Comment: The mass killings in Norway, which took the lives of 76 people, puts politicians like Perussuomalaiset (PS) party head, Timo Soini, in between a rock and a hard place. Even if he does not admit it, Soini knows that he has got a heavy problem with the Jussi Halla-aho faction of the party.
The problem is the following: If he denounces too strongly those that are strongly against immigrants and Muslims he will end up hurting his party’s popularity and in the worse case cause it to splinter. On the other hand, if Soini doesn’t denounce racism within his own ranks, he will be criticized for bowing to this social ill that has lifted its head big time in the Nordic Region. He and the PS will look especially awkward if something close to what happened in Norway occurs in Finland.
In the short interview on the Päivän-kasvo talk show, Soini was defiant. Without pointing the finger at anyone in his party but denouncing violence, it did not bother him in the least that Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik got his inspiration from PS MP Halla-aho’s writings on the Gates of Vienna, a Counter-Jihad website.
Soini’s answers were, in my opinion, full of political opportunism at its best sealed with denial, even if some claim that his party is the problem for spreading racism via hate websites like Hommaforum and Scripta. The low point of the interview was when he accused other parties of trying to score political points with what happened in Norway.
The PS leader said that supposedly those critics against immigration in his party were not spreading hate speech from their websites.
Here is something that I picked up from Halla-aho’s Facebook wall on Sunday, July 24: “Many Finns who didn’t reach an orgasm when it wasn’t a Hommaforum (follower) that did not burn the pizzeria in Tampere, are now demanding payback time with interest. For you information I do not take back anything that I’ve written and do not take any responsiblity for what Breivik did; I plan to continue along the same path because bad immigration is bad and multiculturalism sucks ass irrespective of what Breivik did.”
Halla-aho writes on Facebook the following day: “Reporters have called me insistently and their only question was how I felt that Breivik has quoted me (in his 1,518-page manifesto). It doesn’t feel like anything (about being quoted). Instead it feels awful that nearly one hundred innocent people have been murdered…”
Soini has made a big mistake by allowing anti-immigration and racism to attract voters to the PS. He already started this strategy in the 2003 parliamentary election when Tony Halme was elected.
As anti-immigration and anti-Islam continue to give the PS its political modus operandi as we saw in the last election, it could well become his political Waterloo since racism is never a humble servant but cantankerous and extremely violent.
Ylen Päivän kasvo -ohjelmassa vieraillut perussuomalaisten puheenjohtaja Timo Soini sanoo, että Suomen poliitikot ovat käyttäneet hyväkseen Norjan murhenäytelmää yhdistämällä kaikki perussuomalaiset äärimielipiteisiin ja vihapuheeseen. Soini haluaa tehdä selväksi, että hän ei hyväksy väkivaltaa, ja katsoo, että viha on tuhoava voima.