By LOUIS LANG
On August 23, the Trudeau government 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 real historical significance of August 23 is deliberately covered up by the anti-communist campaign. August 23 is the date that the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact (the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) was signed in 1939. The Soviet Union had no alternative but to sign a non-aggression pact with Germany because the British, French and Americans refused to enter into a collective security agreement with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. Instead, they sought to isolate the Soviet Union, egging on Hitler to achieve the aims he clearly set forth in his book Mein Kampf which advocates the superiority of the so-called Aryan race and capture of land in Eastern Europe and Soviet Russia to be used as “living space” for the German people.
Amongst other crimes the Anglo-French forces committed during the pre-war years was to sign the Munich Agreement with Hitler on September 30, 1938 which ceded the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia to Germany and, more broadly, approved the strategy of appeasing Hitler. The non-aggression agreement the Soviet Union signed with Germany gave the Soviets an extra 22 months to build up their defences against the expected Nazi invasion.
Standard Anglo-American imperialist anti-communist propaganda equates the Nazis, who are well-known as the biggest war criminals of that time, with the Soviet Union, which played the major role in defeating the Hitlerites and freeing the world of the scourge of Nazism. It deliberately promotes the view that the Hitlerite Nazis and their collaborators, who slaughtered the peoples of Europe and the Soviet Union amongst others, were freedom fighters because they fought against communism, and the anti-fascist forces who fought them to the death, especially the communists, should be erased from the historical record.
Trudeau also intends to complete Jason Kenney and the Stephen Harper government’s pet project which seeks to glorify Nazis and Nazi collaborators as freedom fighters against communism. It is a publicly funded monument officially called “Memorial to Victims of Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge.” The project is based on and linked to the U.S. Victims of Communism Memorial, dedicated in 2007, whose honorary chairman is war criminal George W. Bush and whose benefactors include monopolies such as defence contractor Lockheed Martin and the Amway Corporation owned by the dominionist DeVos family.
The National Capital Commission, ignoring the opposition of many sectors of society in Ottawa and all across the country, has approved an architectural design and is proceeding to build the monument in downtown Ottawa.
The private organization on whose behalf the Trudeau government is acting is Tribute to Liberty, an anti-communist organization led by various individuals with very shady pasts linked to the holocaust against the Jews and others considered “inferior races.” Since 2009 Tribute to Liberty has been trying to raise money from Canadians but has failed miserably. The funding for the anti-communist monument is coming from the Canadian government as well as several East European governments who are virulent anti-communists and support the criminal activities of pro-Nazi movements within their countries.
At this time when people all over the world are tearing down statues and symbols commemorating slavery, colonial genocide and imperialist oppression, Canadians will not accept the actions of the Trudeau government acting on behalf of private interests to build monuments glorifying Nazis and their collaborators which reverse the verdicts of history.
The people of Canada support genuine freedom and democracy. What is needed is a monument commemorating the countless millions of victims of colonial conquest, slavery and genocide and imperialist wars of aggression, coups d’état, sanctions and “regime changes.”
1. Foreign financial contributions to Tribute to Liberty for the anti-communist monument have been received from the governments of Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Taiwan. Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine in particular are known for public celebrations of Nazi collaborators or those who were part of Nazi formations in World War II. Many governments in Eastern European countries have sought to distort the role of the Soviet Red Army in their liberation from the Nazis. Taiwan, as the seat of power for the reactionary Kuomintang (KMT), deposed by the communists in the Chinese civil war, established the Asian Peoples’ Anti-Communist League in 1954 with the governments of the Philippines and south Korea, known today as the World League for Freedom and Democracy with its offices in Taiwan.
TML Weekly Information Project, August 22, 2020 – No. 31