Denialism in New Zealand's Health Industry!

Thu, 18 September 2003
Anti-smoking lobby denies being 'health nazis"


The head of the Smokefree Coalition is questioning just how
family-friendly United Future is. Party leader Peter Dunne

has attacked supporters of the smoke-free bill as "health Nazis" 

and beady-eyed zealots. Leigh Sturgiss says such language

 is inappropriate and appalling. She says proponents of tobacco

 control want to SAVE lives, not destroy them. She says Peter Dunne

 has a history of voting against tobacco control, which flies in the

 face of his party's values.

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11 Beachwater Gr
Paraparaumu Beach
19 Sept 03

04 904 1987

Editor
The Dominion Post


When Peter Dunne MP, uses the term 'health Nazis' to
describe those who seek to legislate for the control of
smoking in public places, he is probably unaware as to just
how apt his description is.
National Socialist Germany did indeed legislate against
smoking in public places. This regime also enacted other
'tyrannical' health measures such as testing for TB and
breast cancer, occupational safety laws, the banning of
certain pesticides, campaigns against alcohol and against
butter dyes, the promotion of nutritional food and the
discouraging of additives, and the restriction of tobacco
advertising.
The 'health Nazis' also proved the link between cancer and
tobacco. If it wasn't for the banal propaganda that has made
National Socialism synonymous with everything evil, and
which suppressed these findings, I wonder how many lives
could have been saved from the tobacco holocaust? K R Bolton



19 Sept 03

Peter Dunne
Member of Parliament
Parliament House
Wellington


Dear Mr Dunne
I was interested in your use of the term 'health Nazis' to
describe those who seek to legislate for the control of
smoking in public places.

You are probably unaware as to how apt this description is.
National Socialist Germany did indeed legislate to control
smoking in public places as a social health issue.

The same regime was also responsible for other 'tyrannical'
health measures such as compulsory breast testing, testing
for TB among workers, the promotion of naturopathic
medicine, occupational safety laws, the banning of certain
types of pesticide, the promotion of nutritional food and
the discouraging of additives, campaigns against alcohol and
against butter dyes, restrictions on tobacco advertising?

Also of interest was your reference to 'Nazis' being the
lowest form of humanity''. The LOWEST? Are you quite certain
of your history? What then of those responsible for the
fire-bombing of Hamburg and Dresden and other defenceless
German cities? What about those who instigated and
perpetrated the mass murder of German minority peasant
families, including old men, woman and babies, in Poland, by
the thousands, which precipitated Hitler's attack? Do the
15,000,000 German civilians forcibly repatriated from their
ancestral homes in Eastern Europe after the war, several
millions of whom perished en route to Germany, count as
nothing? Likewise, with the several million other Germans
who died from planned starvation due to the genocidal
Morgenthau Plan approved by Roosevelt and Churchill? What of
the marauding Soviet rapists who ravished millions of women
in Germany and Eastern Europe, after the war 'and not just
German women' at the instigation of Stalin's propagandists?
What of the several million Ukrainians who died as a result
of the contrived Soviet famines? Of the many millions who
died under Communism?

When you state that the 'Nazis' are the 'lowest form of
humanity', I assume you mean that the millions of innocent
victims of not only Communism, but of the policies approved
by Churchill, Roosevelt and Truman, count for nothing?

As for 'health Nazis' and public smoking, it is because of
the type of banal propaganda that has made the Hitler regime
synonymous with evil that the link between tobacco and
cancer discovered by the 'health Nazi' medical authorities
has been suppressed. I wonder how many lives could have been
saved if a balanced assessment of the regime had been
permitted?

Also of relevance on this point is that the leader of the
'lowest form of humanity', Hitler, donated the royalties
from the sale of Mein Kampf to cancer research. Have you
ever undertaken anything as worthy, Mr Dunne?
K R Bolton


 

Rt Hon Helen Clark

Prime Minister
Parliament House
Wellington
17 Sept 03



Dear Ms Clark
This year a book on New Zealand's involvement in the
Anglo-Boer War was published by Auckland University Press
Books. The book is entitled One flag, one queen, one
tongue: New Zealand, the British Empire and the South
African War
, edited by John Crawford and Ian McGibbon.

According to the book, 22,000 Afrikaner women and children
died of typhus and malnutrition in British concentration
camps, set up for the sole purpose of causing demoralisation
among the Afrikaner fighting men.

Considering that you have previously apologised, on behalf
of New Zealand, to the gay, Samoan and Asian communities for
past injustices, wouldn't it now be opportune to extend such
an apology to the Afrikaner community resident in New
Zealand, particularly given the increasing numbers settling
here over recent years?
Yours sincerely
K R Bolton

 

 

 

 

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