Ottawa memorial risks offending communists
Kevin Libin, National Post
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 offense to communists.
REALLY? We might offend some communists? Yikes, we better not, it wouldn't be politically correct....
"I was unsettled by this name, and other members of the committee agreed with me," Hélène Grand-Maître, one commission member, said at the public approval hearing. "We should make sure that we are politically correct in this designation.... I feel this name should be changed." (I feel... great rationalization of your point.)
Board member Adel Ayad noted that people who identify as communists might "not like" the memorial. "It's not communism itself that we should be fighting here. It is rather totalitarianism we are against in any form."
Perhaps, suggested another, the best route would be to be avoid specifics, strike "communism" from the proposed name altogether, and dedicate the memorial to "victims of oppressive regimes," so as not to single any particular ideologies out.....
Already the group has had to make compromises. Earlier this year, it altered the proposed name, from a memorial to the "victims of communism," to one for the "victims of totalitarian communism." Though you'd look awfully hard to find any another kind, the NCC suggested that incriminating communism as a general ideology might be "unduly critical" of Canadians who still carry a torch for Karl Marx.
Oh, so that makes it better, let's call it "totalitarian communism", or better yet get rid of the term "communism" altogether. I get it now, so when I blog about Islam making women slaves, that is unacceptable, but if I blog about RADICAL Islam making women slaves, that is now politically acceptable and therefore okay. Or maybe I should call it radical oppressive regimes that treat their women like slaves. Ooops bet I can't use the word slaves.
CHECK. This politically acceptable thingy is hard to grasp because it is your typical liberal thinking, but I think I have it now.
"It's ridiculous to try and write the crimes of communism out of history," he says. "If Canada had a Nazi party, does that mean it would be verboten to criticize Nazis?"
Tisk, tisk, you should have said, ALLEGED communism and ALLEGED Nazi party. Like the British allegedly won on the Plains of Abraham. Oh, oh, now I've offended the province of Quebec.
So when my neighbour, who was in a refugee camp for a year before coming to Canada, talks about her life under the communist regime, she should also be politically correct when talking about the alleged communists who made her and her families life a LIVING HELL!
Right I get it now. She didn't really suffer anything in her life and if she did, it was not because of alleged communism. It wouldn't be politically correct for her to mention it, because it might offend an actual communist.