Don Cherry and the Mob, Canadian Style

Have you seen this picture? It’s been circulating around Canada in particular.

I have no particular problem with the sentiment, but there is a problem. That is a Red Army soldier carrying a PPSh-41 submachine gun, and as such he definitely was not at the Normandy invasion. He might have been at the suppression of the Hungarian people in 1956, or he may have fought bravely in World War II but he was not at Normandy. That was the British, Americans, Canadians, Polish, and Australians.

The Allies which did include the Soviet Union went on to unconditional victory, destroying Nazi Germany in April of 1945, thereby freeing (as it turned out) half a continent, the other half would be freed in 1989 when the Soviet Union fell. Again because of the Americans, British, Canadians, and Poles. That’s history, which many of us lived.

Don Cherry, a Canadian hockey commentator, recently laid a bit of truth out for the gimmiegrants flooding Canada (as they are the US and Britain) saying:

“You people,” Cherry said on a recent broadcast, talking about recent immigrants he regarded as ungrateful, “you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

Damned straight they did. He’s talking about people like this.

And a personal note, the American Poppy campaign seems to have died our, sadly, but Don is correct, it’s not much effort to show some respect. Last year I purchased a couple of the British Poppies from the British Legion, I suspect the Canadian equivalent will take care of you also. It’s a small gesture, but important, I think.

In April of 1945, for example, troops from Canada’s Eighth Reconnaissance unit liberated 876 Dutch Jews from the Westerbork camp in Holland, where they awaited shipment to Auschwitz and other death camps.

I’ve said before that the Canadians are perhaps the best warriors of all the English speaking peoples. They have surely always been in the running. Solid, steadfast, and unyielding, they have proved themselves in two world wars. They are a large part of why North America is as peaceful as it is. But.

What Jim and other veterans used to say about the gutless “Zombies” like Pierre Trudeau, who failed to serve, makes Cherry’s comments look mild. The notion of  Soviet soldiers storming the Normandy beaches would have drawn a comment that included the word “bullshit” with a few modifiers for good measure. As Jim knew, the Canadian establishment is another source of ignorance about “those guys” and the war they fought.

Back in 2002, Defense Minister John McCallum managed to confuse Vichy, seat of the French government of Nazi collaborators, with Vimy, the World War I battle of Vimy Ridge. The current establishment under the Zombie’s son Justin Trudeau knows even less, and the last Canadian Prime Minister with actual combat experience was Lester Pearson, who left office in 1968.

If people on the left know about the Stalin-Hitler Pact and the Soviet invasions of Poland and Finland, they are never eager to talk about it. For this crowd, as George Orwell noted, ignorance is strength. Like the cowering 18-year-old in the photo, words hurt their feelings, particularly when those words are the truth.

“Those guys” did pay the biggest price, as Don Cherry said. As the national anthem explains, they stood on guard for thee, and their victory was one of those plus brillants exploits. The current establishment is not worthy to carry their shoes, and those guys deserve respect, particularly from new arrivals. But no surprise that on Monday, Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States, Canada’s Sportsnet fired Don Cherry, a former coach of the NHL’s Boston Bruins.

Typical of the idiots in all our governments, and many of our businesses all over what we used to call the free world. Well, the Canadians are pretty quiet, but they’ll take care of it eventually, I suspect. As both we, and the Brits, will with a lot more noise. Meanwhile, the treatment that Cherry received is pretty much unforgivable.


And I read that Don Cherry, good man that he is, is sticking to the truth, refusing to grovel to the mob. Good on him.

The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,

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11 Responses to Don Cherry and the Mob, Canadian Style

  1. the unit says:

    Cherry Man Bad! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. audremyers says:

    Aside from being incredibly trendy and forward thinking in his manner of dress (did you see the picture of his blue outfit???), I had no idea who he was.

    Live and learn – as you and I have agreed elsewhere – I really never knew anything about Canada and the world wars so thank you so much for that.


  3. the unit says:

    That PPSh-41 is an interesting gun. (Wiki and Googling)
    Love reading about history of guns.
    Not long ago a kid was expelled from school for pointing his finger in the form of a gun at another student.
    And reading my new book about how everything came about I learned about the squirt gun. 🙂

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  4. Mike says:

    I knew you’d come through, NEO. All I saw was the blurb with the picture and quickly clicked on your post… only to see you were on it. I know my Russians when I see them. Regardless, the point is good and true. My Grandfather went into the Army Air Corp at 16 (he lied as did many). We have created this problem and until enough of us stand up and declare what is being taught in our public institutions to be that with which you wash your hog… then it will only get worse.

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