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Conjunction of U.S. Tea Partiers and British Fascists

Com­ment: The Tea Par­ty move­ment has been forg­ing oper­a­tional links with an orga­ni­za­tion called the Eng­lish Defence League (pic­tured at right), which has been large­ly staffed by mem­bers of the British Nation­al Par­ty, that coun­try’s lead­ing fas­cist polit­i­cal par­ty and the heirs to Oswald Mose­ly’s British Union of Fas­cists.

One of the fas­ci­nat­ing and dis­turb­ing aspects of this phe­nom­e­non con­cerns the influ­ence of Islamist activism on this dynam­ic. Dri­ven by the Mus­lim Brotherhood–an Islam­ic fas­cist orga­ni­za­tion allied with the Axis in World War II–Islamists have foment­ed reac­tion through­out Europe and North Amer­i­ca. Unfor­tu­nate­ly orga­ni­za­tions like the EDL/BNP and the Swe­den Democ­rats (fund­ed in con­sid­er­able mea­sure by Swedish Nazi Carl Lund­strom) are “Euro-Fas­cist,” just as the Tea Par­ty move­ment man­i­fests clas­sic fas­cism in the U.S.

Nei­ther side of this polit­i­cal divide appre­ci­ates the dead­ly irony of the situation–that Amer­i­can and Euro­pean fas­cist orga­ni­za­tions are being moti­vat­ed by the actions of an Islam­ic fas­cist orga­ni­za­tion that, at foun­da­tion, is tied to the Under­ground Reich that over­sees the oper­a­tives of both sides of the divide.

The ulti­mate ben­e­fi­cia­ry of this will be the Under­ground Reich.

Exem­pli­fy­ing this unfor­tu­nate dynam­ic is Pamela Geller, who–properly–has iden­ti­fied the “9/11 Mosque” back­ers as any­thing but the mod­er­ates they claim to be. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Geller is cement­ing rela­tion­ships with orga­ni­za­tions like EDL and the Swe­den Democ­rats, both rep­re­sent­ing ele­ments who would (and per­haps will) kill the Jew­ish Ms. Geller with delight and aban­don.

Beyond that and more impor­tant­ly, Geller and her asso­ciate Robert Spencer (whose Jihad­watch web­site is an excel­lent source of infor­ma­tion about Broth­er­hood and jihadist activ­i­ties) are bang­ing the drum against Oba­ma. All that will be required for the com­plete destruc­tion of this soci­ety is the fail­ure to over­turn the eco­nom­ic dev­as­ta­tion wrought by the Rea­gan and Bush admin­is­tra­tions. The Tea Partiers’ “Neo-Repub­li­can” eco­nom­ic phi­los­o­phy of hold­ing down rev­enues and slash­ing bud­gets (i.e. jobs) will sure­ly do just that.

Note the pres­ence of EDL financier Alan Lake. Lake, too, has worked with the Swe­den Democ­rats, as have Geller and Spencer. Note, too, the pres­ence in this mix of orga­ni­za­tions start­ed by the bil­lion­aire Koch broth­ers, major bank rollers of the Tea Par­ty move­ment. (The Cato Insti­tute is a Koch-gen­er­at­ed insti­tu­tion.)

“Eng­lish Defence League Forges Links with Amer­i­ca’s Tea Par­ty” by Mark Townsend; guardian.co.uk; 10/10/2010.

Excerpt: The Eng­lish Defence League, a far-right group­ing aimed at com­bat­ing the “Islam­i­fi­ca­tion” of British cities, has devel­oped strong links with the Amer­i­can Tea Par­ty move­ment.

An Observ­er inves­ti­ga­tion has estab­lished that the EDL has made con­tact with anti-jihad groups with­in the Tea Par­ty organ­i­sa­tion and has invit­ed a senior US rab­bi and Tea Par­ty activist to Lon­don this month. Rab­bi Nachum Shifren, a reg­u­lar speak­er at Tea Par­ty con­ven­tions, will speak about Sharia law and also dis­cuss fund­ing issues.

The league has also devel­oped links with Pamela Geller, who was influ­en­tial in the protests against plans to build an Islam­ic cul­tur­al cen­tre near Ground Zero. Geller, dar­ling of the Tea Par­ty’s grow­ing anti-Islam­ic wing, is advo­cat­ing an alliance with the EDL. The exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Stop Islami­sa­tion of Amer­i­ca organ­i­sa­tion, she recent­ly met EDL lead­ers in New York and has defend­ed the group’s actions, despite a recent vio­lent march in Brad­ford.

Geller, who denies being anti-Mus­lim, said in one of her blogs: “I share the EDL’s goals… We need to encour­age ratio­nal, rea­son­able groups that oppose the Islami­sa­tion of the west.” . . .. . . In addi­tion, two mem­bers of the EDL lead­er­ship, a British busi­ness­man called Alan Lake who is believed to fund the group and a man known by the alias Kinana, are reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors to web forum 4Freedoms. The forum claims to be “organ­is­ing US activ­i­ties” and has links to the anti-jihad group, Amer­i­can Con­gress for Truth, which in turn has sup­port­ers with­in the Tea Par­ty.

