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投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2008 年 6 月 22 日 22:23:30: CjMHiEP28ibKM



PJB: Was the Holocaust Inevitable?
posted by Linda

by Patrick J. Buchanan

“What Would Winston Do?”

So asks Newsweek’s cover, which features a full-length photo of the prime minister his people voted the greatest Briton of them all.

Quite a tribute, when one realizes Churchill’s career coincides with the collapse of the British empire and the fall of his nation from world pre-eminence to third-rate power.

That the Newsweek cover was sparked by my book “Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War” seems apparent, as one of the three essays, by Christopher Hitchens, was a scathing review. Though in places complimentary, Hitchens charmingly concludes: This book “stinks.”

Understandable. No Brit can easily concede my central thesis: The Brits kicked away their empire. Through colossal blunders, Britain twice declared war on a Germany that had not attacked her and did not want war with her, fought for 10 bloody years and lost it all.

Unable to face the truth, Hitchens seeks solace in old myths.

We had to stop Prussian militarism in 1914, says Hitchens. “The Kaiser’s policy shows that Germany was looking for a chance for war all over the globe.”

Nonsense. If the Kaiser were looking for a war he would have found it. But in 1914, he had been in power for 25 years, was deep into middle age but had never fought a war nor seen a battle.

From Waterloo to World War I, Prussia fought three wars, all in one seven-year period, 1864 to 1871. Out of these wars, she acquired two duchies, Schleswig and Holstein, and two provinces, Alsace and Lorraine. By 1914, Germany had not fought a war in two generations.

Does that sound like a nation out to conquer the world?

As for the Kaiser’s bellicose support for the Boers, his igniting the Agadir crisis in 1905, his building of a great fleet, his seeking of colonies in Africa, he was only aping the British, whose approbation and friendship he desperately sought all his life and was ever denied.

In every crisis the Kaiser blundered into, including his foolish “blank cheque” to Austria after Serb assassins murdered the heir to the Austrian throne, the Kaiser backed down or was trying to back away when war erupted.

Even Churchill, who before 1914 was charging the Kaiser with seeking “the dominion of the world,” conceded, “History should … acquit William II of having plotted and planned the World War.”

What of World War II? Surely, it was necessary to declare war to stop Adolf Hitler from conquering the world and conducting the Holocaust.

Yet consider. Before Britain declared war on him, Hitler never demanded return of any lands lost at Versailles to the West. Northern Schleswig had gone to Denmark in 1919, Eupen and Malmedy had gone to Belgium, Alsace and Lorraine to France.

Why did Hitler not demand these lands back? Because he sought an alliance, or at least friendship, with Great Britain and knew any move on France would mean war with Britain ― a war he never wanted.

If Hitler were out to conquer the world, why did he not build a great fleet? Why did he not demand the French fleet when France surrendered? Germany had to give up its High Seas Fleet in 1918.

Why did he build his own Maginot Line, the Western Wall, in the Rhineland, if he meant all along to invade France?

If he wanted war with the West, why did he offer peace after Poland and offer to end the war, again, after Dunkirk?

That Hitler was a rabid anti-Semite is undeniable. “Mein Kampf” is saturated in anti-Semitism. The Nuremberg Laws confirm it. But for the six years before Britain declared war, there was no Holocaust, and for two years after the war began, there was no Holocaust.

Not until midwinter 1942 was the Wannsee Conference held, where the Final Solution was on the table.

That conference was not convened until Hitler had been halted in Russia, was at war with America and sensed doom was inevitable. Then the trains began to roll.

And why did Hitler invade Russia? This writer quotes Hitler 10 times as saying that only by knocking out Russia could he convince Britain it could not win and must end the war.

Hitchens mocks this view, invoking the Hitler-madman theory.

“Could we have a better definition of derangement and megalomania than the case of a dictator who overrules his own generals and invades Russia in wintertime … ?”

Christopher, Hitler invaded Russia on June 22.

