More political incorrectness September 11, 2007Posted by dorigo in news, politics.
There are times when one gets tempted to put momentarily aside one’s moral beliefs. Times when witnessing the irony of fate and the chant of Thalia, the muse of satire, drive one to write very politically incorrect considerations. This is what it feels like today. I recently got flamed when I innocently added some colour to an otherwise dull report of a CERN seminar, but I did not imagine an uproar then. Somewhere in the back of my mind I expect some after this post, but I would be glad if for once I was allowed a private rant in public!
Mario Borghezio (left, in Bruxelles today) is an italian member of the european parliament and a leader of Lega Nord, a party which has always expressed separatist intent and proposals bordering into racism. I really hate the guy: he is an extremist and a xenophobic racist of the worst kind. I remember him entering train compartments where peoples of foreign ethnicities were sitting, to spray disinfectant on their seats. I also know he was convicted of beating a Moroccan child. The italian Wikipedia provides further details on the xenophobic actions of this repulsive individual, reminding us that he was also found guilty in 2000 of putting to fire the beds of homeless under a bridge in Torino.
Borghezio is thus not new to attention-seeking actions aimed at gathering political support from the extreme right. Today, though, it all went bad when he and some other anti-islam activists showed up in the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks to the US in rondpoint Robert Schuman, near the center of Brussels, despite the explicit veto of the major of the city. Their aim was to demand “Stop the islamization of Europe“. The happy congress included members of the dutch movement “no sharia here”, the belgian “vlaams belang” movement, the german “Pax Europa”. Groups that do not hide their xenophobic views and aims.
Europe, it appears, might not like to be islamized, but for sure for the most part it also does not tolerate the fascist activities of Borghezio and friends, nor their disregard of an explicit denial of the use of public space for his xenophobic show. I usually regret it when I see the police beating up somebody who is resisting arrest, because I usually repel violence, especially if it is the violence of the strong against the weak. But today I could not help rejoicing upon hearing Borghezio had finally had a rough time with the local policemen. Along with fifty other who resisted police orders, he was soundly beaten and arrested, although regrettably he was released soon thereafter.
Two things to note in the aftermath: the italian government could have omitted the complaints they issued through their ambassador. The request by Massimo D’Alema, our foreign affairs minister, looks overzealous and rather dumb. Second, Roberto Calderoli, another brilliant leader of Lega Nord, did not miss the chance to show his tact and diplomacy when he proclaimed that in Belgium nowadays it is easier to march in support of pedophilia than against islamism… Sometimes I wonder whether to be eligible in parliament with Lega Nord you have to pass a test showing an IQ below 80 (So much for political correctness today…)