Obama and the Democrats sent a message by refusing to accept any deal that would involve serious spending reform and a balanced budget. The message is that if you want those things, you're going to have to vote them out first. Let's see how much of the public got the message in 2012.
BACK TO BREIVIK
Anders Breivik’s attack on the youth camp of the Norwegian Labour Party has its most obvious precedent in the Maalot Massacre when Palestinian Muslim gunmen attacked an Israeli elementary school, taking over a hundred children hostage, and then using automatic weapons to kill as many of them as they could. But the link between Maalot and Utoya is more than casual. The Workers Youth League which ran the camp had a long history of supporting the same kind of terrorists who had perpetrated the Maalot Massacre.
Lars Gule, is the Secretary General of the Norwegian Humanist Association, and a defender of Muslims having the right to discriminate against women and gays. (The two are not a contradiction in Norway.) He was the leader of the Workers Youth League at the University of Bergen– and a DFLP terrorist.
The DFLP were the perpetrators of the Maalot Massacre. And two years after that attack, Lars Gule was trained by the DFLP and dispatched to Israel via Norway with explosives hidden in the covers of his books.
Sounds rotten? That's because there's Something Rotten in Norway as per my FPM article on the topic.
Breivik came out of the Norwegian left elite. The type of families whose children filled the camp. The camp of an ideology which viewed terror and murder as acceptable means to an end. How much did Breivik learn from them?
But at least things are good in Afghanistan, right? Not so much.
We might have been able to save Afghanistan from the Taliban, but we can’t save it from the Afghans. From the quarreling clans and warlords, the age old customs and the Islamic mores. Beyond a sliver of Western educated men and women in Kabul lies a land of a thousand cruelties and a million knives. With a vendetta around every corner and murder in every heart...
The Taliban contribution was the linkup through Pakistan and now Iran with a global Jihad. The local raid giving way to the global raid. The persecution of Christians in Afghanistan giving way to September 11. Exploding Buddhas transitioning to falling skyscrapers.
The terrible genius of Islam is that it took the violence of the tribe and the clan and sanctified it. Islam elevated the vendetta to the highest form of religious service. The one that is above all other
See This Is the Country We’re Saving, my other FPM article for this week.
CHRISTIE CONTINUES EXCITING ISLAMOPANDERING CAMPAIGN
Governor Christie is still demagoguing his appointment of a terrorist Imam's associate and lawyer to a Superior Court Judgeship.
I covered this in detail back in Jan, but most major conservative blogs have ignored or misreported the story. Here's a condensed summary...
Passaic County has the second largest Muslim population in the country. And the Islamic Center of Passaic County is the state's largest mosque, and it's the only one run by an an Imam who was a member of the Hamas terrorist organization.
Despite Mohammed Qatanani's membership in the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization that is behind both Al Qaeda and Hamas, despite his own guilty plea to being a member of Hamas... Qatanani was not deported.
Christie called Qatanani, "a man of great goodwill" and "a constructive force" and allowed Charles McKenna, one of his associate attorneys to testify on behalf of Qatanani
The pioneering terrorism researcher, Steve Emerson called it, "a disgrace and an act of pure political corruption". He stated, "I know for certain that Christie and the FBI SAC had access to information about Qatanani’s background, involvement with and support of Hamas." Defending Qatanani required Christie to pit himself against the Department of Homeland Security, which wanted him deported. But the Department of Homeland Security wasn't running for office in New Jersey. Christie was.
The first Imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, Mohammad El-Mezain, was convicted of funneling money to Hamas. El-Mezain had actually boasted of raising almost 2 million dollars for Hamas. And his replacement, Qatanani, actually was a member of Hamas. An ordinary politician might have been forgiven for not knowing this, but Christie was the US Attorney for New Jersey. It's absolutely impossible that he would not have known the background of the Islamic Center of Passaic County. Yet Christie attended a Ramadan dinner, in the same place where terrorists had fundraised, and kissed Qatanani on the cheek.
