“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.`”
As of this ruling, it is illegal to
distribute Blok literature, and Blok politicians are
banned from radio and television.
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The killer got a
light sentence and is due to be released in 2015.
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 Derbyshire 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
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
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
consent of the Mexican government.
$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
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
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
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.
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