Last Sunday's big win for Marine Le Pen's National Front party in the first round of French regional elections angered Euro-Atlanticists and Kiev regime supporters on both sides of the Atlantic. But the criticism of Turkey for treating ISIS like an ally from Czech President Milos Zeman and Italy's government delaying what Washington expected to be a rubber stamping of renewed EU sanctions against Russia also show which way the wind is blowing. Whether Washington likes it or not, the EU(SSR) it has spent decades of Bilderberg meetings and other forums constructing appears to be coming apart, much like the Soviet experiment that Margaret Thatcher, Vladimir Bukovsky and other anti-Communist stalwarts compared the EU with at its foundation. What happens next -- De Gaulle's dream of a 'Europe of Fatherlands' or a new globalist Eurostate to replace the 'liberal' EU rooted in the Third Reich's plans to arise economically like a phoenix from the ashes of defeat -- remains to be seen. The EUSSR/4th Reich is Cracking Up -- As Its Critics Who Lived Under Soviet Communism Like Bukovsky Said That It Would
What isn't in doubt is that the Schengen zone, the crowning achievement of the EU that permitted the free flow of goods and almost made previous internal borders wide open to the flow of labor is threatened by the influx of humanity from the Middle East and Africa. Such that fences and barbed wire are now going up between countries whereas these were dismantled after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, with Macedonia and Bulgaria following Hungary's example of fortifying their borders. Now the immi-destabilization of Europe Washington planned to weaken the euro-zone and make European nations even more dependent on its good graces for security and to cement the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) appears to have backfired. Not only in France, but in other parts of Europe where identitarian and anti-globalization politics are on the march, particularly from the so-called 'Right'.
The FT Led by Columnist Gideon Rachman Sounds the Alarm on Behalf of All Good Globalists Everywhere
Today no-less an establishment pillar than the Financial Times and its columnist Gideon Rachman are warning that the real menace to the EU/NATO led world as they know it isn't America's brash GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, but Marine Le Pen and her FN:
Mr Trump shouts; Ms Le Pen has prospered by whispering. Jean-Marie Le Pen, her father, founded the National Front on a platform of unapologetic anti-semitism. He describes the Holocaust as a mere “detail” of history. His daughter has expelled him from the party. She has replaced overt racism with insidious innuendo. A thin veneer of respectability, she hopes, will be her route to the Elysée Palace in the 2017 presidential election. Her targets are Muslims rather than Jews. And it is all wrapped up in pseudo patriotism.
The fear generated by the terrorist attacks in Paris probably contributed to her party’s first place in the regional elections. Ms Le Pen has exploited the outrage in much the same way as Mr Trump has traded off the Isis-inspired shooting in San Bernardino, California. And the flight to Europe of refugees from the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan has been a gift to a party that elides Islam with terror.
She has been blessed by her opponents. President François Hollande’s ratings are up since the Paris attacks, but the Socialists wear the ankle chains of economic failure. Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president who leads the centre-right Republicans, is loathed by a significant slice of the electorate.
To see the success of the National Front as a cyclical phenomenon, however, is to miss the way populists of the far right and hard left across Europe have tapped into deeper discontents. After years of high unemployment, stagnant living standards and rising immigration, globalisation has become the midwife to aggressive nationalism.
Ms Le Pen’s currencies are fear and prejudice. The enemies are “outsiders” — in this case Muslims and international capitalism. Her answer is to close the borders and reclaim national control over the economy. Politics, she says, has become a fight between “nationalists and globalists”. The message is crafted to appeal as much to disenchanted voters on the left as to nativists on the right.
She is on to something. Cast an eye across the continent and extremists of every shade blame globalisation for the insecurities of the age. The mainstream parties are accused of colluding in a project in which the only winners have been the elites. Euroscepticism, once the eccentric preserve of British Conservatives, has become a convenient vessel for hostility at once to immigrants and multinational corporations.
The ugly nationalism of Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, a self-confessed admirer of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, merges seamlessly into the unvarnished anti-Semitism of his country’s Jobbik party. In language reminiscent of the 1930s, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the far-right leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, claims the refugees arriving in Europe from the Syrian civil war will spread “parasites and disease”. Elsewhere, the electoral gains of such populists are pulling mainstream parties to the nationalist right.
