As I said before, White Nationalism is the issue at hand when it comes to much of this anti-Islamic hatred. This tide of white nationalism is steadily making its way into the American mainstream in a strong way. No one – outside of Muslims – is paying attention because these people are busy relentlessly playing the anti-Muslim card right now, but in fact they are nothing more than racist anti-black, anti-Latino, anti-non-white racists.
Meanwhile, white nationalism is growing and making strides in Europe while it is growing much more quietly here in the US
When France last elected a president, the far right’s Jean-Marie Le Pen shocked the world by muscling his way into the runoff against incumbent Jacques Chirac. The outcome seemed to underline rising fears of an ultranationalist resurgence across Europe.
Mr. Le Pen ended up soundly beaten in 2002 and is unlikely to repeat his first-round success in a presidential election on Sunday. But with polls giving him up to 16 percent of the vote, it’s clear his France-first slogans still resonate.
The same issues preoccupying the French — jobs, immigration, integrating a large and restive Muslim minority — have catapulted many of Mr. Le Pen’s views into the mainstream, with leading candidates both left and right co-opting elements of his ideas.
It’s a phenomenon seen across Europe: Deep anxieties over security and unemployment have fed a sharp shift to the right, forcing mainstream politicians to embrace policies that just a few years ago would have seemed the exclusive terrain of ultranationalist forces.
In October, Austria’s two rightist parties won more than 15 percent of the vote — far short of the stunning 26.9 percent that firebrand Joerg Haider received in 1999 but enough to trouble the moderate majority.
The anti-immigration Danish People’s Party, formed only 12 years ago, is the third-largest faction in Denmark’s parliament. Far-right parties also made electoral strides last year in Sweden and Belgium.
In Germany, far-right parties remain a fringe movement, but hold seats on three regional legislatures in the formerly Communist east. Officials say crimes by far-right groups and attacks against foreigners rose 16 percent last year.
The hard right does not appear to be drastically bleeding supporters as the center co-opts its agenda. On the contrary, many nationalist groups appear to be enjoying a resurgence.
In France, 78-year-old Mr. Le Pen is gloating as front-runners Nicolas Sarkozy on the right and Segolene Royal on the left hoist two of his pet issues — immigration and national identity — to center stage.
Mr. Le Pen’s National Front today claims 75,000 members, and spokesman Thibaut de la Tocnay says membership shot up by several thousand after the November 2005 riots in immigrant-heavy suburbs of Paris.
Not mentioned in this article is that these hard right parties are racist and (guess what) very very anti-Muslim. Seeing the connection yet?
Growing in America and largely ignored