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September 6, 2016
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September 6, 2016 Editor

Comparing the likes of Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, and Geert Wilders to ISIS, UN’s Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein implores: “Speak out and up…Draw the line!”

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 by Common Dreams

photo above: “The formula is…simple: make people, already nervous, feel terrible, and then emphasize it’s all because of a group, lying within, foreign and menacing,” said Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. (Photo: UN Geneva/flickr/cc)

an excerpt:

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein condemned Western “demagogues” like Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, and Geert Wilders and urged people to “draw the line” against their far-right rhetoric before it leads to “colossal violence.”

“All seek in varying degrees to recover a past, halcyon and so pure in form, where sunlit fields are settled by peoples united by ethnicity or religion—living peacefully in isolation, pilots of their fate, free of crime, foreign influence, and war,” Zeid said. “A past that most certainly, in reality, did not exist anywhere, ever.”

“The formula is therefore simple: make people, already nervous, feel terrible, and then emphasize it’s all because of a group, lying within, foreign and menacing,” he said.

“History has perhaps taught Mr. Wilders and his ilk how effectively xenophobia and bigotry can be weaponized.”
—Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein

“Then make your target audience feel good by offering up what is a fantasy to them, but a horrendous injustice to others. Inflame and quench, repeat many times over, until anxiety has been hardened into hatred.”

In addition to Wilders, Trump, and Farage, Zeid criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman, Wilders’ Party for Freedom colleague Norbert Hofer, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, and conservative French politician Marine Le Pen.

Zeid described ISIS as “monstrous and sickening,” and clarified that he was not comparing the actions of the far-right leaders to the militant group, but added, “in its mode of communication, its use of half-truths and oversimplification, the propaganda of Daesh uses tactics similar to those of the populists.”

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Editor

Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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