By Enrique Tessieri
For those who still believe that the mass killings in Norway will not impact parties like the Perussuomalaiset (PS) and hate websites in this country should think twice. Migrant Tales was right: there is already clear evidence that living in a post-22/7 Europe has torn a hole in the argument of the anti-immigrant populists and extremists in Finland.
Sensible people in this country and Europe do not want to identify with the ideology that fuelled Anders Behring Breivik to carry out his outlandish killings. Denying this or playing them down would be a costly miscalculation by PS head Timo Soini because it will hit the party’s popularity and simultaneously heat up the undercurrent between him and the Counter-Jihadist PS MPs led by Jussi Halla-aho.
Soini has, by bringing on board these extremists, created a big problem for himself and the party. Some believe it is one of the biggest mistakes he will regret in the future.
Just like Breivik, the Counter-Jihad movement believes that Europe will be overtaken by Islamists, which is possible thanks to an alliance with the left. Breivik called this imaginary group “Cultural Marxists.”
Some analysts thought that it would be only a question of time before the rift between Soini’s Rural Party and Halla-aho’s faction would tear the PS in two. It is now evident that that threat is coming from outside the party due to what happened in Norway. It will eventually make Soini’s position with Halla-aho’s wing untenable.
When will Soini distance himself from Halla-aho and his followers? When they become bite into the popularity ratings of the PS and become a liability.
One person spearheading these embarrassing revelations about Halla-aho and the PS is historian Jussi Jalonen, who has asked some serious questions that the Criminal Police and Supo should be telling us. He has shown in two blog entries the true face of the Counter-Jihad movement and Halla-aho’s deep involvment in it.
What makes the situation even more embarrassing for Soini and the PS is that the Norwegian mass killer got his inspiration from the Gates of Vienna, a well-known Counter-Jihad site where Halla-aho was its correspondent and translator.
Moreover, one of the recommended links on the Gates of Vienna is Hommaforum.
Halla-aho has, naturally, played down his role on the Gates of Vienna.
Ever heard of the Finnish version of the English Defence League?
Meanwhile, a PS politician from Orimattila, Kalle Pahajoki, accuses me on his Uusi Suomi blog that I want to take all attention from the threat of Islamist terrorism by criticizing the far right and right-wing populist parties for spreading urban myths about immigrants.
I lived in Argentina part of the dirty war (1976-83) where there was far-left, far-right and state-sponsored terrorism. Has Pahajoki ever lived in a country where terrorism is a problem or has he, like many in the PS, only read about it in the papers and on TV?