With Trudeau tripping over himself trying to dig out of the latest hole he has found himself in after leading his government to cheer an actual Soldier from the Nazi SS, who served in a unit responsible for the massacres of civilians, Putin is already weaponizing this unforced error in his own favor.
The Kremlin said on Monday it was “outrageous” that a Ukrainian man who served in one of Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS units during World War Two had been presented to Canada’s parliament last week as a hero.
Yaroslav Hunka, 98, received two standing ovations from Canadian lawmakers in the House of Commons lower chamber during a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday. The speaker, Anthony Rota, apologized in the House on Monday for formally recognizing Hunka but did not heed calls to resign.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the episode showed a careless disregard for historical truth, and that the memory of Nazi crimes must be preserved.
“Such sloppiness of memory is outrageous,” Peskov told reporters. “Many Western countries, including Canada, have raised a young generation that does not know who fought whom or what happened during the Second World War. And they know nothing about the threat of fascism.” — JPost
The image of Trudeau standing shoulder to shoulder with Zelensky — and his own deputy prime minister whose own grandfather had been a Nazi collaborator — cheering wildly for Hunka is nothing short of a propaganda jackpot for Putin’s people.
If you will remember, Putin claimed that the rationale for invading Ukraine had something to do with purging Ukraine of Nazis.
Here’s how NPR, whose biases are very different than our own reported the attempted justification Putin gave for his invasion:
“The purpose of this operation is to protect people who for eight years now have been facing humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kyiv regime,” he said, according to an English translation from the Russian Mission in Geneva. “To this end, we will seek to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, as well as bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.” — NPR [emphasis supplied]
Trudeau and Zelensky just publicly celebrated the work of exactly the kind of evil person Putin claimed to be rooting out. Congrats, Trudeau, you just helped Putin frame himself as the good guy.
That Russian ‘win’ was made possible because Trudeau is a short-sighted ideologue who is always more interested in activism than he is in policy, and makes exactly the sort of decisions you might expect such a person to make.
That criticism of what is being taught in Canada’s education system is accurate but incomplete.
Not only do Canadian students have little understanding of what fascism is (and isn’t) beyond the rhetoric they might hear on the news and parroted by Antifa fans, but they have been taught very little about the horrors suffered under the jackboot of that OTHER massive secular totalitarian movement — Communism.
Of course, the fact that Justin Trudeau is on the record as having stated his admiration of China’s basic dictatorship, as well as the infamously warm eulogy he gave after the death of Fidel Castro, who in turn had been a pallbearer at Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s funeral — the lack of Canadian education about totalitarian of any stripe should be obvious.
If that were not enough to expose the deficiencies in Canadian civic education — the country’s lack of outrage after the unilateral suspension of the Charter of Rights for protesters because they objected to Trudeau insisting that former ‘Covid-hero’ truckers must now get an unproven vaccine as a requirement for work should clarify the matter.