This time, it's from George Jonas instead of Terence Corcoran. Here's my response:
Editor, National Post;
the publication of If
you won't shoot, don't Taser
by George Jonas (Nov. 24), the public discussion of the relationship
of tobacco with death and disease has gone full circle.
People in Denial
about this relationship have put considerable energy in identifying
alternative causes for the many illnesses caused by tobacco; chlorine
in swimming pools, x-rays, increased radiation in the environment,
even “bad karma”. To relate just one of many cases I am familiar
with, Californian Mary Herrin chose to identify her doctor as the
cause of her two heart attacks, instead of her cigarette habit; Ms.
Herrin died at the age of 58.
Mr. Jonas has now given us, based on what he calls his own
“mini-inquiry”, is that the death of Robert
Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport
was caused by Dziekanski's cigarette habit, not by over-eager use of
tasers by the police. Jonas, however, was not willing to blame
Dziekanski for his own addiction to cigarettes. Nor was he willing to
blame the manufacturers of the cigarettes Dziekanski consumed, even
though those manufacturers lied to the public for many years about
the adverse effects of their products, including the addictive nature
Jonas chose to blame “Big Nanny”.
is silly nonsense. No “nanny”, big or small, deprived Dziekanski
of the ability to communicate in either of Canada's official
languages. No nanny separated him from the relatives he was supposed
to meet at the airport. No nanny caused him to “create a
disturbance”, attracting the attention of the police. No nanny
caused the police to over-react.
Jonas may well be looking for a big nanny to change his diapers for
him. Good luck with finding a volunteer.