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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

     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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