"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." Jewish American writer, Noam Chomsky.
The European Union's march towards the Totalitarian State it was always intended to be, moved another step closer to achieving it's own `Final Solution` to those who will not bow down before it's tyranny.
This week in the country of my birth, a London magistrates' court will consider a bail application in an extradition case which should set alarm bells ringing across Europe.
Fredrick Toben, a German-born Australian citizen was arrested at as he passed through Heathrow Airport by British police officers acting under an EU arrest warrant issued by the German authorities, who have accused him of publishing Anti-Semitic Holocaust-denial material on his website.
I personally do not agree with Mr Torben' views at all, and in my mind, there is no doubt that Toben, who was previously sentenced to a nine months' prison sentence in Germany for breaching its Holocaust- denial laws is a falsifier of history, and holds views which are erroneous at best and intentionally hateful at worse. He says, for example, that there is no proof that Hitler systematically exterminated the Jews and that Auschwitz was merely a 'transit camp'.
I do not doubt and in fact concur with the view that `The Holocaust` has been used by such organisations as B'nai B'rith and the notorious Anti Defamation League in North America as a vehicle to suppress any criticism of both Israel and the Rothschild Dynasty. And that the exact numbers of victims is probably imprecise. But to simply say it never happened is both offensive and callous, and provably incorrect.
Now, I do not despise Toben because I do not know him. I don't agree with his views, but accept his right to hold them, just as I will maintain to the day I die my own right to hold to mine.
I an vehemently against the extradition of this man and appalled at the political and legal developments that have brought these moves about. There are two fundamental issues at stake here. First is the threat to the principle of freedom of speech. Second is the erosion of Britain's power to uphold its own historic commitment to that principle.
Freedom of speech is a bedrock of our society.
Now we have laws in the UK which outlaw incitement to racial hatred. I do not agree with prejudice of any kind, and even when another person's lifestyle does not conform to my own view of what a good and decent life is. Providing they do not force or coerce another into participating in that lifestyle, then I accept their right to live as they choose and expect the same courtesy in return.
But what concerns me now, as our world moves ever closer towards a form of Global Dictatorship, is the relentless legislation of human life. Instead of teaching our children what is right and wrong, we legislate for it instead. It is my sincere belief that a free society should be governed by the most minimal form of governance, and that laws should be made wisely and sparingly. The Race hate laws have done more harm than good, as has `Hate` legislation generally. Such laws are enacted for political and ideological reasons and never for the good of the people.
There must be a distinction drawn, for example, between inciting hatred of people for what they inescapably are, and inciting hatred of their views, which we see as part of the cut and thrust of a liberal democratic society. That's why there was such uproar over the new crime of incitement to religious hatred.
It's because of this respect for debate that the UK has never criminalised Holocaust-denial. Odious as it is, it is an interpretation of history , and one which in any event defies easy categorisation. True, it's an interpretation that is used to stir up suspicion against Jewish people. But once you argue that it should therefore be made a crime, there's no end to it.
Classic English literature is filled with anti- Jewish stereotypes and attitudes. But no one would suggest that such literary classics should be censored. In a free society, the proper antidote to the dissemination of lies is the expression of the truth. When David Irving was jailed for this crime in Austria, did denial of the Holocaust stop? Not at all! if anything, it turned him into a modern day martyr. Much more effective was the deconstruction of his ideas in a British courtroom when he chose to bring a libel action, which rebounded against him by discrediting his claim to be a 'historian' and ending with his denunciation by the trial judge as a 'pro-Nazi polemicist'.
That is the British way of doing things. But what is so disturbing about the Toben case is that we may be forced to become accomplices to a view which is completely alien to that British way of doing things
If Toben is extradited, this will mean that Britain will be treating as a criminal suspect someone who is accused of doing or saying something which is not regarded as a crime in the UK. That breaches an ancient principle of British law - which we threw into the `trash can` when our own tyrants signed up to the European arrest warrant. Another factor in all of this, is that it is not just foreigners but British citizens who can now be arrested in the UK and extradited to a country which accuses them of committing a crime there which is not treated as a crime here.
This is part of the attempt to create a 'Corpus Juris', a European body of criminal law, which is in turn a key element of the EU vision of a Unified Totalitarian Super-State whose inhabitants will be deceived, coerced or forced into subscribing to the same principles.
But we British have a very different system of justice and even by the above listed sinister methods, it is difficult to imagine that a day will not come when this foreign ideal of law will be rejected wholemeal by the people themselves, no matter what the politicians decide.
Both Germany and Austria have a very particular reason for criminalising Holocaust-denial. Given their history, their `rulers` are concerned that it will help bring about a revival of a form of Fascism, other than their own desired EU model. They are, whether we agree or not (and I do not) entitled to reach such a conclusion and enshrine it in their own law. But equally, the British people should be entitled to say that we don't share this view. By signing up to the European arrest warrant, however, our treacherous leaders have discarded that most precious privilege.
Even if Toben is not extradited, and there is a view that the wording of the Extradition act may provide him with a loophole. The EU arrest warrant remains a threat to our liberties. Its scope is dangerously imprecise. Under its terms, people can be extradited to a country which accuses them merely of 'racism and xenophobia'. But these prejudices are notoriously difficult to define.
Indeed, those who object to the EU arrest warrant and the EU project itself as an attack on national sovereignty are themselves routinely accused of xenophobia.
It is surely not fanciful, therefore, to imagine an Orwellian scenario in which such people may themselves be extradited and prosecuted, for warning against the very abuse of power that may put them in the dock.
Holocaust-denial falls into the category of 'hate-crime' which has become such a fixation among Left-wingers and an article of faith within the EU. These zealots appear to believe that hatred and prejudice can be expunged from the human heart through the exercise of the law.
Like other utopian fantasies, however, far from ushering in a new era of tolerance and enlightenment, this creates the very social environment it purports to oppose.
More and more arrests and prosecutions are taking place against people who are deemed to offend against 'hate speech', simply because they are preaching Christianity, denouncing immorality or even, in one consummately ironic case, scrawling on a wall 'Free speech for England'.
This sinister encroachment of hate crime into English law has little to do with preventing harm and more to do with an abuse of power. And the EU has put rocket fuel behind it. It is this erosion of fundamental liberties and denial of national differences at the heart of the EU project which is behind the current rise of neo-Nazi parties in countries such as Austria, which jailed David Irving for Holocaust-denial.
It is not men like Fredrick Toben who pose the biggest threat to our freedom, but the EU and its incendiary doctrine of nation-denial.
" The Matrix is a system, and that system is our
enemy. When you are inside it, you look around and what do you see? Businessmen,
Teachers, Lawyers, Carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying
to save. But until we do, these people are part of that system and that
makes them our enemies. You have to understand that most of these people
are not ready to be `unplugged`. And many are so hopelessly dependent on
the system, that they will fight to defend it ".