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Desperately Seeking Muslims....To Blame

By The Reverend Published: July 24, 2011

We know now that the Oslo, Norway terrorist-murderer is a right wing, anti-Muslim, Christian nationalist.

In online debates marks Anders Behring Breivik as well read, and one with strong opinions about Norwegian politics. He promotes a very conservative opinions, which he also called nationalist. He expresses himself strongly opposed to multiculturalism - that cultural differences can live together in a community.

Breivik has had many posts on the site, an Islam-critical site that publishes news and commentary.

In one of the posts he states that politics today no longer revolves around socialism against capitalism, but that the fight is between nationalism and internationalism. He expressed clear support for the nationalist mindset.

Anders Breivik Behring has also commented on the Swedish news articles, where he makes it clear that he believes the media have failed by not being "NOK" Islam-critical.

Elsewhere, it has been demonstrated that the murderer had a keen affection for anti-Muslim American screedist, Pam Gellar....she of the "no mosque at Groud Zero" infamy.

Brievak's philosophy would fit in very nicely on several Fox news programs, both radio and teevee. The anti-Muslim conservatives in America and this mass murderer from Norway hold similar beliefs. That doesn't make anti-Muslim Americans murderers or just puts them in the same ideological camp.

So commonplace has American anti-Muslim rhetoric become...not anti-jihadist rhetoric but anti-Muslim rhetoric, that conservative "journalists" in mainstream American media immediately blamed the bombing and youth camp murders in Norway on al-Qaeda....

We don’t know if al Qaeda was directly responsible for today’s events, 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.

"in all likelihood"

Here is what kneejerk journalism, seasoned by never-ending Muslim bashing by Americans and American media, looks like....

Moreover, there is a specific jihadist connection here: “Just nine days ago, Norwegian authorities filed charges against Mullah Krekar, an infamous al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist who, with help from Osama bin Laden, founded Ansar al Islam – a branch of al Qaeda in northern Iraq – in late 2001.”

The author, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post, was ready to take the case to trial. She already had al-Qaeda Muslim fingerprints all over the terrible crime...and had even established motive.

Then comes the warning to any of us out here in America who still aren't taking Sharia and the Caliphate seriously enough....

This is a sobering reminder for those who think it’s too expensive to wage a war against jihadists.

That is followed by a quote from a representative of the American Enterprise organization who can never support enough wars against Muslim nations....

“There has been a lot of talk over the past few months on how we’ve got al-Qaeda on the run and, compared with what it once was, it’s become a rump organization. But as the attack in Oslo reminds us, there are plenty of al-Qaeda allies still operating. No doubt cutting the head off a snake is important; the problem is, we’re dealing with global nest of snakes.”

Glenn Greenwald succinctly describes America's kneejerk assumptions that all tragic events are carried out by Muslims.....

For much of the day yesterday, the featured headline on The New York Times online front page strongly suggested that Muslims were responsible for the attacks on Oslo; that led to definitive statements on the BBC and elsewhere that Muslims were the culprits. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin wrote a whole column based on the assertion that Muslims were responsible, one that, as James Fallows notes, remains at the Post with no corrections or updates. The morning statement issued by President Obama — “It’s a reminder that the entire international community holds a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring” and “we have to work cooperatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks” — appeared to assume, though (to its credit) did not overtly state, that the perpetrator was an international terrorist group.

David Dayen, the best blogger at further explains...

These assumptions, cultivated through the last 10 years, are all the more insidious when you consider that, even after the affirmative ID of the perpetrator as a Norwegian nationalist, the NYT still intimated that the attacker somehow “learned” from Al Qaeda. They even intimated that it was OK to consider that “terrorists” would be responsible, as if a Norwegian shooting up a youth camp is somehow not an act of terrorism. They were not alone: the Wall Street Journal’s lead editorial, which made it into some early editions of the paper, reflected the assumption of Islamic terrorism.

This is a damaging side-effect of the 9-11 attacks. Ten years later, an entire religious group, representing 1 billion people worldwide, is for too many people synonymous with violence and terror, at total variance with the facts in many cases. And the rush to judgment followed by the rush to avoid judgment is depressingly familiar

The anti-Muslim hysteria in the United States, promoted primarily by American conservatives, has left a permanent mark. As the Professional media's response to the Norwegian tragedy demonstrates, we are an uglier nation because of it.



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