60th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz: Canadian government uses occasion to promote aggression

Prisoners at the Nazis' Auschwitz concentration camp are liberated by the Red Army,  January 27, 1945.

Prisoners at the Nazis’ Auschwitz concentration camp are liberated by the Red Army,
January 27, 1945.

JANUARY 24 marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army. The United Nations General Assembly held the first ever commemoration of this anniversary as an opportunity for UN member states to reflect on the tragedy and speak against its repetition. Canada was represented by its Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Pettigrew who used the occasion to promote Canada’s “new multi-lateralism” called the “responsibility to protect.”

Instead of condemning the threats facing humanity at this time as the US imperialists vie for world hegemony, Pettigrew used the occasion to further promote aggression and interference in the affairs of sovereign nations.

“Since the liberation of Auschwitz, the world has witnessed much brutality against our fellow human beings: Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and the list of those damned by indifference goes on,” he stated.

“For collective security there must also be collective responsibility,” Pettigrew added. “And there can be no indifference to crimes of hate. It is why we have championed the establishment of the international criminal court and international legal instruments such as the conventions on genocide. It is also why our Prime Minister has proposed, here in this Assembly last September, the concept of responsibility to protect,” he said.

In the face of worldwide condemnation of the Bush regime’s Hitlerite actions, especially in Iraq, Canada must be condemned for cherry-picking tragedies and attributing them to “hate.” It is an attempt to cover up the imperialist agenda of the US as the Canadian government lines up behind US crimes being committed around the world.

Where is Canada’s condemnation of the concentration camps set up by the United States in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and elsewhere and for the indefinite internment of “suspected terrorists”? Where is Canada’s condemnation of the collective punishment being exacted on all those who resist occupation in Iraq, especially Fallujah, Mosul and other centres of resistance or those resisting in Haiti? Where is Canada’s condemnation of the use of torture on a broad scale under the watch of the US and British governments? Where is Canada’s condemnation of the occupation of Palestine and the continued dispossession of the Palestinian people?

The Canadian government’s silence on the crimes taking place at this time is deafening, especially in the light of the grave crimes committed by the Nazis at Auschwitz and other concentration camps and the entire world’s revulsion at such acts. It shows the need for Canadians to fight for an anti-war government which represents their desire for real peace and for an end to the use of force in international affairs.

Sourcee: TML Daily, March 1, 2005 – No. 27, http://www.cpcml.ca

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