The Sound and the Fury II
Being an entirely random depository of evidence, findings, musings, observations, questions, & notes from my study of Vlaams Belang.
This is the ugly part of journalism – raw notes and research, cut and pasted here. I wanted you to see some of the process and effort that goes on in the background to research things, it ain’t pretty, but you can see that it’s thorough and also multi-sourced. In other words the analysis and conclusions come to here are not just on a whim, or after looking at one thing. I am not posting the VB site things I’ve dug up, because that is already out in other articles at other sites. Enjoy.
Let’s start at the beginning – when the debate over Vlaams Belang first came up, I was one of their initial defenders, saying they were less fascist than the Swedish Democrats, but after more research at their sites to validate what I was saying, I came across a few things, this was among the first and it prompted an article in the series at Little Green Footballs. This is the banner that VB cartoonist, Fre, uses for his column on cartoons in the VB youth magazine.
Another example of how they indoctrinate youth:
Jonger Acktief (JA)
This site is now “independent” since the court ruling against Vlaams Blok, but it was the outlet for youth propaganda. Note however that they still have the latest Vlaams Belang stuff, and still sell Odin’s cross necklaces. The new VB stuff they have to get from somewhere and would assume they need permission to sell it.
If you dig around on the site you will see Voorpost flags and lebensrunes in some pics along with a flag. I”m still researching the flag. (White background, Black Cross, Red Dragon over all.)
[*Note that the grave marker on the left bar at the site above is from Ijzer, (Yser river) near Diksmuide, it commemorates World War 1 and the Flemish who died in the fields there, and is a historic marker important to all Flemish people. It's in memory of the lost generation, the horrific trench warfare that disillusioned all towards war, and the battles commemorated by the poem "In Flanders Fields." There's not a darned thing wrong with it, please do not get it confused with the white power sign as it's completely different. The difference is the shape of the arms, and the width of the base as it follows the traditional religious Celtic Cross cross use. In the banner above you can see the Odin cross variety typically used to designate white power or "Identity purists. This is the banner of stormfront. The cross in the banner is outlawed in nearby Germany, the stylized Celtic cross with widening arms as seen on graves clearly is not.]
Kaffir – Kuffar?
Just a reminder : Kaffir was used extensively in Apartheid South Africa, it dates far back and might be borrowed from the Muslim denigration for non-believers: “Kuffar.”
Vlaams Belang group is still linked into the Flemish and Dutch supremacist fronts via voorpost and Ijzerwake activities. There are usually solidarity speeches with White South Africa, or the Afrikaaners at every Zangerfeest and Ijzerwake, at Voorpost this poster is a permanent fixture of the wall, as you can see they’ve run electric conduit over the top:
“Flemish Solidarity with White South Africa”
Here’s the full picture of Filip DeMan from VB speaking about his latest book at voorpost, click on it, pull it down, blow it up. You will see posters for a tribal nationalist group in Tibet (commendable,) a Mexican Neo Nazi group with Anti-semite publications (Tecos/ Replica,) a poster for the youth group JN, sponsored group of the German Neo-Nazi group NPD, A poster for Bobby ParksSands/IRA, as well as a poster showing their aim: a map of Flanders joined with the netherlands and part of France. Wonder what Sarkozy thinks of that? Voorpost and NSV have also displayed solidarity with most tribal nationalist groups in Europe (excepting the far-left anarchist skinheads) the separatists in Quebec, the American Indian Movement, Stormfront, Scottish Nationalist Party, Welsh separatists, ETA, Catalonian Separatists, well, the list goes on and on.
In this video you see the NSV demonstrating, marching, demonstrating, marching. You see a Celtic cross tee-shirt, the meeting hosted at the Voorpost hall (same posters as above on wall behind them, with SNP added.) You see them carrying wreaths, probably for the Ijzerwake or other commemorations for collaborators.
Hitlergroet (Hitler Greeting)
Jette – In de Jetse gemeenteraad bracht Maria De Berlanger van het Vlaams Belang een Hitlergroet. Dat deed ze tijdens haar eedaflegging.
Zaterdag werd de gemeenteraad van Jette officieel ingezworen. Dat gebeurde met de eedaflegging door alle gemeenteraadsleden en schepenen.
De eed wordt afgelegd door de rechterhand op te steken en de traditionele woorden uit te spreken. Maar Maria De Berlanger van het Vlaams Belang verkoos om hulde te brengen aan Hitler, in plaats van trouw te zweren aan de grondwet, de wetten van het Belgische volk en de koning.
