First, the good: PM Stephen Harper shows once again that he is a class act, a statesman, and a leader beyond what we have come to expect as Canadians. While touring the Auchwitz Nazi Death Camp memorial in Poland yesterday, he remained silent and reverent, and refused to use the visit to the sacred site to make political points. He declined to talk to the tag-along press contingent about it, and left this beautiful, thoughtful message in the guest book at the memorial:
“We are witnesses to the vestiges of unspeakable cruelty, horror and death. Let us never forget these things and work always to prevent their repetition. Lord, bless the souls of those who suffered and perished here and deliver them from evil.”
Now, the bad. Here is a screen shot of The Toronto Star’s disgraceful attempt to use this visit to Auschwitz as an attack on Harper:
- The Star chooses an angry-looking Harper file photo from Parliament to set the tone for the story, rather than an image from the visit to Auschwitz. The photo used here is completely unrelated to the story, and could only have been chosen for the sole reason of connecting Harper’s supposed “mean” personality to his visit to Auschwitz.
- The story leads with: – “Prime Minister Stephen Harper uttered not a word of reflection to the Canadian public following his visit to Auschwitz yesterday.” Third sentence: “He didn’t speak after kneeling before a red-and-white wreath at the camp’s Death Wall memorial, where thousands of prisoners were executed, though he did appear to be moved.” Fourth sentence: “He didn’t speak after emerging from the claustrophobic gas chamber and crematorium, the lethal machine of Nazi terror. He left just one reflection of three sentences, written in blue ink in a leather-bound memorial book.” The implication: Harper was indifferent to the horrors of Nazi Germany. The reality: Woods & company are so utterly ideologically against Harper that they’ll use the PM’s completely appropriate and heartwarming response to the depravity of the Nazis, as an opportunity to repeat the long-discredited phony charge that Harper is cold, mean, and harbouring a “hidden agenda”.
Shame on you, Allan Woods and The Toronto Star. You spit on the graves of dead Jews by your obscene actions.