Dear Peter & Joe,
Are you two referring to me in this discussion...Is it something I said, or are you just referring to the world generally and how it looks upon your concept and understanding of the phrase, "holocaust denial"? Do you think that because of your age, you have the wisdom of the world on your shoulders, far greater than anyone else, and which therefore entitles you to know what the only defintion of holocaust denial is?
I only ask because Peter has said, below, in no uncertain terms that he does not wish to discuss the matter further, that he has already researched all of it, and has the last word to say on it, that he hasn't got the time or the inclination...
And then goes on to discuss the subject further.
In that way you, Peter, attempted, and I say "attempted" to bar me...from saying anything further about it. And with that, Joe, you appeared to concur. The trouble is, with what you two concurred about really, I haven't a clue...must be some secret or other...and I bet you don't know yourselves.
Peter, you also impute a lot of meaning to things which I said, which I didn't say. And, you used, very effectively...you thought...the "ad hominis" argument whose use by others, you are so contemptuous of, to attack my credibility rather than answer the question. Rather a neat ruse, I thought...well used, well rehearsed...eh? And the thing is, you didn't need to use it...
see url: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ad%20hominem
If you have doubts about the person I was referring to in my previous posting, then why not do me the courtesy of asking? Then I would have told you the story.
And, of course, every student of history knows that Auschwitch was liberated by the Red Army...what a banal comment that was for you to make!
You didn't even pay attention to what I said, running off with some half-cocked idea of what you thought I said.
Now, I don't really care whether you attack my credibility, as I am used to that, and I know from past experience that it is a sign of discourtesy verging on arrogance from those who think they know better. And I don't really care whether you believe what I say...after all why should you? I don't believe what you say either! Why should I?
I do not participate in this list for those reasons. I came on here to learn and to share information, experiences, outlooks, opinions, beliefs...and have a bit of fun and entertainment too.
A word of advice, Peter, perhaps, if you hadn't mentioned the phrase in the first place, it would never have been discussed.
I wasn't attacking you personally, either. I was challenging what you said. If you don't want to be challenged, then my advice is, don't say it. And, as for pulling age as a sign of great wisdom which is superior to the rest of the world, don't make me laugh. Napoleon thought he had great wisdom too. Unfortunately what he thought was logic was luck and it ran out in Moscow. Just think, if only the older folks of this world, were a bit less impatient and worked a bit harder at explaining what they mean, particularly on the lessons or meaning of history, to our young people, then perhaps the younger generation would be more inclined to follow their example and be less frustrated and not perceive that the things which are wrong with this world, be they evil or not, lead to such things as wars and holocausts. Free speech is about speaking freely, not about shutting people up! Also, if we old folks were prepared to listen to our young people, we might be more willing to learn some of the more constructive lessons from their history, and their fears for the future, rather than going out and practicing the mistooks anew...but there again...perhaps not...:-).
And Joe, my apologies to you, because I haven't a clue where you come from, in which country you are a citizen, or which leader it is that starts off his speeches with a Nazi expression, or which Nazi expression. Perhaps you would care to enlighten me? But...if not...that is fine too.
And, pray, the two of you...As you appear to know so much...what were the "real" reasons for which the two world wars were occurred? I look forward to the omnibus edition...:-) .
In the meantime, I apologise to all of our colleagues, for allowing myself to become so stupidly distracted and say that I would like to get back to listening to what John Young and Debora Natsios were actually saying in their interview about the media and Snowden. Free speech indeed!
With kindest regards,
On 16/02/2016 14:02, Peter Presland wrote:
Ciao Joe. Right on.
I do try to avoid doing the breaking but, what with everyman and his dog
- and especially so in still cowed and occupied Germany - required to
believe that Hitler and the NSDAP represent the gold-standard pinnacle
of pure evil, it can be difficult.
As is repeated ad-nauseam by the Victors in their solemn pronouncements
and official histories: "...well sure, we may have done some bad things,
but we absolutely *had* to - after all it was war - and just look at
what our enemy was guilty of!! - almost anything would be justified to
rid the world of such unmitigated evil"
such parrot-fashion homilies go a long way to explaining why ANY
questioning of the holy dogma of 'Holocaustianity' (That's 'Free speech'
for Dougie's benefit) must be squashed - even in Putin's Russia since
last year too. After all were the holy trinity of "The Holocaust" (state
policy; 6 million; Gas-chambers) to be shown for the appalling callumny
that it so clearly is to anyone prepared to countenance and research
such heresy, then the Glorious victors would be revealed as little
different from the people they were fighting - and the real reasons for
both World wars would become that much more visible through the fog of
absurd obfuscation that continues to envelope them.
Galileo must absolutely *not* be allowed to propagate the heretical
notion that the Earth actually orbits the Sun eh?
On 16/02/2016 12:51, Joe Products wrote:
you reached the goodwin law breaking point
*Godwin's law* (or *Godwin's rule of Nazi analogies*)^
an Internet adage
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_humor> asserting that "As an
online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison
involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1
—that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes
on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or
something to Hitler <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler> or Nazism
But be aware that in one small country in the middle of Europe we have a
president who STARTS the discussion with NAZI reference.
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Datum: 16. 2. 2016 8:23:28
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On 14/02/2016 22:03, douglas rankine wrote:
> First of all, I apologise for assuming that you were fishing. etc.....
Sorry. I haven't the time to 'spell it out for you'. If you really have
been studying the subject 'for many many years' then, in spite of your
claim to the contrary, you would certainly have known about the Ursula
Haverbeck case together with the other names I mentioned.
I do not accept that the term 'Holocaust denial' has any legitimate
meaning other than as an ad-hominem term of abuse.
Also, forgive me for doubting that "..in my lifetime I knew
people .... who were at the "liberation" of Auswitch". Auschwitz was
liberated by the Red Army.
I am older than you. I was fortunate enough to have been able to retire
at age 58 and have spent the past 16 years doing little else but study
the *real* history of the 20th century - and later. I am appalled,
saddened and deeply angered by what I have learned. I heartily wish
things were not so - but they were, they are and I cannot unlearn what
it would be far more comfortable not to have learned - ignorance (or a
plausible fairy tale) is bliss as the saying goes.
I could recommend a few good starter 're-education' books if you really
were interested but, from the content of your email, it appears you
believe - as I used to - that you have a pretty thorough and accurate
My post was to supply information. I'm afraid I have neither the time
nor inclination for extended discussion/disputation.