The Video Link in case you think it’s a case of just catching her at an inoportune moment while stretching or something. You can clearly see the other members sworn into office with bent arm, palm forward at the side of their body. Maria choose to be sworn in October before last using the traditional “Heil Hitler Salute”. Maria is also the secretary for Vlaams Belang Jongeren, would you want your children in a group she was associated with?
Filip Dewinter gave the same salute once while being sworn into parliament ’91 or ’92 I believe) – unlike Maria, he didn’t face a potential 3 month sentence as Members of Parliament are immune to prosecution while in office. He explained it away as “just the old Roman salute.”
I am Vlaams-nationalist and heel-Nederlander, because I do not consider the vlamingen as a people in itself, but as a component of the Dutch people. I am paleoconservatief and I consider it homohuwelijk (“gay-marriage”), total banishing religion from “practical” life, failure and euthanasia niét as a “realisation” of our Western society.
I consider Islam as a serious threat, but I consider liberalism, as an alternative on socialism, such as the most serious threat. I consider people as Charles Johnson as more dangerously for the west then people such as Osama Bin Laden. I consider nationaal-socialisten just like Communists just like left and wish with make both nothing to have. I have Christians as a heiden respect for reality. I do not see myself living as a beginning and end of everything, as individual therefore, but as component of the circle. I find that a honourable position. And I am gladly this text for you to have written.
Bjorn Roose is with Vlaams Belang, and considers Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs more dangerous to the western world than Osama Bin Laden. Of course in Bjorn’s world there’s not room for Black schools. He also served up linked to Prussian Blue videos from his site at one point until the newspaper De Morgen noted it – then this and many other things that subsequently got edited out of his blog.
Bjorn is not just anyone in the party, he is a member colleague of the Association of Vlaams Belang Mandatarissen (VVBM,) the group responsible for the party’s written platform, propaganda, and ideals. [Editor: I had read this a couple of places -- this could be a machine translation issue, or it could just require more research, looking into it for clarification, right now I will strike it until I have it verified.]
From the VVBM site, I went to the source:
The Association of Flemish-Belangmandatarissen the service of the Vlaams Belang, which specifically deals with the assistance of representatives of the Flemish Interest in the exercise of their mandate.
Through a steady evolution in the needs of our representatives, not least by the huge increase in their numbers since the last municipal and provincieraadsverkiezingen, winning contracts such as the organization of training, answering inquiries and the development of permanent access to databases interest. The creation of this website is part therein. We hope that our representatives also along this road can be of service.
So from this I get the idea that VVBM are like staffers to elected officials. Someone correct me here if I am wrong, one of the articles I read talked about something one of the VVBM had written, which staffers or secretaries sometimes do. So Bjorn is a secretary?
Past Publications and Propaganda from St Maartensfonds and VMO:
Berkenkruis (St. M) Alarm (VMO)
Alarm stopped publishing long ago, Berkenkruis last year.
There are hints at this past in current publications of VB, such as the Odin’s cross armband on the rat, other Fre cartoons such as the ones below, and the magazines covered already in LGF articles.
Fre cartoon of Serena Williams next to an anti-immigrant cartoon captioned “all cleared as a private militia” probably to contrast the trials of 109 VMO members:
Jews of Antwwerp as Allies: (there’s even a famous picture of Dewinter shaking a Jew’s hand, need to find that link again. Update: A commenter dropped off the link for this, so thanks.)
de winter, 2005 in an interview with jewish week:
“In our view, Judaism and Islam are absolutely not two of the same kind. On the contrary, they are foes. One has to choose sides. Which side are you on in the war on terror? The side of Western democracy and Western civilization, with its Judeo-Christian roots, or the side of radical Islam? The side of Great Britain, America and Israel, or the side of Iran, Sudan and the Taliban?”
Asked about those who say that Jews should not vote for a party that espouses xenophobia, Dewinter replied: “Xenophobia is not the word I would use. If it absolutely must be a ‘phobia,’ let it be ‘Islamophobia.’
“Yes, we’re afraid of Islam. The Islamization of Europe is a frightening thing. Even distinguished Jewish scholars as Bat Ye’or and Bernard Lewis warned of this. If this historical process continues, the Jews will be the first victims. Europe will become as dangerous for them as Egypt or Algeria. So, I return your question. Should Jews vote for a party that wants to stop the spread of Islam in Europe?”
