By LOUIS LANG
After more than nine years of fraudulent Cold War propaganda to win support for an anti-communist monument, first by the Harper Conservatives and taken up now by the Trudeau Liberals, it is clear that Canadians reject this despicable and extremist campaign.
Having failed to raise money or support from Canadians, it has been reported that Tribute to Liberty, a private organization that has links to Latvian Nazi collaborators, is receiving funds from foreign governments and sources to build the anti-communist monument.
On November 2, Heritage Canada held a dedication at the site west of the Garden of the Provinces on Wellington Street in Ottawa where the monument is to be located. Attending the ceremony was Taiwan’s representative to Canada who used the occasion to donate U.S.$25,000 to Tribute to Liberty.
Ludwik Klimkowsky, head of Tribute to Liberty, thanked Taiwan for its contribution and acknowledged that donations had also been received from Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine in particular are known for public celebrations of those who collaborated with the Nazis or were part of Nazi formations during the Second World War. Many of the governments in these Eastern European countries have sought to diminish or distort the role of the Soviet Red Army in their liberation from the Nazis. Poland for example, actively promotes the Nazi lie that the “Katyn Massacre” was carried out by the Red Army, rather than the Nazis themselves. For its part, Taiwan, as the seat of power for the reactionary KMT deposed by the communists in the Chinese civil war and propped up by the U.S. imperialists, established the Asian People’s Anti-Communist League in 1954 with the governments of the Philippines and south Korea. It was expanded in 1966 into the World Anti-Communist League, and renamed the World League for Freedom & Democracy in 1990. Its offices are located in Taiwan, and its current president, Vice President and Secretary General are all from Taiwan and are all former members of the Legislative Yuan.
The fact that a large portion of the money in Tribute to Liberty’s bank account comes from such virulently anti-communist foreign sources, also exposes the fraudulent declarations of the Trudeau government that the Canadian people approve of this anti-communist hysteria. Nothing could be further from the truth. With such shady backers, the government only succeeds in exposing its own Nazi schemes and its betrayal of those Canadians and peace-loving people all over the world who sacrificed so much to defeat fascism in the Second World War.
No one can forget that this anti-communist monument is being built at a time when the Trudeau government is actively participating in U.S. and NATO schemes, fomenting war on the borders of Russia.
Thousands of Canadian troops have been sent to Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Latvia) to participate in military exercises and other provocative actions such as “training” the armed forces of the Kiev government, much of which is comprised of Nazi militias.
In order to justify these nefarious activities in support of imperialist ambitions of the U.S. in the region, the Canadian government in alliance with extremist governments in Eastern Europe, is waging an assault on the consciousness of the people by trying to rewrite history and erase from the collective memory the historical significance of the struggle against the fascist aggression of the Axis powers and the leading and decisive role played by the Soviet Union in the victory over fascism in WWII.
It is a well-known fact that these same East European countries who are financing the anti-communist monument in Canada are also building monuments in their own countries to honour the memory of those who collaborated with Nazi Germany during the war. Meanwhile at home, the Trudeau government is silent in the face of exposures of monuments to similar Nazi collaborators in Canada. To justify all this worldwide there is an effort to paint Nazi collaborators as “patriots” who fought communism. These war criminals are the “victims of communism” who Justin Trudeau and Tribute to Liberty want to honour with a memorial in Ottawa. This cannot be allowed to pass!
Adding “Canada, a Land of Refuge” to the name of the monument is another part of the fraudulent campaign to pull the wool over people’s eyes.
History shows that refugees have never been welcome in Canada based on humanitarian needs and considerations. Vietnamese and Hungarian refugees, to name just two, are examples of how the dire situation to which people were subjected, was used to further the Cold War anti-communist propaganda of U.S. imperialism, promoting lies and distortions that all these people were escaping “evils of communism.”
These lies can never cover up the facts about the role of the wars of aggression and for regime change, waged by the U.S. and its lackeys like Canada, in causing economic disasters and dislocation of millions of people driven out of their homes.
The example of the Hungarian government shows the shameless hypocrisy of these ruthless thugs who claim to be the greatest defenders of democracy. In August 2015, the Hungarian government donated CAD$121,000 to Tribute to Liberty, for the anti-communist monument, the largest single donation to date. In making the donation a minister of the Hungarian government said this was to recognize Canada’s generous act of granting safe haven to 43,000 Hungarian refugees who fled at the time of “1956 revolution.”
The shameless fraud of these anti-communist extremists is exposed for all to see because the same Hungarian government which praises Canada as a land of refuge, refused to help the refugees resulting from U.S.-led destruction of countries of North Africa and the Middle East in dire need on their own borders. Hungarian authorities installed razor wire fences and used tear gas and water cannons to attack refugees from Syria and other countries who have been driven out of their homes and risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean. Meanwhile the Hungarian government is also well-known for its racist targeting of the Roma, which has caused many to flee the country as refugees. A similar situation exists in the Czech Republic.
The Canadian government’s war mongering actions in East Europe and its links with such criminal elements, facilitating their interference in Canadian politics for war-mongering aims is an affront to Canadians. The Trudeau government must be held to account.
No to the Anti-Communist Monument!
Canada Needs an Anti-War Government!
3. In addition to Canada’s Foreign Minister expressing her undying respect for her Nazi collaborating grandfather, David Pugliese writing in the Ottawa Citizen has raised concerns of attempts to deny the significance of monuments in Canada to Ukrainian Nazi collaborators of the SS Galizien Division.
TML Weekly, November 11, 2017 – No. 36