Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Get any strange Christmas cards this year?

Well, several members of the Polish parliament did via email from the ultra-nutty anti-Semites, National Rebirth of Poland (NOP).

According to chief NOP crazy Adam Gmurczyk the e-cards are in reaction to ‘absurd political correctness’.

The two incidents of ‘political correctness’ he is referring to are: the binning by a department store in Germany of thousands of Santa Clause toys showing Old St Nick making a Nazi salute (though the Rossman store protested that Santa was innocently pointing to the sky); and the outcry in Poland by media and most politicians after a film was found showing members of the All-Polish Youth having a kind of outdoor ‘fascist BBQ’ three years ago, shouting ‘Sieg Heil!’…accompanied by a swastika burning in the background.

“It was enough for the All Polish Youth to make some gestures for journalists to think that Fascism had arrived," said Gmurczyk, dumbfounded by all the fuss.

But even Roman Giertych, Head of LPR and founder of the reformed All-Polish Youth in 1989, has since disowned them.

As regards the Nazi Santa toys...well, yes, they could be pointing at the sky as Santa spots where he parked his reindeer. Banning them was silly, but shows how sensitive anything resembling the Nazis still are in Germany today.

But Polish ultra-nationalists dismissing the furor over All-Polish Youth – and producing the very stupid Christmas card above - shows that these people have a rather warped idea of what the word ‘irony’ means.

In that context, the Santa Clause toys, and the Xmas card, become a sick form of ‘fascist ketch’.

Just to give you a flavour of National Rebirth of Poland’s er...’politics’ (the group has been going since 1981) a recent campaign during the Israel-Hezbollah conflict included a poster stating, "Bomby na Izrael - Ju┼╝ czas!!!" ("Bombs against Israel - it's about time!!!")

But I suppose me protesting against that kind of crap is just ‘political correctness’.


Anonymous said...

Not to harp on carp but...

President Lech Kaczynski has released 2 carp into the pond of Warsaw's Lazienki Park following the Thanksgiving example of President Bush's turkey amnesty.

beatroot said...

He is a carp liberationist!

George Bush has announced that he will be 'saving the polar bear' (polar bears have yet to make a comment) world leaders have given up on people and started to patronize animals.

If I were animals I would be a little worried...

Anonymous said...

Blatant self-interest, President Kaczynski got rid of the Carp to avoid having to eat the slimy bottom feeders. No doubt his media relations people pointed out the dangers of a Polish political figure eating a bottom feeder, as it could raise the spectre of cannibalism.

The NOP’s Christmas card was interesting you would think that crazed ultra nationalists could have used a Polish Santa Clause rather than the western or American version. If you group together the All-Polish Youth and the NOP, they still only need a telephone booth to hold a convention.

Speaking of political correctness, how come we never hear about extreme leftists, anarchists and unrepentant communists? Don’t the crazies on the other side of the spectrum deserve mention?

In keeping with the season I tried to unburden myself of any political incorrectness I may have perpetrated during the past year. So I went to church to attend confession, while unburdening myself in the confessional I peaked through a grid or lattice and noticed my perish priest was dressed in the uniform of an SB colonel taking notes. He said he was having a flash back!

sonia said...

On the contrary...

Protesting against that kind of crap is not political correctness.

It's crass insensitivity towards the plight of the Palestinian people... Hi hi hi... After all, all those Nazis are fighting for is peace and justice in the Middle East... Yeah, right!

This cult of victimization is a double-edged sword... Once you go that road, you just get deeper and deeper into the mud...

beatroot said...

'Victim' is certainly how most of the government (and far right) sees itself in Poland. Now it's time to get their own back.

"Teraz kurwa my!!!!"

Anonymous said...

In a political struggle one isn’t a victim but rather a combatant, Poland is in for a long and nasty political struggle based on ideological differences. Who really though the right and far right were going to go away after 80 years of struggle.

The position of the government (and far right) is that of the minority opinion in the country so as expected the rocks are flying. What sets them apart is this minority is reasonably determined and relentless.

At present the right are unsophisticated, under funded and media illiterate consequently some clumsy and brutish behaviour. This will change overtime.

Currently 70% of Poland is either opposed or indifferent to the right and it doesn’t matter one bit to the eventual outcome. There are no institutions in Poland to act as a counter to the right for that matter there are no institutions held in high esteem by Poles.

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