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Friday, December 15, 2006

Tehran Holocaust Conference

An Iranian blogger comments on Mr. Ahmedinejad's Holocaust Conference, "What is in it for me?." Indeed, what is in it for them? This conference will not ingratiate Iran with the European powers or the US. It will not help to feed the Iranian people. The Iranian official press made a mockery of the respectable Iranian academic establishment and Iranian intellectual achievements by referring to this gathering that featured former Klan leader David Duke, and cuckoo self-styled Austrian "rabbi" Moishe Aryeh Freidman as "Top Scholars." So what is in it for Iran? Nothing. What is in it for Ahmadinejad? Playing to the local extremists in Iran? Winning an anti-Semitism contest with Al-Qaeda? On the other hand, perhaps what is in it for Ahmadinejad is an intrinsic "reward" - doing bad is its own reward. Holocaust denial is part of Iranian ideology.

Tehran Holocaust Conference
There is a term in business when you want to sell an idea called :"WIIFM" or "What is in it for me?" and people try to judge business situation based on the logical answer they give or receive. Seems that when you live in Iran, you should ask "WTHIHTDWM" or "What the hell it has to do with me?" when you hear about political moves. I have been trying to answer this since I heard the news about the Holocaust conference in Tehran but still no luck!. It is very normal in Iran to see things that you do not understand and approve mainly because the politics here is mainly to impress people of other nations of the middle-east even if it kills Iranian reputation. When I was in Libya, I met many people from different countries of the Arab world and they were all so happy about this much opposition Iran puts against Israel exactly the opposite to many people in Iran who ask WTHIHTDWM?
In the streets of Tehran, I bet not many are even aware of the conference, the city is so covered by election posters for the upcoming city and expediency council elections next Friday and many people are basically more interested in the Asian games than anything else.
For us as humans, there is always a great regret of any tragic event in any human society, that is the lesson we should learn from history and if Iranian government wants to show sympathy with Palestinians, it should not let such historical lessons to be jeopardized.
I am sorry that the Iranian Holocaust is very much forgotten. By the end of WWII when the allied troops invaded Iran and used it as the bridge of victory to help Russian, hundreds of thousands of Iranians died from hunger, historic records are showing that the invading troops were intentionally buying and dumping tons of food to keep it like that. Any need for a conference on this Mr. President?

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