Living in post 22/7 for Finland’s PS: Better late than never?

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By Enrique Tessieri

It is clear that matters are no longer the same for the Perussuomalaiset (PS) party after the horrific events that shook Norway and the world on July 22. Migrant Tales  predicted a couple of days after the mass killings that they would cast a critical light on far right and right-wing populist parties like the PS, which have been riding the crest of the popularity wave thanks to their anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric.

That popularity that Soini saw no end to just over a week ago has now subsided and entered turbulent political waters.

An interesting article on the Norway killings on New York Times shows pretty well the culpability of Counter-Jihadists like Jussi Halla-aho, even if they want to distance themselves at all costs from the mass killings in Norway.

Writes the New York Times: Marc Sageman, a former C.I.A. officer and a consultant on terrorism, said it would be unfair to attribute Mr. Breivik’s violence to the writers who helped shape his world view. But at the same time, he said the counterjihad writers do argue that the fundamentalist Salafi branch of Islam “is the infrastructure from which Al Qaeda emerged. Well, they and their writings are the infrastructure from which Breivik emerged.”

It is clear that if there is big political fallout from Norway to the PS, it will be to Soini’s decision to take under his wing Counter-Jihadists like Halla-aho and his followers. More people are asking why mass killer Anders Brehing Breivik’s 1,500-odd page manifesto cited Halla-aho together with other anti-Islam hardliners in Europe and the United States. What is the ideological connection and why was the PS Breivik’s ideological party of choice in Finland?

The political damage not only threatens to hit PS’ popularity and splinter the party in two, it could spell the end for Halla-aho as the chairman of the Administration Committee, whose responsibilities include among other matters immigration policy. Halla-aho’s situation as head of that committee will become untenable sooner or later for the PS and other political parties.

That is why Soini is waiting with manifest unease the next opinion polls and hoping that the political storm in post-22/7 will subside.

The shelving of Halla-aho and his follower to some quiet unnoticed corner of parliament may be easier said than done. Soini must be weighing what options will cost him and the party the least.

The PS leader gave his views on a recent talk show about how dangerous hate speech was. He said that at the end the same hate that one preaches destroys the person who spreads it.

Was he speaking in the back of his greatest fears of the  PS?

  1. Mary Mekko

    So all these black guys in USA, plus their latino friends, harassing white women for generations on streets and public buses, are actually going to stop their hate speech?

    Their hate speech against me and my fellow “whites” is destroying THEM? I suppose, since they take drugs and then shoot each other on a very regular basis. You may be write, that their habitual use of hate speech against the white race IS the reason that they are self-destructing; they have been taught since very young to despise others not like themselves.

    Bad, bad parents they’ve got, or did they get it all from the Internet, I wonder?

    I wonder what would happen if they were forcibly stopped here in California. Imagine to immediately arrest these young nonwhites in the thousands to prevent them from killing, robbing and raping any further white groups, would that be a sound policy, Enrique?

    Or let them be free to say what they like to future generations of vulnerable girls and women?

    Hmm… let the Parliament debate it.

    Or let the girls and women, nonwhite, fight back, while the rich up on top debate it some more.

    You’d think we’d learned something about intolerance from Breivik, but obviously not.

    Enrique, I am now 51, you’d think I’d be free from this harassment after so many years of putting up with it, but it’s still happening -today after work from Nigerians on one corner, a man from Hondura at a restaurant.