Belgiums grief

Belgium. Ach, Belgium. The only artificial state within the European continent that hasn't collapsed (yet). As it is, the history of Belgium, since it came into being as a sperate state in 1831, provides both sides of the issue with ammunition for or against the EU as a European superstate. From The Dark Roots of the EU at Brussels Journal:
As Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt recently said: “Belgium is the laboratory of European unification. Foreign politicians watch our country with particular interest because it can teach them something about the feasibility of the European project.”
And not only that. It is safe to say that Belgian politics and morals are first and foremost in Europe when it comes to post-modern vacuousness. In a longish piece on artificial and constructed states (which I highly recommend taking out some time for), again at Brussels Journal, we read (1):
In March 1998; a group of Belgian artists and intellectuals wrote in an Open Letter that they cherish the Belgian flag “because the latter does not represent anything,” and that Belgium, precisely because it has no national identity, is “an antidote against Nationalism” much needed by the post-modern world. Ironically, these intellectuals refer to two historical examples for the future post-national (or rather non-national) European state: Belgium and the former Austria-Hungary, “that old heimat that perished as the result of nationalist subversion and was, with the exception of Masaryk’s Czechoslovakia, replaced by nothing but filthy republics.”

According to the Belgian historian Louis Vos, “a non-ideological postmodernism has become the predominant fashion in intellectual life, more eager to deconstruct the national identity than to make a contribution to it. Some go so far as to deny that the ‘invented’ concept of national identity and community refers to anything real.” Indeed, attempts are now being made to transform Belgium into a non-national state, in the hope that this will be less artificial and its new common Belgian culture of nothingness will provide a better “civic glue,” not just for Belgium but also for the “Greater-Belgium” that Europe is supposed to become.
Thus, if we want to look what the EU might have in store for us, we only need to look at Belgium.

And it is not exactly pretty to watch. In fact, it is so bad, that one of Belgiums most well known (some would say: most infamous) politicians is contemplating seeking political asylum in the Netherlands.
AMSTERDAM – "If I lose my political rights in Belgium, I will seek political asylum in the Netherlands if necessary," Philip Dewinter, leader of ultra-nationalist, anti-immigration party Vlaams Belang, said on Monday in a Belgian newspaper.

The Belgian Parliament will debate a bill on Wednesday that would automatically remove politicians from their function if convicted of racism. Only a judge can now revoke someones civil liberties.

"If this law is passed I may become its first victim," Dewinter said.

Dewinter was referring to a case brought against him by the Council of State after a comment in American magazine Jewish Week. When asked why Antwerp's Jews should vote for a xenophobic party he said: "We have no hate whatsoever for foreigners, but if it must be called a phobia, rather Islamophobia. Yes, I do fear Islam."

If the politician is silenced in Belgium, he will come to the Netherlands, he said. There is more freedom of expression here.

He said on television programme Pauw en Witteman last night that he does not trust the independence of the courts in his home country. He said this matter had become highly politicised.

Dutch Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop reminded Dewinter on the programme last night that there would be no need for him to apply for asylum. As an EU citizen he can settle freely in the Netherlands.
Belgium was the first EU country that has actually, truly, unabashedly, legislated against thoughtcrime. Already back in 1993, Belgian Parliament approved an Act which
created the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism in 1993. A task of the Centre is to promote equality of opportunity and combat any form of distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, skin color, descent, origin or nationality. The Centre offers the possibility to internet users to complain about the racist content of web sites. These complaints are evaluated in a serious manner. Most cases are solved through giving information or through setting up a mediation process. Only in a small number of cases, the Center proceeds to legal action.
How deliciously Orwellian. And now Belgium will be the first western European nation, that isn't Germany, to enforce a Berufsverbot for politicians on the grounds of same. Also note that the 'first victim' will fall under the axe of Islamophobia.

This really shouldn't surprise us, since the EU declared islamophobia equal to antisemitism (2) some two years ago (the former, obviously, being prosecuted much more vigorously then the latter). But it is worrying to see that under the guise of racism any criticism of a viciously cruel and murderous ideology is criminalized. It legislates exactly against those people that are the best hope for making the general public aware of the dangers we're facing this side of the pond. EUrabia has just come a tiny but insidious step closer to becoming reality.

And the people snore on.

(with thanks to Fjordman for sending me the EN version of this item)

(1) To get the full picture of what I am merely hinting at here, I'd recommend reading both pieces linked to

(2) Here's the full text of that Warsaw Summit Declaration of May 17, 2005. The article of interest is Article 9.

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