The Way I See It

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There’s something chillingly familiar about the current rise in the number of those harbouring right-wing views and and the growing amount of fascist groups, many of which are again gaining support around Europe.

When the German economy was collapsing, poverty and high unemployment was part and parcel of German life. The fascist right-wingers (Nazis) believed that ethnic minorities and unions were responsible. And thus ensued the greatest tragedy in human history, as Nazi Germany, led by the derranged Adolf Hitler, embarked on a mission to “cleanse” the fatherland of the Jewish population, while also condemning blacks, handicapped people, gypsies, and homosexuals. Although there were other reasons, such as German unrest due to the harshness of the treaty of Versailles, Hitler’s intent to rid Europe of anyone he deemed fit was a defining factor in World War Two taking place.

A quick shift to the present day sees Europe in the grip of ever-tightening economic austerity measures. In Britain, for example, government cuts have had huge implications for the poor and vulnerable. Much of the media and the present government will have you believe Britain’s economic woes are derived from the influx of immigrants. If they aren’t blaming the latter section of society, they’re saying Britain’s problems are exacerbated by the endemic of scrounging and the millions of lazy people, who are content with milking everything they can from the welfare state. Propaganda it may be, but people tend to be sucked in by this drivel.

The elevated media coverage of the British National Party in recent years is testament to this. More and more people are being convinced that this, the ideology of fascist nut-jobs, is the correct way to think.

Why people are taken in by this nonsense baffles me. But I’ll tell you one thing now – it’s dangerous and we’re perilously close to repeating mistakes from which we should have learned.

The collapse of the global economy was nothing to do with people claiming benefits, or immigrants looking for a better standard of living. It was all to do with greed and callousness.

Worryingly, the BNP continues to attract significant numbers to its ranks, and members are well known for harassing immigrants who’ve set up home in this country. They’re also well known for cauing trouble at rallies, and are no stranger to the inside of a police station.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Gabor Vona, leader of Jobbik – Hungary’s extremist national party – will host a rally in London. These xenophobes are the biggest fascist movement in Europe, and they don’t dress up their admiration of Hitler. Predictably, the BNP’s Nick Griffin says his party share a common set of core values with Jobbik, as well as Greek neo-Nazi outfit Golden Dawn. Jobbik should be banned from expressing their vile ideology in this country, or any other for that matter. Especially just 24 hours before Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It’s a disgraceful attempt at desecrating the memory of not only the Jews who died in the Holocaust, but also those who gave their lives in the fight against fascism and the preservation of freedom.