Dewinter’s claim that he is Islamophobic prompted a multicultural youth organization and an anti-racism group in Belgium to lodge a criminal complaint against him late last month for inciting racial hatred. And the Council of State was asked to investigate whether Vlaams Belang should be deprived of public funding.
Marinower insisted that Jews who vote for Vlaams Belang are comparable to those who would vote for the Ku Klux Klan in America if it pledged to protect Jews. But Dewinter said that analogy doesn’t work because his party does not have a criminal record and has never written anti-Semitic texts.
“You may examine all our publications since the day our party was founded,” Dewinter said. “You won’t find any attacks against Jews or Judaism. On the contrary, very often we were the only political group defending Israel, both in publications and in parliament.”
[Editor: This is contestable - the NjSV used to print anti-semitic articles while he was president, the colors of the magazine were red, black, and white, and it also carried the standard Nazi symbols. Also where did all those "Don't buy from Jewish Shops" stickers in Dutch come from prior to 2000?]
Marinower said the discussion about the views of Dewinter and his party is healthy because “if, God forbid, he would get a majority next year and be the next mayor, no one in the Jewish community or others would ever be able to say you didn’t warn us.”
We know that in 1999- 2003 timeframe that Blok started making nice with the Jewish population. We know that the “don’t buy Jewish” stickers mostly dissappeared off Jewish shops in that timeframe. We know that Ijerbedevaart stopped letting the foreign vistors bring their white power and nazi flags in that timeframe, and we know that in the past couple years they won’t allow any flags but Flemish lions there. However the nazis still go to Diksmuide every year for the Iron Pilgrimage from most European countries, and some hold separate observances in slightly different locations (behind the Izertoren.) You can gild a turd, it smells the same.
Here’s Ijzerwake 2004, three short years ago. You can tell the voorpost guys providing security by their blue shirts and black armbands.
You can also see VanHecke & Dewinter standing by as VNJ lays flowers to commemorate Nazi collaborators like LeClerq and Irma La Plasse. (She turned in resistance movement members to the nazis after they captured her son, later her sentence was reduced to life, little effect since the sentence was death and carried out, LeClerq rounded up Flemish youth to fight with the Nazis on the Eastern front.)
So they have “national heroes” whom they cannot openly proclaim as such because they were tainted in the world’s eye by the evil outcomes of that ideology and strategy in the second world war. They have a catlogue of martyrs who are persecuted. So whether the slogan is “Eigen volk veerst!” (Our people first!!,) or the newer softer version; “Vlaams Kracht!” (“Flemish Power!”), the values, the goals, and the strategies remain the same for the hard-core leaders of the Vlaams Beweging (“Flemish Movement.”)
Interesting note on BBET, one of the more extreme Flemish splinters, they didn’t agree with the program in 2004 and split from the rest of the Voorpost aligned groups:
Machine translation, it missed translating “Jodenhaat” as “Jew-hate”:
Last week, the Belgian police raided dozens of houses and military barracks, it was the organization “Blood, Soil, Honor and Loyalty” (BBET) — and a large quantity of weapons were seized. The reason for the raids was the expectation that the group would create a suicide attack. BBET was originally the name of the sheet of Blood & Honor Flanders, but has doorgegroeid to an independent organization; one of the Flemish branches of the international Nazi movement Blood & Honor. There are also participants in the most extreme and the Jew-Hate fight of the group.
According BBET is “racism without jew-hate is similar to the face-painting of an AIDS patient. It seems all nice, but it solves nothing. ” ‘Jew’ would BBET equate to ‘a disease’. ‘ “The only healthy mental attitude to a jew is like a tapeworm – flush him down the toilet.”
So shortly after Vlaams Blok got changed to Vlaams Blok due to the court case, the word went out to the extreme groups in Flanders that it was ok to hate, just not to Jew-hate – some did not like that and split off. I find this interesting, and in need of research.
The lead in to the Brussells demonstration:
Link to Politics.be forum where they were organizing and publicizing the Brussells 9/11 demonstration. If you follow the discussion you can see that Nazi groups were bussing in from across Europe until it got canceled, and in the discussion you don’t see much sympathy for 9/11 – rather a discussion on how best to milk the demonstration, and what form of nationalism is best, illustrated with historic footage of hitler speeches and discussion of the turn Horst Mahler’s taken.
