Is it possible to honour Dr Norman Bethune as a humanitarian, despite the fact that he was a self-confessed Communist? Only a negative rejoinder is possible, for the morality of a person’s acts must be judged by their consequences. Thus when Dr Bethune placed his medical skills and humanism at the service of international Communism, he unquestionably contributed to an evil ideology that has produced mountains of corpses. When Canadians naively eulogize such a person as Dr Bethune, such praise unwittingly constitutes an endorsement of Communist ideology.
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