Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sympathy for the devil (2)

A while back I posted an article about a certain well-known conservative's sudden interest in defending neo-Nazis. She wasn't alone: the latter have jumped on the anti-Islamic bandwagon, and a lot of "conservatives" don't have a problem with that.

A "counter-jihad" rally in Europe was attended by prominent neo-Nazis, including Vlaams Belang's Filip Dewinter. (Note White Power flag in a recent Vlaams Belang demonstration, pictured above, h/t.)
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch addressed that rally. He's a mite defensive about this:

I know very little about Dewinter and virtually nothing about Ekeroth [a Swedish neo-Nazi, also present], and I am not going to be held responsible for all the ideas and associations of people with whom I shared a platform, any more than they should be held responsible for mine. It is noteworthy that the New York Times, in a profile of Dewinter, found no grounds to call him a neo-Nazi, which they surely would have if they could have.

The link is worth following: the NYT points out that Vlaams Belang's "founders included men who sympathized and collaborated with the Nazis during World War II." Spencer's "Nazi-Schmazi" shtick isn't exactly convincing.

But a split has occurred: no less a site than Little Green Footballs has broken ranks. And its owner is getting a drubbing from some of his erstwhile "conservative" allies for showing a little moral courage, or maybe just good common sense. Here is "Conservative Swede":

We who were at the conference know that THIS IS IT. Charles [of LGF] will have to decide if he's going to be with us, or stay on the wrong side.

One doesn't have to be a conspiracy theorist to realize that something smells here, and it isn't roses. Why all this sympathy, in fact this open dalliance, with the devil?

H/t Chet Scoville.

UPDATE: (October 28) Those links with Satan grow ever stronger. And the hand-wringing at LGF continues...while the real conservatives tell it like it is about LGF--"
pro-Muslim, left-wing, politically correct, and basically a front for neoconservative foreign policy" (well, one out of four ain't bad). "LGF and Al Qaeda both have something in common: they hate Western civilization and those who stand up for it." Hell, this keeps up and Little Green Footballs is going up on my blogroll. In the meantime, count me in as another "Lazy Olbermannesque 'Larger Truths'" kind of guy. The right-wing happy-face mask is slipping, folks, make no mistake about it.

H/t Red Tory.

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