President Joe Biden spoke at the United Nations on Wednesday. Surprisingly, he defended nationalism â€” in Ukraine: â€œThis war is about extinguishing Ukraineâ€™s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraineâ€™s right to exist as a people.â€ he said.
For some reason, when non-Ukrainian Europeans fight â€œto exist as a people,â€ they donâ€™t get the same praise. (Of course, Western journalists didnâ€™t celebrate the Ukrainian nationalist movement or its supporters before the invasion.)
Weâ€™ll see a test of President Bidenâ€™s apparent support for nationalism after the Italian elections on Sunday. A coalition led by the â€œBrothers of Italyâ€ (Fdl) party is set to win. The conservative parties, including Matteo Salviniâ€™s Lega and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconiâ€™s Forza Italia, are united behind it, at least for now. The latest polls show the Fdl has a quarter of the vote, a dramatic increase from 2018, when it had just 4.4 percent, and the coalition could be the big winner.
Giorgia Meloni, who leads the party, calls for a naval blockade of North Africa to stop the illegal migrants streaming across the Mediterranean to Italy. There have been more than 42,000 of them so far this year. Modern leftists seem more interested in importing foreigners than helping native workers, which is why the Brothers are poised to win even a historically socialist area of Italy.