Anti-Islamic immigration protesters that are part of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA) in Germany are being referred to by left-wing journalists as ‘pinstripe Nazis’ because of the way they dress and outwardly conduct themselves but this charge runs into a rather large snag in one simple respect. Nazis collaborated with the Muslims in World War II. Nazis and Muslims worked together to target the Jews specifically.
Yet, that is the very opposite of what PEGIDA is advocating. PEGIDA is protesting the Islamization of Germany. In fact, by definition, a natural consequence of opposing Islamization is a defense of Jews.
The group’s very logo shows a man throwing the ISIS and Nazi symbols into the trash:
There is a significant contrast in how PEGIDA’s movement is being reported. Here is an excerpt from International Business Times article:
Fifteen thousand people marched in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday (15 December) in protest against “asylum cheaters” and the rising “Islamisation” of the West.
Marking a 50% rise in attendance since the demonstration last Monday, the founder of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA), Lutz Bachmann, addressed the protestors saying: “The people are with us! Everywhere now, in every news rag, on every senseless talk show, they are debating, and the most important thing is: the politicians can no longer ignore us!
“We have shown by taking another ‘little stroll’, and by growing in numbers, that we’re on the right path, and that slowly, very slowly, something is beginning to change in this country.”
Fuelling the immigration debate, nationalists in eastern Germany are mocking the country’s failing immigration and asylum system and attacking the political class, reported Yahoo News.
One of the demonstrators, Michael Stuerzenberger, said that while he is not opposed to the asylum for refugees, “70 percent of people claiming political asylum here are economic refugees. We don’t want to stay silent about this anymore.
“We don’t want a flood of asylum seekers, we don’t want Islamisation. We want to keep our country with our values. Is that so terrible? Does that make us Nazis? Is it a crime to be a patriot?”
That reporting is far different from what is coming out of the left-wing Guardian:
Rightwing parties are on the rise across Europe. Should we worry? Such movements have come and mostly gone for decades. They draw strength from immigrant surges and economic woes. The Pegida rallies – Germany’s “pinstripe Nazis” – now drawing thousands of marchers to German cities, are specifically anti-Muslim. But are they different from similar movements in France, Sweden, the Netherlands or Britain?
Any expression of racial hatred from Germany is bound to be alarming, but every nation has its political fringe. That the rallies are well-dressed and called a “stroll” is neither here nor there. Comments made by participants might be arrestable offences in Britain, but the sentiments are familiar to fringe politics everywhere, and laws and arrests will never curb them.
In another Guardian article, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is identified as someone more sympathetic to the Islamic immigrants than to the concerns of PEGIDA:
Pegida’s growing presence has presented politicians with a dilemma over how to uncouple the strong neo-Nazi element believed to form the core of the protests from ordinary Germans with grievances against the government, who make up the bulk of the protesters.
Almost two-thirds of Germans, according to a poll for news magazine Spiegel by the TNS institute, believe that Angela Merkel’s government is not doing enough to address concerns about immigration and asylum seekers, and 34% think Germany is enduring a process of “Islamisation”.
The chancellor had earlier warned that a right to demonstrate did not extend to “rabble-rousing and defamation” against foreigners.
The irony is that by embracing the Islamization of Germany, it is Merkel who risks facilitating the furtherance of a Muslim Brotherhood agenda, which would be closer to Nazism than controlling that immigration. Perhaps it is she who should be careful relative to defamation.
In the macro, Nazism is rightly viewed as something that can never be reformed. Therefore, accusing individuals or groups of espousing that ideology is virtually always used as an attempt to demonize.
What of the Muslim Brotherhood? Can it be reformed? Apparently, despite the group’s alliance with Hitler and the Nazis, western leaders must believe it can be. Why does this not put western leaders in the same camp as those who believe Nazism can be reformed?
Hitler’s closest Arab ally was a man named Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. It wasn’t until WWII was over and Hitler was gone that al-Husseini was promoted to leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Why would the Brotherhood promote a Hitler ally after the war?
When it comes to PEGIDA, though provocateurs are known to infiltrate and exploit practically all movements, this is reminiscent of the demonization of the Tea Party in the U.S. by left-wing politicians, socialists and Muslim leaders who have compared that group to Nazis as well.
Yet, it’s Pelosi who has ingratiated herself with leaders of Muslim Brotherhood front groups: