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Det er underlig: Mens Iran står midt oppe i en spent situasjon med Vesten, spiller Iran ut et kort som garantert vil undergrave enhver tillit: Myndighetene velger å støtte en konferanse som skal ganske Holocaust som historisk faktum.

Iran announced plans Sunday for a conference to examine evidence for the Holocaust, a new step in hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s campaign against Israel _ one that was likely to deepen Tehran’s international isolation.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi did not disclose where or when the Holocaust conference would be held, nor would he say who would attend or what had prompted Tehran to sponsor it.

On Saturday, however, Ahmadinejad urged the West to be sufficiently open-minded to allow a free international debate on the Holocaust. Asefi adopted that theme.

«It is a strange world. It is possible to discuss everything except the Holocaust. The Foreign Ministry plans to hold a conference on the scientific aspect of the issue to discuss and review its repercussions,» Asefi told reporters.

Earlier this month, the Association of Muslim Journalists, a hard-line group, proposed holding a similar conference, but Asefi said he was not aware of the association’s wishes. He said the conference he announced was planned and supported by the ministry.

Ahmadinejads Holocaust-kjør gjør det svært vanskelig for Irans venner utenfor landets grenser å gjøre noe.

Ahmadinejad ser ut til bevisst å velge konfrontasjonslinjen. I en to timer lang pressekonferanse lørdag sa han det var Vesten som burde forsøke å bygge opp tillit, ikke Iran.

«So why do you strike a mighty pose? I advise you to understand the Iranian nation and revolution in a better way. A time might come that you would become regretful, and then there would be no benefits in regretting.»

Iran Notches Up Anti-Israel Campaign

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