Bridget Johnson 09 Nov 2006
World Politics Watch Exclusive
It’s been no secret that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad aims to turn anti-Semitism into an art form. And it was no surprise — though still sickening — when Iran launched a Holocaust cartoon contest in response to Muhammad caricatures published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

As some angry Muslims torched Danish embassies and demanded the heads of the Danish cartoonists, Iran sought to turn the tables on the “intolerant” West with the Holocaust contest, challenging the West to stomach religious offense with the mocking of six million Jewish deaths. (Deaths which, according to Ahmadinejad, are part of some elaborately constructed myth to support the establishment and continuance of the Jewish state.)