Inquisitor wrote:Great analysis diaz52!
I think the question for me is simply this - is Cole/Stein a help or hindrance to "holocaust" Revisionism at this point? While his early work will always be respected for what it was, one cannot dismiss his Irving-esque belief in much of the official narrative, while continuing to essentially argue against the claims at Auschwitz alone. Supporting the now thoroughly debunked claims of the "Reinhardt Camp" murder-mills without a shred more tangible evidence than that found at Auschwitz, is not exactly intellectually-consistent, to say the least. Moreover, this sort of half-measures approach leaves tons of "ammunition" for the enemies of Revisionism to latch onto - "see, even 'deniers' like David Cole/Stein believe there WAS a holocaust, and that this or the other thing, DID occur, at such and such camp, blah, blah..."
Obviously, any exposure to the truth is a good thing...in theory. But when too many half-truths and arbitrary observations, or sins of omission, if you will, dominate the project, I can't help but think that no, this isn't really helping the cause after all.
Perhaps I'm missing something...
Thank you Inquisitor. And yes I think you're right about it not helping the cause very much compared to what it could have been, and that's a shame. This could have been a huge leap forward. There's no question about it, that this was a let down. His waffling has diluted the impact that the book could have had. But I don't think its a total loss.
My brother, whom I love dearly, is very much a case in point. I had spoken with him for years about this topic, and as he's become a born again evangelical and a Christian zionist we've all but ceased communicating. Not that it matters but I myself am a Catholic. I say not that it matters as I do know a good many evangelicals who are not Israel-worshippers as so many have sadly become. However back to my point, I remember my brother did once email me a link to an article on David Irving. The article was after David had been released from prison and he was doing his groveling & back tracking, as his way of waving the white flag to the Judeo-supremacists. And my brother's statement in the email was: "See? Even this guy who you've spoken about in the past admits that millions of Jews were exterminated by the Nazis."
So the damage had been done. I replied that Irving is doing what he felt he had to, to save whats left of his tattered future, and his daughter's future, that he'd paid a heavy personal price, indeed his very freedom for a year for speaking about what he believed, etc. However it sounded weak, like a rationalization, like a stretch. I believe it to be true but it doesn't sound very convincing.
I was really excited about Cole's book I guess for four main reasons:
First, Cole bypasses the first line of defense of the establishment that Holocaust deniers/revisionists are 'haters and anti-semites, due to Cole being a Jew. And the whole 'self-hating Jew' thing doesn't have nearly the impact of calling someone a racist or an anti-semite. So they can't and always couldn't throw those powerful slurs at him.
And secondly, I was expecting and hoping his book would be argued as intelligently, passionately, and as effectively as his work from the 90's. And while he's still very bright even with his CVS discount vodka sauce addled brain, his waffling sucks all the conviction and passion out of his work. His shockingly frank revelations about his sessions of self gratification were amusing though, lol. And his sense of humor is still sharp, and made for an entertaining read if nothing else.
Thirdly, his book was being sold in stores like Walmart and Barnes & Nobles. The whole 'replublican party animal' aspect of his story seemed to have allowed the Holocaust revisionist aspect of the book to fly under the radar of the censors. It's even being sold in Germany for Heaven's sake. That's something positive right there. It could and probably has reached a lot of people that books that deal with this subject normally do not. The impact clearly won't be what it could have been but it may cause some to pause and think twice about what they've been told about Auschwitz particularly.
And lastly, I was sure that an effective presentation of his revisionist views would lead people to seek out his videos on youtube, both his excellent 'David Cole interviews Dr. Franciszek Piper' and his Donahue and Montel Williams videos. And on this point, his book probably will do this. So this isn't a total loss.
And on the bright side Cole's recent work such as his 'Museum of Tolerance Caper' and his audio tapes of Michael Schermer making various admissions are great, great stuff.
So it's a letdown but its not a total loss. We didn't get the grand slam we were hoping for but maybe we ran a batter in. Good can still come of it. I haven't decided if I'm going to send a copy of it to my brother, but I may. We'll see.
-You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
-The establishment can't control the web, and the control of information through all means but one, is no control at all.