Ahenakew´s disgrace (NATIONAL POST OP-ED) 12/16/02)
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Call us pawns of the vast Jewish conspiracy that exists in David
Ahenakew´s hate-addled mind, but we were shocked and repelled by the
Saskatchewan Indian leader´s statement that Hitler did the world a
favour with the Holocaust.
"The Jews damn near owned all of Germany," he said on Friday. "That´s
how Hitler came in ... That´s why he fried six million of those
guys ... I don´t support Hitler but he cleaned up a lot of things,
didn´t he? You would be owned by the Jews right now the world
over ... The hell with the Jews."
Were this man an ordinary citizen, he might be dismissed as a
pitiable bigot. But Mr. Ahenakew is a former head of the Assembly of
First Nations, Canada´s leading native lobby group. His comments were
delivered at a conference organized by the Federation of Saskatchewan
Indian Nations, of which he is a senator and a former chief.
The position of FSIN "senator" is ceremonial. But clearly, Mr.
Ahenakew´s views are so toxic that the group should strip him of the
title and explicitly repudiate his remarks. Mr. Ahenakew is also a
member of the Order of Canada, our country´s highest honour for
achievement. He should lose that too.
Mr. Ahanakew would not be the first Order of Canada recipient to give
up his membership: In 1998, an advisory council opted to strip
disgraced hockey czar Alan Eagleson of his award after he was
convicted of fraud. With this in mind, taking back the honour from a
man who regards the Jews as a "disease" should not be controversial.
(© Copyright 2002 National Post 12/16/02)
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