Ahmadinejad doesn't suffer from a lack of memory .. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 07.10.09 | 22:59 (IST)

    It's just that the memory is selective. He remembers well the meddling of the US and UK in Iran. He remembers Israel's ties to the Shah's secret police. He remembers the atrocities committed by the Shah. Shia Islam is built around the grievance of of the murder of Ali in 661AD. But he forgets the vast atrocities committed by the Islamic regime, the mass hangings, the torture. Similarly, Israelis remember the slaughter in Hebron in 1929, but not so much the one in 1994. Every terror bombing is memorialized, but not so much Qibya and Deir Yassin. Americans prefer to think about Pearl Harbor over Hiroshima. Japanese would rather recall Hiroshima over Nanking. 9/11 vs Faluja, Sderot vs Gaza, the list goes on and on. But why deny the Holocaust? Because everyone needs to be the victim. And another person's victimhood is just an inconvenient fact that gets in the way of one's own, and must be denied. Hence Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad.

    from the article: Ahmadinejad, Netanyahu and the Holocaust: The ethics of memory
    First published 15:46 07.10.09 | Last updated 16:12 13.11.09
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