The Holocaust was not a cause of the war, but a consequence of the war. No war, no Holocaust.

Britain went to war with Germany to save Poland. She did not save Poland. She did lose the empire. And Josef Stalin, whose victims outnumbered those of Hitler 1,000 to one as of September 1939, and who joined Hitler in the rape of Poland, wound up with all of Poland, and all the Christian nations from the Urals to the Elbe.

The British Empire fought, bled and died, and made Eastern and Central Europe safe for Stalinism. No wonder Winston Churchill was so melancholy in old age. No wonder Christopher rails against the book. As T.S. Eliot observed, “Mankind cannot bear much reality.”

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by wayakucha | 2008-06-22 22:28 | ホロコースト
投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2008 年 1 月 02 日 20:31:05: CjMHiEP28ibKM


Holocaust denial up since Irving released, report says

Holocaust denial increased around the world during 2007, following a temporary lull last year, a report released this weekend found.

Holocaust denier David Irving awaiting Vienna court's verdict on his appeal.
Photo: AP

The annual report, "Holocaust Denial: A Global Survey - 2007," published by the Washington-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, found that Holocaust-denial activity was up worldwide, following a drop in 2006 due to the imprisonment in Austria of leading denier David Irving.

Irving returned to the lecture circuit this year after his release, and other Holocaust deniers continued their activities in various countries, including holding a conference in Italy to defend Holocaust-denial, the report said.

In the Middle East, the report said, some Arab and Muslim regimes continued to sponsor Holocaust denial, with the government of Iran organizing an internationally-condemned conference of Holocaust deniers in Teheran.

At the same time, the report cited several hopeful developments: The former prime minister of Indonesia, a prominent Muslim figure, has condemned Holocaust denial; the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO have both passed resolutions opposing Holocaust denial; the European Union has urged all its member states to adopt legislation prohibiting Holocaust denial; and efforts by some European governments, especially Germany and Austria, to prosecute Holocaust-deniers have helped curb denial activity.

Dr. Rafael Medoff, the director of the Wyman Institute, said Sunday there was much the West could do to combat Holocaust-denial.

"When European governments prosecuted individual Holocaust-deniers, it led to a decrease in denial activity overall," he said. "But when there was leniency, such as releasing David Irving from prison early, it had the opposite effect. In addition, American and European aid to Arab or Muslim regimes that sponsor Holocaust-denial could be used as leverage to persuade them to change."

Medoff co-authored the year-end report with Holocaust scholar Dr. Alex Grobman.
by wayakucha | 2008-01-02 20:38 | ホロコースト
投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2007 年 12 月 09 日 14:21:48: CjMHiEP28ibKM


ダニエル・J・ゴールドハーゲン著 / 望田幸男監訳
税込 8400円
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序 ホロコーストに関する中心的観点の再考
 I ドイツの反ユダヤ主義を考える
1 反ユダヤ主義再考
2 近代ドイツにおける抹殺的反ユダヤ主義の展開
3 抹殺的反ユダヤ主義
 II 抹殺論者の計画とソシキ
4 ナチスのユダヤ人攻撃
5 絶滅の執行者と機構
 III 警察大隊
6 警察大隊――大量虐殺実行者
7 第101警察大隊の隊員たちの行動
8 第101警察大隊の隊員たちの動機を考察する
9 警察大隊――生活・殺戮・動機
 IV 絶滅政策としてのユダヤ人「労働」
10 ナチ期におけるユダヤ人「労働」の根拠と形態
11 「労働」収容所における生活
12 労働と死
 V 死の行進
13 死の道
14 行進はどこに向かうのか
 VI 抹殺的反ユダヤ主義、普通のドイツ人、自発的な死刑執行人
15 犯行者の行動に関する競合する説明
16 大量虐殺の動機としての抹殺的反ユダヤ主義
by wayakucha | 2007-12-09 14:54 | ホロコースト