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Mongolian neo-Nazis? Yup!

Comment: Illustrating the diverse appeal of the National Socialist philosophy, Mongolia is experiencing an upsurge in neo-Nazi activity, as a derivative of anti-Chinese sentiment.

One can but wonder what links these elements may have to the Dalai Lama’s fascist/Nazi associates and history, as well as the use of Muslim-Brotherhood Uighur elements to agitate for the secession of  oil-rich Xinjiang province.

This phenomenon also illustrates how deep resentment can be manipulated, ultimately, against the best interests of those who are seduced by offshoots of Nazism.

“Mongolian Neo-Nazis: Anti-Chinese Sentiment Fuels Rise of Ultra-Nationalism” by Tania Branigan; guardian.co.uk; 8/2/2010.

Excerpt: Their right hands rise to black-clad chests and flash out in salute to their nation: “Sieg heil!” They praise Hitler’s devotion to ethnic purity.

But with their high cheekbones, dark eyes and brown skin, they are hardly the Third Reich’s Aryan ideal. A new strain of Nazism has found an unlikely home: Mongolia.

Once again, ultra-nationalists have emerged from an impoverished economy and turned upon outsiders. This time the main targets come from China, the rising power to the south.

Groups such as Tsagaan Khass, or White Swastika, portray themselves as patriots standing up for ordinary citizens in the face of foreign crime, rampant inequality, political indifference and corruption.

But critics say they scapegoat and attack the innocent. The US state department has warned travellers of increased assaults on inter-racial couples in recent years – including organised violence by ultra-nationalist groups.

Dayar Mongol threatened to shave the heads of women who sleep with Chinese men. Three years ago, the leader of Blue Mongol was convicted of murdering his daughter’s boyfriend, reportedly because the young man had studied in China.

Though Tsagaan Khass leaders say they do not support violence, they are self-proclaimed Nazis. “Adolf Hitler was someone we respect. He taught us how to preserve national identity,” said the 41-year-old co-founder, who calls himself Big Brother. . . .

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