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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

They stone people in Iran, don't they?

Oliver Stone 'in Context' (Image via NewsBusters)
Read related » Oliver Stone: 'Jewish-Dominated Media' Prevents Hitler from Being Portrayed 'in Context'
[Reading this related article in its entirety is recommended.]
“Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the "Jewish domination of the media." The director also defended Hitler and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and railed against the "powerful lobby" of Jews in America. [Obviously, if Jews "rule the world", ruling America would have to be a prerequisite — TBH] Stone said that his upcoming Showtime documentary series "Secret History of America," seeks to put Hitler and Communist dictator Joseph Stalin "in context". […] Stone said that, "Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed]." The Sunday Times interviewer then asked why there was such a focus on the Holocaust. "The Jewish domination of the media," responded Stone. "There's a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years." The director, who recently met with Iranian President Ahmadinejad, also slammed the U.S. policy toward Iran as "horrible".” [emphasis and comment added]
— By Alana Goodman, 07/25/2010 (
First of all, let me address the ignorant aspect of Stone's vile rant. It is true that the number of Russians killed by the Nazi invaders was without precedent, in absolute terms. According to Wikipedia the total deaths have been estimated as 23,954,000 (out of a pre-War population of 168,524,000), which represents 14% of the Russian population. Considering that 14% of the American population today (310 million) would be 43.4 million people, you can easily comprehend what a horrific catastrophe that was for the Russian people. Nevertheless, 6 million Jews exterminated by Hitler's Nazis, out of a total pre-War population of 9.5 million European Jews amounts to 63% of European Jews! To put that "in context", consider that 63% of the American population today would be 196 million Americans!

The stupidity of Stone's comparison that, "Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than [he did to] the Jewish people" is that the damage to either demographic can only be compared quantitatively via relative numbers (%), not using absolute numbers of people, because these demographics themselves are, as in most demographic comparisons, not equivalent in number.

As to Stone's Jew-hating remarks, he is just another in a long line of pseudo-intelligentsia who perpetuate the despicable Protocols of the Elders of Zion, "an antisemitic text purporting to describe a plan to achieve global domination by the Jewish people. Following its first public publication in 1903 in the Russian Empire, a series of articles printed in The Times in 1921 revealed that much of the material was directly plagiarized from earlier works of political satire unrelated to Jews."

Finally, where are Stone's Holyshitwood peers (yes you, Spielberg, et al.) when one of their own is spouting anti-American and Jew-hating remarks? Where's the outrage, eh?

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