Eastern Europe's selective amnesia and return of ultra-nationalism

By Sumantra Maitra
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A friend who is a freelance journalist in Greece was telling me of posters that suddenly appeared across Slovenia that must be a cause for concern.

Ostensibly, there was nothing shocking about them. They just portrayed images of Slovenians, young and old, all of them innocent looking, talking about their small country's future in Europe.

Nothing wrong with that, surely? However, when one looks at what they are saying, a different impression is gained. One, for example, talks about the ideas promulgated by Adolf Hitler and his minions, saying approvingly that they should be adopted to stop the waves upon waves of refugees from Middle East pouring down on Europe's southern shores.

However, that is nothing compared with others that speak of the refugees as vermin that should be gassed or shot en masse. Surely not again? We went through that horror during WWII when the jackbooted Nazis tramped across much of Europe destroying anyone who they didn't approve of - Jews, gypsies and anyone considered useless due to physical or mental infirmity.

That's just one incident among many as Europe is turned upside down by a new Muslim-dominated diaspora and long-held views of what is right and proper are challenged.

Take, for example, the notorious Hungarian TV camerawoman who achieved infamy some time back for repeatedly kicking a refugee and his daughter now, it seems, plans to sue that family for destroying her career!

But that's a mere sideshow. Across Europe, maps are being redrawn, borders are reappearing. The supranational state founded on the notion of free movement to engage in free trade and a free life is now putting up steel barricades in an attempt to stop the greatest migrant movement since the World War II.

Soldiers are guarding the borders, and the serrated gates and barbed wire and bulldozers and machine guns reinforce the changed environment.

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