As we remember all those brave Canadian soldiers who fought and died in 1917 on this day, a day that commemorates the battle of Vimy Ridge, this statue entitled Canada Bereft from the Vimy Ridge Memorial in Northern France seems to express how we are all feeling today and could perhaps even be thought of as Ukraine Bereft as our thoughts every day are of all those who are dying in yet another senseless and cruel war in which the victims are not just brave Ukrainian soldiers but innocent, defenseless children, women, and the elderly all dying together from torture, starvation and murder at the hands of the ruthless Russian army, all war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Wanted for crimes against humanity, the criminal now known as the butcher of Russia, for his merciless massacre of innocent Ukrainian children, men and women, grandparents and parents. Today we learn that many of the over 300 killed in the Mariupol Theatre attack were children and pregnant women sheltering after they had escaped the bombing of the Mariupol Maternity and Children’s Hospital.
This ongoing “Massacre of the Innocents” breaks all of our hearts as it continues unabated, with the fresco by Giotto di Bondoni in the Arena Chapel in Padua as meaningful today as it was when he painted it over nine hundred years ago.
As the relentless bombing continues today, the war crimes against the people of Ukraine, especially the children, by Putin and his nazified Russian army will never be forgotten. Judgement day for him must come soon, whether from the people of Russia who do not support him, or from the newly proposed Nurenberg-style international tribunal. He has joined the ranks of every evil despot in history becoming a modern-day Hitler with crimes against humanity that have no regard for human life, however young, those beautiful innocent children who are always in my thoughts as I know they are in yours.