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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

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April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

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Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 2, 2014

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Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review June 10, 2009 / 18 Sivan 5769

Europe asks, does tomorrow belong to us?

By Tony Blankley

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last weekend's European Parliament and British local county council elections were not only a victory for the center-right over the center-left but also, more significantly, an indication of the growing rejection of the past 60 years of denationalized and consolidating European history. They were, particularly, a sharp assertion by many indigenous Europeans that they will not put up with losing their culture to overly assertive Muslims or other immigrants.

The latter point was made most emphatically by the voters of the Netherlands, Hungary, Finland, Britain, Austria, Denmark and Italy.

In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders' anti-Islamist, libertarian Freedom Party received 17 percent of the vote and four of 25 Dutch seats in the European Parliament. In Hungary, the center-right Fidesz Party trounced the Socialists (56-17 percent). The government-aligned Liberals were eliminated, with 2 percent of the vote, while the anti-immigrant, hard-right Jobbik won 15 percent of the vote and three seats in the European Parliament. Jobbik's leader, Gabor Vona, claimed that the "national front" was born Sunday and that they would "take to the streets" to urge early national elections.

In Austria, two anti-immigrant parties took an unprecedented 17.7 percent of the vote. The hard-right Danish People's Party won two seats in the European Parliament, with 14.4 percent of the vote. In Italy, the anti-immigrant Northern League gained more than 10 percent.

In Finland, the anti-immigrant, Euro-skeptic True Finns Party garnered 10 percent of the national vote (up from 0.5 percent in 2004), while its leader, Timo Soini, received 130,000 votes — the most of any candidate from any party. The True Finns have been talking openly about the problems mass immigration has brought to Finland, and in a breakthrough, the current prime minister, the Centre Party's Matti Vanhanen, has admitted publicly that bringing up those problems cannot be construed as racist.

But the loudest vox populi was heard in Britain, where Nick Griffin's British National Party won two seats in the European Parliament (with about 8.5 percent of the vote) and picked up several important county council seats in the simultaneous British local election, with about 7 percent of the vote. The anti-Islamist BNP is a former neo-Nazi party. It partially has disowned that past and recently has reached out to the Jewish community, but it is still explicitly a party that only indigenous British people (mostly Celtics and Anglo-Saxons) may join. If one considers the BNP currently to be a fascist party (it clearly is a racialist party, but it does not embrace the term fascist), then this is the first time that a British fascist party has won a seat in a parliament. Even Sir Oswald Mosley, a British fascist leader in the 1930s, never accomplished such an election.

Overall in Britain, the governing, scandal-ridden Labour Party collapsed to 16 percent of the vote, with the upstart non-racist but anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party coming in at 17 percent and the Tories at a barely respectable 27 percent (and that only after last week quitting the right-of-center European People's Party and joining a Czech and Polish Euro-skeptic bloc in the European Parliament).

The UKIP's stated purpose is that the United Kingdom "shall again be governed by laws made to suit its own needs by its own Parliament, which must be directly and solely accountable to the electorate of the UK."

Sunday night, the BNP's Nick Griffin claimed his party's victory as a vindication of the party's claim that "we're here to look after our people because no one else is." He went on to condemn the "liberal elite, which has built a dam, a wall of lies, which has grown ever taller and ever thicker over the years to stop ordinary people protesting about the removal of their freedom." He added, "Well, tonight that wall has been broken down."

In a conventional British election, the Labour Party's collapse would have resulted in a Tory triumph. But in this election, about 1 in 4 Britons did not vote Labour, Tory or Liberal. Rather, they voted for the unprecedented combination of the UKIP's respectable (but, until recently, eccentric) call for the absolute legal sovereignty of Britain and the BNP's disreputable — but listened-to — racial and cultural scream.

I warned — after coming back from extended field research in Europe (yes, drinking was involved) for my 2005 book, "The West's Last Chance" — that if the respectable political parties did not address the growing, legitimate concern of indigenous Europeans to protect their culture from being overwhelmed, disreputable parties would arise to answer that call.

Now, with last weekend's election, we are beginning to see the breakout of such political impulses. Not all the parties are disreputable. I have met with Geert Wilders, who is a courageous, decent Dutch patriot. He only stepped up to the challenge when, in 2003, as a local official, he made the commonplace observation that Yasser Arafat was a "terrorist leader." This drew a death threat and the subsequent arrest and conviction of a Dutch Muslim, identified as "Farid A.," who warned, "Wilders must be punished with death for his fascistic comments about Islam, Muslims, and the Palestinian cause." To this day, Wilders travels with very heavy Dutch security.

Europe has long experienced single-digit fringe votes of the left and right. But as the hard-edged BNP approaches 10 percent — and only slightly milder other parties approach 20 percent — the historically volatile European mix of nationalism and race may be building once again.

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Tony Blankley is executive vice president of Edelman public relations in Washington. Comment by clicking here.

© 2009, Creators Syndicate