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Alex Rowell

Britain’s fascist party backs Putin in Syria

The far-right British National Party joined Iran, Hezbollah, and Donald Trump in welcoming Russian air strikes

An image circulated by the BNP on Facebook Tuesday

Let nobody say Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria is taking place without international support. Having already secured beaming endorsements from Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Iraq’s leading Shiite Islamist death squads, and Donald Trump, among others, on Tuesday Putin received the full backing of the UK’s far-right British National Party (BNP), who were kind enough to release, along with their statement, a large photo of the Russian president looking fearsome in dark sunglasses as a flustered David Cameron and Barack Obama wince in pain and despair.  

 

Putin, the BNP said, has left ISIS “in utter disarray” after a campaign of just “several days” – surely all the more remarkable an achievement given air strikes have occurred almost entirely in areas where ISIS has no presence at all. His decision to go to war has also struck a blow against “warmongers,” the full statement read, while also defying “Zionists,” such as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, whom Putin met last month to provide assurances Russian action in Syria would pose no risk whatever to Tel Aviv. Perhaps most important of all, the “responsible Russian intervention,” overseen by the Kremlin’s “highly responsible world leader,” will, by returning Syria in its entirety to the “tolerant and moderate” hands of Assad – cited by 43% of Syrian refugees polled recently in Turkey as their reason for fleeing the country – put an end to the flow of “Muslim immigrants [sic] pouring into Britain and Europe.”

 

If it comes as any surprise that a party so hostile to devotees of the Islamic faith should be so delighted with a military campaign masterminded, as we now know, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, it can only do so to those who haven’t been paying attention. In 2013, the BNP’s leader Nicholas Griffin did not just visit Damascus as an esteemed guest of the regime. He also praised Hezbollah explicitly, tweeting that the Islamic Resistance was “doing better job than the Met dealing with ‘British’ Jihadi cut-throats in Syria.” Minor details such as virulent bigotry on the one hand and totalitarian theocratic ideology on the other can always be set aside in the interests of what is ever the more urgent and immediate struggle: subverting secular democracy where it exists, and stamping out its buds wherever in the world they threaten to flower. Putin today is fast becoming the international superstar and champion of this cause, and at least the likes of Griffin, and Greece’s Golden Dawn, and France’s National Front, have the candour to be openly fascist about it all. More damaging in many ways are those Putin apologists who would style themselves liberals or “progressives” – take this drivel from Patrick Cockburn, for only the latest example – and who thus lend respectability to politics that would otherwise be confined to the brownshirt gutter. When one Kremlin fancier has just won the leadership of the British Labour Party, and another threatens to become the next US president, we’ve paid far too high a price already for this moral and intellectual poison.

 

Alex Rowell tweets @disgraceofgod

The BNP’s leader previously visited Damascus in 2013 and praised Hezbollah (BNP Facebook page)

If it comes as any surprise that a party so hostile to devotees of the Islamic faith should be so delighted with a military campaign masterminded, as we now know, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, it can only do so to those who haven’t been paying attention."

  • MichelO

    I'm not sure that quoting a survey conducted by the Washington Post, a newspaper from a country that is clearly for removing Assad from the surface of earth, is objective and therefore a good quote. Not to mention that Obama is also now considering to take part of Russia's strikes, and want coordinated attacks rather to let Russia "steal the show". China is also now in the party with the Russian.

    October 7, 2015