Neo-Nazis, trying to side-step the ban on displaying the swastika in Germany and elsewhere, will tell the authorities that their icon is nothing to do with the Third Reich.
It's far more ancient than that.
They're Pagans reclaiming a past stretching back into antiquity. They're pulling back into the limelight a symbol found all over the mosaic floors of Imperial Rome, or the decorative pieces of Classical Greece.
They're waving loud and proud iconology from ancient Poland, Armenia and the Celtic nations. It's just a symbol from a Viking comb.
The fact is that they're right. They could just as easily gone for a long and venerable history of the swastika elsewhere. Perhaps as the four stations of the soul in Jainism, after all every one of the Jain temples and holy books have to display it. Maybe instead as the symbol of infinity for Zoroastrians, or prosperity in Buddhism.
Most of all, they could have reached into the millennia old traditions of Hinduism, wherein the swastika is as important as the cross in Christianity. Here it represents the face of God (the Brahman) watching the four directions of the world at once, while doubling as the icon of Purushartha.
But, of course, all of these religions have their heartlands in Asia, where the adherents aren't white Europeans. Not the kind of people embraced by Neo-Nazis.
Nor do those right wing racists get away with their pseudo-Pagan protests. The authorities aren't that stupid, particularly when these swastikas are wielded by people chanting anti-Semitic slogans.
This beautiful icon should still symbolize all that is good, prosperous, creative, lucky and divine. For tens of thousands of years it did. Then September 15th 1935 came along and the swastika was utterly trashed.