Thursday, December 14, 2006

Deny, Deny, Deny

The St. F.X. prof who attended the Iranian government's Holocaust denial symposium is now claiming that, hey, how was he supposed to know all those Jew-hating conspiracy theory nuts were going to show up:

Dr. Dossa told the Globe and Mail that he is not a Holocaust denier, and called those who deny the Holocaust "hacks and lunatics." Still, his presence at the conference, sponsored by the Iranian government and featuring speeches by anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers, has raised eyebrows on campus and has been condemned by some university officials.

Yesterday, the university distanced itself from Dr. Dossa's decision to attend the conference, which has been roundly denounced internationally. Dr. Riley said faculty members have the right to free speech, but stressed that Dr. Dossa isn't receiving any university money to be in Iran.

"Despite all that, it's still our name and he still works at our university," he said. "So I want to make it very clear . . . that the university is not lending any credibility, not an ounce of credibility, to the exercise that occurred in Tehran."

He added: "I think there's going to be a lot of discussion about the appropriateness of attending the conference, that's for sure. I'm already expecting to have different things suggested within the university community. It's not appropriate at this point to map out any specific things that will happen."

Dr. Dossa knew full well what the conference was about and who was going to show up. The Iranian government had been planning this event for months and calling on academics the world over to come. For some weeks before the event, the symposium was in the news, and Tehran made no secret of what the focus would be.

And Dr. Dossa went all the same.

So much for his "surprise. He's seeing his tenure at risk and backpedalling as hard as he can.

Source: Globe and Mail


Anonymous said...

Let's send the Mossad after him!

I want this guy dead now!

We must never question history or the past even when written by the victors!!

Matt said...

I agree loyalist, the guy is a quack and has some questions to answer

Anonymous said...

fire him and then deport him

Anonymous said...

deport him where? he is Canadian. You want to deport him to Canada?

One thing has nothing to do with the other...your comment is simply ignorant and stands against anybody who wishes to express a rational comment.

We need to examine "quacks" like you who live in our own country before we can judge someone elses.