David Ahenakew’s remarks made over three years ago (December, 2002) are still ringing in the ears of many people, as his trial has finally gotten underway. Ahenakew, former Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians, former leader of the Assembly of First Nations (an extra-tribal organization for all Canadian Indians), was accused of supporting Hitler’s right to “fry six million of those guys” [Jews] during the Holocaust of WWII. Ahenakew faces charges of a “hate crime.”
A recent commentary in the Jerusalem Post points out that Ahenakew has been removed from tribal office and has been openly condemned by different Canadian Indian organizations. The article also notes that some Canadian Indian leaders (like Roseau River Anishinabe Chief Terrance Nelson) are defensive about the issue, saying Indians have fought for the rights of all minorities in Canada, yet the Jews have not done anything for the Indians. Nelson said, “One of the things I wanted the Jewish community here in Canada to recognize is how bad race relations are here.”
Ahenakew pleaded not guilty to the charges of “hate crime” and “promoting hatred,” ten months after his remarks. His trial was postponed. It was expected to begin the summer of 2004, but only this month, April 4, 2005, did the initial hearings actually begin, in Saskatoon. The matter is to be concluded by June 10.
Ahenakew cited the American/Canadian Indian “holocaust” of the last 500 years as an outrage that dwarfs the Jewish Holocaust. Ahenakew wants to see the Canadian people on trial for that. “They should be here answering questions about hatred toward the Indians," Ahenakew said.
Ahenakew even blames the Jews for starting WWII, in the same way that some Americans blame the Negroes for the Civil War.
Making accurate parallels is not a strong suit of many Indians leaders today. As I have pointed out, there was no Indian “holocaust.” Just about everything in that analogy is false or impossible. I said on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Feb. 10, 2005, “Indians fought! Many, many white people were killed.” “Jews were marched like lambs to the slaughter.”
But non-Indian fraud, Ward Churchill, also likes to play down the Jewish Holocaust and dramatize the “Indian” holocaust. Churchill is also infamous for comparing the civilian office workers in the World Trade Center towers to “little Eichmanns” who got what they deserved. He calls the Islamic suicide murderers brave soldiers, with heroic sentiments.
Denigrating the Jewish Holocaust is an Indian thing these days, among leftist Indian leaders that is. One might expect Indians to have affinity with Jews, by the common plight, of being unwanted, but Ahenakew doesn’t see it. “We're not the same culture,” he said. “We cannot mix our culture with yours and expect it to work.”
Maybe it’s just one more chicken come home to roost, as Churchill might say. Mistaken Jewish leftists, who taught American Indian Movement leaders what to say, now find that these Indian leaders are anti-Semitic. Of course, anti-Semitism is itself part and parcel of Leftism, but I’ll bet people like Kenneth Stern, great defender and supporter of the American Indian Movement, never expected Indian leftists to turn against Jews.
Leftist Indian leaders are looking for a trump card to win the “victim” game. They’re trying to usurp the awe in the word “Holocaust,” first and exclusively used to identify the nature of the Jewish spectacle of WWII. It’s the leftist game: usurpation of words, especially power words, particularly if they’re associated with Jews. To emphasize the victimhood of Indians, leftist Indians will deny the Jewish Holocaust, or worse, justify it.
Yet, they want the word “holocaust.” I say, “No deal.” Indians were warriors, fighting fiercely for home and family. Jews were pacifist “immigrants” in Europe, and were considered foreigners even in places they’d lived for hundreds of years.
There was no systematic government design to annihilate Indian people, in Canada or America. There was no torture program, nor use of Indian bodies for scientific experiment for the advancement of the rest of the human race.
Extensive Indian reservations treaties were established by treaty. These land ghettoes were not intended to eliminate Indians, but merely keep Indians out of the way.
Indians were just in the way. They weren’t hated because they were Indian, like the Jews were hated because they were Jews. White people did not envy the Indian life, for it was not in competition. But the Jews were more Philistine than the Philistines, greatly excelling in the European cultures in which they lived.
Any comparison of the Jewish Holocaust with the story of the North American Indian is really anti-Semitism.