The following article “Little Green Footballs has been infiltrated” is translated from a Dutch Christmas Day article in Het Vrije Volk. I noticed that Charles Johnson had already ran a Google translation of the same article, and since the quality of the translation is very poor, I thought that I’d publish a much better version of it here.
Charles Johnson has subsequently belittled both the message of the article, as well as the author who wrote it. While the blogger Bottehond does not directly address the many claims leveled against the Vlaams Belang by LGF and Øyvind Strømmen, he does however raise some valid questions about CJ’s main source of information. We only have Mr.Strømmen’s assurances that he has little contact with Marc Spruyt, the founder of Blokwatch, a leftist site dedicated to the painting of the Vlaams Belang as fascists.
Both Johnson and Strømmen use cynical humour to discourage others from taking Bottehond’s findings seriously, and why not, it’s an effective tool. Making one’s faultfinder into a fool is a handy way to discredit his message, but it doesn’t bring the reader any closer to discovering the truth. Has LGF been infiltrated? Given that the man in question, Øyvind Strømmen, has also labeled the late Oriana Fallaci as having “contributed to the mythos of Eurofascism, should serve as a warning signal in the shape of a very large red flag.
The full good translation of the article can be viewed here. *L* KGS
“For some weeks a controversy rages between the counter-jihadis of Litte Green Footballs and a number of Islam-critical topbloggers. Your reporter went into the battle zone of this controversy to discover a sinister plot, and the explanation why this matter went completely out of control. On first glance the issue seems to be whether or not some European parties are fascist or not, notably Vlaams Belang and Sverigedemokraterna. Both parties sent representatives to the anti-Islam conference in Brussels, where nearly all relevant players were present. This hurt LGF’s feelings, who in the meanwhile was being tipped off by Swedish anti-fascists. But further investigation proved there is more going on. The debate went completely out of control: old alliances and long lasting friendships might very well be permanently damaged. How did this come to be?”
Update: One of the more noteworthy comments thus far:
LGF hasn’t been infiltrated by anybody. Charles has chosen to embrace a Norwegian Marxist because it suits his purposes, and he needs someone to back his assertion that all the anti-jihad and anti-immigration parties of Europe are closet Nazis.
How is it infiltration if the owner of the blog has frequent open registration, sides with absolute loons like ‘American Infidel’ over posters with vastly more life experience and more intelligently crafted points of view to share, and is so sensitive that any criticism of him, or even appearance on blogs where some other posters are critical, results in bannings?
LGF wasn’t infiltrated. For a while the shocked reaction of the owner to the terrorist murders in New York City complemented the experience and patriotic opinions of the majority of his posters, than, after a while, his original liberal views starting coming back to the fore, aided perhaps by a desire for greater acceptance, and an ego inflated by constant stroking from a sub-set of LGF posters that didn’t have a life away from the internet.
No Norwegian uber-lib snuck up on Charles. He embraced the Norwegian uber-lib because it suited him, and fed his ‘righteous anger’ that bloggers that became popular through his blog like Fjordman and Pam ‘Atlas’ Geller would disagree with him on any substantial issue.
Ouch! *L* KGS