Saturday, May 21, 2005

What was Steven Fletcher Thinking?
Conservative MP apologizes for racial epithet

Rookie Conservative MP Steven Fletcher has apologized for an incident last weekend where he referred to Japanese soldiers from the Second World War as "Japs" and "bastards."

Fletcher made the remarks last weekend at a veteran's convention in Winnipeg.

His specific statement was: "The Japs were bastards."

No comment needed.. Lots of people had grandfathers who went to war (I had two), and it's not an excuse to make racists comments 60 years later.

Why was he at this event?
Fletcher's role at the conference was to bring greetings from the federal government.

That's perfect. He was representing our government.

2 comments:

Greg P said...

It was a regretable comment, and one that I am sure Steven wishes that he didn't make. However, it is very important to note that this was not a comment against the Japan we know today. This was a comment directed at the Japanese soldiers in the 30's and 40's, who committed atrocious acts, the likes of which rival some of the worst actions by the Nazis.

Steven's grandfather went through a POW camp during the second world war - and, as one might expect, was deeply affected by his experiences, and passed that along to his grandson. It was a poor choice of words - but was not the anti-Japan statement that the Liberals will want us to believe.

Shamrocks! said...

Greg:

You might be right that Fletcher regrets saying what he did, but actually didn't retract the remark.

I don't think it's material that he may or may not have been making a completely racist remark about the current or past Japanese people. The point is: He said it, and it was completely assanine. It's not material that his family suffered or not in regards to making stupid public statements.

I'm not a Liberal, and I don't care what they think about it, personally. You don't have to be a Liberal or Con to recognize when an MP says something stupid.....He's a lawmaker who took the actions of a segment of a brutal military dictatorship (the armed forces) and made a generalized statement that the entire population of Japan were "bastards". That's just about as stupid and ignorant as it comes.

I'm trying hard not to generalize and say that this idiotic behaviour is indicative of his general aptitude.