Read a comment written by Arunas Brazauskas, Editor-in-Chief of Balsas.lt savaitė magazine. The comment was read on the Public Radio by the author twice and is published on the Public Broadcaster’s web site on 25 March. No comment…
The hysteria set off by the patriotic march of 11 March has all washed away along the surface. Caught in the grip of panic, the leadership of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party was helplessly muttering about nothing and searching for those to blame among themselves.While the Conservatives were whiningly gesticulating and sending some controversial signals into the public space about what is good or bad for the patriots, now called the radicals (šaknininkai from šaknis – a root, the author referring to the Late Latin rādīcālis - having roots – LTribune), those who participated or approved the demonstration of 11 March are now left to claim their status in the international arena. This is an easy thing to do.
All it takes is a public statement about the radicals upholding the Jerusalem Declaration that was announced last December by four European right-wing political organisations, including Austrian freedom party Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, Belgian Vlaams Belang, German Die Freiheit – Bürgerrechtspartei für mehr Freiheit und Demokratie, and Swedish Sverigedemokraterna.
The Jerusalem Declaration states that the four aforementioned parties act on the grounds of the protection of freedom, democracy, rule of law, and human rights. Cultural allegiance to Jewish and Christian religious heritage, humanism, and the ideals of the Enlightmen, tare the pillars of the document. It is warned that with the collapse of the totalitarian systems in the 20th century humanity faces a new threat, namely that of fundamentalist Islam. The fight against it is the battle for democracy and human rights.
As stated in the Jerusalem Declaration, Israel is the only truly democratic state in the Middle East and the key European ally in the region. Israel has the right to self-defence and safe, internationally-recognised borders.
There are no sensational elements in the Jerusalem Declaration. Most of the statements that it contains have received political approval in Europe. The fact that this type of a declaration has been made by parties considered in the public space as xenophobic is rather unusual. The political implications of the move are clear: those who have usurped the right to put labels of xenophobia, chauvinism, anti-Semitism, and Fascism need to be muzzled.
Flash mob against government top brass
The neo-Nazis are useful to ideologically-bankrupt European politicians because otherwise the operation of the Nazism-fighting factory would come to a standstill. They are useful to our Conservatives so that they can point their finger at those worse than themselves. Had no skinheads appeared in the march of 11 March, someone would have shaved their head for provocation purposes.
Representatives of the aforementioned European right-wing parties headed to Jerusalem where they visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and delivered a statement in support of Israel. Who knows how much anti-Semitism is still left in the slogan “Flemish in Flanders”?
Europe is now in the process of going bankrupt: several countries are on the verge of insolvency, the European Union is ailing with political impotence, and the so-called multiculturalism has collapsed.The haste with which Europe’s political elite officially admitted that immigrant cultural integration efforts were essentially fruitless reminds one of the hurry when the authoritarian regimes in the Arab world promised reforms at the onset of national upheavals.
No political revolutions are required in burying political correctness in Lithuania and Europe. A crowd assembly campaign – the one known by the English term ‘flash mob’ – is sufficient. Such a campaign would involve people demonstrating politically incorrect symbols, gestures, or singing patriotic songs.What can the local political top brass do in the face of thousands of people simultaneously lifting their hands up in some ‘incorrect’ way? What can they do if the campaign turns massive, like the one of the Baltic Way in 1989?Well, they can’t do anything. That is because they do not know what to do.