This story would be funny if it weren’t so sad.
David Ahenakew, high profiled native Canadian, said some things he shouldn’t have last year. For example, he told Saskatoon Phoenix report James Parker that the Jews were a “disease” and Adolf Hitler was trying to “clean up the world” when he “fried” six million of the “guys” during the Second World War. This occurred in December 2002. He subsequently was brought up on charges of promoting hatred against an identifiable group. Ahenakew offered a tearful apology in 2002, citing vague factors like his health and anger.
That defense has been now given in court. Ahenakew’s lawyer claimed that some wine and a higher dosage of medication caused the outburst.
…caused clearly by a chemical imbalance in the blood being related to diabetes. In addition to that he had two glasses of wine the night before…That’s likely what caused a spontaneous and unpremeditated expression of views that he wouldn’t otherwise use in good judgment.
One doesn’t have to do a graduate degree in linguistics to notice the extreme vagueness in the last sentence. Was it the holding of the views that caused by the wine and medication or the expression? In any case, Christie went on to blame the media:
Who is more to blame? Who spread it around the world?
Finally, Christie went so far as to claim that the reporter had baited Ahekanew:
Mr. Parker had a clear and deliberate plan to get a good story out of a mediocre one…You [Parker] were publishing that material because you knew it would make you a famous reporter.
Oh Christie, don’t you know that desperation is a stinky cologne?
Anyhow, Muffti does admit some sympathy for not being held responsible for what you say while drunk. But this is just ridiculous.