I was just reminded of this today while watching the Michael Coren show on Canadian T.V. He’s a Roman Catholic and quite intelligent and he was absolutely and rightfully aghast that Canada’s bureaucracy was reluctant to allow the erection of a Memorial to the Victims of Communism in our capital city (even though our Prime Minister supports it), because it might offend communists. Coren stated the obvious when he asserted that nobody in the West would object to a Memorial to the Victims of Nazism for fear of insulting Nazis. But here it is, right in your face, further confirmation that Communism to many still seems like the good totalitarianism in the face of the absolute evil of Nazism. Unbelievable. Coren, who is of Jewish background, always recounts that his family was Jewish enough to be erased in the Holocaust. And one should never forget that unspeakable Horror and Genocide committed on world Jewry.
But why this absolute lack of any sort of ability in some to recognize the evil of Communism and the 100 million or so laid at its doorstep last century, as Coren argued today?
It all started like this.
Three years ago, Jason Kenney – then secretary of state for multiculturalism, now federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism – says he met with the Czech and Slovak Association, who brought him to a small memorial for communism’s victims they had built in a private Toronto park. It was a Christ-like figure crucified on a hammer and sickle. “I said to them, sort of half jokingly, ‘Any chance we could move this to Ottawa as a national monument?’” he recalls. “They said, ‘That’s a brilliant idea, why don’t we do that? Why don’t we create a monument for the victims of Communism in Ottawa?’ And we immediately got to work.”
He approached the Prime Minister and found enthusiastic endorsement there, too. Stephen Harper’s response to Mr. Kenney, in a letter last year: “I would strongly support the idea of such a monument to recognize the 100 million people who died violent deaths under communist regimes, as well as those who escaped these totalitarian regimes to build new lives in Canada.” He suggested it belonged near Ottawa’s war museum, “ideally” to be unveiled in time for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this November.
Plans for a monument on Parliament Hill to honour the estimated 100 million or so innocent men, women and children killed at the hands of Communist regimes around the world, on the other hand, have hit a snag, with the NCC worried that a “Memorial to the Victims of Totalitarian Communism” risks giving offence to communists.
This capacity for selective morality on the part of many in the West just reveals the apathy and ignorance of what countless nations had to endure last century, and heaven forbid one should point to the evil done by Communism as being in the same league as the evil done by Nazism. Both were as close to evil as one could get in modern society, just that the former didn’t lose a hot war and was able to self-destruct eventually while the latter self-immolated in a rage of hatred and iniquity, almost taking the Jewish people down with it (Thanks to God it didn’t).
I always thought both totalitarian systems were morally similar. Nazism surely spouted venom more ferociously in a smaller time-frame but communism could disguise itself in beguiling universalist language which made it, perhaps, in the end, slightly less evil (as if this can ever be exactly quantified) but more dangerous because of the sheer mass of Western fellow-travellers and intelligentsia and traitors (the Cambridge 5) who fell under its spell (note to Eric Hobsbawm in England, that champagne communist who enjoyed his spells with the English upper class but still yearns personally for the dream of Red October even if 20 million should have perished).
I truly wish in the future that the world will come to recognize the evil of Communism to the degree it has now of Nazism. May the Victims of Both be Eternally Remembered!