Monday, August 29, 2011
The Communist Party of Malta on populism and the bending of History.
The Communist Party of Malta understands the present situation where a sentiment is growing in favour of removing all honours given to Colonel Gaddafi in the past.
We believe that historical events should not be meddled with to simply accommodate populist policies. History must be taken in the context of its era and not subject to on how we look at it today, because then we will end up changing history according to our views.
The Communist Party of Malta reiterates that it does not agree with the proposed changes. But, if there will be pressure to change past policies, where Malta honoured certain political leaders, then it must do the same towards those other politicians who embraced colonial policies such as the ex British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Then his bust should be removed from the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
Winston Churchill’s record was a horrendous one were colonialism was concerned, especially in Africa and India. The former President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosvelt was critical of Winston Churchill’s colonial policies, where most of these countries suffered massacres in order to be subdued to British occupation.
The colonial policies had the aim to exploit countries in Africa, as well as in Asia, out of their natural resources and to enslave its population.
The Communist Party of Malta therefore appeals to the political class in Malta that before taking any decision to remove the honours given, they should consider historical validity and realise that the honours are now part of history and recorded in history books.