Sunday, April 5, 2015

Supporting Nazis Everywhere

Reclaim Australia, an extreme right-wing group inciting religious and racial hatred is planning rallies across Australia in April 2015.  It's small potatoes version of its European counterparts but it has given rise to opposing rallies and heated public debate.

It is worth noting that Reclaim Australia has a link on its website to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notoriously anti-Semitic diatribe. It also makes claims of a global Jesuit conspiracy and a global Zionist banking conspiracy. It is hard to see how such an organization can be defamed by the term Nazi.

In Europe in particular ultra-nationalist groups often define themselves explicitly in Nazi worship, ideology or symbols. Because Australia lacks that history ultra-nationalist groups here do not contain those features but their core appeal to racial purity and the vilification of other races and groups (in this case Muslims) is the chief defining characteristic of the Nazi ethos. To that extent, and to that extent only, they are Nazis. But like Nazis everywhere they attract the economic outsiders, the uneducated and the religious fringe dwellers.

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott can't denounce these Aussie Nazis since he has already given his ministerial blessing to the Ukrainian Nazis. Remember, these were the guys who employ militia wearing Nazi insignia, conduct atrocities against civilians and call for an ethnically pure nation:
According to a report by Reuters last week, published in Time magazine, "The Azov battalion originated from Biletsky's paramilitary national socialist group called 'Patriot of Ukraine,' which propagated slogans of white supremacy, racial purity, the need for authoritarian power and a centralized national economy. ‘Patriot of Ukraine’ opposed giving up Ukraine's sovereignty by joining international blocs, called for rolling back of liberal economy and political democracy, including free media."
Abbott lauded the Ukrainian PM Poroshenko when he visited here in Nov 2014, praising him as a "defender of democracy."

This is the same Poroshenko who enrolled the private (and murderous) Nazi Battalion Azov into the state-controlled militia, to be trained this year by US military forces stationed in Western Ukraine.

The Kiev government is now considering passing a law that would make it a criminal offense "to deny Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine."

And then there are the new posters being up in the city of Kharkov. They provide a toll free number, inviting citizens to report on breaches of Art. 110 of the Ukraine Penal Code, for criminal offenses attracting a penalty of 7-12 years in prison. And who are these criminals? And what heinous crimes have they committed?  They are those who...

 "Defile the national symbols....or wait for the arrival of the Russian world/peace.

That's it. That's the crime. Expressing a view that you would like Russia to come and save you from a mafia ruling class. 7-12 years in jail!

One of the most notorious Ukrainian members of parliament for the far-right Svoboda Party is Yuri Michalchyshyn, who quit the party in Oct 2014 in order to head up the propaganda section of the Ukraine Security Service, SBU.

 In 2005 Michalchyshyn established a Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center but later, in attempt to deflect well-deserved criticisms, changed 'Joseph Goebbels' to 'Ernst Jünger' (a German writer widely regarded as a precursor to the Nazis). The rebranding of Svoboda has continued since its entry into parliament. It foreswore anti-Semitism and announced its support for the goal of joining Europe – a civilization that it had previously denounced as decadent. These moves enabled Svoboda to enter the new governing coalition, but they are all cover devices and the core beliefs remain.

The head of the SBU, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, has recently come out and said that the SBU should be based on the model of Ukrainian ultra nationalist groups operating from 1930 - 1950 whose principal role was not foreign activities but domestic surveillance and the policing of civil dissent.

Increasingly, Nazi militia elements are finding their way into the SBU [link sought].

Right Sector is a far-right Ukrainian nationalist political party that originated as street fighters in the Maidan uprising and it has its own volunteer battalion that is fighting in the War in Donbass, a battalion that will also be trained by US forces in 2015. On 24 December 2014, Amnesty International reported that the Right Sector militia was committing war crimes by blocking humanitarian aid to civilians in the separatist-controlled Eastern provinces.

The important thing to note is that there are good Nazis and there are ... er...um... not-so-good Nazis. And we are with them and have promised them Australia's support.

Tony Abbott, come on down.