Eye-opening op-ed about Holocaust denial
posted by Kaimipono D. Wenger
I’m half shocked, and half unsurprised, as the writer explains:
Western leaders today who say they are shocked by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s conference this week denying the Holocaust need to wake up to that reality. For the majority of Muslims in the world, the Holocaust is not a major historical event that they deny. We simply do not know it ever happened because we were never informed of it. . . .
For generations, the leaders of these so-called Muslim countries have been spoon-feeding their populations a constant diet of propaganda similar to the one that generations of Germans (and other Europeans) were fed — that Jews are vermin . . . In Europe, the logical conclusion was the Holocaust.
It’s a sobering read.
UPDATE: Also of note are the writer’s population numbers. As she notes, there are currently about 20 million Jews worldwide, and about 1.2 billion Muslims. That’s a startling difference — and one that, as a non-Jew and non-Muslim, I had never really thought about. For detailed breakdown, there are any number of population websites, such as here (worldwide Jewish population) and here (worldwide Muslim population by country).
I hadn’t realized it until I looked at the numbers, but there are 18 different countries with Muslim populations over 18 million (Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangledesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, and Uzbekistan). Each one of those countries has a Muslim population well in excess of the worldwide Jewish population.
I wonder how many Americans realize that numerical difference. I see Israel-Middle East conflict on the news, regularly, and it gives the vague impression that there are a lot of Jews and a lot of Muslims — at least, I had always gotten that impression. If asked, I’m sure I would have answered that there were more Muslims then Jews — but not that the difference was a 100-to-1 ratio. I’m surprised to have formed such a wrong impression, and I suspect I’m not the only one who has that idea. I wonder how many Americans would answer correctly questions like, “Which is greater, The worldwide Jewish population, or the Muslim population of Tanzania? Of Morocco? Or Uzbekistan?”