By Enrique Tessieri
How are we supposed to react to the following news: A number of Perussuomalaiset (PS) party members have links to the far-right and anti-Islam Finnish Defense League (FDL)? The story, which was scooped by Yle’s Swedish-language program Spotlight, claims that these PS members with ties to the FDL belong as well to the extremist Suomen Sisu association.
Some PS members that Spotlight uncovered were: Klaus Elovaara, Jani Viinikainen, Ulla Pyysalo, Pasi Turunen, Jarmo Kyyrö, Heta Lähteenaro and Tommi Rautio, who suggested that a medal should be given to a white Finn after he killed in cold blood a Muslim pizzeria worker in Oulu.
Jussi Jalonen, a Tampere University war history researcher, was quoted as saying on Spotlight that “Islamophobia is rife among Finns Party [PS] members involved with the nationalistic Suomen Sisu association.”
PS MP Olli Immonen of Oulu did not see any problem with criticizing Islam since its spread is the biggest threat to Western culture.