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September 26, 2023

The Morning Report — 9/26/23


Good morning, kids. To butcher the immortal words of Elvis Presley, Canada is now "a hunka-hunka burnin' . . . " something or other. Emphasis on "Hunka."

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has been heralded as this century’s Winston Churchill: the brave leader of a nation fighting for freedom against a tyrannical, fascist foe. This makes it all the more embarrassing that he, along with the 338 members of Canada’s House of Commons, were made to stand up and applaud one Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old veteran of the “First Ukrainian Division,” also known as the “SS Galichina,” or the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division, a military unit of Ukrainian volunteers for the Waffen SS—the paramilitary arm of the Nazi Party. The unit has been accused of war crimes in Poland, though news reports are as yet unclear on what the nature and extent of Hunka’s involvement was or the circumstances of his arrival in Canada.

Whatever we find out, one thing is certain: Vladimir Putin was handed a massive propaganda victory. He can now point to footage of a NATO member’s parliament honoring a Waffen SS veteran as proof of his narrative that Russia is fighting a sacred war against Western-backed Nazis in Ukraine. How could such a sorry spectacle have taken place? The answer points to contradictions within Canada’s multicultural settlement.

That paragraph kind of clues you in to the author's attitude. For sure, Vladimir Putin is no choir boy. But the proposition that this is a propaganda victory for him misses the actual point, rising to the level of straw-man argument. Contrary to the real propaganda pumped out by western media, the Holodomar notwithstanding, Ukraine is not and has never been pure as the wind driven snow. A tragic, bloody history of pogroms, massacres and ethnic cleansing against Jews, Russians, Poles and others has been whitewashed in service to pushing an anti-Putin meme, the goal of which is to push the west into war with him.

Continuing with the more cromulent aspects of what otherwise is a good essay:

Canada is home to the largest Ukrainian population after Ukraine and Russia, and the high-profile presence of Ukrainian-Canadians in Canadian politics has led to a “special relationship” of sorts between Kiev and Ottawa. Canada was the first Western nation to recognize Ukrainian independence in 1991, and as soon as that independence was imperiled by Russia’s invasion in February 2022, Canada became a pillar of support for Ukraine’s cause.

At the center of this connection is Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, the most powerful figure in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet after the prime minister himself. A Rhodes Scholar and fluent Ukrainian speaker, Freeland was surveilled by the KGB on a student visit to the Soviet Union in the 1980s and marked as a nationalist agitator. She has followed in the footsteps of other prominent Ukrainian-Canadians, and may achieve even greater fame on the world stage as a possible future secretary-general of NATO. . .

. . . It is fair to say that Ukrainians have contributed mightily and positively to the making of modern Canada. Yet the celebration of diversity can also be a double-edged sword, particularly when constituent ethno-national identities are indulged to the point of overlooking—or even valorizing—aspects of them that may be radically at odds with the promise of harmonious multicultural coexistence.

Last week, an international incident drew attention to the presence of militant separatist movements within Canada’s Sikh community; such movements keep alive the ancient hatreds and political loyalties that immigrants are ostensibly supposed to leave at the door when they accept citizenship in a new country.

A militant nationalist undercurrent also runs through Ukrainian-Canadian political identity. For instance, journalists in recent years have pointed to monuments honoring Ukrainian Nazi collaborators scattered across Canada, put up by Ukrainian nationalist groups. Freeland’s maternal grandfather became the subject of controversy in 2017, when Russian-affiliated media amplified reports that he had been the editor of a Nazi collaborationist newspaper in occupied Krakow. While this had nothing to do with Freeland herself, it highlighted the unsavory historical baggage that many postwar Ukrainian immigrants brought with them from Europe. . .

. . . Multiculturalism can mean many things and may indeed contribute to the shaping of a larger national story. Yet the fashionable idea of Canada as a post-national amalgam has often caused its leaders to celebrate (with unexamined enthusiasm) various sub-national or extra-national identities, treating these as stand-ins for the solid, unifying symbols and standards of previous ages, and blinding them to the serious moral and historical complexities that come with the promotion of diversity as an end in itself. The unfortunate tale of Yaroslav Hunka’s standing ovation is only a particularly egregious illustration of how thoroughly the Canadian political class has been captured by this attitude. It won’t be the last.

Sorry, Michael Cuenco. Multiculturalism only means one thing: civil war and death. Yes, in the vast majority of cases, it's healthy to be part of a community and with a diversity of people and cultures from different lands. I grew up in Brooklyn in the 60s and 70s and I consider myself lucky to have had a youth where I experienced exactly that. The difference is all those kids and their parents all lived or tried to live as Americans. Does E pluribus unum ring a bell? Contrary to leftist dogma, assimilation does not mean abandoning one's heritage. In fact, their mission in decrying assimilation and doing everything in their power to prevent it is to destroy the American heritage, culture, history and traditions. Ditto what their Komrades up in Kanuckistan are doing.

The name Chrystia Freeland should ring a bell. Flashback to February 2022:

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday that Canadian federal law enforcement has already begun cracking down on the financial accounts of individuals suspected of aiding “Freedom Convoy” protesters.

Freeland said in a press conference that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has referred a number of accounts that have subsequently been frozen by financial institutions. Freeland deflected a question on whether the frozen accounts belonged to any of the donors to fundraising campaigns on the platforms GoFundMe and GiveSendGo.

One reporter at the press conference questioned Frreeland: “I’m just wondering if the bank accounts will be targeted of individuals who donated to the GiveSendGo and GoFundMe campaigns? Are they considered designated people under the Emergencies Act, meaning that their credit cards could be cut and financial services are targeting them as well?”

Freeland responded: “The names of both individuals and entities as well as crypto wallets have been shared by the RCMP with financial institutions and accounts have been frozen and more accounts will be frozen. Crowdfunding platforms and payment service providers have started the registration process with [the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada].”

The deputy prime minister, who also serves as Canada’s minister of finance, skirted the question on if the frozen accounts belonged to those donors who gave through GoFundMe and GiveSendGo. The latter was hacked earlier this week and the data of tens of thousands of Freedom Convoy donors leaked online.

“In terms of the specifics on whose accounts are being frozen, you now have the regulations. The financial service providers have those regulations now, as well, and they, working with law enforcement, will be making the operational decisions,” Freeland said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act Monday as a “last resort” to break the protest that has continued in downtown Ottawa for roughly three weeks. The act, in addition to empowering law enforcement, authorized banks and other financial institutions to unilaterally freeze the accounts of any individual or entity suspected of aiding the protesters.

Days after the announcement and amid fears of a run on the banks, some of Canada’s largest financial institutions experienced an outage. The cause of the blackout has not yet been determined. The disruption blocked Canadians from accessing their bank accounts online for about an hour Wednesday afternoon.

Freeland does it like a boss. Hugo Boss, that is. Political persecution and retribution against enemies of the regime. And here she is, along with Fidel Castro's bastard, giving a standing ovation to a commander from the Waffen SS responsible for butchering innocent people during World War 2.

Funny how we don't hear any more that all this talk about the Azov Battalion being manned by anti-Semites is pro-Putin propaganda because Zelensky is Jewish. Turns out that that is exactly the case since it is historical fact that that unit was created as a part of the Waffen SS as an indigenous Ukrainian anti-Soviet formation. And this decrepit 98-year old Hunka shit was part of it or otherwise associated with or worked alongside it.

Heil, hoser.

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