A draft resolution is about to be tabled at the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) aiming at establishing signs
that would put communism and Nazism on an equal footing. Fifty years
after the death of McCarthy, the rapporteur (EPP) of this text is
attempting to relaunch a European-style neo-McCarthyism, legitimizing in
advance threats of bans, like those which are currently hanging over the
"Czech communist youth".
We underline the fact, that the whole procedure is beyond the legal
competence of the Council of Europe. It tries to turn this body into an
ideological court and to misuse it in the political struggle.
We would like to draw attention to the extremely serious nature of
this initiative, which in effect is leading to rendering banal the Nazi
genocide and to offending the memory of the many communist resistance
fighters and victims of fascism.
We should remember that the Washington Holocaust Museum and the Shoah
Memorial in Paris recently signed cooperation agreements with European
communists, thereby rendering a legitimate homage to their contribution
to the struggle for human liberty and dignity.
It is one thing is to condemn outright the crimes of Stalinism, which
contradict the basic idea of Socialism. That goes without saying.
Another thing is to let oneself be caught up in a dangerous and unworthy
rewriting of History. We invite all democrats to reject any attempt of
Berlin, 15 January 2006
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