Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is asked by MSNBC anchor Brian Williams to clarify his statements about the Holocaust. (September 2006)
Ahmadinejad Â makes very clear that his stance is understood but does not admit that there was a tragedy perpetrated on the Jewish people, but does make a circular argument about the place of the Jewish people in history. He also makes a case for theÂ Palestinians and other groups of people that suffered through the war and died. 58 million of them, civilians, that died. He does not recognize a distinction between Jews and any other group that suffered during the war, though he obviously is a bit less broken up about the Jewish people’s plight. As a politician he wants to speak in the here and now and not be consumed with arguing a past that can not be changed, only debated.