By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
In an interview on NBC Hassan Rouhani, the new Iranian president, clearly demonstrated how he differed from his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Rouhani showed his true colors. He is a Holocaust denier. He is more subtle and more soft spoken about it than Ahmadinejad was, hence, he is much more effective. Rather than deny the entire Holocaust, Rouhani denies the details and the numbers
"The massacre by the Nazis was condemnable. We never want to sit by side with the Nazis," he said. "They committed a crime against Jews - which is a crime against Christians, against Muslims, against all of humanity."
"The Nazis committed a crime in World War II," he said. "As to the scale of the massacres, and the numbers that my predecessor mentions, let's leave that to the historians."
So the massacres happened - not the Holocaust.
And then he acknowledged that many were killed --- but he is leaving it to historians to debate the question of just how many.
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