|Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn met with Heinz-Christian Strache of the Freedom Party|
As you remember a few weeks ago Donald Trump picked Islamophobic, Russophile, conspiracy theory, whack job Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn to serve as his national security adviser.
As of last month the ol' Lt. General has another descriptor to ad to the shameful list before his name.
An alt-right Nazi sympathizer.
As it turns out Gen. Flynn earned this one when he met with Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party, which was founded after World War II by none other than actual Nazis.
And the only reason we know about the meeting, which was held at Trump Tower, was because Strache described it on his Facebook page!
“Internationally, the Freedom Party continues to gain in influence,”
I guess he feels that Donald Trump would be receptive to his groups objectives.
Daniel Serwer, a former state department official who’s now a professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, sounded the alarm bells on this meeting...
“This is not just any opposition party: It is one with Nazi sympathies. Nor is Flynn any national security adviser. He is a documented conspiracy propagator. His long-term strategy colleague, Steve Bannon, is an ethnic nationalist and anti-Semite. The president-elect is an anti-Muslim and anti-immigration bigot.”
There’s no doubt that Strache has a lot in common with Flynn, who has also warned of the dangers of Islam calling the religion a “malignant cancer” and retweeted and endorsed anti-Semitic postings.
And then there is the like minded Donald Trump who not only has called for a ban of all Muslims from visiting the U.S. but has used anti-Semitic tropes and received support from anti-Jewish groups during his campaign as well.
For a little more history on The Freedom Party’s it's first leader was Anton Reinthaller, who supported the Nazi party as early as 1928 and later served as a Nazi government official. Reinthaller was a member of the SS, the Nazi paramilitary organization-turned-secret police that executed much of the Holocaust.
Swanee Hunt, a former U.S. ambassador to Austria who served there in the 1990s says that the Freedom Party...
“had that strain that’s echoed here more in the alt-right. It’s building on this anti-foreigner and anti-Muslim sentiment that you see, frankly, all over.”
Sounds right up the Trump administration's ally.
Many hypothesize that we are seeing an effort to build an international coalition of anti-Muslim, anti-immigration ethnic nationalists who will undermine the liberal democratic order of the West, in particular its international norms regarding peace and security, its trade and investment rules, and its human rights standards.
Candidates for this coalition include Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, France's president of the National Front Marine Le Pen and Germany’s Alternative fur Deutschland.
To further this notion Strache also recently signed a so-called "cooperation agreement" with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political party, which outlined plans for regular meetings and established cooperation on joint projects over five years, according to the Times.
Scary stuff my friends.