Establishment Washington Post push polls trying to show Ted Cruz and other candidates pulling ahead of populist demagogue Donald Trump, while FT columnist Gideon Rachman warns from (America's true ruling house the City of London) that Trump might actually win
Nor was this week's FT column a one-off. Gideon Rachman, a former senior editor at the Anglo-globalist magazine The Economist, also wrote that "We deride chances of Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen at our peril" on November 30: "I have a nightmare vision for the year 2017: President Trump, President Le Pen, President Putin." He went on to say:
So what is going on in western politics? The overarching development is a loss of faith in traditional political elites and a search for radical alternatives. Behind that, it seems to me, there are four broad trends: an increase in economic insecurity, a backlash against immigration, a fear of terrorism and the decline of traditional media.
The overarching development in western politics is a loss of faith in traditional elites
The US has now experienced several decades of declining or stagnant real wages for the majority of Americans. In many European countries, including France, double-digit rates of unemployment have become the norm. The financial crisis of 2008 has resulted in an enduring loss of trust in the competence of elites and the fairness and stability of western economic systems.
Economic insecurity has been supplemented by a sense of social instability, linked to rising immigration. The influx of Hispanics into the US and of Muslims into western Europe has allowed the Trumps and Le Pens to argue that feckless elites have allowed fundamental social changes to take place without consulting ordinary people. Mr Trump has called for the deportation of 11m illegal immigrants from the US and Ms Le Pen once compared Muslims praying in the streets of France to the Nazi occupation.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, who is likely to run against Ms Le Pen in 2017, has joined in the assault on “multiculturalism”. This kind of rhetoric about Muslim immigration and elite betrayal is also now commonplace in Germany.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, fear of terrorism is merging with hostility to immigration. The shockwave from the French capital was felt across the Atlantic — where Mr Trump, along with most of the Republican field, has been quick to claim that admitting refugees would increase the risk of a terrorist attack.
For populists, nationalists and extremists across the western world, a common theme is that the mainstream media are suppressing debate and are controlled by an untrustworthy elite. Republican candidates have learnt that chastising reporters is an easy way to win applause. In France and Germany the argument that the politically correct “lying media” have suppressed debate about immigration is increasingly popular. Meanwhile, the rise of social media has allowed alternative narratives to flourish. Those Americans who want to believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim find like-minded souls online or in the echo chamber of talk radio. Conspiratorial talk is flourishing on social media in Europe.
Marine Le Pen, visiting Moscow last summer, expresses her hope last summer that EU sanctions against Russia will be lifted
For Many Europeans, EU Suppression of National Sovereignty and Identity is Becoming Synonymous with U.S./NATO Control
Team RogueMoney's call at the start of 2015 that nationalism and anti-globalism, which at present means being anti-Washington, would be the dominant political strain in Europe was not a hard one to make. But even we have been surprised at how quickly the open borders politics of the EU are becoming synonymous with Washington acting as the puppet master of European politics behind the scenes since the close of WWII (replacing the City of London and British in this role, or more accurately merging into one unified Anglo-American elite, a process documented by Georgetown academic Carroll Quigley in his globalist instruction manual history, Tragedy and Hope).
European nationalists of all stripes save for those dependent on the State Department and U.S. government G-NGOs for their sustenance in Eastern Europe are 'awake' to the fact that Europe is occupied by the U.S. government if not military, from the Atlantic all the way to the Russian borders with Poland and Ukraine. Even countries like Bulgaria or Greece whose publics have been traditionally pro-Russian find their governments having to do Washington's bidding for the most part, when push comes to shove. Sofia rejected the Southstream pipeline, thereby leading Russia down the fruitless path of trying to negotiate Turkstream with a neo-Ottoman, ultimately hostile regime in Ankara.
The Greeks made noises about taking loans from the Russians and Chinese in the spring, only to knuckle under to the Germans and their other creditors. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tough talk in tweets to his Turkish PM counterpart followed by deleting the tweets proved to be an apt metaphor for Tsipras reign: all talk about standing up for Hellenic interests, but no real action. The desire to break free from Washington's diktats and turn East is clearly there among not only millions of Europeans but also some portion of the Continent's economic elites. But as retired SVR Lt. Gen. Leonid Reshetnikov freely admitted to the Russian press earlier this year, the punishments Washington can hand down in the form of sanctions if not threats of physical violence remain too great for a clean break. Instead, progress in detaching 'old Europe' led by France and Germany from Washington's shackles will be slow, and at times halting. Negotiations for integrating Europe's recessed if not depressed economies with Eurasia will continue behind the scenes until Washington reaches a critical point where its 'allies' especially according to 'W the Intelligence Insider' France and Germany can join the Eurasian camp openly.
