THE HISTORY MAN
All history is selective. Let’ get that straight
from the very start. All history is manipulated, distorted and
processed to support individual versions of events. Thus David Irving
is only following in a long and ignoble line of ‘historians’ who seek
to justify their own ideas and prejudices by interpreting events to
fit their personal viewpoint.
Some people still believe that Britain went to war
with the Nazis to support the Poles or to save the Jews. That’s the
way history is taught to kids in school. That’s how it’s still
presented in books, on TV and any other ‘western’ source material; the
great and noble fight by democratic nations against the dark forces of
genocide and tyranny. Ofcourse I chose not to believe this line and
prefer to think that World War 2 was a desperate rearguard action by
terrified businessmen to protect their economic interests at all
costs. So, jail me!
David Irving’s imprisonment in Austria for charges
of ‘holocaust denial’ has made a free speech martyr of the neo-nazi
icon. The man is a pest, that’s true and he’s dangerous too, providing
quasi-intellectual succour to the hardcore rump of ‘Aryan’
supremacists still denying the mass extermination of millions of Jews
in places like Belsen and Auschwitz. They’re, quite rightly, still a
tad touchy about things like that in the Fuhrer’s fatherland and you
can understand why. Those who seek to deny the despicable parts of
their nation’s history only serve to excuse the actions of their
people; this is true in Austria as it is in Israel, America and
England. The vast majority of people want a sanitised version of
history, one that presents its own version of events as ‘the truth’.
Irving has a long track record of holocaust denial,
which is why he’s finally being paid back for decades of provocation
but should we jail people simply for stating what they believe to be
the truth, or even for saying things that they know NOT to be true but
say them anyway. I don’t believe in plenty of things. I don’t believe
in God or Jesus, and in a previous age, that too was punishable with
imprisonment and even death. From Socrates to the Inquisition, people
have been sacrificed at the alter of blasphemy. Mind control and
revisionist readings of facts don’t have to be brutal and dictatorial,
they can be used in a subtle way; by simply repeating orthodoxies
until they become the accepted truth.
Is David Starkey any less dogmatic, less selective
with the facts than David Irving? Should we jail him for his
monarchist bias? (Yes! Ed). Starkey has a platform on national
television, as do countless other neo-imperialist apologists, royalty
cranks, warfare fanatics and assorted death glorifiers because they
repeat the ‘British’ version of events; that history is a succession
of regal dynasties and political and military leaders who shaped the
world around us. In other words, Carlyle’s maxim that “history is the
essence of innumerable biographies” is all we need to know.
That’s just one part of it, an important part but
nevertheless a simplistic microcosm of complex issues and events.
Anyone who bucks the establishment line, who speaks out against THEIR
truth is regarded as a traitor, a militant, a dissident, a threat to
the ‘national interest.’ Ofcourse who decides what is and what isn’t
in the national interest is not open for discussion. Let David Irving
deny the holocaust if he wants, that’s his right as a human being.
People will believe what they want to believe, that’s human nature.
Hitler knew this better than anyone. “The broad mass of a nation…will
more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one,” he said and
this one’s even better; “Only constant repetition will finally succeed
in imprinting an idea on the memory of a crowd.”
He was mad old Adolf but he wasn’t daft.