The Czech online news site Tyden.cz reports that Finland’s National Socialist Finnish Workers’ Party (NSFAP) wishes to register itself as a political party. Its platform consists of Adolf Hitler’s own platform for Germany’s National Socialit German Workers’ Party, with minimal modifications. For example, Moslems take the place of Jews as people to be wiped out, and expulsion from Finland takes place of the death penalty. The “leader” of the NSFAP insists that his party has no ties to fascism, nor does it stand for any violation of Finnish laws.
Finnish authorities have returned the application, pointing out some administrative problems and insisting that the term “national socialism” be further clarified.
What can one say?
First, one hopes that this is just a transitory phenomenon, brought on by the legitimate fear of the Islamization of Europe. The tragedy is that this is a problem of Europe’s own making. Had the nations of Europe, as well as the EU, taken a favorable view of their own cultures as something worth preserving, and had they early on assumed a principled stand against the pernicious dogma of multiculturalism, the problems associated with the influx of people who refused to be assimilated would have been much less today. And the backlash represented by the NSFAP and its noxious kin in every nation of Europe would likewise be much less.
Second, one hopes that Europe’s late stand against multiculturalism is not a trick, not something to be mentioned piously in the presence of an audience that wants to hear it and then forgotten. Only by a principled reaffirmation of European nations’ own values can the fangs of the nascent extremist entities like NSFAP be pulled.