Following are excerpts from a TV debate with Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh, which aired on Channel 2, Iranian TV on April 3, 2008.
Nader Talebzadeh: When Islam appeared on the scene... Islam was around even before, but the Islam that we have seen in the past three decades has generated reactions throughout the world and is growing. It is like a landlord returning to his property. Take a look at all the big cities in America. Thirty years ago, you could not find a single mosque there, but today, there are a In Los Angeles, there are hundreds of mosques, and the same goes for New York.
Host: If there really is freedom of expression, why are they so quick to respond whenever the issue of the Holocaust and the burning of the Jews in World War II arises, or whenever somebody tries to investigate this? Why is there no freedom of expression in this case?
Nader Talebzadeh: It has recently become clear that they are intolerant when it comes to this issue. In fact, the return of Islam to the scene has revealed how intolerant they are about discussing the Holocaust. They [imprison] their intellectuals, experts, and researchers, such as Roger Garaudy and Robert Faurisson. All they did was to investigate the figures and say that they were wrong - gas chambers and Zyklon B could not have killed so many people, and the figures regarding Dachau and Auschwitz cannot be true.
Therefore, when they cannot tolerate... The appearance of Islam on the scene has made it clear... Only now are they becoming aware of their intolerance. The fact that the West does not tolerate any criticism of Israel... Today, even the White House is aware of this. Last year, Jimmy Carter portrayed this clearly in his widely discussed book, in which he wrote that it is very strange that... It is just like in the story by Hans Christian Andersen, in which the Emperor has no clothes, and it is a child who exposes this. Jimmy Carter said that nobody in the American Congress dares to criticize Israel in any way. Isn't this strange in a country that purports to believe in liberty?
Today, in America, the only people who dare to criticize Israel are Jews - you must be a [Norman] Finkelstein, a [Noam] Chomsky, or a Mark LeVine. Nobody else dares to speak out about it even in the media, let alone in Congress. It is an unwritten law. It is very strange that there is silencing of voices in a country that purports to be free and liberal.
In my opinion, Al-Qaeda and the Mossad are a team. When 9/11 took place, the FBI arrested five or six Mossad agents who were filming the building, and they were sent back to Tel Aviv that same day.