Originally Posted by MontyB
There are a couple of problems with this argument:
1) The Maori are indigenous only by political correctness as their own history says they arrived by boat the same as everyone else.
2) There is no separation any longer (there wasn't at the time of colonisation really) Maori and European in New Zealand have lived together relatively peacefully (yes there were a couple of wars but nothing major).
3) Who would we give the land back to?
We are a very intermingled country for example I can claim about 4 different passports plus Maori ancestry and my situation is not uncommon.
4) We don't have reservations.
Yeah the Maoris don't have reservations.
The Maori may have arrived by boat, but the Arabs had to have come from somewhere also.
Just saying, I think the more hypothetical scenario drawn up in my later post works a bit better.
Either way, you're talking to a guy who thinks the creation of the state of Israel was one of the biggest mistakes of the 20th century. A Jewish state should have been created somewhere far away where there were very few locals.