We must answer Holocaust deniers

The recent conference on the Holocaust held in Tehran should be viewed by the world as exactly what it was: nothing more than a propaganda effort by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to bolster his own political agenda and image as someone willing – even if ignorantly – to confront the United States and Israel. While Ahmadinejad called his conference a “scientific” inquiry, its participants included a former leader of the…

Walt Disney: man or mouse?

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, for instance, Disney was inundated with letters from outraged parents who felt that Snow White’s flight through the woods or Pinocchio’s excursion on Pleasure Island or the devil in “Fantasia” or Bambi’s mother’s death were all too real and terrifying and hardly a gloss. Disney would typically respond that he didn’t make films for children and that, in any case, children had to…