Europe is truly in deep trouble. The forces of political correctness dominate the landscape making it virtually impossible to discuss the controversial issues of the day. I am no fan of David Irving, the disgusting holocaust denier who made historian Deborah Lipstadt’s life a living hell. His so-called scholarship is laughable and vile. Still, it is a disgrace that an Austrian court has sentenced Irving to three years in jail for holocaust denial:
“In Britain there was alarm at the sentence. “Anyone who denies the Holocaust is off their rocker,” Gerald Howarth, Tory MP for Aldershot, said. “But to send a man to prison for three years for something that he said sixteen years ago and has since changed his view — what are we coming to?”
Anthony Beevor, the military historian, said: “However nauseating, these people should be confronted in debate rather than chucked into jail and turned into martyrs.”
Americans have learned to successfully marginalize their holocaust deniers and Nazi sympathizers. These individuals are essentially ignored without threatening the First Amendment rights of the rest of us. The European Union countries simply do not get it. This is another nail in their coffin.