On Thursday night, we will most likely see a restrained performance from Nick Griffin – one which, in itself, gives little clue as to some of the disgraceful tenets of his party. But, as Sunder Katwala points out over at Next Left, Griffin’s official response to the letter released by military figures today leaves no room for doubt. Here’s a passage from it:
"Those Tory generals who today attacked the British National Party should remember that at the Nuremberg Trials, the politicians and generals accused of waging illegal aggressive wars were all charged — and hanged — together.
This was the reaction of Nick Griffin MEP to the announcement that Tory lackeys Sir Richard Dannett and Sir Mike Jackson had broken all military protocol with their statement attacking the BNP…
…’The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials set the precedent when the leaders of Nazi Germany were charged with invading other countries which represented no military threat to Germany.
‘Along with the political leadership of Nazi Germany, the chiefs of staff of the German army, Alfred Jodl and Wilhelm Keitel, were also charged with waging aggressive war.
‘Sir Richard and Sir Mike fall squarely into this bracket, and they must not think that they will escape culpability for pursuing the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,’ Mr Griffin said."
You can’t help but think – hope – that this kind of attack, on figures such as Dannatt and Jackson, will lose the BNP more support than it gains them.