In October 1939, while tending to the wounded on the front lines with the communist Chinese army, Norman Bethune cut his finger. Blood poisoning set in. He correctly diagnosed that he would die.
As John Allemang reported Wednesday, a new visitors centre has opened beside the Bethune Memorial House in Gravenhurst, Ont., to honour the famous Canadian surgeon and humanitarian. And therein lies a tale that deserves to be told again.
Today, 15,000 people traipse through the Bethune Memorial House every year and now they will be able to enjoy a spanking new visitors centre to boot. Bethunes communist taint has long since been rinsed away; modern biographers appear more interested in his relentless womanizing. (He married and divorced the same wife twice, which was quite a feat back then.)
The calculation is as simple now as it was back in the Seventies. The Chinese honour Bethune; Canada wants closer relations with China; Canada honours Bethune.
On Wednesday, Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement unveiled $2.5-million in improvements to a national historic site dedicated to Dr. Norman Bethune, a card-carrying Communist most famous for throwing in his lot with Mao Zedongs forces against the Japanese. Some staunch conservatives were clearly nonplussed. Sun TV news created a snazzy graphic comparing atrocities...
You could see Mr. Clements appearance, then, as a sign of a government with an ideological heritage growing up into a more pragmatic thing. You could, anyway, until Mr. Clement took to Twitter and made an ass of himself.
Mr. Clement, a minister of the Crown, stood (as one does) to hear March of the Volunteers, lionized Comrade Dr. Bethune in front of a Chinese delegation, and then decided hed go on Twitter to bolster his anti-communist bona fides by siding with Ezra Levant, who then turned around and attacked Mr. Clement. Thats not evidence of a grown-up government at all.
That statue should have been sold to the Chinese at a profit. It's a shame that the feds feel obliged to say anything about Bethune, but I think Clement is not out of line in stressing historical significance, while holding a harder line on Bethune's legacy.
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Originally Posted by kps
It would be minuscule by comparison...
Well at least intentional victims... capitalism by it's very nature has a great number of unintentional victims... unlike those of communism's victims who are very pointed, selected and deliberate...
Capitalism of course has intended victims as well but that is where the comparison would become minuscule.... usually capitalism's intentional victims are their direct competition and that is built into the system.
Of course capitalism has always "taken advantage of" the lowest of the low and even the middle, but they aren't victims to the extent that occurs in communism, where anyone who disagrees with you ends up in prison, lamed or dead rather than just underpaid, over worked, working in poor conditions or fired.
But of course in communism you can and will also be underpaid, over worked and working in poor conditions... you just won't fired. If you are really bad at your job you will just be sent off to a labour camp or a "retraining" centre.