Black Ribbon Day: Harper’s anti-communist glorification of Nazism

The principles established at the Nuremberg trials in 1945-46, following the victory over fascism affirmed that heads of state and other political leaders as well as the military leaders must be  held accountable and punished for crimes of aggression, breaking the peace and crimes against humanity. Today, 68 years after the conclusion of the main trial at Nuremberg, the U.S. and its allies including Canada are going all out to smash all the conclusions of Nuremberg.

The principles established at the Nuremberg trials in 1945-46, following the victory over fascism affirmed that heads of state and other political leaders as well as the military leaders must be
held accountable and punished for crimes of aggression, breaking the peace and crimes against humanity. Today, 68 years after the conclusion of the main trial at Nuremberg, the U.S. and its allies including Canada are going all out to smash all the conclusions of Nuremberg.

Canada’s anti-communist crusade

By DOUGAL MACDONALD

On August 23, the Harper dictatorship again marked the anniversary of Black Ribbon Day, a memorial day concocted by the ruling circles of Europe in 2009 to promote anti-communism through slanders and lies and to glorify Nazism. The Canadian Parliament designated the same day as the “National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe” in December that same year. Each August 23, Prime Minister Harper and certain of his ministers attend meetings and make official statements and speeches to mark the day on behalf of the most reactionary dregs of society who link human rights to the rehabilitation of Hitlerite crimes against humanity, all in the name of high ideals. They deliberately promote the view that the Hitlerite Nazis who slaughtered the peoples of Europe, Britain, and the Soviet Union were heroes and the anti-fascist forces who fought them to the death, especially the communists, should be erased from the historical record.

Harper’s past August 23 speeches demonstrate how the ruling circles of Canada and other countries define human rights and humanitarianism on a cold war anti-communist basis to cover up their crisis of governance today and their inability to resolve a single problem facing their societies at this time. They are spending millions of dollars to launch campaigns to instill anti-communism in the minds of the people in order to sabotage the workers’ movement, the movement in defence of immigrants and refugees, the movement in defence of the hereditary rights of First Nations and the anti-war movement, and lead them into an abyss. They deliberately use the word “totalitarianism” to falsely equate Nazism with communism, while waging their own wars of aggression against sovereign countries in the name of a market economy, “humanitarian intervention” and a multi-party “democracy,” where voters are forced to choose which party of the rich will implement the agenda of the monopolies.

The real historical significance of August 23, which is being deliberately covered up by the anti-communist campaign, is that it is the anniversary of the 1939 Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact (Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) that gave the Soviet Union an extra 22 months to build up its defences against the expected Nazi invasion.

By September 1938, Germany had occupied Austria and taken over Czechoslovakia. The Soviet Union called on Britain and France to sign a collective mutual assistance pact, which might have saved Europe from the Second World War or, at least, ensured that the war was shorter and less destructive. The British and French imperialists rejected the proposals for collective security because they hoped they could egg on Hitler to attack and destroy the Soviet Union.

Left to right: Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini and Ciano at signing of sellout Munich Agreement in 1938.



Of course Britain and France had already signed the sellout Munich Agreement with the Nazis in September 1938, which gave Hitler the green light to start invading Europe on September 1, 1939. The Soviet Union thwarted the Anglo-French plan to use Germany as their weapon against the Soviet Union by signing the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact, which simply stated that Germany and the Soviet Union would not attack each other, even though the Soviet Union had no illusions about Hitler’s plans to “Germanize” the East, which he had laid out for all to see in his 1925 book, Mein Kampf. When Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the pact was immediately voided and, as history shows, the preparations prior to the invasion permitted the Soviet Union to play a major role, at tremendous sacrifice, in ending the twisted Nazi dreams of world conquest.

Tribute to Liberty

Prime Minister Harper with Ludwik Klimkowski, head of Tribute to Liberty at Toronto fundraiser, May 30, 2014.

Prime Minister Harper with Ludwik Klimkowski, head of Tribute to Liberty at Toronto fundraiser, May 30, 2014.

A very recent example of Harper’s anti-communist glorification of Nazism was his May 30 rant at a fundraiser dinner for Tribute to Liberty (TTL), a private organization that is being funded by the Harperites to build a monument, officially called “A Memorial to Victims of Totalitarian Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge.” The monument project in Canada is based on and linked to the U.S. Victims of Communism Memorial, dedicated in 2007, whose honourary chairman is war criminal George W. Bush and whose benefactors include monopolies such as defence contractor Lockheed Martin and the dominionist Amway Corporation. In Canada, the TTL project was given the go-ahead in 2009 behind closed doors by the federal government’s National Capital Commission (NCC), which oversees the use and development of National Capital Region land.

TTL’s private anti-communist monument project has been made a public project by Harper and a number of his Cabinet Ministers and MPs, including Jason Kenney, John Baird, Shelly Glover, Peter Kent and Peter van Loan, as well as by Senator Linda Frum, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, former Liberal Leader Bob Rae, NDP MP Alex Atamanenko, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May, all of whom have signed the list of project supporters and promote the monument.

TTL at first crowed that the anti-communist monument would raise money from the “public.” When this failed miserably due to lack of public support, the Harper dictatorship stepped in to save the doomed project by donating $1.5 million in public funds. The provision of these monument funds is another sign of profound government corruption in view of the fact that the federal Conservatives have been defunding any charities in Canada which have a “political agenda” in order to try to silence them. Clearly, what is really meant by “political agenda” is any agenda opposed by the Harper dictatorship. Any agenda that supports anti-communism and glorifies Nazism can move to the head of the trough for substantial Harper handouts.

At the TTL fundraiser on May 30, Harper used his usual rhetoric of abstract “freedom and democracy” to pour out his venom against anything progressive. Turning truth on its head, he blamed all those who were in the forefront of the battle to defeat the Nazis for all the ills of the world instead of the U.S., German and other monopolies who backed Hitler and led the peoples of the world into a second world war that killed over 60 million people, and who have instigated numerous wars, invasions, and coups d’état since the end of that war. Showing his true colours, again and again he raised the stinking corpse of the Cold War and spoke with effusive praise for arch-reactionaries Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, who continuously attacked both their own people and the people of other countries during their reigns. He also praised the Ukraine, whose current Nazi-dominated government he completely supports. One statement he made contained a grain of truth, “What history has taught us is one clear thing: that the political ideologies that promise utopia lead to the opposite, hell on earth.” This is an apt description of the capitalist system that Harper champions.

A TTL spokesperson suggested some time ago that the anti-communist monument project was unable to raise funds from the people of Canada because, “It’s a difficult project for a lot of the public to understand.” An alternative explanation is that the working class and people of Canada understand the project very well and strongly oppose its virulent anti-communist, pro-Nazi content. Many people still remember the major role played by the Soviet Union in defeating the Hitlerite Nazis. Many workers are aware of the key role played by the communists in helping build Canada’s trade unions to defend the interests of the workers. Further, the people of Canada include the freedom-loving peoples who have fought U.S. crimes in Korea, Viet Nam, the Congo, Indonesia, Greece, Iran, Cuba, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Grenada, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Yugoslavia and, most recently, Libya and Syria, to name only a few. Because the people of Canada support real freedom and democracy and not the phony abstractions of Harper, they are much more likely to support a monument commemorating the real victims, that is, the countless millions of victims of imperialism who have been slaughtered in the false name of opposing communism and “terrorism,” including all of those who were killed opposing the very Nazis whom Harper continues to glorify.

Source: TML Daily

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