Neo-Nazism is on the rise in Europe. It is not a problem that is going way. The U.S. is part of a global society. We all know what happened when we tried to ignore this problem the last time. We must not do that again.
It was a sunny cool English summer day, when my family decided to take a day trip to Castle Howard, in the north country of Yorkshire. Castle Howard, best known for being the centerpiece in "Brides head Revisited", is a favorite destination for Brits and tourists alike. My family had hooked up with a guided tour of the castle with a bunch of Bitts, and conversation naturally started as we looked around the castle. Very friendly older gentlemen started to talk to my husband. He introduced us to the three generations of his family, which included his baby grandson, all smiles in his snuggly. As we walked along the guided tour, he asked us how we felt about the release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. We said that we were upset, and that it was made worse by seeing the party he received in Libya. And that is when he laid a bomb of his own on us. Proudly he proclaimed that it's acts like this that have been going on in Great Britain that has made him and his whole family proud members of the BNP and was happy that he was in one of two district that got members into the European Parliament. And there it was. I thought that I was having a lovely conversation with what looked like a wholesome British family, when in fact, I was having a conversation with the new face of the Neo-Nazi movement. He then went on to rant about why admitting Turkey into the EU would bring only more Muslims into England, and how they are taking away the British way of life. How he doesn't mind Blacks, so long as they homegrown and have not come from the Islands or Somalia, and how he was sick of the free ride that foreigners were getting on the average working Brit's Quid. And just as we thought that we couldn't be more uncomfortable, people who had been listening to this man's rant began to join in. "That's why we voted BNP, too, we heard from another husband and wife.", Us too" from another family. Suddenly, BNP members surrounded my entire family, and my skin was crawling. My husband, not knowing anything about the BNP, but unnerved by the dialog going on around us, managed to tell the guide that we need to leave the group, and we made a quick exit from Castle Howard. Safely back in our car, he asked me what I knew about the BNP and I told him my limited knowledge about the group. It was only when we got back to London to my uncle's home, that we got a full education about the BNP. It is now one I will pass on to you.
The BNP or the British National Party, started in 1982, as the National Front, a neo-Nazi group. It had the standard neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic stance. That was all to change when Cambridge Graduate Nick Griffin joined the party in 1995 and took leadership in 1999. This was going to be the new British National Party, new in that the packaging had only changed. Now the BNP was going to be the party for the British Pride. With a well-spoken Griffin at the helm, the BNP was not looking for skinheads and disenfranchised youth only. They had a better plan. They were going to speak for the average middle class Brit. The message was that of National Pride. A visit to the BNP's Internet site says it all. http://bnp.org.uk/
"The British National Party exists to secure a future for the indigenous peoples of these islands in the North Atlantic which have been our homeland for millennia. We use the term indigenous to describe the people whose ancestors were the earliest settlers here after the last great Ice Age and which have been complemented by the historic migrations from mainland Europe. The migrations of the Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, Norse and closely related kindred peoples have been, over the past few thousands years, instrumental in defining the character of our family of nations."
Well, one might say, what is wrong with national pride. Do a little more looking around that site and you will find this:
"Above and beyond our activities in the political world, we daily work with our people in their homes and communities addressing the fundamental issues of civil liberties and reverse discrimination. Increasingly our people are facing denial of service provision, failure to secure business contracts as well as poor job prospects as both reverse discrimination excludes our people from the school room, workplace and boardroom. A key role of the British National Party is to provide legal advice and support to victims of repression and those denied their fundamental civil rights."
Very appealing in a time of worldwide recession. Many middle class Brits have lost their jobs and their homes, and or have to pay very high taxes. Does this sound like Daj a vu? Maybe something like what was going on before the outbreak of WWII in Germany. But what are we missing? That's right, a scapegoat. Don't fret! It's all there on the web site. Look under their constitution and you will find:
"The British National Party stands for the preservation of the national and ethnic character of the British people and is wholly opposed to any form of racial integration between British and non-European peoples. It is therefore committed to stemming and reversing the tide of non-white immigration and to restoring, by legal changes, negotiation and consent, the overwhelmingly white make up of the British population that existed in Britain prior to 1948."
Still not clear? Here is their Immigration Policy:
"The current open-door policy and unrestricted, uncontrolled immigration is leading to higher crime rates, demand for more housing (driving prices out of the reach of young people), severe extra strain on the environment, traffic congestion, longer hospital waiting lists, lower educational standards, higher income taxes, lower wages, higher unemployment, loss of British identity, a breakdown in community spirit, more restrictive policing, higher council taxes, a shortage of council homes, higher levels of stress and unhappiness and a more atomised society. Pakistan would not tolerate millions of Hindus or Christians entering that country and changing it from a Muslim society into something else. Japan would not do it; China would not do it Ã¢ÂÂ so why should Britain? Can anyone imagine Saudi Arabia allowing the mass immigration of Christians, so that in a few decades it would no longer be an Islamic country?"
"All it means is that they wish to preserve their identity and national existence. This is all the British National Party seeks for Britain Ã¢ÂÂ the right to be British."
