Archive/File: orgs/american/united-states/department-of-defense/deomi/holocaust-revisionism.006 Last-Modified: 1997/07/15 CONCLUSION The question arises, why should we be aware of or care about Holocaust revisionism? As a service member or Commander, how does this impact my mission? Holocaust revisionism does not operate in an isolated or sterile environment. Often the same groups that believe in revisionism believe in racism or the overthrow of the government; however, this is not to say that all revisionists are racist or anti-government, but it appears more so than not. This movement has grown so much in the last decade that more and more Americans are being exposed to its message through the printed word, radio, TV, and now the Internet. One reason why we should concern ourselves with revisionism is explained to us by Carlos Huerta: Why teach it? It is difficult to frame and answer aimed at someone not knowledgeable in the scope, volume, and effect of Holocaust revisionism today, just as it is difficult to explain to a high school student why he or she needs to learn algebra or a foreign language. What is evident to someone studying the revisionist phenomenon can be obscure to one not acquainted with it. The fact that one out of five Americans believe it is possible that the Holocaust may not have happened is indicative of something more than just a lack of knowledge about the Holocaust. Not knowing about the Holocaust is very different from believing that it may not have happened. (7:19-20) A successful fighting force is a cohesive one, one where all members have respect for each other's diversity and dignity. Holocaust revisionism has the potential to destroy that respect. One of the most important missions that commanders have is the mission to "Protect the Force." Part of that protection requires that we be aware of movements that might weaken the effectiveness of our fighting forces. Our service members are recruited from society and, as a consequence, we inherit the prejudices and problems of the society. Holocaust revisionism is a real force, such as racism, hatred, or discrimination, that must be dealt with. Not to deal with it is not to give our members in uniform the support that they need to defend this Nation.
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