Adding more concern about Muslim Brotherhood extremists occupying the Egyptian government, a top aide to President Mohammed Morsi claims that the Holocaust never happened. Fathi Shihab-Eddim, who is charged with appointing editors to state-run newspapers, has come up with the ludicrous idea that six million Jews left Europe and came to America. The reason is to coverup allied atrocities.
“The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented…U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it [the Holocaust] to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb.”
If the goal was to justify the dropping of the two atomic bombs, the imaginary Holocaust that Shihab-Eddim purports should have been replaced by something more appropriately associated with Japan not Germany.
Being that the atomic bombs were dropped three months after Nazi Germany surrendered and documented evidence of the Holocaust emerged, Shihab-Eddim’s timeline is a bit complicated. Then again, if six million Jews could slip out of Europe without anyone knowing it, then devising the Holocaust to deflect attention about the dropping of two atom bombs that wouldn’t happen for three months sounds like a minor timing problem.
The real problem with Shihab-Eddim’s theory is that the true horror of the Holocaust became widely known after Germany surrendered. There’s not much purpose in doing that if the effort is to dehumanize the Germans during war.
It used to be Holocaust deniers were mainly Nazi-linked supporters. With the Iranian government embracing this historical revisionism and now some in the Egyptian government, the world is moving further to an Orwellian version of history. Being that Shihab-Eddim is in a position to influence the content of Egyptian newspapers, the opportunity for him to spread his personal view of history to the Egyptian people is frightening.