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An orgy of anti-fascist self-congratulation by Jay Knott (07/25/11)       ⇌ (Terrorism)       

It's worse than I thought. The liberal media is engaging in an orgy of self-congratulation, effectively saying "told you so", because a Norwegian serial killer 'had links to' football hooligans and neo-conservatives. It's Oklahoma déjà vu all over again. It's not just humor the left lacks. It has no taste.

How often do we need to be told that conservatives assumed it was an Islamic attack? They were wrong to assume it - they should have said 'probably'. The left has gone back to the period between the Oklahoma bombing of 1995 and September 2001, when the most likely cause of terrorism in the USA appeared to white right wing extremists.

Mondoweiss is a generally decent left-wing site, but it too has joined the high-fiving.

Writing on Mondoweiss (which I generally admire) Max Blumenthal modestly admits 'when I wrote my analysis last December on the “Axis of Islamophobia,” laying out a new international political network of right-wing ultra-Zionists, Christian evangelicals, Tea Party activists and racist British soccer hooligans, I did not foresee a terrorist like Anders Behring Breivik emerging from the movement’s ranks'. But he's not surprised. He's not surprised that, given that there are people in the Western countries who think they should support Israel against Islam, someone should murder dozens of Norwegian teenagers. You think I'm exaggerating? Read the article:


Particularly insulting to our intelligence is the gleeful way lefties are touting the fact that the killer admired Zionism as well as right-wing white nationalism. This proves nothing about any necessary link between the two.

It's not just left-wing writers who are using the tragedy to oppose freedom of speech for those they disagree with. The New York Times gleefully concurs, calling for a crackdown on 'right-wing extremists'. The Times is a master of Wiesel words: "Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S.". What they mean to imply is that anti-Muslim thought in the USA is partly responsible for the murders in Norway, and should be curtailed:


I oppose neo-conservatives, Zionists and the English Defence League. I don't feel the urge to defend a holy alliance of Israel and the Christian West against the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. I often pen sarcastic deconstructions of anti-Islamic paranoia. But I won't join the party, using the deaths of dozens of innocent teenagers to dishonestly smear people I happen to strongly disagree with, to try to use this tragedy to undermine their freedom. Freedom of thought is essential for understanding, including understanding what could drive someone to carry out this atrocity.


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