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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Lets hear it some more

Good grief. John Tamihere says he's sick of hearing about how many Jews got gassed in the holocaust. Now I read an article where Maori Affairs Minister likens New Zealand's colonial history to the holocaust.
Until the Maori holocaust was acknowledged, healing could not begin.

Maori tribes suffered a "holocaust" under colonisation
She then goes on to push the blame culture mentality to absolve Maori for any repsonsibility over their actions, whilst blaming Pakeha for the problems:
Mrs Turia said Maori violence was a phenomenon of "post-colonial traumatic stress disorder."
How am I supposed to take anything Maori say seriously if they think they are victims of a holocaust, and it's ALL Pakeha fault that levels of family abuse are higher in Maori homes?

In true Communistic fashion, she then asks for the Maori related abuse statistics to be removed from a Children's Commission report.

Not only is it fine to rewrite history, but it is important to supress any facts to limit the effectiveness of any dialogue.

The lack of understanding of the holocaust is clearly shown by two key Labour Party Members. How can I be sure they have a balanced understanding of complex issues when the fundamentals are so badly screwed up? When will they both be told to go? Or is this Labour's way of promoting an ideology by being publicly tolerant of a minister's radicalism?

To her credit, the chairwoman of the Auckland Jewish Council, Wendy Ross, had a very measured response:

Members of the Auckland Jewish community last night questioned Mrs Turia's link between colonised Maori and Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust and, they said, by implication the parallel between colonial settlers and Hitler...

..."But we don't think it is a valid understanding of history to compare what happened to Maori people under colonisation with what happened to the Jewish people of Europe in the Holocaust.

"I personally know many, many Jewish people who lost everything ... Their land, their families, their homes, their language.

"Yet they have nurtured their children ... It hasn't caused them to bash their children, and I just don't accept that that is cause and effect."

As far as I can tell, we obviously haven't heard about the holocaust enough.

Posted by ZenTiger | 4/12/2005 10:19:00 am


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I heard on Paul Holmes last night that Tamihere is on the Israeli-New Zealand Friendship Council (something along those lines). It seems he has a habit of insulting the groups he joins.

4/12/2005 11:45:00 am  

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