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Originally posted by ignorant_ape
“ expressing his views “ ? ………………. UTTER TWADDLE.
He went to Austria , as a foreign national ….. in an attempt to “ make a point “ , and IMHO more importantly stick two fingers up at the Austrian government .
It backfired , and quite rightly so …. With the Austrian authorities exercising their rights to prosecute violations of their laws.
The New York Post, a friend of the Jewish cause, found room for both a column by Eric Fettman under the head line "Wrong Answer - Jailing a Holocaust Denier" and a column by George Will, himself a philo-Semite, describing Mr. Irving's imprisonment as "indefensible" and a "folly." The Daily News, owned by a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Mortimer Zuckerman, ran out a column by Richard Cohen condemning Austria's decision as "fascist." We can understand the reasoning; our own Hillel Halkin wrote a column a couple of weeks ago arguing that laws against Holocaust denial are counterproductive. The Wall Street Journal, which has been heroic in its defense of Israel, ran both a column by Christopher Hitchens calling Mr.Irving's imprisonment a "disgrace" and an editorial claiming, "By imprisoning Mr.Irving, Austria has now forced serious people to come to the principled defense of a detestable man."
And that is why I believe that IRVINE should have been kept in a small cold camp cell for the full term of his sentence ………… because he chose to go to Austria and violate their laws.
Originally posted by Muaddib
BTW, trying to link this to "9/11" is amusing to say the least"....