Marco Levytsky, Editorial Writer.
On Canada Day (of all days) vandals defaced the construction site for the Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa with the message “communism will win”. The message was placed on a fence sign for the forthcoming monument. The vandals also included three hammer and sickle symbols.
The memorial’s construction is administered by the National Capital Commission, a federal Crown corporation charged, in part, with maintenance of statues and monuments in our capital city. It was launched, in part, by Tribute to Liberty, a non-profit organization which promoted the idea for the memorial and helped raise funds for its construction.
Tribute to Liberty describes the purpose of the future memorial, “as part of the international current of commemorating victims of Communism, various community leaders, government officials and foreign diplomats in Canada suggested building a memorial in the National Capital Region that would recognize these victims, and the contribution Canada has made in coming to their aid”.
This vandalism follows similar acts in the U.S. where extremists toppled, defaced, and damaged monuments and statues depicting American and Western historical figures.
In reacting to this hate crime, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) stated it was “saddened by the disgraceful act of vandalism that took place at the site of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge.
“The Memorial to the Victims of Communism is to be a national place of mourning, reflection, contemplation, and remembrance, honouring the millions of innocent victims murdered by Communist regimes throughout the world.
“Millions of people, including many Ukrainians, who were subjected to the brutality and inhumanity of Communism, fled to Canada – where they found liberty and peace. That this sight was desecrated through this act of hate is unacceptable and deplorable, and an insult to the hallowed memory of the millions of innocent victims of Communism.
“This is a reminder to us all of the need for further education and awareness in our own society about the evil and crimes of Communism.
The vandalized sign has been removed and the UCC National Office has contacted the Ottawa Police Service about this incident. We will update our community and the public when more information is available,” concluded the UCC.
The UCC is absolutely right when it states this is a reminder of the need for further education about the evil and crimes of Communism. As we have commented before, many people adopt a double standard when it comes to dealing with Communist crimes against humanity as opposed to Nazi crimes against humanity. Take, for example, Amazon’s prohibition against promoting Nazi symbolism on its website, but turning a blind eye to Communist symbolism. And as we also noted in previous editorials, both systems are totalitarian and inherently evil.
But further to that point, the statement that “communism will win” is laughable because Communism is a bankrupt ideology that has never won anywhere and never will. That’s because everywhere Communist Parties have taken control, they established a totalitarian system which, instead of protecting the rights of workers, created an oligarchic elite which exploited the workers for their own gain in a way capitalist elites in democratic countries could only dream of because those same communist elites had total control over state power.
Take, for example, the former USSR and its successor state, the Russian Federation. Despite bemoaning the demise of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century”, Russian President Vladimir Putin has revived all the dictatorial aspects of the former USSR as well as the Russian imperialism that determined both Soviet policy and the tsarist policy which preceded it. At the same time, he has not even bothered to pay lip service to the supposed egalitarianism, which the previous communists claimed they were striving for. Why, because that claim was nothing but a farce right from the beginning. Today’s Russian Federation is simply a kleptocratic dictatorship without any pretence of some pie-in-the-sky ideology. It is a fascist state.
Let’s take another example – the Peoples Republic of China. Why is it that so many of our consumer goods come from China? Because labour there is very cheap. Workers in China are effectively exploited for the benefit of the Communist Party elite – an elite typified by Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, currently going through Canada’s legal process of extradition to the United States. What is quite revealing is that the winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary, “American Factory”, is about a shuttered General Motors plant in Moraine, a city near Dayton, Ohio, which is taken over by Chinese company Fuyao. Unlike the capitalist owners who preceded them, these communist owners view their workers more as cogs in a machine than as individuals. They are expected to work much longer hours for much less pay. Overtime and working on weekends are considered mandatory and safety regulations and protocols are not strictly observed. Quite ironically, upon receiving the award, the film’s producers decided to take a quote right out of Karl Marx’s 1848 Communist Manifesto – “Workers of the World Unite!”. Except here we’re not talking about some 19th century capitalists, but 21st century communists.
Like the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China is a fascist state in which workers are downtrodden and ethnic and religious minorities ruthlessly repressed – be they Christians, Falun Gong, Muslim Uighurs, or Tibetan Buddhists.
So, anyone who claims “communism will win” must be living on another planet. To stress our point once again — whenever and wherever Communist Parties did win, they created totalitarian dictatorships that cracked down on dissent, oppressed minorities, violated human rights, committed genocide and exploited workers for the benefit of a rich and powerful Communist Party elite.