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Old 10-12-2008, 02:18 AM   #16
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Semi ironic statement that if the world is marginally better with one less neofascist it could be terrific if enough people dropped dead, and that has an element of truth to it.
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There is diminishing marginal returns of dropping dead.
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Old 10-12-2008, 02:39 AM   #18
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There is not more racism in Austria than there is in other countries.

I'm sorry if that's the picture being painted by foreign media.

The thing is that not everyone who voted for Haider or his party was a racist or fascist. People were simply fed up with the big parties and the old government and voted for the right wing parties to show their protest. Scary enough, most voters were young. The two leaders of the two right wing parties in Austria had a very young, dynamic image that appealed to the young people more than the conservative, old fashioned and boring image of the people in the two major parties, so many young people voted for the right wing parties, many of them without really supporting every position of their programme. This protest has won them an enormous amount of votes.

There is also a second right wing party, the Freedom Party, that's even more right wing, they were formed after Haider's party split some years ago, they're even worse. Compared to Haider, the Freedom Party leader doesn't hide his messages in fine rhetorics or an elegant appearance.

I won't miss Haider, either. I don't know what his party is going to do now, because they were basically a one man show.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:55 AM   #19
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There is not more racism in Austria than there is in other countries.

I'm sorry if that's the picture being painted by foreign media.
That's really sad, especially for a small country like yours.
I think martha would have had no concern about going, for example, to Paris, although they have more problems with that issue than Austria. But France appears often enough in the world news with other (nicer) topics.
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:44 AM   #20
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I think martha would have had no concern about going, for example, to Paris, although they have more problems with that issue than Austria. But France appears often enough in the world news with other (nicer) topics.

I think that's true.


It's too bad that the youth of Austria didn't think before they voted. But that happens all over the place.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:26 PM   #21
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I lived in Vienna for a while. Lovely place, good food. Very central European flavour.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:19 PM   #22
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Was there an investigation into the exact cause of the accident?
Haider's death seems very... timely.
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:57 PM   #23
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According to the newspaper, Haider was driving in the fog at twice the maximum speed. Apparently, his car was almost brand new and there were no traces of sabotage.
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^ That's right. He was driving too fast in the middle of a foggy night.

Of course, people are already talking about conspiracy thories.
I was actually shocked to see in the news how his "fans" are glorifying the man right now.
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It is to be expected, considering the timing between his death and the recent success of far-right parties in the country. It appears, however, that his death is purely accidental.

I wonder if both far-right parties will merge, now.
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Well, it has been making the news. Surprised to see this discussed on FYM though.

Of course, it is a terrible accident so condolences to the family.

Politically, my initial rection was, one Nazi less, good for the country.

He drove 90 mph instead of allowed 45 mph. His long time friend and minister of the same party, Gorbach, wanted to rise speed limits in Austria but it didn´t pass legislation, so there you go, sorry but it´s his own fault.

The reaction of Austrian politicians of other parties, who hated him, to his death is indifferent - they say they didn´t politically agree with him but he was a great political figure with lots of charisma etc. and what a bad accident so they are so sorry. Of course they are only trying to fish voters, who will the people who saw Haider as the strong leader, turn to?

Martha, no worries for racism in Austria - we officially love tourists especially from rich countries. Every Austrian will welcome you, but many won´t welcome asylum-seeking people from Eastern Europe, xenophobia has spread. Haider is responible with his extreme propaganda; one of his last political actions was to send criminal foreigners to a camp.

The party is not the only far right party in Austria, apart from Haider who, like last unicorn descibed, split the party a couple of years ago you also have a certain Strache who bakes up the old racism and has success with these topics here.

Of course, the racism always goes against Nigerian immigrants (in the local media, they are "drug dealers" anyway, and some were beaten to death by Austian police with a police doctor watching), or against well-integrated teenagers who, according to new Austrian immigrants laws, "have" to be sent back.. this was quite a big media story in Austria, a young girl ran away and threatened to commit suicide if the Austrian officials wouldn´t leave her in Austria - she then hid in a church - and still Austrian politicians rip immigrant´s families apart, while being supported by a certain part of the Austrian population who is talked into hating immigrants - it is ugly, they say the young "bitch" "blackmails" the country -

so you can imagine it is an ugly mood in Austria, looking at these events. However, racism never turns towards tourists.

