According to a report that appeared yesterday on Baltic Course, the foreign ministers of the Czech Republic and Lithuania will continue to pursue ‘Double Genocide’ resolutions in the European Union, sometimes known in Eurospeak as ‘(equal) evaluation of totalitarian regimes’.
They appear to be wholly undaunted by the recent European Commission fiasco only several weeks ago.
At the same time, they have announced their conference on antisemitism in Prague, apparently to blunt international criticism of the ‘Double Genocide’ campaign. This is particularly curious in the case of the Lithuanian foreign minister, who has yet to apologise for his own ‘clasically’ antisemitic outburst last October, which drew a swift response from his country’s small but proud Jewish community.
This ruse involving mixing red-brown politics with ‘initiatives on antisemitism’, attempted on a number of occasions, became much more tenuous in 2011, when Lord Janner of Braunstone, president of the UK parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism and chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust, published his essay ‘Never Again’ to mark this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Among European political figures, it was British MP John Mann, the internationally acknowledged Human Rights champion, who first exposed the antisemitic mindset underlying the red-equals-brown movement. Mr Mann responded rapidly to the January 2008 Tallinn conference, months before the Prague Declaration (see British Parliament, 31 January 2008: see entry for 2:30 PM, paragraph 4; see also paragraph 3).
In his new statement, Lord Janner (formerly Greville Janner MP) does not mince words. Referring to the efforts at red-brown conflation underway, and specifically mentioning Lithuania and Latvia as their heartland, he writes:
“In some cases, the history of the horror is becoming twisted to suit a political and antisemitic agenda – and this deeply troubles me.”