How appropriate is the title of the book Charles P. Pierce wrote. He called it, Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free. One would not need to scout to find evidence of American stupidity; they are everywhere. And the latest is what the American media giant, The New York Times, wrote earlier this month on Ukrainian uprising. It said, "The United States and the European Union have embraced the revolution here as another flowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space."
Steven Erlanger, the reporter, had evidently put his brain somewhere way below his waistline in describing the Ukrainian uprising as flowering of democracy. Whatever happened and is happening in Ukraine isn't either a revolution or flowering of democracy. It was and is a vile coup d'Etat sponsored by the United States, European Union and Nato which encouraged a dangerous resurrection of extreme or ultra right-wing narratives — pithily, the neo-Nazis.
By investing over five billion US dollars the United States, European Union and Nato have brought back the ghost of Hitler to haunt Europe. The neo-Nazis, who have been lurking in the shadows till recently, are now out in the open emerging all of a sudden like termites from woodwork.
Two years ago I had expressed my fears and predicted the rise of neo-Nazis soon after two European elections — in France and Greece. Results of the two elections underscored the rise of far or extreme right polity all over in Europe heightening the threat of ideological contamination of politics and polluting the social mosaic of the continent.
These neo-Fascists were then still far away from holding power but that hardly offered any consolation. I was spot on in my prediction but, I admit, I was wrong in calculating the pace of their growth. In just about two years since then the neo-Nazis are now in power — today in Ukraine and tomorrow they may be either in France or Greece or Norway or Finland or Netherlands or Hungary or Italy or Denmark or Austria.
In each of these countries these vile forces are gaining in strength. In Europe today the neo-Nazis have not just grown rapidly but are threatening to go viral. This dangerous growth has put democracy in Europe in peril. There are some who may find consolation in the fact that none of these rapidly growing parties has yet succeeded in forging a meaningful alliance with any of the others across national borders. But in view of a rapidly growing nationalistic obsession in the continent I wonder how long will the national borders hold on as barriers if the fire eventually breaks.
Growth of fascism and resurrection of Nazi philosophy in Europe today is telltale. Nicolas Lebourg, an authority on the far-right at the University of Perpignan, feels: "Europe is a dry prairie waiting for someone to light a match." A worried editorial in The Guardian had then surmised that as Brussels or Berlin will continue to lose sight of that simple fact, voters will reach for simpler and uglier solutions. The leader of Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn), Nikos Michaloliakos, who introduced himself to Athens city council with a Nazi salute, has lately made the trend more than clear saying "the nation comes first, democracy after".
The movement in Ukraine wasn't a revolution by any means neither did it epitomise flowering of democracy. And I would never ever agree with the Western media which has been more than naïve in describing the Ukrainian movement as "a confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy." The pro-EU movement in Ukraine was actually a tactic adopted by the neo-Nazi parties to break ties with Russia. Integration with EU was and is still nowhere on their agenda.
Highly revered British daily, The Guardian, sought to show us the real picture. Seumas Milne's report said, "You'd never know from most of the reporting (of most Western media) that far-right nationalists and fascists have been at the heart of the protests and attacks on government buildings. The most prominent of the groups has been the ultra-right wing Svoboda or 'Freedom' Party."
Svoboda, who hijacked a popular movement against corruption and crony economy, has its roots "lie in World War II, when Ukrainian nationalists and Nazis found common ground in the ideology of anti-communism and anti-Semitism." This fourth biggest party in Ukraine isn't by any means what BBC so stupidly described as new generation politicians. Therefore, by putting hopes in them Britain along with the United States, Germany and others facilitated resurgence of the neo-Nazis.
What shudders the world today is not Russia's move to annex Crimea but the manner in which the United States and Europe and Nato have legitimised fascism and Nazism. In their blind mission to weaken Russia they have set a vile contagion going. Europe will soon be contaminated. And if this happens none of those who have played their roles in the resurrection of neo-Nazis will be spared.
Growth of Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front in France, extreme-right Golden Dawn party in Greece, Dutch nationalist Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders in Netherlands will now find new impetus from Svoboda's emergence into prominence and power.
Europe, especially Germany, France and Britain, in their bids to teach Russia a lesson for its continued support for Bashar Al Assad, have created their own nemesis. By dancing to the US tunes they have let Frankenstein loose.
The author is the Opinion Editor of Times of Oman.