Random News analysis article:
Obviously, there’s a long way from fringe lunatic Horst Mahler to Filip Dewinter, one of the front figures of Vlaams Belang and a man who has solidly placed himself in Flemish politics. Dewinter does not talk of Mammonism or the «secular Yahweh cult», he does not spout anti-Semitism, and he definitely did not express any joy over the 11th September. But yet, when Adi Schwartz of the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz interviewed Dewinter last year, he found a large poster from the 1960s hanging in the office of the politician. The poster read «Europe, free yourself», and was signed by a number of nationalist parties in Europe, including the NPD and the neo-fascist Italian Socialist Movement. What could these parties possibly have in common?
The answer is that they’re all inflicted by a touch of madness. Sometimes it’s just a light touch, a cold breeze bringing its poisonous ideas with it. Sometimes it’s more. But regardless of how strong it is, it’s a touch of madness that goes right back to the anti-Semitic magazines a young man named Adolf Hitler probably read when he stayed in Vienna. That might sound like a cheap political trick; it isn’t. The roots of the far right are sometimes just to easy to track. Here’s from the 1997 annual report on racism and anti-semitism from the Stephen Roth Institute at Tel Aviv University:”Flemish nationalism of the 1930s, Flemish collaboration with Nazi Germany, and glorification of the Vlaanderen Division of the Waffen SS, are legacies embraced by the party [Vlaams belang]. One of the most fanatical defenders of these values is VB vice-president Roland Raes. Although in 1995 VB voted for the law prohibiting denial or minimization of the Holocaust, members of the VB are known as Holocaust deniers. The party’s theory of nationalism is based on the German volkisch conception. The term race flamande (Flemish race) is frequently used by VB ideologists.”Here’s the 2004 report:
“Since its success in the 1991 legislative elections, the Vlaams Blok (VB; now Vlaams Belang – see below), which has been part of the far right surge in Europe in recent years, along with France’s NF and Austria’s FPÖ, has moderated its tone considerably on matters related to the Jews and the Holocaust; nevertheless, it still retains ties with small neo-fascist and antisemitic groups, such as Voorpost and Were Di.”
Voorpost. Were Di. The paramilitary group Vlaamse Militanten Orde. The Francophone Belgian journalist Jean-Claude Defossé exposes them all in his TV documentary ‘La face cachée du Vlaams Blok’. Amongst the video footage he has dug up from archives is a scene from the German military graveyard in Lommel, where a group of Flemish nationalists have gathered, wanting to put down flowers on the graves of Flemish SS Soldiers. It’s 1988, and in the gathered group there are members of Voorpost and of the VMO, by then long-outlawed for being a «private militia», as well as Filip Dewinter, and Bert Eriksson, the leader of the VMO from 1971 on. To see the two of them together should not be a surprise, the connections between Eriksson and the Vlaams Blok (now Belang) are many. When Eriksson was convicted to a year of jail sentence because of his involvement with the VMO, Karel Dillen greeted him as «the great Flemish leader, who has been put in a Belgian jail for his Flemish national ideal» at the shortly following Vlaams Blok congress.
Of course this guy’s probably a commie or leftist, so nothing he says could remotely resemble truth according to the VB apologists.
Other things I am Still researching:
Newsarticle on St Maartensfonds – covers the outing of Johan Sauwens, also covers the transfer of St Maartensfonds activities to VNJ (Vlaams Nationaal Jeugdverbond — the kids in Lederhosen who march in the wreaths and play the anthems at Ijzerwake.)
Site with pictures of VB, note this is a leftist site, but pictures are pictures. They even have a good picture of VB supporting GWB and the war on terror.
1999 BBC article on Breendonk and collaborators
More on Breendonk [Editor: Pacifica is about as communist as you get in America -- distrust the analysis and opinion here, some of the facts are just that, facts.]
More to come in Part III, as well as a summary. There’s a lot here to really wrap your mind around, so please visit , take your time, follow the links and seek other evidence and contrary sources as well. In the end if you research well I suspect you will end up where I have.
There are signs that the apologist camp has declared unilateral truce, with that in mind I will hold on Part III of this series.
UPDATE II: Now working on the next installment, thanks for the inspiration Bjorn, you do good work for the party.
Gambini’s Translation of this Documentary will help tie this together for you:
As stated in the previous essay, there are many good people who are in VB, and I certainly don’t wish them harm — I just disagree heartily with their leadership.