I cannot express enough my contempt for the sniveling neo-Nazi, David Irving. That he has such an obviously first-rate mind makes his bigotry all the more repulsive. But ... imprisoning someone for their beliefs, however vile, is a violation of basic Western freedoms. We cannot lecture the Muslim world on freedom of speech, while criminalizing it in the West. I know there's a historical reason for the Austrian law. That doesn't make it any less objectionable in principle. And what has just happened will only deepen the sense that the West has double-standards among many Muslims.