David Irving’s having been jailed for three years by an Austrian court for making a speech in 1989 denying the Holocaust as commonly understood, is beyond belief. Not only does it make Vladimir Putin appear a great proponent of free speech, but it also hints at the totalitarian potential of the New European Order. Our good man in the Kremlin has an invaluable precedent on his hands now: if the EU can jail people for what it declares bad scholarship, so much can Putin, for anything his satraps don’t like.
The fact that Irving is 68 and has a 12-year-old daughter makes this conviction triply outrageous. (To say nothing of the standard of limitations — none appies to thought crimes, which is equated with murder.)
Moreover, the odium of this case may push a section of the European public to go revisionist big time, perhaps along those lines, logical faults notwithstanding:
— Why does the establishment insist on persecuting Irving and the like? Because the elites are afraid of them.
— What do the elites fear the most? The truth, of course.
— Hence there must be some truth in what Irving is (was) saying.
— So we weren’t that bad to the Jews after all, huh? Let’s get rid of the guilt complex at last!
— Now that the stupid guilt is gone, let’s go beat up the Muslims.
— Now that Hitler seems like a precursor to the EU, it’s OK to hate both the Russians and the Americans.