American Anti-Muslim Activists Throw Devoted Follower Breivik Under Bus
Robert Spencer, Pam Geller, Baron Bodissey and company should be universally shunned and reviled for feeding this monster but they won’t be. People should spit at their feet as they pass, but instead many will attend their no mosque bigot rallies in the coming year.
My wager is also that the right wing blogosphere will circle wagons around them. Instead of de-linking and disavowing the bigots they will take pains to paint the child murdering far right terrorist as an anti-government anarchist, as a non christian, as a secularist, as many things other than what he is. They will ignore the fact that his manifesto is just a giant collage of everything that they’ve published the past several years.
They will use the “no true Scotsman” logical fallacy construct to say he’s not really Christian, not really conservative, not really in the protecting tradition and protecting Western Civilization camp, not really a counter-jihadist, even though that’s 100 percent of his message. The prime religious pimps of the clash of civilizations campaign will say he’s just misinterpreting their message. The Malkin / VDare Crowd will ignore the ties back to Patrick Buchanan and Lind.
They will ignore the glaring fact that he’s a hard core Christian White Nationalist terrorist who fed from the troughs of hate that right bloggers served up daily for years. They will ignore the Eurofascist/Nationalist camp he came from, even though this is not the first terror event from those far right groups (see here and Here) instead they will try to portray him as a lone madman, with no sympathizers or support, even though Bryan Fischer from FRC supports him, just not his methods. Most of all they will try to disentangle the manifesto from their racialist rebranding of old nationalist ideology as new Traditionalist/Identity/Culture protectionism.
Robert at SPLC makes an excellent point regarding this below.
The irony is, had Anders Behring Breivik merely posted his manifesto without killing at least 76 innocent children and adults in Norway, he probably would have emerged as a rising star among the anti-Muslim activists he so admired.
As it happened, America’s most fanatical anti-Muslim activists quickly retreated behind walls of denial upon discovering that the perpetrator of Friday’s stunning act of terror was committed not in the name of Islam, but in response to their own mission: Whipping up paranoia about Islam.
Breivik on Monday admitted responsibility for the attack, telling a court that he did it to “save Europe” from Islam. His 1,500-page manifesto, which he posted on the Internet shortly before launching the rampage, confirmed his motivation in no uncertain terms. But in the aftermath of the tragedy, the very people whose anti-Muslim polemics Breivik admired and studied were pathetically incapable of any introspection whatsoever regarding the influence their inflammatory anti-Muslim paranoia might have had on Breivik.
When the news first broke Friday, along with an early, unsubstantiated report that a Muslim terrorist group had claimed responsibility, Pamela Geller, executive director of the anti-Muslim hate group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), prepared to indict all of Islam for the carnage.
Her first post, at 12:57 p.m. Friday was headlined, “Jihad in Norway?” Mocking her critics, she wrote, “But remember, jihad is not the problem. New York’s 911, London’s 7/7, Madrid’s 3/11, Bali, Mumbai, Beslan, Moscow … is not the problem. ‘Islamophobia’ is the problem. Repeat after me as you bury the dead, ‘Islamophobia is the problem, Islamophobia is the problem.’”
Islamophobia, it turned out, was the problem. The news broke that the attacker was a blue-eyed Norwegian who not only was no jihadist, but was one of Geller’s ardent admirers. Suddenly, in Geller’s view, the suspect was now a lone wolf who represented nothing larger than himself.
On Saturday evening, Geller unleashed a nearly incoherent denial of responsibility. Breivik, she wrote, “is a murderer, a mass murderer. Period. He’s not anything else. He is sick, sick to death and he has aided the enemy in so many ways it defies comprehension. Anyone who would kill children is insane. And if he’s a right winger who hates Muslims, how does that translate into killing a bunch of political youth party Workers’ Youth League? … [H]e started planning this attack nine years ago. I wasn’t blogging back then. I despise savagery and inhumanity in any [and] all instances. Period. This abject loser lowered himself to sub-human status. And he has done this wholly on his own. Nowhere does Christianity or the counter jihad movement call for violence of any kind. Whatever he says doesn’t square. He’s a bloody murderer. Period. He is responsible for his actions. He and only he. There was no ‘ideology’ here.”