Misplaced revenge is
not so sweet
by John Martin
Re For Crimes
Not Committed (Focus -- Feb. 20) and
War-Crime Process Imperfect, Vital
(letter -- Feb. 27):
Ariz. -- Kudos to Kirk Makin
for his courageous
report on the case of Johann
Dueck. He must have known what kind of
malicious vituperation would inevitably
follow such an article.
And, sure enough, Moshe Ronen,
of the Canadian
Jewish Congress, reacted in
predictably knee-jerk fashion, imputing to
Mr. Makin an "insensitivity that borders
on the obscene," continuing to say that
his commentary "goes beyond the borders of
comments were certainly not obscene.
They were an appeal to justice and
compassion. The description of the
government's case against Mr. Dueck as
a "witch hunt" was right on the mark.
Or should one speak of it as the
government's case at all? Nothing could
be plainer than that the government, in
this case, was acting on behalf of
interests not its own and not of the
people of Canada.
What is obscene, in my view, is the
insufferable arrogance and insensitivity
displayed by Mr. Ronen. When Mr. Ronen
speaks of the "pursuit of justice against
Nazi war criminals in Canada," one
understands it is not justice that
concerns him. It is clear that what he is
interested in is revenge. And not even
revenge against one who has committed the
crimes of which he was accused.
It plainly matters not at all to Mr.
Ronen that Mr. Dueck appears to be
innocent. For him to speak of this case as
one that "Canada as a nation must pursue
in the interests of fundamental justice"
What he apparently means to say is that
Jewish people have suffered and, by God,
somebody is going to have to pay for it.
Had he simply said that, it would have
offended far less than did his
hypocritical pretence of a search for