By now, I have collected about 1500 letters and testimonials
of endorsement of Ernst Zundel, but few are as sharp and to the point as
this one. It was written and faxed to Canadian Prime Minister Martin by Bo
Gritz, a well-known name to many:
PRIME MINISTER PAUL MARTIN
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
RE: Ernst Zundel -- Political Prisoner
Sir: I have served with Canadian paratroop officers, e.g.
Col Gil R. Bellavance and Capt Kenneth R. Crichton on extremely
challenging special operations missions of long duration and found them to
be among the bravest and most patriotic officers I've ever known. General
Westmoreland featured me as "The" American Soldier in his
memoirs. I've always viewed Canadians as dear family. For these reasons
and my profound respect for your nation, I cannot understand why Ernst
Zundel is being mistreated as your prisoner?
While I spent the better part of four years fighting
Communists in Southeast Asia, you allowed Americans to settle in Canada in
violation of U.S. law. Jimmy Carter forgave them, as did I. With such an
eye toward liberalism, how can citizen Zundel be treated as if he is under
the heel of Hitler, Stalin, or Mao? Even the misfortunes of Abu Graib seem
more inviting than what Zundel is enduring. Why?
Has Zundel committed any crime of violence? Has he stolen
or destroyed any property not his own? Has he cheated anyone out of their
fortune? Is he a habitual criminal with no hope of redemption? Why is he
denied simple human rights accorded even those guilty of murder, arson,
and rape? Sir, we can expect twisted minds which rule North Korea and such
examples already given, who place no value on life, to mistreat people,
but not in Canada!
I know Ernst Zundel. I've met him both in Canada and the
USA. I don't share his political enthusiasms, but he isn't a person of
violence; he speaks well and seems to be intelligent. I know Zundal takes
issue with accepted holocaust data. I believe if even one person wrongly
suffers at the hands of government, those responsible should be held
accountable -- which happened at Nuremberg. Must it be repeated in Canada?
Release Ernst Zundel and stop the disgraceful treatment.
James Bo Gritz, Commander U.S. Special Forces (ret)]
HC-37, Box 472
Sandy Valley, Nevada 89019
fax 1-702-723-1356 -- email firstname.lastname@example.org