The EU has condemned a move to ban the Islamic-conservative Justice and Development Party (or AKP). In the meantime, the political elite does not seem to find the UN’s call to ban the Flemish nationalist party Vlaams Belang (or The Flemish Interest) nearly as objectionable.
After a Turkey state prosecutor has asked to ban the AKP, led by the current prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (who has recently called upon Turks living in Europe not to assimilate into their host countries’ cultures), the European Union’s commissioner in charge of EU enlargement, Olli Rehn (of the Finnish centre party, Suomen Keskusta), declared that:
“In a normal European democracy, political issues are debated in parliament and decided in the ballot box, not in the court room.”
Rehn seems to have overlooked the court-ordered ban of the Flemish patriotic party Flemish Block (Vlaams Blok) in late 2004 and the call of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) made only last week, to ban its successor Vlaams Belang (in Dutch).
Somehow, according to the more and more overtly anti-Western institutions EU and UN, patriotic Western parties, like Vlaams Belang, are not entitled to the same rights that radical Islamist parties, like the Turkish AKP, are. Clearly, the separation of powers (as theorized by Montesquieu and, on paper, adapted by pretty much all of the Western civilized world) only applies in those cases the left feels fit. Shockingly, the mainstream media fail to see the only possible conclusion: the left are willing to fight for the preservation of radical Islamist parties in Turkey, while they applaud banning Western patriotic parties.
This all stinks, and to know that the European Union’s commissioner in charge of EU enlargement is Olli Rehn, a fellow Finn, makes it even all the more galling. *L* KGS