Saturday, February 18, 2006
Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front is poised to strike an alliance with France’s large immigrant Muslim community.
Sounds weird, but these groups are a natural fit:
The National Front is surprisingly popular among Muslim immigrants or second-generation Muslim citizens. For all its campaigning about immigration, Mr. Le Pen’s party has always extended support to Arab and Islamic causes abroad, from Saddam’s Iraq to Arafat’s or Hamas Palestine, and from Al Qaeda to Iran. And it is as firmly anti-American and anti-Jewish as the Muslim community itself tends to be ...
The National Front has always been a coalition of two very distinct political families: Neofascists, like Mr. Le Pen himself, and traditional, Christian right-wingers.
Neofascists think Jews and Americans are the chief enemy, rather than Arabs and Muslims. In a way, they even tend to celebrate Arabs and Muslims as fellow fascists.
This follows a recent decline in support for Le Pen, who was oddly silent during last year’s Car-B-Q season. Turns out he may have spent that time re-positioning his party. (By the way, that definition of “neofascist” applies to any number of Australian leftoids. Perhaps it will catch on.)
UPDATE. Peter Caress emails: ”I propose the Caress Conjecture upon Blair’s Law: the rate at which the world’s idiocies are joining is always increasing.”