Now Christie has nominated Sohail Mohammed, Qatanan's former lawyer, to a Superior Court judgeship. Sohail Mohammed is a board member of the American Muslim Union, an organization that has interlocking leadership with groups that have fundraised for Hamas and hosted a Hamas speaker. The American Muslim Union is closely interlinked with Qatanani's Islamic Center of Passaic County.
When five Muslims were convicted of plotting to murder US soldiers at New Jersey's Fort Dix, American Muslim Union president, Mohamad Younes, came out in their defense. When El-Mezain, the original Imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, was convicted, Younes claimed that he had only been convicted because he was a Muslim. The ICPC and the AMU shared five members in their leadership, which essentially makes them one and the same. Nominating an AMU board member is an indirect payoff to the Islamic Center of Passaic County's own leadership... and to Mohammed Qatanani.
So after helping Mohammed Qatanani escape deportation, Christie then nominated his lawyer to a Superior Court judgeship.
The media is predictably not addressing any of this. Instead it's letting Christie posture as a defender of Muslim civil rights.
Qatanani and Sohail Mohammed are not the limit of Christie's Islamopandering.
Christie defended the Ground Zero Mosque, he defended the firing of a NJ state employee who burned a Koran on his own private time and has now decided to demagogue terrorism researchers and activists warning about the rise of honor killings and other forms of brutality and discrimination under the guise of Sharia law.
These cases are worse because they actively impinge on the freedoms and values of Americans.
New Jersey has the second largest Muslim population by percentage in the country. And they're very politically active. Which means it's hard to run for governor without making overtures. Christie has done more than make overtures. For all his belligerent rhetoric, he's compromised.
That's what this really comes down to. Christie makes a decent enough governor, though not quite the tremendous reformer image that he has carefully built up for himself, but he can't be trusted on national security. And the Sohail Mohammed nomination is a reminder of why.
THE NEW COLONIALISM
On July 27, 2011, Tariq Ramadan gave a speech at a fundraiser organised by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) in Dallas (TX).
The highlight of the conference occurred at the beginning of the first part. Tariq Ramadan enjoins his listeners “not to be colonized” by the consumerist society then added that the Muslims should be the ones “positively” colonizing the United States of America “with our understanding of Islam, with our principles”.
But don't worry about this kind of thing. It's the good kind of colonialism. European colonialism was bad because it brought with it consumer values and advanced medicine. Muslim colonialism is good because it will teach us to stop using incandescent bulbs and go back to the roomy caves where there are warm fires that have limited impact on the environment.
And now let's get to the meat of it...
The conservatives, the tea parties, what they want in this country (in the United States) is to make Islam a problem. You want the statistics? Just after September the 11th, ten years ago, 66% of the Americans told that this was done by a tiny minority that were not representing Islam. This was the first reaction and this is why we got such positive reactions by the Americans saying: “No, we are with you. We are even willing to protect your mosques.” And they did it. And they were there...
We are not here to please the people, to change our religion, to make it acceptable. We are not here to become moderate...but we are here to teach the people some of the principles and some of our values.
But don't worry, this is just a tiny minority of extremists who represent the Muslim groups of North America and a speech by one of the most respected figures among Western Muslims.
According to Governor Christie, "Sharia Law has nothing to do with this at all, it’s crazy!” and "Sharia Law business is just crap." And it is. Until you're the one being stoned.
In light of the media circus, I felt it was time to coin a term for the whole thing. Breivixploitation seems to fit nicely.
And there are some particularly pathetic examples of it. Stale candy from a rotting tabloid box. This pathetic list of select headlines shows a desperate media looking to milk a massacre for every last drop, scrambling for new angles.
Let the Breivixploitation begin.
Australia's ABC asks, "What if the Oslo terrorist was Ahmad Breivik?"
We already know the answer to that. He would be diagnosed as suffering from secondhand PTSD or anger over his failing fertilizer business.
"Western press largely overlooks heroism of lesbian couple in Norway massacre" the Guardian grumbles.