OK so they weren't blunt enough on their web site. Let's not be distasteful. The only way to get to their Manifesto on the website is to sign up and down load it, something I won't do. But I did manage to find it after an extensive Internet search. Here are a few of their philosophies from their Manifesto:
"The blind economic force of global capitalism, with it's instance on the unrestricted flow of goods, capital and labour to where ever in the world hey will make the maximum short-term profit. This, rather than a misty-eyed post Christian fantasy about "equality", post-Marxist fixation on turning refugees and immigrants into a surrogate proletariat, or post-Holocaust suspicion of European consciousness, is the real driving force behind multi-culturalism."
Nice combination of Marxist fear tactics that Hitler used combined with a new twist of multi-culturalism.
"Those from foreign ethnic backgrounds resident in Britian will be given a choice of either having their children educated in a Faith or Folk schools that will teach them the traditions and heritage of their ancesteral cultures or attend school that will educate them about their ancesteral heritage"
"We will encourage black and ethnic minority schools and religious schools run by parents and staff that educate those children as to their ancestrial heritage"
Can anyone say "Separate but Equal"? An excellent way of getting those unwanted foreign and natural born minorities out of the white British schools. Wouldn't want to muddy things up, right?
Here is my personal favorite. They manage to get almost everyone in this:
The Clash Of Civilisations'
"The BNP is widely known as the only British party warning of the danger posed to out democracy, traditions and freedoms by the creeping Islamification and dhimmitude of Britain. This does not, however, mean that we are against Islam per se. As far as we are concerned it is simply another foreign mindset whose adherents are welcomed them to do whatever it instructs them to do-in their own countries. We are utterly opposed to attempts by American imperialists, Zionist lobby, the neo-con movement and the US's British puppets in the Labour and Tory parties to drag us into a "Clash of Civilisations' with the Islamic world. We insist on our right to resist and reverse the Islamification of Britain and to oppose the 'Eurabia' project of the French and Italian liberal elites. But we also uphold the right of the people of the Islamic World to resist the attempts by the political elite to democratise or Westernise the Middle East."
Damn, that was good! They managed to demonize Islam, America, Zionist, U.S. Neo-Cons, the French and the Italians, Liberals, and the British Labour and Tory parties, throw in the term Eurabia for added affect, defend the Islamic World. Aren't they grand? They hate everyone equaly.
To get this message out to the general population, the BNP sends out "Truth Trucks". These Truth Trucks show up at mini rallies all over England. According to the London Times, these Truth Trucks have a " billboard showing a white family, all smiles, and a slogan: "People like you voting BNP". The none-too-subtle subtext is that the BNP is not for "people like them": black people, people from ethnic minorities, immigrants." Those who have gathered have obviously read the Manifesto. When interviewed by the London Times, they spoke openly about why they were there. "One BNP rosette-wearing woman from Epping Forest, who works for the NHS, wants to know who I will vote for. When I decline to tell her, other than to say it is certainly not the BNP, she takes this in good part and tells me the reason she votes BNP. She is worried that if Turkey is allowed to join the EU, Muslims will be in a majority here within 20 years. "They are going to take us like an army. It's the way they breed." They. Them. Always the language of otherness, of fear."
Yet, when Griffin talks to the press, he chooses his words carefully, kind of....
"When he refers to "low-paid Muslims entering Britain from Turkey", he is presumably, I suggest, blowing a dog whistle to potential supporters who are racist. "No, we're talking about Turkey because there is a serious plan afoot by our liberal elite to give 80 million Turks the right to come here. Their culture is very different to ours; we find some of their culture thoroughly unpleasant. Giving them the right to come and settle in Britain is a huge issue. I think if British people really understood that was one of the consequences of our membership of the EU, then I think you would find that 95 per cent of the population of this country would want us to leave the EU. It wouldn't just be the native Brits; it would be the Sikhs, the Hindus, the Christian West Indians, even the moderate Muslims not wanting to be part of an Islamic state."
And is explanation for the all white Truth Truck:
"The BNP's "People like you" whites-only billboard, I ask: does it mean that if you are black you are meant to think you are one of "them" and therefore you don't belong in this country? "I'd never thought of that billboard in a racial sense. What that is portraying is ordinary, happy, family people and not strange people on the fringes of society. Now there may well be people from ethnic minorities who would like to feature on our poster because they don't want to see any more immigration either, but we think it would send out a confusing and mixed message if we had black faces on that poster Ã¢ÂÂ because people would think even the BNP is politically correct these days." Good ol' Nick, does worry about racism though. "I think there is racism in this country and most of it is directed at the indigenous population. On the streets of Birmingham and Bradford there is an epidemic of racist violence against young white males."
Many of you might think that my title of this article seems a bit over the top. Maybe. But in the last election, they picked up two seats in the European Parliament, a first. And after the win, they declared what they wanted, according to the Daily Mail, some of which is to withdraw from the EU and work closely with neo-fascist groups from other countries. To add insult to injury, not only did winning this election give the BNP over ÃÂ£5,000,000 but according to the Daily Mail, "Research by Open Europe, the think tank that campaigns for reform of the EU, revealed yesterday that the BNP would benefit if it forms a new political grouping in the Brussels Parliament with other far right parties which picked up seats in Italy, Holland, Austria and Denmark." With that in mind, only a few noticed the gathering gloom as Hitler's little party growing under economic strife and Nationalism in Germany. That he had made allies with other such groups. This is a slow growing cancer in Europe, that has yet to be diganosed. There is an old adage that history has a habit of repeating it's self. I see signs of it already. Some of you may think that I am over reacting. Let's hope I am.
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