Friday, September 18, 2009

The Finnish Geert Wilders

I posted a couple of weeks ago about the trial and conviction of the Finnish writer Jussi Halla-aho. Mr. Halla-aho’s “crime” was “inciting racial hatred” as represented by a blog post that was deliberately and explicitly intended to highlight the absurdity and hypocrisy of Finnish hate speech laws. The response of the Finnish government was, predictably, a judicial scenario straight out of a Franz Kafka fever dream.

Thanks to a joint production by Tundra Tabloids and Vlad Tepes, a recent interview with Jussi Halla-aho has been subtitled and uploaded to YouTube in three parts. Listen to what he has to say, and hear the calm reasoned voice of an intelligent and thoughtful man.

As KGS says:

Jussi Halla-aho’s argumentation concerning the Finnish state’s illogical choice of prosecuting him for daring to insult Islam is simply brilliant. Both the Finnish state prosecutor’s office and its judicial system, have managed to place their institutions in the undesirable position, of being seen as totally incompetent to the international community at large.

Any judicial ruling that serves to further cloud the issues (based on bad law to begin with) rather than to reveal clarity in the case it was prosecuting, speaks for itself. Please take the time to go through the entire three part interview, and pay special attention to the 2nd and 3rd, for in these two videos, the brilliance of Halla-aho’s argumentation comes shining through.

Indeed, Jussi is the Finnish version of Geert Wilders, and in a fair court system, his case would either be won….or not even tried at all. It’s that crystal clear.

Part 1:


Parts 2 and 3 are below the jump.
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9 comments:

TB said...

Congratulations Finland with this guy.
I see light!

Derailed Cluetrain said...

I, too, am impressed with him. That people can now be sentenced for calmly reasoning about the multiculturalist disaster in Europe is a tragedy.

Vasarahammer said...

Jussi Halla-aho is the most reasoned and level-headed guy to advance the issues related to mass immigration and multiculturalism that one could think of.

The trial itself was of secondary importance. The goal of the political elite was to prevent his candidacy in the European election and the indictment did the job. Halla-aho was not included in the candidate list of True Finns Party.

Halla-aho's sentence for "disturbing religious worship" was the second one of its kind involving islam in Finland. A while back notorious filth-blogger Seppo Lehto was convicted of the same "crime". Lehto included a rude picture from Zombietime's Muhammad image archive to one of his filth blogs.

And Lehto's case was the one that motivated Halla-aho's blog post in the first place. Lehto got two and a half years' mandatory sentence for several cases of gross defamation, inciting ethnic hatred and disturbing religious worship. Lehto's conviction was held in the Court of Appeals.

Halla-aho's case was initiated by Green Party Women's organization and continued by the police with the encouragement of the state prosecutor Mika Illman. The police went through each and every blog post created by Halla-aho and found a single one worth prosecuting. And it was the one and only blog post intended to provoke Mr. Illman.

Ironically, leading imam of the Islamic society of Finland had a while back stated publically in the media that "why shouldn't 11-year-olds be allowed to marry". There was no public outrage in the Finnish media for that, even though the imam in question is well established in the multi-culti circles and is invited to the President's Independence Day ball annually.

Engineer-Poet said...

I do not understand the posting of links to videos as "information".

Videos are slow to watch.  They can be removed without warning.  They are invisible to search engines.  If someone has gone to the trouble to add subtitles, they already have what amounts to a transcript.  The transcript is much faster to read and is perfect for search engines.

Videos are eye-candy.  Not preparing and posting a transcript is shooting yourself in the foot.

Thule said...

It's gonna take a lot more than sitting around at coffee tables talking about the disaster befalling Europe.

The Muslims have advanced past this point and can smell an aged decaying old system ready for collapse.

This is exactly what happens when you prefer welfare-state benefits as opposed to producing the progeny to revitalize and propogate your race.

Thule said...

Engieer-Poet, your comments make sense.

But, are you willing to do the work to make this possible.

Baron and Dymphna work hard and do the best they can within the time constraints placed upon them.

I say you should commend them for the work they do and will continue to do.

It's easy to snipe, difficult to create, so where are your contributions besides snide remarks.

Engineer-Poet said...

Excuse me?  The creation of a transcript (in translation, no less) was effectively done in the process of creating subtitles.  The authors just failed to release it as a transcript.  There is no reason for me to do that work over again, and no reason for the transcript not to be posted except blindness to the value of what they already have.

Baron Bodissey said...

Engineer-Poet --

Your knee-jerk antagonism towards this blog is becoming quite tiresome. So is your unbridled presumption, which leads you to think that you know things which you do not.

I was never in possession of a transcript of this interview. The work was done by others, and a transcript was never sent to me. I simply posted the videos after receiving an emailed tip.

You'll notice that I often post transcripts when I do have them, as I did with the recent Brussels police interview.

Personally, I quite enjoy watching Jussi Halla-aho's face and listening to the music of the Suomi language while reading the subtitles.

Budgeting a little extra time for such an activity is well worth it, in my opinion.

Engineer-Poet said...

If I were in knee-jerk opposition to this blog, I would not be posting suggestions for getting your message out better, would I?

I did not address myself to you.  I addressed myself to the creators of the videos.  Like many people, I read much faster than I listen and I don't have time to wade through material of unknown interest and usefulness at whatever speaking pace is used.  Further, a transcript can attract search-engine hits which bring people to watch the part of the video which do not carry over into text.  If the creators of the subtitled videos didn't make transcripts available, they ignored a way to get several times as much impact out of the work they already did.

"You'll notice that I often post transcripts when I do have them, as I did with the recent Brussels police interview."

I have been working my way forward in sequence and hadn't seen that when I wrote the above.  I thank you for that, but that transcript does not identify speakers so it is not as clear or useful as it could be.  If you do get un-annotated transcripts or videos, perhaps you can suggest that the creators squeeze the extra mileage out of their effort; I am not in a position to do it on your behalf.