Le Pen Votes For Russia
The Front National, for better or for worse, is reaching out to Russia. On the occasion of a vote in the European Parliament on whether or not Russia should be admitted to the WTO, Jean-Marie Le Pen expresses his conviction that Russia is completely different from the USSR. Here he explains to the president of the EU Parliament the reasons for his vote:
Russia is decidedly the only country in the world that never finds favor in your eyes, and whose imperatives, needs and sensitivities you hide systematically.
It is true that for almost fifty years the Soviet yoke was held tightly over half of Europe, in blood the tanks repressed aspirations of freedom, in Budapest in 1956, in Prague in 1968, in Poland, in the Baltic countries... But your reproaches, at the time, were so much more discrete! If indeed there were any!
In 1989 again, at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, how many European leaders cried out for a simple reform of Communism and the maintaining of the status quo? As if the bloodiest dictatorship of the 20th century and its 150 million deaths could ever be reformed!
But Russia is not the USSR.
It is a great country with whom we ought to be creating privileged relations. Because we have common interests and reciprocal benefits to gain from these relations.
But above all because Russia, unlike Turkey, is unquestionably part of the European geographic, cultural, spiritual and civilizational sphere.
Note: I do not know how the vote turned out. Some reports online indicate that Russia was pretty much sure to be admitted to the WTO this November, after the United States blocked its entry (at least that is Russia's accusation) in the wake of the conflict in Georgia and South Ossetia. Those interested can check this CNN report.
This is, in general, a topic I am not familiar with (particularly as concerns the connection between the EU and the WTO. I know that some countries have dual representation in both bodies.) But I found his comments on Russia interesting. He clearly does not want to side with the United States. Like so many French nationalists who cannot abide the United States he is turning to Russia as a substitute super power to ally with, thus finding himself in a position where the terrible history of the USSR must be treated as a closed chapter in human history. Maybe it IS closed, and maybe not. Do we know?
We do know that the defeat of a system and its structures does not imply the defeat of the particular psychology or mentality that created the system in the first place.
The most striking thing of all is his recognition that Communism could not be reformed. But he does not feel that way about Islam, and has said without hesitation that Islam is not incompatible with the French way of life.