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Putin Now a Hero for Fascists of Europe
eesti.ca ^ | September 12, 2013 | Paul Goble

Posted on 09/13/2013 9:04:37 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Staunton, September 12 – “Komsomolskaya Pravda” a week ago celebrated the fact that “Rome is filled with portraits of Vladimir Putin” (kp.ru/daily/26129/3021439/), but it didn’t point out that these pictures were being displayed not by mainstream Italians but by members of extremist, neo-fascist groups, just as is the case in other European countries.

In a commentary posted on Slon.ru yesterday, Sergey Sumlenny points out that the signs the Moscow newspaper had shown were being carried by members of the Italian National Front to express their solidarity with Putin on his “struggle with homosexual propaganda” (slon.ru/world/evropeyskie_krayne_pravye_s_putinym_v_serdtse-989843.xhtml).

The pictures of Putin in a military uniform rapidly made their way into the Russian portion of the Internet where many bloggers expressed their delight that Europeans were supporting their president. But these people “do not know or prefer not to know” anything about the Italian group involved.

The Italian National Front is “a radical neo-fascist organization,” founded by Andriano Tilgher who was earlier convicted of extremism after trying to revive Mussolini’s Fascist Party. “In other words,” Sumlenny says, “the subtitle of the article in “Komsomolka” could have read “Italian Fascists Support Vladimir Putin.”

“That would have been more sensational, and factually correct.”

Apparently, “without wishing it,” the Slon.ru commentator says, “Vladimir Putin has become an icon of Europe’s right radicals,” drawing support from neo-fascists and neo-Nazis “from Norway to the Balkans.” Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, for example, called Putin “an honest and decisive leader who deserves respect.”

Affection for Putin in radical right segments of European opinion has been brewing for some time. Already in 2007, Sumlenny notes, Germany neo-Nazis appealed to him “as the single politician capable of defending German democracy,”” as they understood it. Last year, one of their number published a pro-Putin article describing him as “a politician who stands up for his people!”

That article continued in ways that many should find disturbing: “While the West is ever more caught up in the nets of Zionist witches, Putin is without fear leading Russia to new strength, freedom and independence.About such political heroes, the German people today can only dream.”

Such support for Putin among the far right is to be found throughout Europe, Sumlenny continues. Of course, it says little about Putin himself. But it says “somewhat more” bout the export image of Russia” that Moscow is sending out and the success that image is having in what is a marginal political milieu.

Indeed, the Slon.ru writer continues, “the love of European neo-Nazis for Putin is love for an image of Putin that they have invented: for a populist leader who throws challenges at America … and who carries out conversations with European leaders from a position of strength.”

There are some Europeans who are not part of the radical right but who nonetheless see something to like in Putin’s policies, but “the phenomenon of love for Putin is something widespread [largely] among European marginal,” parties that can’t win elections but whose members can watch “Russia Today” via YouTube.

Residents of Russia itself, Sumlenny concludes, ought to be reflecting on whether they want to have government ready to “work with clowns” from such marginalist groups and whether the “love for Putin” that Moscow points to does either Europe or the Russian Federation any good.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: frontenazionale; italy

1 posted on 09/13/2013 9:04:37 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
See my reply to your last ignorant topic:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/3066635/posts?page=3#3

2 posted on 09/13/2013 9:09:28 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Obama is the real fascist. At every turn his administration has used the power of the federal government to choose winners and losers, and use the “winners” to their own ends. Textbook fascism.


3 posted on 09/13/2013 9:12:20 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“parties that can’t win elections”

As far as I’m aware, such parties are the only ones growing in size right now.


4 posted on 09/13/2013 9:14:18 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: varmintman

I just read your post on his behalf. It was very ignorant. Russia is very much a gangster country run by “former” KGB as well as Russian Mafia. You should do research on how Putin treats his opponents, especially journalists and dissidents. Putin is no hero of our values.


5 posted on 09/13/2013 9:18:00 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If that were so, the Croats and Kosovars would be all tingly for Vlad.


6 posted on 09/13/2013 9:20:12 PM PDT by SRT8 man (I recommend SRT8 for your muscle car needs)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Hitler and Stalin had a mutual admiration society going for quite a while before they finally broke up.


7 posted on 09/13/2013 9:27:07 PM PDT by Argus
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To: SpaceBar

When the owner of the biggest Russian oil company wanted to sell his company to a western buyer, Putin nationalized the company and sent its owner to a Siberian gulag. When a Russian newspaper printed a Danish cartoon making fun of Mohammed, Putin had the newspaper permanently shut down. When terrorists attacked a Russian school and massacred hundreds of children, Putin responded by abolishing election of regional governors insisting that he should personally appoint all regional governors for the sake of Russian national security.


8 posted on 09/13/2013 9:30:17 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Obama and his girlfriend Warren Buffet must be jealous.
9 posted on 09/13/2013 9:41:50 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Fight the real enemy:


10 posted on 09/13/2013 9:43:53 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: SpaceBar
Obama is the real fascist

Yep.

