I lived in England in my youth, and when I came back to Virginia to go to college, one of the things I noticed was that most Americans were ignorant about Britain and the British. They gained their information from the movies, TV, and popular stereotypes of what the British were like. I realized then how difficult it was to explain enough context to someone for them to be able to understand a foreign country.
The reverse, of course, was also true: when I was in England, the average Brit had a ludicrous concept of what America was like. Al Capone and Billy the Kid combined to form their conception of a typical American.
So it’s dangerous for an American to make snap judgments about Europe, especially when there is no such thing as “Europe”. Despite what the mandarins of the EU would like you to believe, there is simply a collection of different countries and cultures which happen to lie in the same geographical area.
Since I began my focus on Europe in this space a couple of years ago, I have made it my policy to let various Europeans speak for themselves as much as possible. This is true even when it comes to Britain — most of my knowledge of the place is almost forty years out of date, and not really relevant to current events.
Thus, when I assert something about Europe, I try to make sure it is well-sourced by the folks on the ground, and I rely on the generous assistance of my European correspondents and translators to help me get it right.
With all this in mind, I present the opinion of our esteemed Danish correspondent and translator, Kepiblanc, taken from the comments on my earlier post. He was there last week in Brussels for the Counterjihad Summit, and now offers his own take on the Vlaams Belang controversy:
Charles Johnson’s blog “Little Green Footballs” is an archetypical American blog. Charles and his commenters seem to know American politics extremely well, but know next to nothing about Europe. The standard outcry is “Europe is doomed” whenever some stupid Eurocrat appears in theater. From time to time this mantra even looks like the wishful thinking and wet dreams of many Americans.
And suddenly Charles and most of the commenters have gone into full moonbat mode, seeing ghosts and specters everywhere, especially in Vlaams Belang and Sverigesdemokraterna, thus labeling them “white supremacists” and even “Nazis”.
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To me it seems that Charles is hoisting his flag of purity and innocence so high that his feet can’t reach the ground anymore. And of course the Muslim organisations such as CAIR noticed and haven’t hesitated to exploit this controversy.
From a European point of view Charles may be factually right. Those parties originated as “Vlaams Blok” and “Swedish Front” (I think) respectively, but have freed themselves of the past many years ago — not only in names. The same goes for many other European parties, for example the Danish People’s Party which originated as a split-off from Fremskridtpartiet, a protest-party of ignorant fools. Even if we look upon mainstream political parties, we can say “let he who is clean throw the first stone”. This means that if we insist on cooperation with absolutely 100 percent clean saints only, we will be pretty much alone in politics.
Then we can carry on sitting late nights in our clean cells with our shiny computers and blog to each other about the horrors of Islam while the Muslims riot the streets and gradually take over our civilisation. In that case I’m afraid that even Charles Johnson’s blog has a very limited timespan ahead.
Meanwhile the resistance is growing all over Europe. That fact was illustrated perfectly at the Brussels Counterjihad Conference so generously hosted by Vlaams Belang and some very fine — and realistic — Americans from CVF. Right in “The Belly of the Beast” — the EU Parliament. Most reports from 15 European nations gave hope and confidence. And recent elections in France, Germany and Switzerland underscore the trend.
Mid-November we will have general elections here in Denmark too, and — once again — immigration and Islam will be top issues.
As I have said over on a Little Green Footballs thread, there is no racism whatsoever in Denmark so we can safely vote for our most anti-Muslim and pro-Israel party, the Danish People’s Party. I am absolutely confident that the same is valid for the Flemings and Vlaams Belang.
No matter what the theorists over at “Little Green Footballs” think.