A Tale Of Different Parties: The British National Party Verses The German National Democratic Party And The Italian New Force Over Recent Israeli Aggression.
The recent debates in the British nationalist scene and in Australian nationalist circles , occasioned by the shameful stand of the British National Party (BNP) over the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza, refocuses us upon 'mainstreaming' as a tactic.
Whilst we can leave the BNP's overall arguments on the Middle East for another time, suffice to say that whilst purporting to be "neutral" over the Gaza matter, the BNP accepted the "clash of civilisations" logic which posits Israel as an ally against Islamist radicalism - not one of the essential causes of it. It follows that the BNP will now court Zionist public opinion groups in Britain for support in the struggle against Islam at home, whilst it whips up public opinion for Israel's wars in the MIddle East.
It has been put forward by some that the BNP has 'mainstreamed' and by doing so has become a major political challenger. Mainstreaming is advanced, not just as a question of the thorough professionalising of the party, but as one of ideology and politics. Here the BNP is praised for ditching its rough edge on the Middle East, for changing line to support for Israel. According to the mainstreamers, this means that the public will no longer take the BNP as a neo-fascist party (something which, of course, the media and the far-left peddled and will continue to despite the change of line), but as a responsible and electable party of patriots.
If mainstreaming meant professionalisation only, no fault could be found. Quality magazines, hyper-modern websites, paid staff, well-organised campaigns and so forth, are the very stuff of political progress. Once the elementary means are there to move in that direction, it usually follows that contributors, sensing the change, tend to provide additional means. But as we have seen, mainsteaming meant ideological change. In the case of the BNP, the spin is that it is precisely because of the ideological changing that progress is being made. The BNP's Australian cheerleaders have pretty much said the same.
Let us then compare the BNP's line on Gaza etc with that of the German National Democratic Party (NPD) and the Italian New Force (FN).
The NPD called the Israeli invasion of Gaza, a "holocaust". The party demanded the withdrawal of the Israelis from all lands currently under Palestinian sovereignty. The FN denounced the "Zionist entity" and called for one Palestine - ie the dissolution of the state of Israel and the merger of the current "entity" into a type of canton based system called Palestine. Here, those people who are "Jews" may establish local governments in areas where they are the majority; the same will operate for Moslem and Christian areas. The system may also extend ethnically to other types of cantons. Basically: no more nuclear armed Zionist state. The FN also called out its members for a "Palestine Day".
According to the cheerleaders of the BNP in this country, such lines are symptomatic of the old thinking, are "Nazi" - and can never assist the process of mainstreaming necessary for this country's nationalists too.
Yet, let's look again. Have the positions taken by the NPD and the FN (both parties are members of the European National Front) stopped them from professionalising? No. Have their positions stymied their electable status? No, hardly. In fact, the leader of the FN already is a Euro-deputy (something Nick Griffin aspires to) and both parties have innumerable local councillors and the NPD is represented in State parliaments.
So: what is the rub?
The affair is one where a cabal of people in the BNP have deliberately set out to embrace a certain line. Such a line of supporting Israel and its aggression is seen as the answer to Islamic immigration into Europe and a perceived Islamic aggression against "the West". Such a line will bring a warming of relations with the Zionists in Britain - and power to a mainstreamed party becomes possible.
This is all an illusion. Whether it is a "clever line" (to use the phrase of one Australian-based BNP cheerleader) or a real statement of position, it is false on every ground.
The Australian nationalists look at the examples rom Germany and Italy. Here we see a truthful position married to professionalisation. It was therefore logical that Australia First Party opened up contacts with the European National Front.