Via Harry’s Place, deep thoughts from a guy who earlier this year called Hitler “an easy scapegoat” vis-a-vis the various interests that helped propel him to power. Say this for him, though: He sure is efficient. From the Holocaust to the Jewish-controlled media to the sinister Jewish lobby to the inevitable scapegoating of Israel in just five short sentences. All that’s missing is an accusation of organ-harvesting and a sly insinuation about how many Jews might have stayed away from the Trade Center on 9/11. Ah well. There’ll be more interviews.

The good news? That Hitler “documentary” he’s working on promises to be a humdinger.

The 10-part documentary [which Stone is planning] will address Stalin and Hitler “in context”, he says. “Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support.”

He also seeks to put his atrocities in proportion: “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30m.”

Why such a focus on the Holocaust then? “The Jewish domination of the media,” he says. “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.”

Replies Norm Geras, calling Stone “contemptible and brutish”:

No one who has taken any close interest in the history of the Second World War could be unfamiliar with the extent of Russian suffering and death under German occupation. So ‘more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people’ is a purely apologetic trope, since at that level of human catastrophe the insistence on maintaining a sense of proportion about five to six million Jewish dead is a plain attempt to diminish. And what follows that is then standard anti-Semitism: the Jews control the media and they work hard at it; and this is what accounts for the focus on the Holocaust (rather than any features of the genocide itself).

The Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee have already issued statements denouncing him, but of course, to Stone’s defenders, they’re just part of the conspiracy. (“See? He was right.“) Exit question: Is he too well-established a crank at this point for us to care what he thinks?

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