Creox wrote:Ironically, Chomsky is a believer, at least publicly.
It's quite impossible for anyone in the public eye to question the story. Doubly so if they belong to the left half of the political spectrum. Add to that being Jewish... look what they did to David Cole. So people like Chomsky and Finkelstein have to maintain their belief. Whether this is sincere or for public consumption we have no way of knowing, but both have been quite vehement in denying that they are deniers. Yet Chomsky took the risk of supporting Faurisson's right to publish, even writing a foreword for him. He also signed and publicly supported the petition against the imprisonment of Vincent Reynouard. Whether it is their intention or not, these two help Revisionism more by their present positions than by openly embracing it. For me Finkelstein was the bridge to actually questioning the H. I don't think I am alone.
I suspect that a much larger number than we realise have their doubts. My suspicions are based not on what they have said, but on what they don't say: discussing the war and only finding space for a ritual genuflection, or writing on related topics and jumping over this one. Both Churchill and de Gaulle may belong to this group, maybe Eisenhower. Go into a bookshop and pick up a fairly standard popular history volume on WW2 and thumb through it: you will find a routine reference to Auschwitz toward the end; you will likely find nothing on Treblinka, Belzec etc. Chances are there will be no numbers quoted. If you can find an older, pre-Industry book, you may find nothing at all.
I have in mind one well-known leftist whose main area is British and American imperialism. He is also a strong supporter of the Palestinians. This person did something on the way the press has been used since way back in the nineteenth century to support the official line in wars. He covered thoroughly the British and American propaganda in WW1and singled out Edward Bernays for special mention, including the development of PR in the Twenties and how he (Bernays) made smoking fashionable for women. When he (not Bernays this time) came to WW2 he did something deconstructing the "Spirit of the London Blitz" in 1940 and then jumped to the Korean War. No bombing of Germany, no Nuremberg, no Big H. You may realise who I am referring to, but I don't want to risk drawing attention to him by naming him.
I am pretty confident that Jacques Vergès, the French lawyer who defended Klaus Barbie (Gestapo chief in Lyon), and who offered to defend Saddam Hussein, knows the H is a crock of shit. Though little known in the Anglosphere, he is famous in France: of mixed French-Vietnamese parentage he is a strong opponent of French imperialism.