Send KGB man back
Chairman of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Jun 22, 2009 04:30 AM
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He had no right to come here.
He has no right to remain here.
He was an officer of the KGB, the notorious Soviet secret police. Every member of the Communist political police was either directly or indirectly responsible for the enslavement and murder of millions of innocents.
The men and women of the KGB were not conscripts. They were an elite that enjoyed perks in the U.S.S.R. better pay, better holidays, foreign travel, a privileged status just like the SS in Nazi Germany. And they had an identical function the repression of dissent, the orchestration of genocide, the running of the concentration camps of the Gulag. The only difference between them and their Nazi colleagues is that the Reds butchered more people no less than 20 million victims because they had a longer run in power, from 1917 to 1991. Thankfully, the Nazi regime lasted only 12 years.
Our immigration laws forbid all veterans of the KGB from entering Canada. And, let's be clear on this, you need not have been a killer. If all you did was make lunch or iron the executioners' uniforms you are still inadmissible. That's the law.
There are some Canadians who don't like this rule. Fair enough. They can work to change it. That's their democratic right. But this man has no such privilege. He is not a citizen. Whether he has lived here for a decade or been a nice neighbour or grows gardenias in his garden and gives them to the poor is irrelevant. He should never have been allowed into Canada and he has no right to stay here.
Being compassionate we have given him more than one chance to prove otherwise and to do so at our expense. He had a hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board. That tribunal rejected his claim to refugee status. He appealed that finding. After carefully reviewing the case, a Federal Court judge concluded that he should be deported. Instead of obeying the court the KGB man “sought sanctuary” in the First Lutheran Church of East Vancouver.
Folks who come to an understanding of the law by watching reruns of The Hunchback of Notre Dame may feel otherwise but there is actually no right of “sanctuary” in any church, temple, synagogue or mosque in Canada. While imagining a KGB man on his knees praying for forgiveness is amusing, what is not is that this bolt hole was set up before the good judge rendered his judgment. In other words, the KGB man and his friends decided that if they didn't like the court's decision they would just ignore it and spirit him away to a church basement. That's where he now sits, thumbing his nose at the authorities.
The remedy is obvious. Canada Border Services Agency officials need to enter the building, seize the KGB man and put him on the first plane back to Mother Russia. Those who deliberately aided and abetted a fugitive from the law should then be given their day in court. The notion that there is some kind of “sanctuary” in religious buildings needs to be undone, once and for all. If all this doesn't happen it'll be obvious the country is not governed by the rule of law but by the whims of those whom Lenin appropriately enough described as “useful idiots.”
But it won't be enough if we only deport this one KGB man. Ottawa needs to finish the job. There are other veterans of the Soviet secret police the NVKD, SMERSH and KGB here in Canada. They have, so far, escaped justice. We need to purge our home and native land of all of them. One is too many.
Finally please don't start whining on about my lacking in compassion. There are millions of genuine refugees in the world. Canada can and should provide victims of persecution both asylum and opportunity, just as both were once offered to my parents. Half a century ago they found sanctuary here from Nazi and Soviet oppression. Ever since they have helped build this country. It's unconscionable that we would now tolerate a veteran of one of the evil regimes that tried to eradicate them in our midst. Canada doesn't need to make KGB captains into citizens. Not even one.
I don't do the hyhenated thing very much. I am a Canadian not an Ukrainian-Canadian. However, on this rare occassion I will. He participated in an organization that murdered millions of Ukrainians! Whether he pulled the trigger or not he is an participate to murdering “my people!” Who came here to escape that and evolved into “loyal” Canadians. Kick him out!
Submitted by Zhimmy at 8:02 AM Monday, June 22 2009
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send him back
Submitted by sendergreen at 7:10 AM Monday, June 22 2009
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Thank you, Mr Luciuk
I never expected to agree with you in anything, but here I agree. During “Prague Spring” few my classmates had drawn graffiti protesting Soviet invasion. KGB snitch revealed their identities to his masters and guys were thrown out of the university, and drafted to the army. And position of the First Lutheran Church is really appalling: if the good pastor does not know, KGB was responsible for suppression of the religious dissent – in particular Lutherans of the Baltic States
Submitted by Red Herring at 7:02 AM Monday, June 22 2009
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Very thorough explanation
Angelic church members are giving sanctuary to one of Satan's little helpers. Ho, ho, ho!
Submitted by Skinny Dipper at 6:09 AM Monday, June 22 2009
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kgb and church, whata joke. communism and the opium for the people. wow, that bites. again cowards
Submitted by european at 5:20 AM Monday, June 22 2009
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fully agree. the secret services of old jugoslavia, romania, russia etc. when have they shown any compassion. they have raped their country and funny enough their own laws. e.g. the members of the stasi in east germany were found guilty by using DDR laws. now they come here and use our courts, suddenly the law should be respected. cowards as the old nazis were. murdering women and children and then hide behind some idiotic oath or love for the state. sick. throw them out.
Submitted by european at 5:18 AM Monday, June 22 2009