaust, I learned from other people's words.

Now Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requires more than people's words to prove that the Holocaust happened. (In case you've missed the story, you can read it here.)

One has to assume that, if books aren't sufficient proof of the horror that occurred, and if the testimony of survivors is untrustworthy, and if films and photos are inadmissible, then nothing short of a lightning bolt -- or perhaps a trip via a time machine back to 1930's Europe -- will constitute evidence of the holocaust for Mr. Ahmadinejad.

For some people, words just don't count.

Besides words, though, what do we have?

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