After last night’s episode of “Canada Reads”, prominent Quebec attorney, Anne-France Goldwater decided to be really nasty by calling one of the featured authors “a terrorist” and implied that another one was “a liar”.
“Carmen Aguirre is a bloody terrorist. How we let her into Canada, I don’t understand,” said Anne-France Goldwater about the Vancouver-based author of the memoir Something Fierce.
Boys ‘n’ girls, what is troubling about Me Goldwater’s statement is that Carmen Aguirre and her family were anti-Pinochet regime revolutionaries. Usually those who try to bring down fascist regimes are considered good people fighting the good fight. Not to Anne-France Goldwater, I guess.
Oh, and she also pulled a Rob Anders:
During the debate, hip-hop artist Shad, who is defending Ms. Aguirre’s memoir, told Ms. Goldwater: “If you consider her a terrorist, you have to consider Nelson Mandela a terrorist.”
Ms. Goldwater responded in the affirmative: “Damn straight. Blood on his hands.”
Wow! Err what prove does she have that Ms Aguirre was/is “a terrorist”? She didn’t seem offered none.
As for the other author she doesn’t believe:
“Marina Nemat – and it’s known to other prisoners, other prisoners who shared her experience – tells a story that’s not true and you can tell it’s not true when you read it,” continued Ms. Goldwater, who is defending John Vaillant’s The Tiger.
Again, Me Goldwater doesn’t seem to offer any proof to back this allegation. Now, it’s not shocking that many folks make allegations and accusations without backing their argument, however, being a lawyer, Me Goldwater should know better.
Of course, she is still standing by those remarks and refusing to apologize for them.
When I learned of them this morning, Me Goldwater’s comments seem to say more about her than they would about the authors she’s slammed. As such, I must ask one question, anyway; is Anne-France Goldwater a fan of the uber right winged dictator, General Augusto Pinochet? Well, according to one commenter at Dr. Dawg’s, she may be.
Just heard her this morning describing the Pinochet regime as being the “law and order” side in Chile.
about 300 criminal charges were still pending against him in Chile for numerous human rights violations, tax evasion and embezzlement during his 17-year rule and afterwards. Pinochet was accused of having corruptly amassed a wealth of US$28 million or more.
That’s law and order? Hokey dokey, then.
I’d hate to ask her her views on South African Apartheid, then.