February 07, 2006
If only the mullahs could be logical and reasonable!
In an obvious attempt to muddy the water, Iran is planning to host a Holocaust cartoon festival:
IRAN'S largest selling newspaper announced today it was holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.I think "they" should go ahead and print the cartoons just to show the Iranians how lame their claim of a "double standard" is. But whether they do or not isn't the point. If, say, the Danish press refused to print the Holocaust cartoons, that's an editorial judgment wholly irrelevant to their right to do so.
What's more, the Iranians' argument is specious because they are demanding that "Western papers" do something reciprocally that they will not do themselves. Only if they printed both the Holocaust cartoons and the Muhammad cartoons would the Iranians be able to press this demand under cover of "fairness."
I suppose an argument can be made that the laws in some European countries (making it a criminal offense to deny the Holocaust) render all European claims of free speech hypocritical. But that's not logical either. Goering made a similar claim at Nuremburg: that the murderous Soviets had no right to sit in judgment on the Nazis. Yes they did. It is an elementary legal and moral principle that one's guilt is not determined by reference to the guilt of other people. Otherwise, I could beat a speeding ticket were I able to show that the traffic court judge was speeding too.
(The problem is, when dealing with Iranian mullahs, I'm afraid that logical arguments are a waste of time....)
posted by Eric on 02.07.06 at 08:33 AM
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