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From: nebukhadhnasar@... (Abdallah Tahhan)
Subject: Ahenakew troubles
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 07:14:02 -0800 (PST)
Thanks, belatedly, for alerting me to the article
about former Chief Ahenakew, the Native American with
the non-politically correct views.
Today I got a post from a Canadian White activist,
Paul Fromm, who got David Irving's award in
Cincinnati, and who reports that that Ahenakew is
predictably the target of a hate campaign (sorry, I
guess it must be a "love campaign" since they don't
believe in hate, only Nazis do) on the part of the
I don't share Fromm's concern to bolster the White
population in Saskatchewan, nor would I even care to
echo his criticisms of Ahenakew, but at least he
provides some further follow-up information.
I see that Powell has now made statements impugning
the Iraqi mass destruction weapons report. One step
up on the White House escalation scale I suppose.
Meanwhile in Jordan they're recruiting vollunteers to
form brigades of human shields for sites in Iraq.
The NY Times yesterday said that the US defense dept.
was planning a big disinformation offensive to help
out America's image in the Islamic world. One tactic
is to be the funding of pro-American mosques and
religious schools and the discrediting of the
anti-American ones. "Kosher Islam" one might call it
I wonder what this PBS special about Muhammad the
Prophet will be like. In our area it's supposed to
air tomorrow. US-based Islamic groups are pushing it,
so it probably says how he preached love and how
Muslims are really decent people except for a few
misguided baddies who fly planes into buildings
because of their "mixed up" "erroneous" theology. It
might even have sickening scenes of Bush visiting
mosques to emphasise that we Americans -- Muslims,
Christians, and Jews -- all believe in love and
tolerance under our wise leader.
Then again, maybe it'll be "strictly" historical.
Somehow, in the present atmosphere, I doubt that
Dear Free Speech Supporter:
It didn't take long for the universe to descend like
a ton of bricks
the Thunderbird's wrath on David Ahenakew, the Indian
leader who gave
original take on World War II in a speech on the
on Hitler and the Jews are controversial, many would
Still, why should he not have a right to express
himself? If he's so
base, his monied opponents, with all the armament of
the Asper press at
their disposal and free access to other media, can
blow him out of the
water. They can, for instance, explain how he's dead
wrong that the
own a large share of the Canadian mass media and
"that's power." Of
Ahenakew's views are sweeping and overly broad -- the
type of talk
hear late at night in a bar. So what? Where he's
wrong, he should be
Instead, we see the choking hand of totalitarianism
Canadian Jewish Congress did not take long to demand
that Ahenakew be
stripped of his Order of Canada medal. We don't know
what he received
for, but presumably his past achievements or position
merited it. His
recent statements don't nullify his past. We equally
opposed the rush
strip Alan Eagleson of his Order of Canada award, when
he was convicted
financial chicanery. His crimes did not negate his
contributions to the
hockey world for which he'd been honoured.
The National Post (December 16, 2002), the flagship
of the Asper Press
surprisingly, jumped on the CJC bandwagon, endorsing
its demand that
dissident be stripped of his honours. As well, the
Post fell to
the Saskatchewan Federation of Indian Nations on what
to do to Chief
Ahenakew: "The position of FSIN "senator" is
ceremonial. But clearly,
Ahenakew's views are so toxic that the group should
strip him of the
and explicitly repudiate his remarks. Mr. Ahenakew is
also a member of
Order of Canada, our country's highest honour for
lose that too."
Alliance leader Stephen Harper, sadly, just doesn't
get it. He's
the suppression bandwagon. He wants a "hate crimes"
that's real "reform." The price of dissent is prison,
destruction. What ever happened to manly, muscular
debating? Why must
strange ideas risk sending he who utters them to
prison or the poor
By mid-day, Harper had his wish. The Saskatchewan
government had asked
RCMP to initiate a thought crimes, I mean "hate
against the chief.
Interestingly, Ahenakew, who doesn't seem to like
Whites much either,
predicting that, within 40 years, Indians will be a
Saskatchewan and, then, Whites will become the
are going to be the Indians and we're going to be the
If Harper and others really represented ROC -- the
Rest of Canada;
is, other than privileged minorities -- he might be
honouring us with
as to how to prevent the Indian takeover of
Saskatchewan. How might we
encourage Euro-Canadians to settle in Saskatchewan to
keep the numbers
Sadly, as so often happens, the entire issue seems to
feelings of one particular minority group.
Is there a single leader is this once great Dominion
prepared to put
Canada -- not minorities! -- first?
You can contact the Saskatchewan Federation of Indian
Suite 200-103 A Packham Avenue
Telephone: (306) 665-1215
Fax: (306) 244-4413
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION INC.
Native leader defends Hitler
Order of Canada member: Calls Jews 'disease' and says
Nazis were right
National Post, with files from Southam News
Monday, December 16, 2002
CREDIT: Bill Keay, The Vancouver Sun
Native leader David Ahenakew has been accused of
racism after remarks
made on Friday.
