By midday, pundits were speculating as to who had perpetrated the greatest massacre in Norwegian history since World War II. Numerous mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, speculated about an Al Qaeda connection and a “jihadist” motivation behind the attacks. But by the next morning it was clear that the attacker was a 32-year-old, white, blond-haired and blue-eyed Norwegian male. He was not a Muslim, but rather a self-described Christian conservative.
According to his attorney, he claimed responsibility for his self-described “gruesome but necessary” actions. On July 26, he told the court that violence was “necessary” to save Europe from Marxism and “Muslimization.” In his 1,500-page manifesto, which meticulously details his attack methods and aims to inspire others to extremist violence, he vows “brutal and breathtaking operations which will result in casualties” to fight the alleged “ongoing Islamic Colonization of Europe.”
His manifesto contains numerous footnotes and in-text citations to American bloggers and pundits, quoting them as experts on Islam’s “war against the West.” This small group of anti-Muslim organizations and individuals in our nation is obscure to most Americans but wields great influence in shaping the national and international political debate. Their names are heralded within communities that are actively organizing against Islam and targeting Muslims in the United States.
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This thread is NOT about the nutcase who slaughtered all those people in Oslo Norway. This forum already has several threads on that topic
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The Oslo slaughter is a symptom of a problem in western society... irrational fear of Muslim and Islamic culture. You won't hear much about this problem or much else about the Oslo killer in the news because most mainstream editorial slants promote irrational fear of Islam which was his primary motivation.
This attack was one consequence of the actions of a small, tightly networked group of misinformation experts. Collectively they guide an effort that reaches millions of people through effective advocates, media partners and grassroots organizing. This spreading of hate and misinformation primarily starts with five key people and their organizations, which are sustained by funding from a clutch of key foundations. What happened in Norway could have happened here. While this network remains active, it could happen again.
I support free speech within limits. You can't yell "fire" in a theatre. Nor should you be able to promote irrational fear of a group of people and not have some responsibility for the consequences.
I've come to similar conclusions as these people:
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