Anders Behring Breivik, the self-confessed Norwegian terrorist who killed over seventy-five innocent civilians, was a huge fan of anti-Muslim bloggers such as Jihad Watch‘s Robert Spencer and Atlas Shrug‘s Pamela Geller. In fact, Breivik cited Robert Spencer and Jihad Watch dozens upon dozens of times in his manifesto.
Meanwhile, Pamela Geller reproduced an “email from Norway” that sounds like it came from Breivik (or somebody linked to him)–an email with an ominous warning:
We are stockpiling and caching weapons, ammunition and equipment. This is going to happen fast.
Geller specifically stated that she hid the identity of the emailer in order to prevent his arrest or prosecution. After the Oslo terrorist attack, Geller had the same theory we did: the “email from Norway” sounds like it could be from Anders Behring Breivik. And so, Geller stealthily removed the offensive line (about stockpiling weapons) from the “email from Norway.” The question we asked yesterday was: could Pamela Geller have prevented the Oslo bloodbath by reporting the Norwegian emailer to authorities?
When news of the terrorist attack broke, the mainstream media–along with the anti-Muslim blogosphere including Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller–quickly blamed Muslims. They called it “Norway’s 9/11” and stressed that it was the “worst terrorist attack in Norwegian history.”
But when it was revealed that the actual perpetrator was a white, blond and blue-eyed Christian–and an anti-Muslim right-winger to boot–then suddenly their tone quickly changed. When it became known that the terrorist was in fact one of their own fans, suddenly they called for nuance and discretion: don’t rush to judgment, they implored.
Robert Spencer wrote an article entitled “The Blame Game,” whining that people were unjustly linking the terrorist to “counter-jihadists” like himself. Funny how Spencer makes a living off of six degrees of association when it comes to Muslims, but suddenly cries foul when he is on the receiving end.
In that article, Spencer argues that it simply doesn’t make sense to link Breivik to the “counter-jihad movement.” Fumed an irate Spencer (emphasis is ours):
1. Freedom fighters preach free speech, freedom of conscience and equality of rights for all people, against Sharia and Islamic supremacism that denies those rights, advocating only legal means of protest and dissent.
2. Some nutcase who allegedly expressed allegiance with the freedom fighters kills people, none of whom are preaching Sharia or Islamic supremacism.
3. Media assumes that #1 caused #2 and blames freedom fighters.
We had issued a response to this article, pointing out that Breivik was targeting people deemed to be “jihad-enablers:”
The obvious problem with Spencer’s logic is that it does not include his and other anti-Muslim loons’ consistent denunciations of “leftists” as jihad-enablers. This is a key tenant of the so-called anti-jihadist movement. They hate the left, or more specifically, anyone who treats Muslims with a smidgen of fairness and tolerance. Spencer and Geller consistently and constantly portray the left as those who would sell out the West to the scary Mooslems. Spencer’s hate site Jihad Watch is filled with posts denouncing the “Leftist/Jihadist alliance,” warning his readers of how the left will happily allow the Mooslem hordes to overthrow the West and “dhimmify” its population.
Breivik adopted this view of the left. Paul Woodward notes that Breivik argued “that cultural conservatives should not identify their main opponents as Jihadists, but instead should focus their attention on those he regards as the ‘facilitators’ of Jihadists, namely, the proponents of multiculturalism.” It was these liberals and “multi-culturalists” that were the target of his rampage.
If a Neo-Nazi targeted and killed white people, this doesn’t mean that his killings weren’t related to his Neo-Nazi ideology if the targets were “race traitors” (white people who married black people, etc.). Similarly, Anders Breivik was targeting non-Muslims who were “jihad-enablers” or “facilitators of the jihad.” (For the record, LoonWatch itself and other “leftist websites” have been accused of this.)
Proof that this was indeed the case can be found in the fact that Anders Breivik chose Utøya island as the target of his terrorist attack. The island is owned by the Workers’ Youth League, the youth wing of the Labour Party, which is affiliated with Socialist International. Apparently they were also sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. These were left-leaning people who were targeted by Breivik, who in his mind were not only were socialists but jihad-enablers!
The Oslo terrorist chose to attack during the youth summer camp, which explains why an overwhelming majority of his victims were teenagers. To make his attack even more grotesque, Breivik dressed up as a police officer, fooling children into coming out of hiding by claiming he was there to help them–only to shoot them when they did come out.
This was a truly heinous act. Instead of mourning the dead, Pamela Geller–Breivik’s “spiritual benefactor”–is now bad-mouthing the innocent dead. She calls the victims of the terrorist attack “anti-semites,” arguing that the summer camp is an “antisemitic indoctrination center” where they play “antisemitic war games.” Blares the insane and lunatical Pamela Geller:
Utoya Island is a Communist/Socialist campground, and they clearly had a pro-Islamic agenda.
Aha! So, Pamela Geller’s comrade-in-arms Robert Spencer was just blowing smoke when he claimed that Breivik’s choice of victims just didn’t jive with the “counter-jihadist” ideology. In reality, these dirty communists/socialists “had a pro-Islamic agenda.” They were communists and pro-Islamists–that’s a two-for-one bag of hate for right-wingers.
And just like any good right-winger, Geller transitions swiftly between Communist references and Nazi/Hitler references, likening the victims to Hitler youth:
Glen Beck was not far off when he compared it to the Hitlerjugend or Young Pioneers.
The Young Pioneers was the youth organization for the Soviet Union, once again exhibiting how crazy right-wingers like Pamela Geller can move from Islamists to Nazis to Communism all in one breath.
More disgustingly, Pamela Geller mockingly and sarcastically refers to the young kids (who were the victims of the Oslo attack) as “little dearies:”
I saw at least one article that had photos of previous summers with the little dearies and their handlers assembling Israel-bashing displays.
Then she mentions something about “red diaper[s]” (wtf?)–I guess a reference to raising kids as communists.
And then we have Pamela Geller coming dangerously close to justifying the shooting, saying:
Breivik was targeting the future leaders of the party responsible for flooding Norway with Muslims who refuse to assimilate, who commit major violence against Norwegian natives, including violent gang rapes, with impunity, and who live on the dole… all done without the consent of the Norwegians.
Don’t you get it? Anders Breivik killed people who were enabling violent gang rapes! He killed rape-enablers! Is that even a crime? Shouldn’t he get a medal for that?
Can anyone imagine the reaction had Norwegians (or Muslims!) mocked the victims of 9/11 in this way?