Winnipeg Sun | Oct. 05, 2001 | Orest Slepokura

Sunera Thobani rides again

The Editor:

Re: "Sunera Thobani rides again...," Ross McLennan, Winnipeg Sun, October 5, 2001.

Drawing a shaft from his alliterative quiver, Ross McLennan decries how the onetime head of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Sunera Thobani, "NAC's former furher fulminated" against America and Western civilization in her Ottawa speech to an enthusiastic audience of 500 women. His cavalier appropriation of the term "fuhrer" was, in the process, most unfortunate.

When media mogul Ted Turner denounced media mogul Rupert Murdoch as a "fuhrer" for his allegedly autocratic behaviour, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith sent out a press release demanding Ted Turner apologize for having demeaned the Holocaust. Which Turner eventually did. Surely, McLennan will now be pressed to do likewise. Let's hope he is as swift as he is contrite. Any recalcitrance or hesitation will leave him open to attack from far bigger fish than himself. [1]

1. "ADL Says Ted Turner's Reported 'Fuhrer' Comment Disturbing," U.S. Newswire, September 30, 1996; "Once Again, Turner Makes Offensive 'Nazi' Comments -- and Then Apologizes to ADL," October 25, 1996.

Sincerely yours,

Orest Slepokura
Strathmore AB