Whether Christiane Amanpour has intentionally misinterpreted Rouhani's statement about the Holocaust; whether Christiane Amanpour does not have proper knowledge about Persian language are not my goal in this short note. These are some issues, which should be judged by either CNN broadcasting company or CNN's viewers. However, here below is the exact translation of Rouhani's statement about the Holocaust, word by word, which has been published in Fars News website an Iranian official news agency. It should be mentioned that usually I don't trust Iran's news agencies and their analyses. But in this particular matter, as i couple of times checked, the Fars News has exactly and precisely translated Rouhani's statement word by word, as he said during this interview.
Rouhani's statement in exact English translation about the Holocaust is as follows.
There are some important points in Rouhani's statement noted above. Firstly, Rouhani does not use the term "Holocaust" in his statement. He uses some words such as crime against humanity, genocide, and crimes, which have been committed by the Nazis, but he never uses the term "Holocaust" in his remarks.Rouhani's: "I have said before that I am not a historian and historians should specify, state and explain the aspects of historical events, but generally we fully condemn any kind of crime committed against humanity throughout the history, including the crime committed by the Nazis both against the Jews and non-Jews, the same way that if today any crime is committed against any nation or any religion or any people or any belief, we condemn that crime and genocide. Therefore, what the Nazis did is condemned, (but) the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers, I am not a history scholar." (Farsnews, 2013)
Secondly, the most important issue with regard to the Second World War is the scale and scope of the crimes that the Nazis have committed. We should bear in mind that nearly 20 million people were killed during the Second World War. Most of these people were killed in the battle during those horrific years. But the most important issue is that among those large scale victims, just 6 million innocent Jews were mass murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War. The term "Holocaust" defines this barbaric and inhuman act of the Nazis against a particular group of people; it describes the mass murder and genocide of 6 million innocent Jews; it refers to large scale destruction of Jews people by the Nazis during the Second World War. In this respect, no matter who we are or what type of nationality we have; not matter we are atheist, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist or Christian; not matter, we are agree or disagree with the domestic or foreign policy of Israel; no matter we are historian, researcher or not; we cannot deny the Holocaust as a horrific historical event. The Holocaust is a devastating historical event, which happened during the Second World War. Thus, we, as neutral human beings should strongly condemn all the crime that the Nazis committed against Jews and other people around the world, including the Holocaust itself. The tricky point is here that Rouhani the same as Ahmadinejad stands in the state of denial about this event and totally ignores this historical fact by saying that some Jews and non-Jews were killed by the Nazis, but this is the responsibility of historians and researchers to evaluate the scope and dimension of these crimes.
At this juncture, I would like to ask Christiane Amanpour a simple question as follows. Ahmadinejad also claimed that we know some Jews were killed during the Second World War. But let us perform a research to find out how many Jews were killed, as Ahmadinejad stated. Let us perform a research to find out that the story of murdering of 6 million Jews during the Second World War is a true or a false story, as Ahmadinejad claimed. In this respect, what is the difference between Ahmadinejad's statement and Rouhani's recent remarks about the Holocaust?
As noted above, in fact, Rouhani repeats exactly Ahmadinejad's argument about the Holocaust but with another words. Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust with some other words; Rouhani also denies the Holocaust by saying "what the Nazis did is condemned, (but) the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers, I am not a history scholar".
In the final part of this short note, some questions are still unanswered. These are the questions that the readers of this short note should deeply think about them and find reasonable and logical answers to them.
Why Christiane Amanpour misinterprets Rouhani's remarks in this matter? Why Christiane Amanpour tries to fabricate a false and fake picture from Rouhani by this unbelievable misinterpretation? What type of goal is Christiane Amanpour pursuing by this big misinterpretation?
*** Notification: The Islamic Regime has unfiltered CNN in Iran since today. I don't know how long this unfiltering will continue, but this event shows that there is some correlation between misinterpretation of Rouhani's statement about the Holocaust and CNN's unfiltering in Iran. Shall we call that a secret deal? or a present in response to Rouhani's statement misinterpretation by CNN?
M. Sirani 28.09.2013
Rouhani's English remarks ("013). URL<: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920703001316>. Accessed on: 28.09.2013