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Khamenei ‘raises doubts about the Holocaust’ on Twitter after Dorsey defends protecting his tweets

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei questioned the facts of the Holocaust on Twitter Wednesday. The tweet was sent as Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey was being grilled by lawmakers on Capitol Hill for time and time again refusing to censor or flag the Iranian leader’s antisemitic, hateful, and dangerous statements on the platform. Moreover, the Senators pressed Dorsey on why Twitter chooses to continually censor President Donald Trump for questioning the safety of mail-in ballots and alleged an apparent double standard.

“The next question to ask is: why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust? Khamenei tweeted Wednesday. “Why should anyone who writes about such doubts be imprisoned while insulting the Prophet (pbuh) is allowed?”

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS, asked Dorsey Wednesday about the platform’s censorship policy. In response, Dorsey defended keeping the Iranian leader’s tweets protected because he’s a world leader whose language in those tweets that is considered protected as “saber-rattling.”

 “We did not find those to violate our terms of service because we consider them saber-rattling, which is part of the speech of world leaders in concert with other countries. Speech against our own people or a country’s own citizens we believe is different and can cause more immediate harm,” Dorsey told the Committee Chairman.

Dorsey also admitted that Holocaust denial isn’t “misinformation,” according to Twitter’s rules.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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