Now that the smoke has cleared from the Holocaust conference held in Tehran earlier this month, it’s easy to let the story make way for the latest headlines. But we should remember its impact, even if that delights host and notorious pot-stirrer Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran’s President has long enjoyed (and yes, he surely enjoys them) headlines for his inflammatory comments regarding Jews and Israel. And there’s little doubt that he appreciated the attention given to his conference.


But that doesn’t mean we should now ignore it and pretend it never happened. There’s no point in dismissing the conference or trying to shun it into irrelevance. Just as it is dangerous to deny the Holocaust existed, so it is dangerous to deny this conference ever took place.


Speaking out against its topics, which include “A Challenge to the Official Holocaust Story” and “Holocaust, the Achilles Heel of A Primordial Jewish Trojan” did not accidentally validate those sentiments. In fact, ignoring it or pretending it’s not important would have given the conference a quiet legitimacy. If there is no voice to challenge a position…the position goes unchallenged. For some, that makes it appear to be more factual.


Ironically, that trend is exactly what upsets those who attended this conference. They believe the Holocaust has been exaggerated (or fabricated) for political purposes. As a result, they created an event that has drew visitors from all over the world. Whether the intentions are good or evil, it’s clear that there is power is speaking out and finding a common voice against something you find offensive.


Therefore, it’s important that people everywhere harness that power against something as offensive as the Holocaust conference. Staying quiet can provide undeserved legitimacy. Speaking out did not inadvertently make the event more important; it was already an important reminder of the prejudices that exist today. But it does lend another voice to the chorus who condemn such sentiments, and that cannot be a bad thing.


The conference is over, but the story is not. Those attendees are now back in their home countries, blending into society and furthering their own agenda. Their voice will not go silent now that the conference has ended. Ours should not either.

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