Sunday 18 February 2018

Ian O'Doherty's 'unnamed journalist' was absolutely right

Far-right politician Geert Wilders Picture: Reuters
Far-right politician Geert Wilders Picture: Reuters
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Ian O'Doherty might look in the mirror when addressing the "Outragerati" from his lofty pedestal of historical accuracy and its sensible interpretation. In his hubris he assumes the right to rebut that which he deems "unworthy of rebuttal" as he fillets an unnamed Irish journalist for comparing "the plight of Muslims in Europe today to that of Jews in the 1930s", calling this a "disgusting minimisation of the Holocaust".

I'm one of the "Facterati", Ian, and, for historical accuracy, the systematic extermination programme known as the Holocaust did not commence until 1941, but its seeds were being laid throughout the '30s, and many parallels with that time sadly pertain today.

My work takes me to Germany for a week or more every month where I see first-hand the evolution of politics and society over the past four years. I have friends working in the education and integration of Muslim refugees. I see day-to-day life on the streets and hear the opinion of Germans, both pro- and anti-immigration/EU, etc.

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