I’m not going to expend a lot of energy on analyzing what Perussuomaliset (PS) MP Jussi Halla-aho wrote in a recent blog entry. All of what he writes about migrants, especially refugees, is demeaning and negative. One sentence in particular, however, caught my attention and which exposes the anti-immigration politician to a tee.
Read full story (in Finnish) here.
Halla-aho, who was sentenced for ethnic agitation, makes a special effort to stress in his blog entry that the measures he’d like to propose to control migration flows to Europe aren’t intended to keep Europe “white” but in the best interests of the countries concerned.
The PS MP’s first deception is exposed when he uses the term migration as opposed to refugee flows. He uses the former as opposed to the latter term because he believes that most Africans, Middle Easterners and Muslims aren’t real refugees but “welfare shoppers.”
If you’ve read Halla-aho and his ilk, their whole argument is based on criticizing immigration policy, which, according to them, allows too many refugees to move to Europe. Now who are those refugees? They are the Africans, Middle Easterners and Muslims that politicians like him loathe.
Rule number one of journalism: Denial is usually what a politician really thinks or feels insecure about.
A good example of the latter would be a politician like Halla-aho who goes out of his way to claim that he has nothing against cultural diversity or a homophobe who denies he’s against gays.
We’ve heard these types of statements so many times before, especially from anti-immigration politicians.