A Declaration of War
This video with English subtitles has had an unexpectedly explosive success on the Internet, and has been translated into many languages. YouTube registers over sixty-five thousand views for the English subtitled version.
I received the French version four days ago from a French reader, and thought it was interesting, but frankly nothing new, since the Bloc Identitaire has been an active voice for the restoration of French identity, especially the regional identities, for many years. The Bloc Identitaire, with its branches all over France, as well as in other countries, represents the need for an historic identity, the attachment to the soil, to one's ancestors, and the refusal of the tyranny of centralized power in Paris. For this reason, as well as others, more personal perhaps, the Bloc rejected the Front National and its leader Jean-Marie Le Pen with his strong nationalism. When Marine Le Pen took over, the Bloc was very reticent at first, and for a while preferred to look elsewhere - namely the Socialist Party, of all things! - for a suitable candidate to endorse (They endorsed Arnaud Montebourg because of his anti-globalist stand). But the force of the truth was too strong and eventually when the presidential election came around they were, perhaps reluctantly, on the side of the FN.
The Bloc has always been anti-American, and for a while was openly anti-Israel, since in their view Israel is the vassal of the U.S.. They categorically reject "Atlantism" - the policy of accommodation with the U.S. Over time they toned down their antisemitic rhetoric, maybe because they realized it was detrimental to their cause. But you will still sometimes see Jews or those friendly to Jews referred to as "zionists", especially in the comments. The Bloc is Christian, but not oriented toward religious issues except when there is a major issue in the news, and they recognize the primordial role of the Church in the foundation of their country. They come across as toughies, ready for battle, what we might call "red-necks". They have in the past staged nighttime calls of the muezzin, so that the populations of various cities might know what life will sound like when Islam rules. Rather than connecting directly with the Front National, the Bloc has recently found an ally in the secular Riposte Laïque, another website I consult frequently. The Bloc Identitaire has a news agency called Novopress that I have used on countless occasions as a source of information and commentary.
As I said, this video did not blow me away at the time because the Bloc has made many impressive videos with ominous background music and striking unnerving images. But since it has been so overwhelmingly received, I concede I must have had been asleep when I first viewed it.
You can read more about it at Gates of Vienna and Lawrence Auster's VFR.
Note: The reference to Bernard Kouchner's "bag of rice" harks back to 1992 when the founder of Doctors Without Borders ostentatiously marched into war-torn Somalia with a bag of rice on his shoulder to help the starving people. We all know how that ended. Kouchner was always an interventionist, and displayed his "humanitarian" ideals theatrically.