Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Irving/Waldheim

It just occurred to me that the Austrian President at the time David Irving made the comments for which he has just been imprisoned was Kurt Waldheim, the former General Secretary of the United Nations. According to the UN’s online biography of Waldheim, these were his early years:
The Secretary-General was born at Sankt Andra-Wordern, near Vienna, Austria, on 21 December 1918. He graduated from the University of Vienna as a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1944. He is also a graduate of the Vienna Consular Academy.
Hang on, haven’t they skipped a bit there? Ah, yes...
...Waldheim had lied about his service as an officer in the SA-Reitercorps (Stormtroopers - Cavalrycorps), a paramilitary unit of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) before the war, and his time as an ordinance officer in Saloniki, Greece from 1942 to 1943. It is known and documented that many crimes against civilians were committed during the military occupation of Greece. Instead, Waldheim had incorrectly stated that he was wounded and had spent the last years of the war in Austria. Speculation grew, and Waldheim was accused of being either involved, or complicit, in "war crimes".
It's not the like UN to cover up the dodgy goings on of its Secretary Generals, is it?

As I said yesterday I find Irving’s views abhorrent, but isn’t it somewhat ironic that when he committed his crime in Austria, Waldheim was its leader?

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