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article imageOp-Ed: 'Human rights' group applauds persecution of David Duke

By Alexander Baron     Nov 30, 2011 in Politics
Cologne - The American political activist David Duke was detained by the German legal authorities on November 25. At first, his arrest went unreported, now it is being applauded by people whose professed remit is to fight persecution, hatred and intolerance.
David Duke's November 25 arrest was first reported through non-mainstream media outlets, including by a German-speaking supporter on YouTube.
Today, it has been acknowledged properly by the mainstream, including an Associated Press report which quotes Elan Steinberg, Vice President of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, who said his arrest "sends an important signal that firm action against those who advocate hate must remain central to Germany's moral and legal agenda."
The same article alludes to Duke as a former Ku Klux Klan leader, an all too typical misrepresentation of the man and what he stands for. So what does he stand for? More to the point, what does he not stand for?
First and foremost, he does not stand for, and in fact stands firmly against, bombing Iran.
As long ago as December 2006, he travelled to Tehran where he made an impassioned plea for peace. The mainstream media condemned the Tehran conference as a gathering of hatemongers the same way they condemn Iran and its leaders as repressive, undemocratic, even tyrannical, but the sad fact is that conference could not have been held in democratic Germany.
Is Duke a racial bigot? It has to be said that he thinks he isn't. It is true that he was indeed a Ku Klux Klan leader some thirty years ago. By the same token, Sir Oswald Mosley was both a Conservative MP and a Labour MP before forming the British Union of Fascists, but who today refers to Mosley as a former Conservative MP?
In Britain, much of the population oscillates between Conservative and Labour, and in the US between Republican and Democrat.
Today, Duke concerns himself primarily with the influence of Zionism in both America and the world. His perception of that influence is, to put it mildly, exaggerated; Zionists don't control the world, or the financial system, they don't even control America, but their influence is both very real and very potent.
Moreover, Duke's mindset is by no means unique, indeed, many of his detractors see the world through a similar lens. For them, it is one massive racist conspiracy; they talk of such things as white privilege - white what? - invisible glass ceilings, subtle racism.
For others, if Islam doesn't yet rule the world, it is a pernicious menace hellbent on world domination, even though the slightest critical examination reveals that the greatest enemies of Moslems have always been Moslems, and indeed it is Moslems who more than any others have been targeted by the radical Islamists.
David Duke has never endorsed any form of terrorism, including Islamist terrorism, and he has been vocal in speaking out against the terrorism meted out by the State of Israel against the Palestinians, as for instance has Huffington Post correspondent MJ Rosenberg, who on one very narrow issue might be construed as a Duke fellow traveller.
Let us not forget either that at least two of those who would be President of the United States next year have openly endorsed the use of torture.
Against all that, David Duke doesn't shape up too badly. It is pure hypocrisy for people to applaud his arrest and deportation from a supposedly democratic nation when they also endorse, quite openly, practices David Duke wouldn't touch with a barge pole.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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