COLUMN: Levant – Bethune memorial makes no sense

- July 15th, 2012

Canada’s shrine of shame

Norman Bethune supported Mao Zedong’s Communist ideology — so now we build a memorial to him?

by Ezra Levant

The Canadian government has not yet provided a cent to the proposed memorial in Ottawa for the victims of communism.

Not a cent, though millions of Canadians came here fleeing from Communist regimes.

But the government of Canada found $2.5 million to build a sparkling new museum in Tony Clement’s riding, dedicated to the Communist sympathizer, Norman Bethune.

Bethune was such a communist extremist he literally left Canada twice to go to war with Communists, once in Spain, then in China, where he met up with Mao Zedong.

Mao is the worst mass murderer in world history, killing more than Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin.

Combined.

That’s who Bethune dedicated his life to.

And that’s who the government of Canada spent $2.5 million building a shrine to.

When the new Bethune museum was unveiled last week, Clement showed up at the event in a rickshaw — a Mao-era mode of Chinese transportation.

Sorta cheesy.

But then the loudspeakers came on. And, at this government of Canada event, the Chinese national anthem was played. The Communist Party of China officials were beaming.

Of course they were. Because they understood what the lyrics to the song mean. Clement probably didn’t. It’s a war song. Here’s what Clement was smiling along to:

“Let us amount our flesh and blood towards our new Great Wall! The Chinese nation faces its greatest peril!” And this line: “Selflessly braving the enemy’s gunfire, march on!”

The anthem was written by a poet named Tian Han, who, like Bethune, was what the Communists call a “useful idiot.” That is, he was only too happy to volunteer to provide propaganda cover for Mao’s killing machine.

Trouble with being a poet and a dramatist though, is he thought for himself a bit too much for the likes of his hero, Mao. So, in Mao’s Cultural Revolution — where anyone suspected of harbouring dissident views was publicly denounced in a national frenzy of snitching and condemnation — Tian Han was publicly condemned and arrested and sent to a hard labour camp, where he died.

That’s the anthem’s story: A war song, exalting violence, written by a naive fool who was soon himself killed by Communist violence.

That’s the tune that was playing from the loudspeakers when Clement cut the ribbon at our new national Communist museum. That’s the song that’s ringing in the ears of Canadian victims of communism, who have been told that they can’t get support for their memorial, because the federal budget is too lean.

The government claims this is all a tourism idea, to draw Chinese visitors to, uh, Gravenhurst, Ont. Because apparently Canada’s Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes and a thousand other world-class natural and man-made attractions lack the pizzazz of a Communist museum.

So that’s why we did what Mao liked to do — we revised history, whitewashing the brutality of Mao and his Canadian cheerleader, Bethune.

We’re not at war with China — though they wage an economic war against us, stealing $1 billion a month in technology and industrial secrets, according to CSIS.

We’re not in a trade war with them either — we fill our Walmarts with their junk.

This isn’t a call for a boycott. It’s just a call for some national self-respect — and the recognition that Mao was history’s greatest murderer, and Bethune was an accomplice.

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5 comments

  1. CDS in Manitoba says:

    How did the Royal Canadian Mint get away with putting Norman Bethune’s face on one of their gold coins in 2011? I don’t remember the mass media covering that story much, if at all.

  2. Bill Elder says:

    I think this Bethune cathedral to communist useful idiocy would not bother me so much if the govrnment were not so cold to aiding those who wish to build a monument to Communist necrometrics.

    At the very least this sends a message that government payola going into Cab-min ridings patronage is not dead in the Harper era. Crass partisan patronage lives on in the dysfunctional dominion.

  3. Denny Lama says:

    Ezra, to bad you see everything through your right wing ideology. Dr Bethune beleived in helping his fellow man and if he was a communist well he wasn’t alone in those days. He didn’t ask the ideology of the people he was trying save, he did his job and gave his life for it.

    And of couse now that west is going in the dumper because of their greed, blame China. Classy.

  4. Stephen Smith says:

    Well for once I totally agree with Ezra (yes I checked the sky is not falling)

    This makes no sense, but where is the outrage and the email of Tony Clement to protest this? (t.clement.min.of.gazebos.gc.ca)

  5. Colin Montgomery says:

    I doubt that back in Bethune’s day there was as much information available regarding the realities of living under a Communist regime. It’s easy to judge Bethune’s politics in hindsight. Don’t get me wrong, I despise the hypocrisy of communism but back in Bethune’s day it philosophically rang true for a lot of people.

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