Cal Thomas whitewashes Le Pen
Le Pen, who has been called a fascist, racist, xenophobe and other things that cannot be printed here, says, "We are currently subsidizing everybody, including the illegals. It is costing us the equivalent of $500 billion annually."But Thomas, the reason Le Pen's been called those things is because of something else that you haven't even mentioned here: Le Pen's anti-Semitism. It's fairly well known that Le Pen is a Jew-basher, and this blog here provides some beginning detail from Slate magazine to what he's like:
If the government doesn't deal with the root causes of the riots, the next presidential election risks being a repeat of 2002, when far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen—who has called the Holocaust a "detail of history" and says that France is in danger of being "submerged" by immigrants—won an unprecedented 20 percent of the vote.In other words, what Le Pen was saying is that the Holocaust is not important. Is this the kind of person whom Thomas considers worthy of being leader of France?
Here's another something from Haaretz:
An encounter with Le Pen can be a bit of a culture shock. The man is blessed with a rare, intoxicating charisma. Not for nothing did one Jewish political activist in Paris tell me that, if it weren't for the anti-Semitic overtones, he might well have been persuaded by Le Pen and ended up casting his vote for the man. He looks different from up close. His features are softer. His eyes (including the artificial one) are bright. He is wearing a black suit and a blue and gray striped tie, with a matching handkerchief in his jacket pocket. He continuously breaks into raucous laughter that all the other people in the room find infectious.Yes, it's possible. Le Pen can certainly be clever, I'll grant him that much. Which is exactly why he's dangerous.
These days, Le Pen is trying to portray himself as more moderate in an effort to distance himself from the scandals of the past. He is still an avowed opponent of immigration. He still holds extreme nationalist, Euro-phobic and anti-American views, but he is careful to avoid saying anything that could get him pinned once again with the anti-Semitic label and tie him to the current wave of attacks in France. He watches the anti-Semitic events from afar and agrees with the consensus that says they are an import of the conflict in the Middle East.
"There has definitely been a rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic acts in the past year and a half," he says. "Curses and graffiti have given way to attacks and incitement. It's all an outgrowth of what's happening in the Middle East now. The height of the flames depends on how the conflict develops, on the parties' readiness to reach a compromise."
It is very comfortable for Le Pen to observe all the anti-Semitic incidents from the sidelines, explains Jean Daniel, editor of the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur. He no longer needs to sully himself. The "Arabs" are doing the job for him, say other analysts. They are "the real anti-Semites" and, at the same time, they are earning the public's hatred. Moreover, says the analysts, Le Pen is killing two birds with one stone: He believes the Muslim immigrants are "a grave phenomenon," perhaps the biggest problem facing France at the start of the 21st century. "There is a general problem of gangs that live in the suburbs of the big cities. They are using the events [in the Middle East] as ideological cover for their actions," he says.
Now, here, from the European Jewish Press, is an article on a lawsuit filed against Le Pen for the gas chamber statements he made back in the mid-1980s (and here's something from Opinion Journal as well). Need I continue? What that awful man did back then was throughly inexcusable, and, a few years ago, he went to visit Saddam in Iraq, and is certainly quite a fan of his, which puts his low opinion of the Islamofascists under a question mark. Mainly because, let's say that dictators like Saddam objected to deporting a lot of the Islamofascists littering up the country. Would Le Pen really want to alienate his best friends in the Arab League? Somehow, I doubt it.
That aside, his opinion of Arab/Muslim women is also offensive. Four years ago, he told the UK Guardian that the Islamic veil "protects us from ugly women." Pardon? Did it not occur to him that not only are not all women under that veil "ugly" as he calls them, but that quite a few of them are indeed miserable about the oppression they suffer by being put beneath it too? Clearly, Le Pen knows no shame. Instead of helping Arab/Muslim women, he's only hurting them even more. Whatever their physical looks, do they deserve to have to suffer under a garment that provides them with very little sunlight? No way.
(In fact, where was Le Pen during that train ride of terror between Nice and Lyon a few weeks ago? If he had any condemnation to make, I have yet to hear it.)
So it comes as an absolute shock for me that Thomas is going around whitewashing a man with a most vicious record as Le Pen's. Cal should be ashamed of himself.
It's also utterly hilarious that Thomas should be going around shilling for a man who's already getting close to eighty years old, and thus, is already reaching past the point of being qualified for a job that works best when you're young and in really good health. What in all due honesty is Thomas trying to prove by promoting him? Sorry, Cal, but that's crossing a line, and for that, you owe more than a considerable amount of people an apology.