I am in full agreement with Baron Bodissey from the Gates of Vienna, we need to get past this issue of the Vlaams Belang, and set our sights on the Counter-Jihad. The Baron:
“You don’t want to read this post. No, really: I mean it. I’m as sick of all this crap as you are. I wish it were over, but we’re not quite done. You don’t want to read this, and I don’t want to write it. But I have to anyway. It’s a nasty job, but somebody has to do it. I’m the Boy Scout who drew latrine duty today. Time to roll up my sleeves, hold my nose, grab a mop, and get down to it.
We did one potato, two potato, three potato, four, and the potato stopped at me. I’m it. An unfair and baseless smear job has been mounted against Gates of Vienna, Vlaams Belang, the Center for Vigilant Freedom, and Counterjihad Brussels 2007. The allegations must not be allowed to stand.
Baron Bodissey goes on further to say: “As I mentioned previously, when accusations like this are not refuted, the smear itself becomes the public record on the issue.”
ProFlandria head of the Flemish team reports:
Having placed the Celtic Cross phenomenon in its
proper context with respect to the Flemish movement, the second — and in my opinion, much easier — issue is that of the cartoon rat that is variously shown in Flemish nationalist publications and websites.
The rat wears a Celtic Cross/Odin’s Cross, which is probably why it raises so much fear of “neo-Nazis”. If we consider the cross issue as properly adjudicated, the remaining cartoon animal does not appear to be much of an issue. The only remaining factors in play are the rat, and the contents of any material it appears to be associated with. One of the “offending” organizations that uses the rat/Celtic Cross motif is Westland. Their website helpfully provides an explanation of the symbolic significance of black rat so we don’t have to resort to mind-reading:
Read it all here and draw your own conclusions. For me, it’s a settled matter, the Vlaams Belang has been smeared, tarred and feathered due to a gross ignorance of cultural symbols and local history.
I won’t tolerate any more smearing of the VB, by people who refuse to crawl out of the pit they dug for themselves. This is a finished issue. Thanks to the Baron and those who helped him compile all the evidence needed to refute the baseless charges. *L* KGS