American Freedom Party Leader Tom Sunic, Ph.D., Reports on Dresden 2013 Funeral March

From the American Freedom Party website:

AFP Director, Dr. Tom Sunic, reports that than 3,000 protesters in Dresden, Germany formed a human chain to block a Dresden 2013 Memorial rally on February 13. Every year, for the last 10 years, Nationalists march to memorialize the deaths caused by the Allied firebombing on February 13, 1945. Estimates of the Dresden victims are 600,000.

AFP Director Tom Sunic, was to deliver a speech to several thousand participants.

More than 3,000 police from across Germany were called to Dresden to ensure the parallel protests did not escalate into violent clashes.

Authorities said the night was mostly peaceful – although two officers were injured by masked demonstrators and several people were arrested.

Tom Sunic, Ph.D., direct from Dresden, is interviewed by Deanna Spingola

To listen to the interview with radio host Deanna Singola, go to the following link:


Tom Sunic, Ph.D. (, is a former professor of political science, a scholar, a prolific writer and an accomplished linguist in Croatian, English, French and German. A number of themes emerge in his books and numerous essays: religion, cultural pessimism, race, liberalism, democracy, multiculturalism and communism. He is currently serving as a member of the American Freedom Party board of directors, and is tasked with maintaining relations between AFP and European nationalist and third positionist parties.

12 thoughts on “American Freedom Party Leader Tom Sunic, Ph.D., Reports on Dresden 2013 Funeral March

  1. Deran

    I think this action is key to understanding the AFP. With their nifty new name they seem to have decided to come out of the closet as nazi-symps.

  2. Nate

    “Estimates of the Dresden victims are 600,000.”

    Estimates of the total population of Dresden are about that high. I guess you could call each resident a victim, but the statement is very misleading. Estimates of deaths are about 25,000.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think the bombing of Dresden was unnecessary, immoral and quite possibly a war crime. I just wish the neo-Nazis would stay out of it so sane people can discuss what actually happened.

  3. Peter Gemma

    This is an open forum so posts like this can’t be censored, but the slow input of news over the past couple of months allows stuff like this to stand out like a sore thumb: who on earth cares about neo-nazi nuts parading as a political party? It takes away from legit discussions of relevant policy and politics by credentialed and interesting people.

  4. Richard Winger

    This is not a period of slow news! Bills to improve ballot access are pending in California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Lawsuits to make things better are pending in many states as well. But there should be even more states with ballot access improvement bills. I’m disappointed that so far there are no such bills in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas.

  5. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    Richard, I can’t speak for everyone but this has definitively been a period of slow news. Not much of note has been going on in third party land. And I don’t think it would make sense for us to repost all your articles to IPR, that would after all possibly decrease site traffic on BAN. Also IPR needs original content so it can be included on Google News, I do believe.

    Also, while one can assign to the AFP many different labels, neo-Nazi is not one of them. I have a great deal of proof to back this up. Sure, some sympathizers of the party are neo-Nazis, skinheads, and similar garbage, but the party is not Hitlerite in nature. I have spoken at great length with the chairman Bill Johnson and membership secretary Jamie Kelso and neither even remotely profess any admiration of Hitler or for National Socialism. In fact, they immediately kicked out a candidate in 2010 the minute he starting posting about his love of the Third Reich and support of genocide.

    And I’m saying this from a purely objective, journalist standpoint. I support the CP, not these guys.

  6. Nick

    AFP is a fascist organization. It’s sad that people still think this way in the 21st Century and that there’s enough of these people around to have no just one, but multiple political parties.

  7. Peter Gemma

    @ Richard – I did not mean there is no good news or even bad news floating around out there. Your site is the prime example. It’s IPR that seems to had slowed down in diversity and number of postings.

  8. Peter Gemma

    “proof” that Klansman Kelso is not a uniform-wearing Nazi is no defense of a kooky and racist operation. er, the difference between Klan and Nazi is? Never mind, I really don’t want to know.

  9. Starchild

    Their claims of casualty numbers may well be inflated, but when it comes to acknowledging and commemorating the firebombing of Dresden, the neo-Nazis have a point: This was a horrible and unnecessary war crime.

    According to a BBC site ( ), even British prime minister Winston Churchill subsequently condemned such bombing raids, calling them “acts of terror”:

    “The Dresden raid raised moral concerns about the bombing campaign. Even Winston Churchill, who had urged Bomber Command to attack east German cities, tried to dissociate himself from it.

    On 28 March 1945, he drafted a memo to the British Chiefs of Staff in which he denounced the bombing of cities as ‘mere acts of terror and wanton destruction’.

    The attack was authorised by British Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, known as ‘Bomber Harris’ for his enthusiastic support of the area bombing strategy.

    The idea was to target large urban areas to whittle away at German public morale, cut off relief supplies to the eastern front and give support to the approaching Soviet armies.”

    Rather than letting the neo-Nazis claim the moral high ground in this controversy by trying to block them from drawing attention to the wrongness of deliberately bombing civilians in Dresden, I think Germans and others would do better to co-opt the issue by holding their own commemorations that promote awareness of this history in the context of also discussing the awful crimes committed by the Nazis.

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