The Fulford File, By James Fulford


It Happened There; etc

English Journalist

Stephen Pollard
wrote last week in the Times of
London,
that a Belgian Court has, in effect, banned
the right-wing populist party, the

Vlaams [Flemish] Blok:

“On Wednesday, the Belgian judiciary banned a
political party from operating in Belgium. The reason?
The country`s political establishment dislikes its
views. The party it banned is not some obscure fringe
organization but one which has 18 MPs in the 150-seat
Belgian parliament, many local councilors and two MEPs
[Members of the European Parliament]. The opinion
polls were predicting that it could win the most Belgian
votes at the European and local elections in June.

“The banned party is Vlaams Blok (VB). The Court of
Appeal in Ghent — notorious for its left-liberal bias —
deemed it to be an `undemocratic and racist`
organization because of its policy that immigrants
should be given only two choices
: `to assimilate
or to return home.`”

[April 24,
2004

I`ve seen the future: it`s scary and Belgian
,
also

here
]

The real reason for the banning may
be the Blok`s secessionist ambitions: they`d like to
withdraw from

multilingual
Belgium and establish a

Republic of Flanders.

As of this ruling, it is illegal to
distribute Blok literature, and Blok politicians are
banned from radio and television.

This was done under Belgium`s

Anti-Racism Act
, which, like many

such laws
, doesn`t allow for much in the way of
liberty of conscience.

This restricts freedom of the press
as well as political freedom, since the press might want
to interview them or cover their speeches, but I gather
no one in the (state-owned) Belgian media cares about the
abstract principle; according to an

update
(scroll down) on Pollard`s website:

"The
Flemish state television authorities decided to impose
only a partial ban on VB politicians, pending the
verdict of the Supreme Court. The Francophone Belgian TV
authorities have, however, banned the VB completely."

Furthermore, the party is banned
from receiving government funding, a heavy blow in spite
of their widespread support, because

campaign finance reform in
Belgium is so bad that no
individual can give a political party more than 125
Euros. (A Euro is worth $1.18.)

The Court did not find the Blok
itself guilty, as charges against a political party
would have required a jury trial.

Rather, it found three party
associations guilty of association with a racist
organization; the racist organization being the Vlaams
Blok. Each association was fined about $15,000.

According to Agence France-Presse,
the court ruled "that the Vlaams Blok regularly
portrays foreigners as `criminals who take bread from
the mouths of Flemish workers` and found it guilty of
`permanent incitement to segregation and racism.`”

The Court apparently failed to
consider whether foreigners in Belgium are in fact
"criminals who take bread from the mouths of Flemish
workers."

Certainly, an

estimated 10 percent
of the foreigners in Belgium
are illegal immigrants, the

Muslims of Antwerp
are organizing into a Malcolm
X-style gang called

European Arab League
, and the U.S. State
Department`s

travel advisory
warns of muggings, carjackings, and
reports that "Travelers to Brussels should be aware
that small groups of young men have been known to prey
on unwary tourists."

As for the part about taking "bread
from the mouths of Flemish workers," the
impact of
mass immigration on

native-born wages
is known all over the world (with
the exception of

that part of it
occupied by

Wall Street Journal
Editorial Page offices.)

One of the charges was the odd one
of “inciting to segregation.” This seems to mean,
not that Blok is urging that

immigrant Muslims
should have their own

neighborhood
s,

restaurants
,

schools
, et cetera (the Muslims can

manage that for themselves)
but instead seems to be
a reference to its support for the concept of the
nation-state itself!

If Americans are in America, Turks
in Turkey, and Belgians in Belgium, is that segregation?

The Belgian political class has
been after the Vlaams Blok for some time. Coalition
governments are the rule in Belgium, and in 1989 all the
other parties signed a

"cordon sanitaire"
agreement
, stating that they would never
allow the Blok into government, no matter how many
people voted for it.

In 1999, a judge

threw out
the same charges that have just
resurfaced. According to the Times` Pollard, the
head of the Belgian

Center for Equal Opportunity
said that "he would
continue appealing until he had found a judge who would
find against the VB."

They finally found one, who is
thought to be opposed to the aims of the Vlaams Blok,
and he has, in effect, banned a political party which
has wide democratic support for having the wrong
attitude.

Pollard`s worry is that this can
happen in England, which is part of the infamous
European Union. VDARE.COM readers should worry that it

can happen in America,
under either international
treaties, or by an unpredictable

Supreme Court decision
.

When it comes to real crime,
though, European justice is not so harsh.

The Vlaams Blok is said to have
much in common with the Dutch

Fortuyn List.
You remember what happened in that
case: so much hatred

stirred up
against Fortuyn that he was

murdered
by an

immigration-enthusiast
.

The killer got a

light sentence
and is due to be released in 2015.

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Schwarzenegger in Israel

Arnold Schwarzenegger`s

first trip overseas as Governor
is going to be to
Israel. (I suppose you can make up your

own jokes
here.) I like Israel, and have, for
example, no more

sympathy for the Palestinians
than

John Derbyshir
e does.

But while Arnold is in Israel, I
wish the Israelis would show him around, and point out
the things that

Israel has
that California lacks. They could say:
"This is our

Ministry of Immigrant Absorption
, where we make sure
that immigrants

learn the language.
This is our border; note the

armed guards.
This is a

wall
we`re building, to

keep people out
. And remember, Governor, you need

valid ID
to board

the plane."

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Bill Mexico!

Robert Vasquez, who I mentioned a
while back ["Look
Who`s More Loyal Than “Conservative Republicans”
],
is the Canyon County Commissioner in Idaho.

He has just created something of a
stir by sending Mexico a bill for $2 million, to pay for
the county`s cost of dealing with illegal immigrants
from Mexico—who are in Idaho, after all, with the advice
and

consent
of the Mexican government.

“The
$2,009,315.07 invoice Vasquez sent to the Mexican
consulate in Salt Lake City, Utah, includes demands for
the payment of about $1.4 million for expenses related
to the incarceration of Mexican nationals held in the
Canyon County jail and $575,000 for medical services
provided by the county to Mexican citizens who entered
the country illegally.”


Vasquez bills Mexico for $2 million
By Michael
McAuliffe, Idaho Press-Tribune, April 28, 2004)

Arturo Chavarria of Mexico`s Salt
Lake City

consulate
said that the request seemed "unfair."
This is the universal response of anyone suddenly
receiving a bill for $2 million dollars. But Señor
Chavarria felt that the illegals were paying income
taxes (if they were withheld) and sales taxes (when they
paid for things), but not receiving benefits, which is
simply

not true.

Commissioner Vasquez also pointed
out that if the

Salt Lake City consulate
could

send people into Idaho
to issue phony ID cards, as
it has, it can send someone to take the illegals home,
or least pay their bills.

A VDARE.COM reader tells us that
the

Idaho Statesman
editorialized against this,
saying, "Vasquez`s grandstanding a pointless abuse
of office."
But the Statesman`s
web archive system is so bad that I can`t confirm this.
(Ask
the
Statesman.)

But assuming that the Statesman
made such a claim, I`ll say it is wrong. There`s
nothing wrong with making the occasional

outrageous proposal
, just to see who`s outraged. 

Commissioner Vasquez may lack the
power to collect this bill. (That would be up to the

President
—`nuff said.) But there`s nothing to stop
Mexico from paying the bill as "conscience money."

Nothing, that is, but the Mexican
government`s conscience.

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