Irving, Voltaire and the incitement of hatred
I've already quoted the American supreme court justice who said that 'sunlight is the best disinfectant' and I'll throw in George Orwell for good measure, when he said, in what context I forget, 'To state it clearly is to refute it."
Irving's credibility as a historian, which once stood high enough for Christopher Hitchens to describe him as "not only a great fascist historian, but a great historian of fascism", has been destroyed by his vainglorious and blockheaded libel action against Deborah Linstedt. This, it seems to me, is the proper punishment for men such as Irving: to have his professional reputation destroyed and his living removed because of the wrongness of his writing. To imprison a man because of his writings seems closer to the mores of the regime he espouses and defends than it does to those of the allies that defeated it.