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Jewish World Review
June 10, 2009
/ 18 Sivan 5769
Europe asks, does tomorrow belong to us?
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
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
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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