In reporting on what it describes as a "pro-Holocaust" documentary being shown on Turkish television, Press TV gave us a trademark example of the gymnastics the Iranian government takes with regards to the existence of the Holocaust since Ahmadinejad made his now infamous remarks six years ago.
In a retrospectively amusing interview with journalist Mike Wallace back in 1976, the last Shah of Iran expressed some qualms over the Jewish lobby in the United States. He stated among other things it was too powerful for the interests of Israel as it pushed around and directly influenced too many people's decisions regarding certain issues. He was clearly referring to American Israeli lobby groups such as AIPAC when he pronounced these qualms.
Some 30 years later, the president of Iran would cause international controversy, condemnation, a media storm and widespread distress when he referred to the Holocaust as a mere myth; a fabricated legend created by the Zionists. Ahmadinejad's provocative pronouncements were downright hurtful to the Jewish people, as they directly undermined and cheapened an incident in history that is a major part of the collective Jewish psyche by denying it ever even happened and that the pain and suffering several of the survivors endured; the horror and memories of watching their families and friends perish or be brutally, systemically and callously murdered, as ocurred in the death camps in Poland, was simply a myth they bought into and that it didn't really happen to them. This is how they inflame and hurt people, by flat out telling them that the horrors which they had experienced and endured first hand had never even happened.
Personally I don't feel the need, nor do I have any desire, to have to silence Holocaust deniers, or deny them a right to voice their opinions, misunderstandings or skepticism with minor details they may not understand. To do so gives these fanatics their own free speech “martyrs” and further convinces them that their outlandish claims have therefore been given credence. While their pronouncements are certainly hurtful to the Jewish people, and are usually leavened with anti-Semitic innuendos, they are for the most part self-discrediting; those who preach them shouldn't be jailed for voicing such opinions, but should instead be shunned and shamed from all normal realms of society. Those who may be genuinely skeptical about the transpiration of the Final Solution and the widespread systemic destruction of European Jewry should be allowed to voice such skepticism and to have it addressed. Is that what Ahmadinejad is doing, as he has hinted towards on more than one occasion?