In the meantime, king dollar continues to rise against the weakened euro, while China only asserts itself financially through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and introduction of the yuan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) currency basket. But bold Chinese strokes to directly challenge Washington politically on what the Americans traditionally consider to be 'their' turf remain hypothetical at this time. As Balkan observers like Belgrade-based Joaquin Flores point out, the U.S. continues to stir the pot in the Balkans through hints of a greater Albania terror campaign to disrupt the New Silk Road railways and Southstream projects through southeastern Europe, threatening both Chinese and Russian ambitions in the region. As part of that strategy, the U.S. turns a blind eye to Turkey's ruling Law and Justice Party (AKP) under sultan Erdoğan openly threatening to intervene on behalf of its Muslim co-religionists and former Ottomans should another Serbian-Albanian war erupt.
How Playing the Turkish Card Against Russia and Iran in the Mideast Hurts Damages U.S. Credibility with Nationalistic Europeans -- Only Idiots and NATO/Kiev Fanatics Believe the Turkish Government's Denials of Trading with ISIS
Pro-NATO media, funded by the EU like the wildly anti-Russian EUvsDisinfo project side with Turkey, dismiss widespread reporting beyond Russian state-funded media (including the UK Guardian and anti-Putin Washington Times) about Turkish complicity with ISIS as Kremlin propaganda. The fact that EUvsDisinfo and CIA propaganda outlet Business Insiderignored Donald Trump and retired U.S. generals claims against the Turks in the SU-24 shootdown and about selling ISIS oil is quite revealing. Having retired high ranking U.S. military commanders with no love for Russia spoiling their Narrative of 'Kremlin propaganda maligning innocent Turkey as a terror sponsor' would not do. NATO/Kiev propagandists instead try to flip reality on its head and insist its Russia and not the U.S. that has been fighting a phony war against the Islamic State in Syria, while Assad buying the oil ISIS and the Turks stole from his country through intermediaries is equated with a NATO member state's massive and illegal trade in Daesh crude.
Unfortunately for NATO/EU(SSR) propagandists in the Baltic states and Kiev, a growing number of Europeans see through these smokescreens and believe what Czech President Milos Zeman said this week: Ankara aids and abets the Islamic State. And by extension, Zeman was accusing Washington of turning a blind eye to the ISIS supporting activities of its NATO ally Turkey. Once again, as with the massive refugee influx supposedly creating support for a U.S.-led intervention in Syria (now scuttled by Russia's moves), the Muslim card, played so successfully in the twilight of the Cold War in the 1980s, is going to backfire on Washington. That's in part because Russian propaganda, unlike NATO's, isn't stuck with whitewashing Erdoğan's in your face Islamism or brutal suppression of Kurds. Washington's propaganda machine, in trying to cheer on the Turks' occupation of northern Iraq nominally to 'train Kurds to fight ISIS' also runs aground on the shoals of reality, namely that any person with a brain notices that ISIS isn't attacking the Turkish soldiers just a dozen or so miles from Daesh's stronghold of Mosul. ISIS is apparently unconcerned about the Turks supposedly training Kurds to kill them within easy howitzer range of its largest city, or with Turkey establishing an air base that is supposedly going to be used to bomb them. But sure @EUvsDisinfo, Turkey is really fighting ISIS and not just Kurds and wouldn't dream of dealing in Daesh crude oil...
Meanwhile, revelations from the recovered black box of the downed SU-24 are also likely to bolster Moscow's narrative that the Turks and their apologists in the US/NATO lied about the Russian jet having defied ten warnings from Turkish ground control -- the 'guard frequency' recordings released to a credulous press corps likely being fakes produced after the fact. But the biggest problem Washington's playing of the Turkish card poses for NATO is that millions of Europeans don't trust Turks or Muslims, and don't want Turkey in the EU.
