Jumping the gun in Norway

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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