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Islamophobia and Mass Murder
National Review ^ | 7/25/2011 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 07/25/2011 6:24:31 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross

I have been away from the Internet for the weekend, and return to find myself being fitted out for a supporting role in Friday’s evil slaughter in Norway. The mass murderer Breivik published a 1,500-page “manifesto.” It quotes me, as well as several friends of NR — Theodore Dalrymple, Daniel Pipes, Roger Scruton, Melanie Phillips, Daniel Hannan (plus various pieces from NR by Rod Dreher and others) — and many other people, including Churchill, Gandhi, Orwell, Jefferson, John Locke, Edmund Burke, Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, not to mention the U.S. Declaration of Independence.* Those new “hate speech” codes the Left is already clamoring for might find it easier just to list the authors Europeans will still be allowed to read.

It is unclear how seriously this “manifesto” should be taken. Parts of it simply cut and paste chunks of the last big killer “manifesto” by Ted Kaczynski, with the occasional [insert-your-cause-here] word substitute replacing the Unabomber’s obsessions with Breivik’s. This would seem an odd technique to use for a sincerely meant political statement. The entire document is strangely anglocentric – in among the citations of NR and The Washington Times, there’s not a lot about Norway.

Nevertheless, Breivik’s manifesto seems to be determining the narrative in the anglophone media. The opening sentence from USA Today:

Islamophobia has reached a mass murder level in Norway as the confessed killer claims he sought to combat encroachment by Muslims into his country and Europe.

So, if a blonde blue-eyed Aryan Scandinavian kills dozens of other blonde blue-eyed Aryan Scandinavians, that’s now an “Islamophobic” mass murder? As far as we know, not a single Muslim was among the victims. Islamophobia seems an eccentric perspective to apply to this atrocity, and comes close to making the actual dead mere bit players in their own murder. Yet the Associated Press is on board:

Security Beefed Up At UK Mosques After Norway Massacre.

But again: No mosque was targeted in Norway. A member of the country’s second political party gunned down members of its first. But, in the merest evolution of post-9/11 syndrome, Muslims are now the preferred victims even in a story in which they are entirely absent. A Tweeter thinks that “turning this scumbag’s atrocity in Norway into a lesson about how Mark Steyn and his ilk are douchebags seems… opportunistic,” but that’s the least of it. Even by the elastic definitions of “Islamophobia,” the angle being pursued is bizarre and profoundly tasteless: A rambling Internet pdf is trumping the facts on the ground — trumping the specifics of what occurred, and the victims. This man Breivik may think he’s making history and bestriding the geopolitical currents and the clash of civilizations, but in the end he went and shot up his neighbors. Why let his self-aggrandizing bury the reality?

Any of us who write are obliged to weigh our words, and accept the consequences of them. But, when a Norwegian man is citing Locke and Burke as a prelude to gunning down dozens of Norwegian teenagers, he is lost in his own psychoses. Free societies can survive the occasional Breivik. If Norway responds to this as the Left appears to wish, by shriveling even further the bounds of public discourse, freedom will have a tougher time.

[*and Darwin.]


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: islamophobia; murder; norway

1 posted on 07/25/2011 6:24:38 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross

Not only the left. But also lslamofascist and anti-Semitic 9-11 Truthers that include some libertarians and conspiracy groups.


2 posted on 07/25/2011 6:35:38 PM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Servant of the Cross

One fact remains absolutely true. An armed citizenry is a safe citizenry. One gun in the hands of one camper on the island could have ended the slaughter. A dozen armed campers would absolutely have stopped the murders. It is time to face the truth. Gun control creates lawlesness and permits the slaughter of innocents.


3 posted on 07/25/2011 6:49:49 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This IS my blog site.)
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To: Mozilla
What a bunch of wusses!




"Norwegian Liberal Men's Commenorative "Let's Roll" Shirt for Their Fearless Rallying to Protect Their Own"



Which is worse - Norwegian Police or their Liberal Men?