Lake is also believed to have been in touch with a num­ber of anti-Islam­ic Chris­t­ian evan­gel­i­cal groups in the US. One post­ing by Lake on 4Freedoms warns that the UK of the future will start to frag­ment into Islam­ic enclaves. Lake, believed to be a prin­ci­pal bankroller of the EDL, which claims to be a peace­ful, non-racist organ­i­sa­tion, is under­stood to be keen on the pos­si­bil­i­ty of set­ting up the UK equiv­a­lent of the Tea Par­ty. At an event organ­ised by the Tax­pay­ers’ All­liance last month, US Tea Par­ty organ­is­ers out­lined how the move­ment emerged last year, part­ly in protest at the US bank bail-out.

Those present includ­ed Free­dom Works and the Cato Insti­tute, one of the Tea Par­ty’s main back­ers. . . .

Com­ment: Orig­i­nal­ly con­cep­tu­al­ized as non-vio­lent, the EDL has large­ly been hijacked by Chris Ren­ton and oth­er BNP activists. Again, note Alan Lake’s links with Swe­den Democ­rats, as well as EDL/BNP.

“Eng­lish Defence League: Chaot­ic Alliance Stirs up Trou­ble on Streets” by Matthew Tay­lor, Robert Booth and Paul Lewis; The Guardian; 9/12/2009.

Excerpt: The rise of the Eng­lish Defence League, whose protests against Islamism have sparked vio­lent city cen­tre clash­es, has been chaot­ic but rapid.

Three months ago, no one had heard of the EDL. But the organ­i­sa­tion has risen to promi­nence in a spate of civ­il unrest in which far-right activists, foot­ball hooli­gans and known racists have fought run­ning bat­tles with Asian youths. The lead­er­ship insists they are not racist and just want to “peace­ful­ly protest against mil­i­tant Islam”.

Yet at EDL events, skin­heads have raised Nazi salutes and oth­er EDL sup­port­ers have chant­ed racist slo­gans such as “I hate Pakis more than you”. One protest in Luton in May end­ed with scores of peo­ple attack­ing Asian busi­ness­es, smash­ing cars and threat­en­ing passers­by.

Insid­ers have talked of plans to enlist foot­ball fans to march for the cause on the basis that “you need an army for a war” . . .  The move­ment has been so frag­ment­ed that Robin­son set up a web­site to drum up inter­est in March, while Chris Ren­ton, list­ed as an “activist” on the BNP’s leaked mem­ber­ship list, set up anoth­er EDL site. Paul Ray, anoth­er far-right activist from Dun­sta­ble, near Luton, broad­cast video polemics on YouTube.

Ray’s broad­casts on his Spir­it of St George inter­net chan­nel include his claim that a “very, very high pro­por­tion of the Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion is an Islam­ic extrem­ist” and his descrip­tion of Luton’s Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty as “an al-Qai­da enclave”.

Accord­ing to Robin­son, none of these activ­i­ties were co-ordi­nat­ed.

By Ray’s own account pub­lished on his Lion­heart blog on the eve of the 8 August clash­es in Birm­ing­ham: “The Eng­lish Defence League that was orig­i­nal­ly built over many months and even­tu­al­ly set up by myself and oth­ers, was hijacked over the last cou­ple of weeks lead­ing up to tomor­row by a bunch of ‘pirates’ led by Chris Ren­ton.”. . . But its lack of coher­ence has attract­ed the inter­est of those keen to har­ness the EDL’s grow­ing sup­port.

They include Alan Lake, a Lon­don-based far-right activist who has advised Swedish nation­al­ists on “coun­ter­ing jihad” and is advis­ing the EDL in an attempt to broad­en sup­port with foot­ball fans and mar­shal events more care­ful­ly. [Ital­ics are mine–D.E.]

“We are catch­ing a baby at the start of ges­ta­tion,” said Lake, who is con­sid­er­ing fund­ing the EDL. “We have a prob­lem with num­bers. We have an army of blog­gers [in the far-right] but that’s not going to get things done.

“Foot­ball fans are a poten­tial source of sup­port. They are a hoi pol­loi that gets off their back­sides and trav­els to a city and they are avail­able before and after match­es.” Observers from anti-fas­cist groups draw par­al­lels between the EDL anger at Islamists and an ear­li­er gen­er­a­tion of foot­ball hooli­gans who sup­port­ed loy­al­ist para­mil­i­tary groups. . . .



One comment for “Conjunction of U.S. Tea Partiers and British Fascists”

  1. I was won­der­ing when you were going to inves­ti­gate the ties the unc­tu­ous Ms. Geller has with the fas­cist BDL and oth­er pro­to-fas­cist orga­ni­za­tions in Europe. I very dis­ap­point­ed to see you cite her in your inves­ti­ga­tions, though she made some cor­rect con­nec­tions. It has been obvi­ous for years she has been noth­ing but a dupe for fas­cist and far right orga­ni­za­tions, here and abroad, for years.

    In my neck of the woods there is a say­ing “The sun shines on a dog’s ass every once in a while”. I believe this is the case with Ms. Geller and her inves­ti­ga­tion into the fund­ing of the Park 51 cen­ter, which hap­pens to have a small mosque in it.

    Posted by shermhed | October 18, 2010, 9:53 am

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