From mkelley@U.Arizona.EDU Fri Sep 20 16:00:36 PDT 1996 Article: 67125 of alt.revisionism Path: nizkor.almanac.bc.ca!news.island.net!vertex.tor.hookup.net!hookup!news.uoregon.edu!arclight.uoregon.edu!nntp.primenet.com!cs.utexas.edu!ennfs.eas.asu.edu!noao!news.Arizona.EDU!nevis.u.arizona.edu!mkelley From: Marty Kelley
Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Re: Tom Moran Can't read (again!) (Was Re: Holocaust Specifications For "Proof") Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 11:27:41 -0700 Organization: The University of Arizona Lines: 211 Message-ID: NNTP-Posting-Host: nevis.u.arizona.edu Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII Repost Note: Tom Moran's only reply to a previous version of this post was to complain about my occasional use of caps and underlining to emphasize words. I have removed these stylistic devices from this repost so that Mr. Moran will not be distracted by them. I sincerely hope he will now address the serious logical flaws that I point out in his reading of Deborah Lipstadt's 11/8/93 letter to the _New York Times_. -----begin re-post------ Tom Moran's misreading of Deborah Lipstadt's 11/8/93 letter to the _New York Times_ is so full of illogic that sorting out his lies and errors will take a bit of effort. For the sake of clarity, it might be useful to reference my two earlier replies to Mr. Moran's distortion of this letter, archived at: www.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi?people/l/lipstadt.deborah/press/ny-times.110893 www.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi?people/m/moran.tom/moran-repeats-lipstadt-lie On Mon, 16 Sep 1996, tom moran wrote: > Marty Kelley wrote: > > >On Sun, 15 Sep 1996, tom moran wrote, regarding Deborah Lipstadt's > >> Anyway, the gist of her mentality and criteria for historical > >> accuracy lies in her statement "They argue Pressac's book is > >> superfluous; the tears of the survivors should be sufficient proof." > >> > >> Let me reiterate Deborah's terse statement on historical > >> accounting; > >> > >> "...; THE TEARS OF THE SURVIVORS SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT PROOF". [Repost note: oddly, Mr. Moran uses all caps here to emphasize what he wrongly thinks is Lipstadt's point...] [snip] > > > > But golly, Mr. Moran--she's saying that this is what others say. She is > >not saying that she believes this--in fact, she goes on to explicitly say > >that Holocaust deniers must be countered with facts, and that therefore > >Pressac's book is necessary. > > They argue Pressac's book is superfluous; the tears of the survivors > should be sufficient proof. > > These are the words. I left off quote marks so it is clear that the > sentence is Ms.Lipstadt's and not a reference to something a > revisionist said, as Mr.Kelley is trying to infer. Wrong, Mr. Moran. In both clauses of the sentence, Dr. Lipstadt is referring to survivors and others who complain that Pressac's book is "superfluous." She is not referring to "revisionists" here. > The first part of the sentence is her statement on what revisionists > argue, the part, after a semicolon, is her statement on what should > suffice. A semicolon is different than a comma. It is defined in the > dictionary as "used to indicate a major division in a sentence". No, no, no, Mr. Moran--once again, though, you have given me a rather interesting punctuation exercise to use with my students. (Remember your problem with commas when we were discussing U.S. Supreme Court decisions?) A semicolon does indeed mark "a major division in a sentence." However, in this sentence, it does not indicate that the second clause is Lipstadt's opinion. According to one textbook, "semicolons can be used to join independent clauses if the second clause restates or sets up a contrast to the first." Read in the full context of her letter, it is readily apparent that the second clause restates the first--i.e., that Lipstadt is attributing the claim that "the tears of the survivors should be sufficient proof" to the same people who claim that Pressac's book is "superfluous." She disagrees with people who make such claims, and then goes on to explain why documentary work such as Pressac's is important. [snip] > >Hey, let's look again at the full text of her letter.... > > > >" Jean Claude Pressac's book detailing how the Nazi gas chambers at > >Auschwitz actually worked (news article, Oct. 28, Week in Review Oct 31) > >has elicited condemnation from a variety of sources contending that > >"genocide was possible because it happened." > > Now she is not giving the full sentence here, is she? Why not? She was quoting it accurately. Here, however, is the full paragraph in the 10/28/93 _NY Times_ article about Pressac's book: Some concentration camp survivors and their children living in France have reacted angrily, saying in a statement that the book amounts to the height of cynicism. "Genocide was possible because it happened," they said. (_NY Times_, Oct. 28 1993, p. A3) Nothing in this paragraph indicates that Lipstadt is misquoting anyone. Are you arguing that she is quoting the source inaccurately? > > > They argue that Pressac's work is superfluous; the tears of the > >survivors should be sufficient proof. > > The sentence of controversy. > > >" In the best of all possible worlds they would be right. The > >testimony of those who suffered as well as the corroboration of the > >perpetrators themselves would be the ultimate proof. > > Now this sentence is hard to relate to any preceding relevance > which she implies with "...they could be right". She states that > testimonies are the ultimate proof, whereas we could very well say > that actual photographs of what should be there, according to > Holocaust evidence and real forensic reports, and documents that are > not subject to interpretations, but actually say something concrete. Well, no. She states that in the best of all possible worlds, a book that goes over already-proven facts would be superfluous, and the fact that both the survivors and the perpetrators were in agreement on what happened should settle the matter. However, note that she uses the phrase "in the best of all possible worlds," Mr. Moran. People use that phrase when they are acknowledge that ours is not the best possible world. So once again, this paragraph argues directly against the notion that testimony is sufficient proof. [big snip] > > I too have been challenged as to why I had to write a book > >exposing the background and methodology of the deniers. > > Right here is a most ridiculous statement. Maybe Mr.Kelley can > translate it into something understandable. What the sequence has > been, is, she has been challenged to a debate, she refused, and opted > instead to write a book "exposing the background and methodology of > the deniers" in lieu of using the mounds of evidence to undo the utter > nonsense. Mr. Moran is apparently confused about who Lipstadt is referring to. Here, she is not referring to "challenges" from Holocaust deniers, but to challenges from historians and others who believe (wrongly, I think) that paying any attention to Holocaust deniers gives them undeserved attention. As to the contents of Lipstadt's book, Mr. Moran has repeatedly said he has never read it. As a matter of fact, Lipstadt does use documented evidence to address several main denier claims. [snip] > > Had they been > >ignored from the outset, my book would also be superfluous. But too many > >people, including naive students and talk show hosts, treat them as an > >other "point of view." So a comprehensive analysis of the deniers was > >necessary. > > Here she states again the motive and contents of her book, "a > comprehensive analysis of the deniers" instead of a comprehensive > analysis of denier arguments and presenting the awesome stuff she > claims. Once again, since Mr. Moran has not read Lipstadt's book, it's clear that he is unaware that she does, in fact, present a compelling analysis of the flaws in deniers' arguments. She convincingly shows that they routinely lie, quote selectively, and engage in dishonest pseudo-scholarship. [snip] [Marty Kelley:] > >Mr. Moran apparently does not understand the concept of attributing a > >statement to others in order to refute it. > > > >Here's a scenario: Suppose Mr. Moran wrote "There are some who claim that > >the Holocaust happened, that millions of innocent people were wiped out > >by the Nazis," and then went on to argue that he didn't think that was > >the case. Would Mr Moran consider it accurate if I then wrote, "Tom > >Moran admits that `Millions of innocent people were wiped out by the > >Nazis'"? That's precisely equivalent to what he's done to Lipstadt's text, > >although Mr. Moran seems wholly unable to recognize it. > > Mr.Kelley should use this whole sequence as a lesson for his > class and see what they have to say. Maybe they could make a > connecting relevance to Mr. Kelley's 'parable' example above. Excellent idea, Mr. Moran! When the syllabus permits, I will give my students the 10/28/93 _NY Times article about Pressac's book, Dr. Lipstadt's 11/08/93 letter, and copies of our discussion. I'll ask them to pass on their comments to this newsgroup. In particular, we'll focus on your weird interpretation of the semicolon's function. Incidentally, I have been showing Lipstadt's letter to cseveral colleagues, both graduate students and professors, and asking them to summarize it. To avoid "bias," I have not told them about our discussion in a.r. Not a single one of them has agreed with your interpretation of Lipstadt's comment about "the tears of the survivors." (That sample includes, by the way, a German graduate student studying second-language teaching.) > I would say Ms.Lipstadt is thoroughly corrupt. Whether she knows > it or not, that is another question. > > Her statement above, "They argue Pressac's book is superfluous; > the tears of the survivors should be sufficient proof" is, 'What they > say; what she says'. > > I would rate Mr.Kelley in the same ranks as Ms.Lipstadt. I would be honored to be in the same ranks as Dr. Lipstadt! ---------------------- Marty Kelley (mkelley@U.Arizona.EDU) "The level of discourse in campaigns is so low, we really may as well get in a tub of Jello and wrestle." --Rep. Patricia Schroeder, on Comedy Central's "Politically Incorrect"
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