Much like so many US presidents before him, Joe Biden has an uncanny ability to say something with a straight face – that the rest of the world finds tragically laughable. And just like his predecessors, the punchline – once again – is how the United States is “leading the global fight for human rights”...while stripping it from as much of the world (and his own people) as possible.
Forget “Je me souviens”, the saying on Quebec licence plates that means “I remember” (and will never forget our history, traditions and identity). Canadian politicians are imposing the slogan “J’oublie” (literally “I forget”) on a distinct group of Canadians. And they’re doing everything in their power to ensure that this group is not able to use their own name, express their identity, or commemorate their history. Which group is it? First, imagine it was you.
“That’s how the government of Canada recognizes you.”
Not as who we are, but who we’re told to be — based on political decisions aimed at appeasing those who want us eradicated.
The quote is from Liberal Party MP Rob Oliphant, who said it to a group of Macedonians after they objected to him using the highly derogatory terms “North Macedonian” and “North Macedonia” while giving a speech at a Macedonian event in Toronto.
It has come to this. Politicians telling us who we are so they can execute Canada’s American foreign policy while simultaneously appeasing our oppressors so [insert Canadian political party here] can get their votes.
Despite arrests, beatings, intimidation and incarceration carried out by the US/EU-installed Zaev regime, Macedonians are protesting the forced name, identity and history change into “North Macedonians” from “North Macedonia” imposed on them by the so-called “global leaders in spreading democracy and human rights”.
In my opinion, being a Macedonian myself, the fact that my country's name and identity is even up for discussion is sickening to watch and hear. Greece shouldn’t have the right to tell another country what it should be called, and that my people “don’t exist”. No one should have the right to tell you who you are and to force a name change on you. Therefore, Greece and its government (along with their "strategic partners", the US, NATO and EU) have no right to force a name change on Macedonia.
My country is Macedonia. And Macedonians are being told (and I'm hearing it directly from the horse's mouth) that US foreign interventionism is “justified” because other countries might intervene. Yes, that's the argument. A pre-emptive strike against another people's basic human rights in order to satisfy US foreign policy. How about denouncing all foreign interventionism – and refusing to engage in it – instead of trying to justify your own.
In reality, human rights and in particular minority rights, have been relegated to the bottom of the list of priorities for European integration. Let me illustrate with a sad and true story. Eight decades ago, fearful of losing part of its territory, communist Bulgaria determined that the only solution was to assimilate its minorities into a “unified socialistic Bulgarian nation.” This was done through a series of so-called “revival processes”, targeting – in different periods – all traditional minorities settled in Bulgaria, such as Turks, Roma, Pomaks, Macedonians, etc.
The man whose job was to change my people's name, erase our identity and rewrite our history is now – in a brutally ironic twist of fate – watching his people's history being changed and the human rights abuses that they suffered be whitewashed, all in the name of politics and as a direct result of his actions.
[Insert derogatory name here]. You’d be immediately, and rightfully, condemned for being racist and spreading hatred. But not if you insert the latest derogatory name for my ethnic group. Actually, you’ll be congratulated for helping to “solve a diplomatic dispute” by spreading hatred against us.
Yeah. That’s right.
I’ve heard them all. I’ve been called a ___, a ___, and a ___ (and so much more). But there’s no condemnation. There is intolerance though, towards us, for being offended and for standing up against hatred.
And it’s all because one of our oppressors managed to convince the most powerful countries in the world to side with them in their claim that our existence is a “diplomatic dispute” that needs to be “solved”.
If one believed the UN’s rhetoric (and ridiculous "#StandUp4HumanRights" hashtag), one would expect the UN to denounce, not assist, Greece in its quest to annihilate the existence of Macedonians’ ethnic identity.
But both ended up getting their wish —Macedonia’s name was forcibly and illegally changed, using brutal tactics, and despite mass opposition by the Macedonian people.