Here in America the National Socialist Democrat Workers Party (Nationalsozialistische Democrat Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP or simply “the Nazi Party”, or even more simply “the Democrats”) use strongarm tactics to remove Christianity from public view, populate the universities and newsrooms to rewrite history and propagandize the daily news, attack traditional cultural institutions like marriage, the nuclear family, and even the Boy Scouts, and personally destroy scientists and professors who do not toe the line with regard to Democrat Party doctrine on abortion, embryonic stem cells, the environment, and “global warming”.

Naturally, imposing rationed state-controlled health care on the masses, using murdered school children to push "gun control", threatening to suppress opposing opinion and free speech through a “fairness doctrine”, speech control through "political correctness", and using quasi-terrorist tactics to stonewall any attempt to roll back socialism (for example, legislators in Wisconsin fleeing the state with a clap on the back from Fuhrer Ubama in order to prevent a vote on pending legislation) perfectly fits the modus operandi of America's own 21st century Nazi party.

In other words, America’s Democrats are operating in EXACTLY the same way the original version of their party operated in Germany during the 1930s.


11 posted on 09/13/2013 9:44:50 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Tailgunner Joe; SpaceBar

“When terrorists attacked a Russian school and massacred hundreds of children”


You mean when the Russian intelligence service attacked a Russian school and massacred hundreds of children. There’s a reason why Russia promotes 9/11 Trutherism so heavily. It’s projection.


12 posted on 09/13/2013 9:50:05 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Arthurio

“Fight the real enemy:”


Why not fight ALL the enemies? Or would you rather lick Putin’s boots because he a more worthy master?


13 posted on 09/13/2013 9:51:38 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

“You mean when the Russian intelligence service attacked a Russian school and massacred hundreds of children.”

Divorced from reality are we?


14 posted on 09/13/2013 10:05:38 PM PDT by SRT8 man (I recommend SRT8 for your muscle car needs)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

He’s a Stalinist KGB thug. We need to take Putin down several pegs.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 10:59:13 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

commies, fascists... nearly the same thing


16 posted on 09/13/2013 10:59:54 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
Putin's Russia says that comparing Soviet Communism to Nazi Fascism is "blasphemous."

Putin will not tolerate "blasphemy" against the Godless EVIL EMPIRE he loyally served. Putin has never repented for his loyal service to Godless Communism which enslaved the Russian people and murdered millions of innocents. Putin said that what the USA did in VietNam was worse than Stalin's purges. Putin hates the USA with satanic passion and fervor.

17 posted on 09/13/2013 11:11:01 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Yep, almost as much as Obama.


18 posted on 09/13/2013 11:15:34 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Tailgunner Joe

That’s an interesting read Joe. Putin is positioning himself as anti Obama. Obama represents the present form of Progressive Socialism. It pushes to be given control by a panicked and fearful people. Everything from the past is Obama’s enemy - anything conservative, family orientated, independent and money making - anything that is free must be controlled. It is delivering this through Global Warming, white guilt, illegal immigration and government overspending.

Putin on the other hand already has a tight grip on power - he seeks the love of the people through his support of religion, promotion of family and his manly image. He is seen, in his own country at least, as someone who fights terrorists and does not play footsie with them. He is a modern Oligarch who leans towards fascism but I tend to think, for him, it would be any ideology that gets the job done.

There are definitely competing ideologies and it would be unwise to side with either.

Mel


19 posted on 09/13/2013 11:22:55 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

I agree. I’m amazed how being anti-Obama and using a few Christian expressions has turned President for Life Putin into a hero for some. As for the Eastern Europeans, they’re far more knowledgeable about the real Putin than most Americans. They know he’s not a Christian with a benign form of nationalism.


20 posted on 09/13/2013 11:54:08 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Liberal women now play the vagina card to win their arguments.)
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To: melsec

Putin’s an opportunist. Like you said, he’d embrace any ideology as long he personally gets power.


21 posted on 09/13/2013 11:56:35 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Liberal women now play the vagina card to win their arguments.)
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To: SRT8 man

“Divorced from reality are we?”


No, the problem is I’m too married to it.


22 posted on 09/14/2013 1:53:14 AM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Putin Now a Hero for Fascists of Europe

Oh, come on! We have our own Fascists too!

"The major flaw in all of this is that fascism, properly understood, is not a phenomenon of the right at all. Instead, it is, and always has been, a phenomenon of the left. This fact — an inconvenient truth if there ever was one — is obscured in our time by the equally mistaken belief that fascism and communism are opposites. In reality, they are closely related, historical competitors for the same constituents." Jonah Goldberg

23 posted on 09/14/2013 2:57:44 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans

We need our army and navy on our own borders instead of everyone else’s. It is time everyone stopped using U.S. soldiers as pieces on a game board.

I’m tired of the worldwide military welfare program and hand wringing liberals worried about every other country but ours.


24 posted on 09/14/2013 3:15:28 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: SkyPilot

Jonah Goldberg is a gay marriage advocate...

What do you find on the Russian border?

Russian soldiers.

Russia does not have gay pride marches with their army.

We need our army and navy on our own borders instead of everyone else’s.

It is time everyone stopped using U.S. soldiers as pieces on a game board.

I’m tired of the worldwide military welfare program and hand wringing liberals worried about every other country but ours.


25 posted on 09/14/2013 3:17:21 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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