Not everyone in Catholic Europe has forgotten the Polish king Jan Sobieski's epic calvalry charge to rout the Turks in 1683...
As it turns out, the span of history where Turkey was allied to 'the West' against Russia either in the Crimean War or the first Cold War is overshadowed in the increasingly identitarian 21st century by centuries of bloody European wars with the Muslim Turks, from Lepanto to the great cavalry charge outside Vienna in 1683. Even Polish nationalists who loathe Russia or would welcome American nuclear weapons on Polish soil aren't going to accept an influx of Muslims or Turkish membership in the EU as the price of U.S. 'protection'. They will instead hold noisy if not violent protests to reject these moves just as they reject the Washington-supported Kiev regime's glorification of WWII era Banderite mass murderers of Poles. And even Europeans who know nothing about centuries of bloody wars to roll back the Ottoman Empire know that Erdogan effectively blackmailed the EU for 3 billion euros to slightly shut the floodgates of humanity that the Turks cynically opened this summer.
European nationalists will not forget nor forgive Turkey's complicity in the mass exodus of Muslims into Europe...
Italy Bucks the Empire -- At Least Temporarily -- PM Renzi Says 'we can trust Putin' to Fight ISIS
Next week Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be visiting Italy to meet with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and President Sergio Mattarella. It's a safe bet getting Moscow to ease its ban on Italian food imports to Russia this winter will be on the Italians' agenda, particularly now that the Russians are cracking down on Turkish produce. As Vladimir Putin recently said, there is much more at stake in Russia-Turkish trade than tomatoes but Italy, Greece, and Spain would love to join suppliers like Israel in filling the void in Russian markets left by the absence of Turkey's produce. The Italian government's desire to make at least some token moves in favor of Moscow are likely motivated by Italy's lost hundreds of millions in annual agri-business and billions in luxury goods and tourism turnover with the Russians.
As a front line state inundated by 'refugees' both real and economic flooding into Europe and seeking to reach the generous welfare states of Germany, Austria or Sweden, Italy also has security interests that only Russia and its Iranian ally can address in Syria. The Italians at the highest levels of their government understand that Washington was never serious about fighting Daesh, and if Syrian refugees are ever to return home, ISIS must be decisively defeated. If Syria is ever to be stabilized and start reconstructing, the ISIS-like jihadists of Al-Nusra and Ahrar-Al-Sham that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have labeled as 'moderate rebels' must be routed.
Naturally, U.S. taxpayer funded propaganda outlet Radio Free Europe/Liberty was unhappy about the Italians holding up what the State Department expected to be a rubber stamping of European Union sanctions against Russia and their extension by another six months through next summer. But even RFE/RL had to admit that behind the Italians dragging their feet in resistance to the Empire's diktat stood other European players, eager to restore business as usual with Moscow:
It was supposed to be a done deal: European Union envoys had been expected to approve a six-month extension of sanctions against Russia over its interference in Ukraine, as agreed by EU leaders last month.
But the Italian ambassador upended that plan at a meeting on December 9, telling the others that Rome wanted more debate on the matter.
A high-ranking EU diplomat told RFE/RL that EU ambassadors would not discuss the sanctions at their December 10 meeting. That means the issue is unlikely to be resolved this week, dragging the discussion closer to an EU summit on December 17-18, the holiday recess, and the January 31 deadline for a final agreement to prolong the sanctions through July 31, 2016.
So far only Rome has spoken out, but diplomats suspect countries such as Hungary, Austria, Greece, and Cyprus may be in the same camp. [emphasis added by JWS]
What RFE/RL couldn't add to this accounting of economic grievances against Washington's will imposed on the EU are the security factors that have also made the likes of (City of) London Mayor Boris Johnson call for an alliance with 'the tyrants' Putin and Assad against ISIS. Namely that Washington has massively destabilized not one but two countries on Italy's Mediterranean periphery over the last five years, with Libya still a mess and NATO offering little help to Italian authorities in coping with the massive refugee influx this summer. In fact, the number of crossings which now includes 'refugees' from Mali where French and U.S. troops have intervened in recent months has only slightly abated with the coming of winter in the Med and Adriatic seas. Given these facts as well as the depressed state of the Italian economy, it would be more surprising if the Italians simply accepted Washington's anti-Russian and destabilization policies rather than sought to quietly come to some understandings with Moscow.