4 posted on 07/25/2011 6:56:47 PM PDT by B-Cause (The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money - Thatcher)
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To: Louis Foxwell

That sad day would have to happen every day for 10 years before anyone in Europe considers gun control being a failure.


5 posted on 07/25/2011 6:58:43 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: Servant of the Cross

According to Drudge, “Police in Norway must get authorization from their chief to gain access to firearm...”.

Bottom line. The shooter had a gun. The cops has to fill out forms to requisition firearms, then submit the requisition in triplicate through the proper channels.

No wonder it took them an hour and a half before they arrived.


6 posted on 07/25/2011 7:07:21 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
One fact remains absolutely true. An armed citizenry is a safe citizenry. One gun in the hands of one camper on the island could have ended the slaughter. A dozen armed campers would absolutely have stopped the murders. It is time to face the truth. Gun control creates lawlessness and permits the slaughter of innocents.

I have no idea how stringent gun control laws are in Norway, but it is a pretty good bet the libs (labor) will call for even more control.

7 posted on 07/25/2011 7:08:41 PM PDT by immadashell
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To: Servant of the Cross

Phobia is an “irrational” fear.

It’s not a phobia, if the Islamists really are out to take over your country.


8 posted on 07/25/2011 7:33:28 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Servant of the Cross

Phobia is an “irrational” fear.

It’s not a phobia, if the Islamists really are out to take over your country.


9 posted on 07/25/2011 7:33:48 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

I am frankly petrified of Mohammedans. I know they have no regard for me, my ideas, my religion, my life or my honor.


10 posted on 07/25/2011 7:52:07 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JLS

Steyn ping.


11 posted on 07/25/2011 8:34:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Owning firearms and carrying them is a serious responsibility and keeps your fellow citizens safe. I hardly ever feel like I am in threatening situations, so despite how much I enjoy going to the range... carrying a concealed weapon is not something I do that often. When I hear about situations like this it causes me to renew my commitment to training and carrying.


12 posted on 07/25/2011 8:34:23 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Gene Eric.


13 posted on 07/25/2011 8:41:40 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: JLS

phunny!


14 posted on 07/25/2011 9:02:31 PM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: Servant of the Cross

bttt


15 posted on 07/25/2011 10:32:02 PM PDT by hattend (Its a matter of public record that I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I can add. - Sarah Palin)
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To: BuffaloJack

Amazing. Time to revise that common saying here on FR to...when seconds count the Norwegian Police are filling out requisition forms.


16 posted on 07/26/2011 3:29:24 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Servant of the Cross
I appreciate your posting this. May I make a suggestion? When you post Steyn, put [Steyn] in brackets in the headline. That way I (and other Steyn-fans) will know to read it first!

Don't want him to be lost in the fast-FR-shuffle.

Thanks again.

17 posted on 07/26/2011 6:04:40 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Half the lies they tell about me ain't true." - Yogi Berra)
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To: immadashell

Not even their police are armed. They honestly believe that armed murders would never dare attack an unarmed citizenry. Big mistake. They had best get off their high horse and start arming everybody.


18 posted on 07/26/2011 8:08:47 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This IS my blog site.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Norwegians should pay heed that the only religion Breivik actually thinks worthy of emulation, is Islam.


19 posted on 07/26/2011 9:52:52 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Bukhari (52:220) - Allah's Apostle said... 'I have been made victorious with terror')
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To: BuffaloJack
No wonder it took them an hour and a half before they arrived.

Now, now...they could have gotten there sooner if they were willing to show up armed with spitballs. They just took longer so they could have guns with bullets (which I've yet to hear if they fired any).

20 posted on 07/26/2011 10:06:23 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

I wonder if their military is armed? I wonder if they remember Hitler walked in without firing a shot in 1940? I wonder if they give him the Peace Prize? I wonder...(sigh)


21 posted on 07/26/2011 5:49:22 PM PDT by immadashell
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