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Ann Masterson writes from Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday, May 16, 2000
Prof. Richard Evans: If the price is right
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." So wrote Professor Noam Chomsky, a man of great intellectual stature, in a world where many professors are mediocre.
Professor Evans does not refuse to debate you in Court, for a price of course (see below), but will refuse to debate you at Cambridge University, -- i.e. in his own back yard! In doing so, he also seeks to limit your freedom of movement and freedom of expression.
He seems to dislike you -- with a vengeance! You have the right to address any audience, at any university, as you are not a person who has harmed anybody in his life. Rather, your opponents have gratuitously indulged themselves at the well of hate.
They fear open debate for the truth might emerge, and their efforts are to suppress the truth. Lie down with Lipstadt & Co., and one gets up mute! Or, on a committee to look at alleged confiscated property. If the price is right.
Website fact: The stamina of the defence team in the Lipstadt libel action was aided by a six million dollar slushfund provided by Steven Spielberg, Edgar J Bronfman, and the American Jewish Committee, which enabled them to pay 21 lawyers and "experts". A million pound lollipop was figuratively brandished from the defence lawyers' table throughout the trial, and all those who behaved got a lick at it; their experts like the "scholars" Prof. Evans, Prof. Longerich and others were paid up to £125,000 ($200,000) each (on top of the academic salaries they continued to draw) to testify as they did. Nobody was paying for Mr Irving. His defence witnesses testified without payment, from conviction. [Help!]