Alexis, a reader and commenter both here and at the Belmont Club, has composed a series of “Questions for Charles Johnson”. Below is the first group:
If Charles Johnson wishes to become recognized as the leader of any broad alliance of counter-jihad forces, he needs to answer the following question:
Should someone who makes an accusation be willing to be judged according to the same standards to which he judges others?
This is not a minor question. Charles Johnson relies upon leftist sources claiming to show Vlaams Belang supporters wearing neo-Nazi paraphernalia. Yet, if one inspects the following photos included here, Charles Johnson’s supporters would appear to be guilty of wearing neo-Nazi paraphernalia.
These photos were found at leftist web sites known to be hostile to Little Green Footballs.*
Lest there be any doubt about the use of the Iron Cross in neo-Nazi demonstrations, below are two photos of a neo-Nazi demonstration in Berlin. (Each photo was resized. The originals can be found here and here.)
So, is Charles Johnson prepared to distance himself from men wearing the Iron Cross as part of their “LGF Minion” outfits, whomever they are? Are the lizards at Little Green Footballs prepared to denounce Nazis within their own midst?
I’m not holding my breath.
These are very good questions.
“No one should assume that a Celtic Cross, divorced from other trappings of extremism, automatically denotes use as a hate symbol.”
It’s important to remember that the ADL is a very, very liberal organization. And, despite being a bastion of politically correct Multiculturalism, it gives the Celtic Cross at least a partial pass.
|Symbol Type||Neo-Nazi Symbol|
|Also Known As||N/A|
|Traditional Use/Origins||The Iron Cross (without the swastika) was a medal that originated during the Napoleonic Wars and became one of the world’s most easily recognized military decorations.|
|Hate Group/Extremist Organization||Neo-Nazis|
|Extremist Meaning or Representation||Demonstrates a belief in National Socialism|
|Background/History||Adolph Hitler renewed use of the Iron Cross in 1939 and superimposed the Nazi swastika in its center. Following the fall of the Third Reich, the symbol became strictly prohibited in post-war Germany. Today, the symbol is often displayed by neo-Nazi groups, especially as jewelry (e.g., pendants). The Iron Cross without the swastika is also frequently used as a hate symbol in the same manner as the Nazi-era Iron Cross. It is sometimes used for shock effect as it conjures up images of Nazi Germany and its military without being explicitly Nazi itself. In this guise, it is often displayed on clothing and accessories.|
Hmm… No exceptions allowed for the Iron Cross.
So, if we use the LGF Standard of Symbol Analysis, plus guilt by association, there’s only one possible conclusion to be drawn about Little Green Footballs:
NAZI! NAZI! NAZI!
One of the big problems with this whole stupid argument is the assumption that we know what any given symbol means in any particular photograph.
Someone finds photo of a Vlaams Belang member in which a Celtic Cross can be seen.
Conclusion: He’s a neo-Nazi.
Someone finds photo of a lizardoid wearing an Iron Cross patch on his jacket.
Conclusion: He’s NOT a neo-Nazi.
How do we know that? Remember, according to the ADL, no other meaning can be ascribed to the Iron Cross except that it is a Nazi symbol.
Why, presumably, because the lizardoid tells us so.
“I’m not a neo-Nazi,” he says.
OK, so we believe him.
But wait a minute…
Filip Dewinter says he’s not a neo-Nazi, too. Does that mean he’s not a neo-Nazi?
No it doesn’t. Why?
Because we know he’s lying.
And how do we know?
We know because we know because we know because we know.
We know because we’re the Guardians of PC Truth. We’re the Neighborhood Watch for Multicultiville.
We’re the Supermen of the Age of Aquarius who can look inside people with our special R-Ray glasses and see the SIN OF RACISM in the hearts of others.
That’s how we know that the lizardoid is not a neo-Nazi, and that Filip Dewinter is.
The point of all this rigmarole is this: Let’s apply the same standards to everyone.
If we do, we have two choices:
|1.||Vlaams Belang and Little Green Footballs are both neo-Nazis, or|
|2.||Neither of them is.|
I vote for #2.
But then again, that may be way too commonsensical for a lot of people.
* The source for the first lizardoid Iron Cross photo can be found here in reference to this article on a leftist web site. The source for the last lizardoid Iron Cross photo can be found here. The middle image was created by cropping the image found at Indymedia.