Jumping the gun in Norway

Author: July 24, 2011 5:37 pm

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Half a world away in Oslo, Norway, violence tears apart families and communities with special thanks to extremism and political propaganda. And as the smoke clears, those with “face to save” here in the U.S. are quickly heading to the presses to spin this thing on its head.

The recent terror attacks – bombings and subsequent shootings at an Olso government facility that claimed the lives of over 90 – were allegedly perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik; a white, Christian “lone gunmen” whose writings reportedly confess a deep hatred for the “growing presence” of Muslims in Europe, a yearning for a European continent-wide civil war to overthrow governments and put an end to multiculturalism that includes the literal execution of “cultural Marxists.”

According to Norwegian authorities, Breivik alone set off a car bomb outside government buildings in Oslo, then ambushed an island political (pro-labor movement) youth retreat in a shooting spree that left at least 86 dead. Breivik soon after surrendered to authorities.

The killer’s target – a political retreat of sorts by Norway’s Worker’s Youth League- was basically the “youth-in-politics” branch of the country’s ruling Labor Party. And from within a country of only 4.9 million people – on a scaled ratio with the United States, murdering over 90 people is on par with almost twice the amount who lost their lives on 9/11.

“The United States strongly condemns any kind of terrorism no matter where it comes from or who perpetuates it, and this tragedy strikes right at the heart of the soul of a peaceful people.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

So let’s step back; a white, non-Muslim, madman slaughters scores of innocents in the name of his extremist political agenda spurred by erroneous anti-labor, “Marxists are out to get us” and anti-Muslim propaganda. That’s bad PR for the Tea Party types and Glenn Beck crowds here in the U.S. who support those very ideals yet claim that true extremist terrorism simply does not exist within their ranks.

And they will do everything they can to convince us of that very sentiment; case in point a recent article by anti-Obama Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin who had the audacity to assert not only that the Oslo attacks were another example of freedom-hating jihadists hell-bent on the destruction of democracy but also use this tragedy as an example to support her argument for increased defense spending.

“We don’t know if al Qaeda was directly responsible for today’s events,” wrote Rubin, “but in all likelihood the attack was launched by part of the jihadist hydra. Prominent jihadists have already claimed online that the attack is payback for Norway’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan.”

“This is a sobering reminder for those who think it’s too expensive to wage a war against jihadists,” she continued, adding how “irresponsible lawmakers on both sides of the aisle…would have us believe that enormous defense cuts would not affect our national security.”

“Obama would have us believe that al-Qaeda is almost caput and that we can wrap up things in Afghanistan. All of these are rationalizations for doing something very rash, namely curbing our ability to defend the United States and our allies in a very dangerous world.”

The Wall Street Journal actually followed suit similarly – claiming the attacks were in fact carried out by a jihadist – but later retracted the argument when presented with actual evidence to the contrary.

Conservative blogger and famed Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin insisted repeatedly on Twitter that jihadists were at fault, as did both Andrew Breitbart of BigGovernment.com (yet another Fox News personality) and RedState’s Erick Erickson – the latter actually spinning out a rather odd comparative piece after the suspected killer’s motives were discovered that attempted to salvage his argument by suggesting a fundamental difference between Christian and Muslim terrorists.

Instead of reserving judgment intelligently while lending a supportive, constructive pen to the Oslo tragedy, these folk immediately converted them into pro-politico talking points that support their narrative – a narrative that was tragically and heartlessly proven false at the hands of a fringe lunatic.

– Joe Ascanio, OneWhiteDuck.com | Twitter | Facebook


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  • Adrian in NZ

    @Charley – and what about the countless millions dead across the world, particularly in poverty-struck areas, over decades following the prosperous capitalist system magic cure was supposed to bring?

    PJ Crowley, a leading right-wing intellectual, noted the world produces enough food, and a lot just goes to waste – so why should so many people die each year when we have the resources to alleviate suffering? Many of these people literally beg for any opportunity (hell, many jump into overloaded boats theyre that desperate), so that they may rise above their position and contribute in society (read: economy). A hand-up if you will, not hand-out.

    But then, our dominant global economic system is all about control, not really about empowerment and individual responsibility – so the West collectively is guilty of econocide. By encouraging further economic hardship and withdrawal of foreign aid by supporting your Tea Party, yes, you can be blamed for exacerbating global econocide.

    Back to the article – feeding hate messages as directed by the likes of Fox “”news”” and their global affiliates to a wide audience will influence fringe lunatics to do something terrible like what happened in Norway. We have seen this already in the US with an attempted assassination as violently inciteful rhetoric was out of control. As many of the Norway victims were children of ruling party members, looking to continue their political aspirations, this is tantamount to political assassination on a grand scale.

    This is price of right wing lies – blood is on the hands of the likes of you, Charley, who then have the audicity to say the effect of “So what?”.

    The right wing, in its fervour to correlate such evil to suit their agenda, didnt stop to actually find out the truth – that it was one of their own believers that caused so much pain. This is the same in New Zealand, where the prime minister initially said it was the work of Islamic terrorists, and that is why NZ is in Afghanistan – he couldnt wait to justify our country’s involvement.

    That is what is so wrong with the right wing – they are so quick to resort to populist calls, often ones that incite violence, without truth or evidence. When it is acted upon, by their own kind, the message bearers go into hiding.

    What about free but responsible speech? Individual responsibility you harp on about all the time when cutting welfare policies that are designed to encourage such qualities in people less fortunate?

    It just shows you, and a number of the right wing like you, are no more than irresponsible, cowardly, hypocritical, stupid lunatics.

  • charley morasch

    yes, we can blame the Tea Party for this, just as we
    can blame the left for the murders of 200 million
    at the hands of Stalin and Mao….

    • @Charley – I don’t think anyone is suggesting we “blame the Tea Party”

    • Tom Gloeckle

      Well, if the same logic is used that the conservatives use, then yes, the Tea Party IS responsible.

      However, if critical thinking is used, then no, the Tea Party IS NOT responsible.

      This guy was white, Christian and definitely unhinged.

  • Lars Magnus Nyland

    It’s was aproximated the deaths of 86 people on utøya and is as they are counting expected to decrease as it was only an aproximation.

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