Lenin’s Tomb is spot on.
However, if you want to understand the attitude of the punditocracy to fascist terrorism, consider the query put by BBC News to the former Norwegian Prime Minister yesterday: “Do you think not enough attention was paid to those unhappy re immigration?” Or, consider this New York Times article blaming the failure of multiculturalism. Or, look at this Atlantic article, which describes such racist terrorism as a “mutation of jihad” – that is “the spread of the ‘jihad’ mentality to anti-immigrant and racist groups”. You begin to get the picture. The idea to find some way in which all of this is still the fault of Muslim immigrants. The logic will be: the fascists express legitimate grievances, but go too far Or worse, in their natural outrage, they have allowed themselves to become like them.
Why is it that the MSM rarely focuses on right-wing terrorism while devoting acres of footage to left-wing and Islamist terrorism? That The Atlantic, a mildly liberal publication, engages in such gibberish is disheartening. They are deliberately evasive or simply ignorant of the facts.
Car bombs and terrorism were not invented by Muslims. The first car bomb aimed at killing civilians was detonated by anarchists outside JP Morgan’s Wall Street bank in 1920. It killed 38 people. The IRA invented car bombs but only used them against British military targets prior to that. They later used them against civilians, which qualifies the attacks as terrorism. These bombings predate the Islamist upsurge by many years. This makes arguments that the Norway atrocities are mutated jihadism little more than willful ignorance of reality. You could just as easily, and perhaps more rightly, say they were influenced by IRA and anarchist tactics.
The news coverage of the Norway mass-killings was fact-free conjecture
Let’s be absolutely clear, it wasn’t experts speculating, it was guessers guessing – and they were terrible
These “[What this lunatic did was awful,] but…” commenters then go on to discuss immigration, often with reference to a shaky Muslim-baiting story they’ve half-remembered from the press. So despite this being a story about an anti-Muslim extremist killing Norwegians who weren’t Muslim, they’ve managed to find a way to keep the finger of blame pointing at the Muslims, thereby following a narrative lead they’ve been fed for years, from the overall depiction of terrorism as an almost exclusively Islamic pursuit.
This is gutter journalism, well-paid lackies perpetuating a predetermined government and corporate agenda in deliberate disregard for facts or the non-existent objectivity they claim to have. And it’s not just Murdoch doing it either.
I was sickened when I purchased The Times which ran a front page and several pages inside with the statement, “This has the hand of Al qa’ida all over it.” They obviously heard of the bombing and shooting and rushed to press with their usual bias and total disregard for fact finding. It is no more or no less than I expect from the mainstream media.