Anti-communist bill debated in House of Commons

Falsification of History to Smash the People’s Ability to Unite in Action for Nation-Building Today

Monument in Da Nang, Vietnam celebrates Vietnamese peoples' victory in 1975.

Monument in Da Nang, Vietnam celebrates Vietnamese peoples’ victory in 1975.

The House of Commons is now debating a bill passed by the Senate that goes on record as calling the fall of Saigon, on April 30, 1975, a “black day” in history which should be commemorated as such in Canada.

April 30, 1975 in fact marks the Vietnamese people’s glorious achievement of liberating their country after twenty years of cruel aggression and war by the U.S. and that of the French colonial power before it from the mid-19th century to 1954. The fall of Saigon signaled the liberation of all of Vietnam, north and south, and permitted its reunification and, little by little, painful step by painful step, its rebuilding and remaking into a prosperous nation. It was the day that ended the most brutal U.S. imperialist war of aggression in which the U.S. committed unimaginably heinous crimes against humanity. The war of intervention and aggression by U.S. imperialism in Vietnam and subsequently in the other countries of Indo-China, goes down in the annals of aggressive wars as one of the most barbarous. It left more than three million Vietnamese dead, millions more wounded and homeless and the entire country and its economy in ruin. Close to 60,000 American soldiers were killed and 153,303 more were injured, many maimed for life, some living on the streets of the United States today for lack of care by the U.S. government. Despite all the military might and brutality of the U.S. superpower, the heroic Vietnamese people were able to defeat it. That is what the people of Vietnam and the peoples of the world celebrate on April 30 every year.

There is a photograph that is recognized worldwide as representing the fall of Saigon. In it, a helicopter struggles to lift off from the roof of the U.S. embassy in Saigon carrying American personnel and their families, while their Vietnamese stooges are seen being kicked off the helicopter or hanging on for dear life. This best illustrates the attitude of the U.S. imperialists to those who served them well — the turncoats the Harper government now panders to for self-serving aims.

Evacuation from the top of the U.S. embassy in Saigon

A south Vietnamese man is driven away with a punch to the face as he tries to get evacuated.

Following the defeat of the U.S. imperialists in Vietnam, a phenomenon emerged called “boat people escaping Vietnam,” which started a deluge of heart-rending propaganda about large numbers of people dying at sea and their plight in refugee camps. Canada opened its doors to these “boat people” and since then this or that political party in power has tried to recruit them for self-serving purposes. Who were these people and why did they leave? That question deserves an answer but the Harper government has summarily declared that it wishes them to be called victims of communism. Canada is made up of so many immigrants or descendants of immigrants; it is important that the official narrative accurately reflect why they came here. Many are economic immigrants. Certainly many Vietnamese felt they could not survive in an economy which had been torn asunder by war and they were swept up in the dangerous enterprise of fleeing in non-seaworthy boats. But others were U.S. collaborators who did not want to face justice or participate in rebuilding Vietnam. These are the people the Harper government is extolling by creating the impression that it was the communists who were responsible for the war in Vietnam because they refused to hand over their motherland to the U.S. imperialists who, in their striving for world domination, declared themselves the true liberators of humankind.

In the sixties and seventies Canadians en masse opposed the war in Vietnam. En masse they demanded the U.S. get out of Vietnam and stop its crimes against humanity and they celebrated when the U.S. lost the war and was forced to get out of Indo-China. The U.S. executed that war in the name of freedom, democracy and human rights against what it called the evil communist empire and, today, Mr. Harper has usurped the state power to declare the victory of capitalism over communism, calling all those who share his convictions victims of communism. His is the zeal of a crusader, not the actions of a statesman.

The law being debated in the House of Commons has been so controversial that it has been renamed the Journey to Freedom Act from its previous title Black April Day Act. The Act seems designed to make it acceptable to liberals, who refuse to take a stand on the substantive issue. It claims not to be an insult to the government and people of Vietnam, but an Act which celebrates Canada’s immigrants of Vietnamese origin.

The name of this Act alone is an attempt to impose Harper’s falsification of history as the official policy of Canada. It is more evidence that today the system of representative democracy based on the adoption and promotion of what are commonly called mainstream, middle of the road, Canadian values has been smashed. Certain extremist private interests have captured control of the state, making their own ideological views official state policies and attempting to impose them on Canadians and their society.

What the actions of the Harper government show is that the attack on communism is not only a matter of concern to the communists. It is a matter which concerns all Canadians because it is an attack on the state institutions themselves and on everything the country is known to stand for.

What the actions of the Harper government show is that the attack on communism is not only a matter of concern to the communists. It is a matter which concerns all Canadians because it is an attack on the state institutions themselves and on everything the country is known to stand for. It is unconscionable to permit the monument to the so-called victims of communism to be built — let alone on prime Ottawa real estate. It is unconscionable to permit this law that negates the historic significance of the fall of Saigon, converting it, from the celebratory day of Vietnamese liberation over U.S. aggression and oppression that it is, into a “black day” to serve Harper’s anti-communist crusade.

Members of Parliament and all Canadian people are duty-bound to speak up against such things and to do their utmost to make sure they do not succeed. The very act of speaking up against them will show what Canadians really stand for.

Source: TML Weekly Information Project, February 7, 2014

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  1. Murphy

    I’ve been hearing the commies are cumin’ since I were a 60s kid. Living in Australia I gotta wonder, where are all these commies then? It’s 2015 and we are swamped in corporate jackals masquerading as govt, yet not a community related idea to behold amongst them is apparent.

    House Un-American Activities Committee –

    ‘The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. It was originally created in 1938 to uncover citizens with Nazi ties within the United States. However, it has become better known for its role in investigating alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having ties to Communism. In 1969, the House changed the committee’s name to “House Committee on Internal Security”. When the House abolished the committee in 1975,[1] its functions were transferred to the House Judiciary Committee.’


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