Naturally, there are problems when the country has many immigrants (after the fall of communism, people who either seek asylum or who wanted to enjoy some meager fruits of capitalism by working in shit jobs here, even if they would often be academically qualified for other jobs - but who wants an immigrant in a high paid job?) and with some, there are problems because it is hard to learn German, it is hard when immigrant youth gangs beat up others, etc. On the other hand, this situation was used by Haider to get popular. He rode big campaigns, making so many people hate. He was/is always present in media because he always makes good headlines. And for the few Austrian milliardaires, for big business, injecting xenophobia is a welcome distraction so folks don´t think about who really steals their money, no, immigrants, the poor, are an easy scapegoat, the ultimate punching bag. Send them back where they belong to!

As you can imagine, I can´t manage to feel real sadness when the manipulator, liar and crook that Haider politically was, dies. There are quite a few Austrians who think like me, cheered and drank a beer on old Haider; but there are many Austrians, especially Carinthians, who feel their everlasting idol, their winner, their leader, the young, smart, guru who always shook hands and had a smart grin and "provoked them up there in the EU", "told the truth about priviliedges of politicians" (what about his priviledges, in compare to those of immigrants?) has left them alone.

I remember when the fashion of integrating NLP in politicain´s speeches started - you could hear the most blatant, easy-to-fall-for arguments, pure propaganda, it went well with most of the Austrians, they believe this shit and they like to believe it. The young generation cares about drinking and partying, and both right wing parties present themselves well in that style.

His death will not change the immigrants´situation in Austria, but it remains to be seen if his fans find a new leader who is as charismatic.

Politically, I´m thankful he´s gone.
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I was actually shocked to see in the news how his "fans" are glorifying the man right now.
It´s quite funny to read through this glorifications and conspircay theories. I already suggested, to some of his fans, that Al Quaeda has manipulted the breaks of the car. Also - hardly surprising, this isn´t reported in the media - he was chased by Paparazzi like Diana! Indeed, he´s the Diana of Austria! And guess what, his car was a VW Phaeton - google up the name and you will see what I mean - its all greek mythology.

He´s an ancient hero! Cheers!
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There is not more racism in Austria than there is in other countries.
Are you sure? In the rest of the world, how often does an immigrant get killed -by gluing his mouth and nose so he can´t breathe- by aliens´ police in a plane that sends him back to Africa? With NO political reaction - the police officers are NOT tried, the interior minster does not resign?

Austria has been classified as a leader in racism and xenophobia by human rights organizations.

As a fellow Austrian, with all respect, I think your opinion is typical Austrian understatement.
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Martha, no worries for racism in Austria - we officially love tourists especially from rich countries.
I wasn't worried about my treatment. I'm white, so that won't be an issue. It's the overall climate and the rest of the crap you describe that makes me think twice. But Austria's 20th century history has simply been extended into this century, hasn't it?
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I wasn't worried about my treatment. I'm white, so that won't be an issue. It's the overall climate and the rest of the crap you describe that makes me think twice. But Austria's 20th century history has simply been extended into this century, hasn't it?
Thanks for your reply. I think you will not see that much of the crap when you come to see the typical Austrian sights, St. Stephen´s Cathedral, when you visit the opera house or the former Emperor´s palace Schönbrunn. You also will not see much of it in Salzburg. I think Austria may be worth a visit for many reasons, there are beautiful landscapes, lots of things too see, and many American expatriates like Vienna.. on the other hand I sympathize with everyone who would think of staying away because of this racist climate towards immigrants. You will find this crap in the minds of some Austrians when you talk to them. The funny thing is, most of them are not bad people - just like most rednecks, or people who pray for the success for their countries´ war in churches, are not bad people per se. The sad thing is they are talked into hating the "other"; the other religion, the other culture. They think others "rob" them of something and often do not realize that they are robbed by politicians. Haider, for example, was a man who also stood for sharp cutbacks in the social system of Austria, together with the conservative party who had the coalition with him. Surprisingly, this did not destroy his image of "a man of the people".

I.e. it´s not that every 20 metres you will see someone who cries out "Heil!" (also, this is against the law - and imo good that it is), but don´t be mistaken, 30% of the people you will meet will be anti-immigrant and support such racist action.

Apparently, Austria has only learned its lesson for a couple of decades. When memories of WWII were still strong, up to the end of the 1970s, 95% of the people would have strongly opposed this way of propaganda and hate-injections. Now this is long gone, the generation of WWII has died, so there´s new breeding ground for selfish nationalism and xenophobia and coming with it, fresh examples of state-sanctioned violence. Media and politicains love to play along whenever it suits their plans, knowing they can afford it now - they couldn´t 25 years ago, and Haider is partly responsible for the change in attitude.

If all this doesn´t put you off enough to visit beautiful Vienna, you are indeed very welcome and we could have a beer at a pub together like I did with Sula!
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