Jonathan Kay: Canadian native stooges then and now — South Africa, 1987 v. Iran, 2012
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WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Terrance Nelson
Today’s National Post front page carries a story about the “exploratory mission” to Iran being organized by Terrance Nelson, former chief of Manitoba’s Roseau River First Nation, and a small delegation of like-minded Canadian aboriginal activists. Nelson believes that Iran’s dictatorship can be a helpful partner in addressing Canadian “human rights abuses” — because the Ayatollahs “have always promoted the human rights issues of indigenous peoples in this country.”
These Iranian leaders, of course, would be the same folks who ordered the rape, torture and killing of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi (don’t worry, Mr. Nelson, she’s not indigenous) — not to mention countless other barbaric crimes too numerous to list in this space. But never mind that: Nelson’s militant rhetoric casts Ottawa as the enemy of Canada’s natives. And by the logic of the-enemy-of-my-enemy, the holocaust-denying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is perversely imagined to be a kindred spirit.