The Canadian Jewish Congress is calling on members of
the Order of
to mobilize against a fellow member, a First Nations
leader who said
people are a disease and Hitler was right when he
''fried'' six million
David Ahenakew, the former chief of the Assembly of
First Nations and
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN),
an assembly of native leaders, saying it was an effort
by Hitler to
up the world.''
In a rambling 45-minute speech to an assembly of
native leaders in
Saskatoon on Friday, Mr. Ahenakew attacked Jews and
Asians. Later, when
reporter asked him to clarify his remarks, Mr.
Ahenakew, for many years
respected senator in the FSIN, repeated his position.
''How do you get rid of a disease like that, that's
going to take over,
that's going to dominate?'' he told the Saskatoon
Keith Landy, president of the Canadian Jewish
Congress, said yesterday
hopes Mr. Ahenakew's fellow Order of Canada members
will speak out
him and pressure the Governor-General to revoke his
Ahenakew was named to the order in 1978.
''This is really a vile speech. Before I realized who
this was, I
it was someone who was totally ignorant and had no
knowledge of history
the kind of suffering our respective peoples have had
to endure,'' Mr.
''To hear this kind of vitriol from the mouth of
someone who has that
of stature sickens the heart. I would like to leave it
to his fellow
travellers in that order to take it upon themselves to
decide what to
Stephen Harper, the leader of the Canadian Alliance,
to launch a hate crimes investigation.
''This is quite shocking. I have seen a lot of vile
political stuff in
life, but I have never seen anything this bad,'' Mr.
During a conference on native health care in Saskatoon
on Friday, Mr.
Ahenakew's profanity-laced rant attacked immigrants
''The Jews damn near owned all of Germany prior to the
war,'' said Mr.
Ahenakew. ''That's how Hitler came in. He was going to
make damn sure
the Jews didn't take over Germany or Europe. That's
why he fried six
million of those guys, you know. Jews would have owned
And look what they're doing. They're killing people in
Mr. Ahenakew, 68, said he learned about the Second
World War and the
Holocaust while serving with the army in Germany in
the 1950s and in
''All I know is what the Germans told me, '' he said.
''I believe them.
saw the Jews kill people in Egypt when I was there.
Arabs. I saw them [Israel] f---ing dominate
Mr. Ahenakew took aim at Jewish owners of media,
''Look at here in Canada. Izzy Asper, he controls the
media. What the
does that tell you? That's power. That's f---ing
Mr. Asper is chairman of CanWest Global, owner of the
StarPhoenix and other major Canadian newspapers.
''The hell with the Jews,'' Mr. Ahenakew concluded.
''I can't stand
And that's it. I don't want to talk about them.''
Membership in the Order of Canada can be terminated by
if such a recommendation is made by the Advisory
Council of the Order
Canada. The council consists of high-ranking
bureaucrats and other
recipients and is chaired by Beverley McLachlin, the
Chief Justice of
Madame Justice McLachlin could not be reached
In the 36-year history of the Order of Canada, only
one has been
In 1998, former hockey czar Alan Eagleson was stripped
of the order
he was convicted of fraud.
In the immediate aftermath of the speech, native
said Mr. Ahen-akew's views do not represent his
organization or Indian
people, although they added Mr. Ahenakew has a right
to speak his mind.
Perry Bellegarde, the chief of the FSIN, was somewhat
''Dave was a national leader, a regional leader and a
him for the work he has done,'' he said. ''Having said
that, I'm going
be meeting with Dave and the senate executive. Dave's
gotta account for
Friday's conference was intended to mobilize First
fight a plan by the federal government to require
Indians to sign a
form giving up some privacy rights in their health
Indians say the measure is unethical, an affront to
human dignity and
natives in a second-class category.
Human rights and government coercion were supposed to
be the theme of
''There is irony there, no question,'' Mr. Bellegarde
A deep split was apparent yesterday in the native
Delia Opekokew, an aboriginal lawyer, said Mr.
Ahenakew should resign
his senate position on the FSIN.
''This is not an issue of freedom of speech. It is
racism and I am calling upon Senator Ahenakew to
resign his seat
is unfit to serve.''
Meanwhile Lawrence Joseph, a vice-chief beneath Mr.
Bellegarde who is
charge of justice issues, lashed out at the media for
Ahenakew's comments. He accused the press of ''selling
backs of Indians.''
Mr. Bellegarde said there is no mechanism currently in
place to remove
Ahenakew from the FSIN senate.
� Copyright 2002 National Post
Monday, December 16, 2002
Call us pawns of the vast Jewish conspiracy that
exists in David
hate-addled mind, but we were shocked and repelled by
Indian leader's statement that Hitler did the world a
favour with the
"The Jews damn near owned all of Germany," he said on
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
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
Canada's leading native lobby group. His comments were
delivered at a
conference organized by the Federation of Saskatchewan
which he is a senator and a former chief.
The position of FSIN "senator" is ceremonial. But
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
lose that too.
Mr. Ahanakew would not be the first Order of Canada
recipient to give
his membership: In 1998, an advisory council opted to
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
as a "disease" should not be controversial.
� Copyright 2002 National Post
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