Newspaper’s satire presents us with a warning

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To the editor,
Please allow me to comment on the controversy over the Pictou Advocate satire of March 5.

First of all, a lot of things have been happening in this country to justify people thinking we are headed down a dangerous road and copying the ways of a Nazi-governed country, and like the good people of Germany in 1939. People in Canada are not on guard and quick to realize where all these things could lead.

So I for one have the greatest respect for the Pictou Advocate for even suggesting this possible path we could be on. The good people of Germany tended to look the other way until it was too late and they could say or do nothing. We all know what happened next.

Germany was an excellent example of how good people can be led astray and go absolutely crazy. More examples in recent times are Bosnia Herzegovina with ethnic cleansing and Rwanda, where neighbours hacked neighbours to death with machetes referring to them as cockroaches. What changed all these ordinary human beings from decent people to such monsters full of hate toward their neighbours?

MP Peter MacKay cannot be counted on to give a non-biased opinion on the Advocate satire. He is part of the problem. The fact that he has cancelled his subscription to the Advocate is terrible. He might as well cancel free speech while he’s at it. As far as the Atlantic Jewish Council goes, I think they have a serious attitude problem. If anyone should understand a subtle warning that something is not right it should be them. My father was a Canadian soldier who put his life on the line to free them from oppression, and he would not be happy seeing these people take a negative attitude when someone dares suggest it could happen all over again.

Jon Goldberg, executive director of the Atlantic Jewish Council, and Peter MacKay owe the brave people of the Pictou Advocate an apology.

That’s my opinion, thankfully given while I still can.

Alexander J. MacKenzie

Pictou Landing

Organizations: Atlantic Jewish Council

Geographic location: Germany, Canada, Bosnia Herzegovina Rwanda

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  • Timothy Rhude
    March 13, 2014 - 18:42

    Excellent response! Thanks Alexander.