Wednesday, March 01, 2006

If this doesn’t make you want to drink on the job, I don’t know what will.

Melanie Phillips speaks to the too-often seen intersection between Islamist, the far left, and fascists. The thing is that it’s often not just a case of sympathy and misguided concern for non-whiteness as a determinant in one’s position in the class of victim superiority, but a case of common cause. Quoting Michel Gurfinkiel on the sorry state of the common French understanding on the human condition:
«The attraction of the French far left, which accounts for another 20% of the national vote, toward Islam, rabid anti-Americanism, and even anti-Semitism, a phenomenon underscored by the emergence of Dieudonne, a former liberal music-hall humorist who has turned into an enormously popular French equivalent of Louis Farrakhan. Dieudonne, the son of a black Camerounese father and a white French mother, claims that Jews were the main European slave traders in the 17th and 18th centuries. He refers to civic and educational programs about the Holocaust as ‘memory pornography.’ He has welcomed the electoral victory of Hamas in Palestine. According to the philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, he is in moral terms ‘Le Pen's son.’»
Still haven't reached for that bottle of gin under the seat of the forklift? There's this, perhaps.

«Recently, Le Pen’s strategic adviser Jean-Claude Martinez has said that the National Front...

[Gurfinkiel] must adjust to globalization, forget about some of its founding myths, like ‘Joan of Arc fighting an alien invasion,’ and welcome immigrant blacks and Arabs into the national fold.

This is because, Gurfinkiel suggests, the far right in France is not monolithic but is in the process of fracturing into neo-fascists like le Pen and more traditional Christian right-wingers:

[Gurfinkiel] Neofascists think Jews and Americans are the chief enemy, rather than Arabs and Muslims. In a way, they even tend to celebrate Arabs and Muslims as fellow fascists. As for Christian right-wingers, they see Arabs and Muslims as the chief enemy. For years, Mr. Le Pen has been pretending he is a Christian right-winger rather than a neofascist and that resistance to Muslim immigration is his major concern. Now he has emerged on the side of the neofascist branch and is ready to drop the anti-Muslim issue.»

In other words, they've drunk the left's Kool-aid, and love it, love it, love it becuase it's just as undemanding of reason as the supremasist drivel. Oddly enough, all roads point to Heeb-killing becoming the European public’s spectator sport again, except for those willing to fracture the faction that they normally vote with. It's a sort of "regime change", if you will.

As such, I agree that just as the angry left constantly bleats, we need to under-staaaand the enemy better. I would imagine that a through autopsy would be sufficient.

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