Because we all know the Western press is notoriously biased against lesbians. I see a movie of the week emerging from this. Leonardo DiCaprio can play Lesbian #1.
"Norway attacks: How far right views created Anders Behring Breivik" from the Guardian again.
Apparently right wingers forced his father to impregnate his mother. Is there anything those bigoted scoundrels won't do?
"Director 'sorry' for film that Norway killer loved" says MSNBC. But when will J.D. Salinger finally apologize for Catcher in the Rye?
"Norway shooting: Anders Behring Breivik plagiarised 'Unabomber'" Let's hope Norwegian jails don't have mail delivery.
"Norway attacks: The Breivik-McVeigh connection" at the LA Times. They are both oyxgen breathers.
"Norway massacre spurs calls for new US gun laws" at CBS. If only we had more gun laws, this tragedy would not have been affected in the least.
"Racism chief: Haters 'try to infiltrate football" from MSNBC. Damn those player haters.
"'Tell the police to hurry. People are dying here!'" If only the police hadn't been busy catching racist football infiltrators.
For some, like Breivik, 'Gamer' still means 'Social Outcast' from the Kansas City Star. If only someone had made Breivik feel good about playing video games.
"Norwegian killer's Polish chemical supplier faces jail, report says", Herald Sun's overly convoluted Australian headline faces incoherence, blog snark reports.
"A Blogosphere of Bigots" at the New York Times. To be followed by A Mediasphere of Morons.
"Ex-Smiths drummer backs Morrissey over Norway massacre comments", no massacre story can do without a classic punk angle.
"Norwegian mass killer's manifesto hails Hindutva", from The Hindu, which doesn't seem to like Hindus very much.
"Norway's Breivik Likes Hungary, Journal Shows" from the Wall Street Journal. Well, who doesn't. Show yourselves, you Hungarophobes!
"Breivik: Bad man from Scandinavian crime fiction?" asks the Times of India. Is Henning Mankell to blame?
"Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik's NZ link" from Stuff.co.nz. He couldn't get enough Kiwis.
"Winehouse, Breivik and Deadly Ideals" did Breivik kill Amy Winehouse? Read the New York Times blog to find out.
"Thousands of Norwegians rally against violence". Pity they're a few days and a few miles too late.
"Muhammad Ali writes letter to people of Norway" (AP). But how does he feel about Hungary?
"How should the media cover the Anders Breivik case?" asks the CBC. Obviously by focusing on the Morrissey, Hungarian, Robert Spencer, New Zealand angles.
But the Breivixploitation prize goes to Uri Avnery's incoherent essay which tries to tie the Norwegian shootings to Avigdor Lieberman. (VDare's Peter Brimelow tried to tie them to Baruch Goldstein.)
But Uri Avnery's piece is hilarious because he knows absolutely nothing about what happened--
When I first heard the news about the Oslo outrage, I was afraid that the perpetrators might be some crazy Muslims. The repercussions would have been terrible. Indeed, within minutes, one stupid Muslim group already boasted that they had carried out this glorious feat. Fortunately, the actual mass-murderer surrendered at the scene of the crime.
He is the prototype of a Nazi anti-Semite of the new wave. His creed consists of white supremacy, Christian fundamentalism, hatred of democracy and European chauvinism, mixed with a virulent hatred of Muslims.
Thank Allah, the killer wasn't a Muslim. For once.
I'M SORRY YOU'RE SUCH HYPOCRITES TOO
The Jerusalem Post meanwhile apologized for even mentioning that the shootings raised tensions over multilculturalism in Norway.
But remind me of when a newspaper, any newspaper, apologized for reporting on a terrorist attack in Israel while mentioning the "occupation" or the "cycle of violence."
THIS CAN ONLY END WELL
Muammar Qaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, has announced that the regime has struck a deal with its Islamist opposition to turn Libya into a Sharia state and crush the secular rebels. This comes as the top rebel commander, Abdel Fateh Younes, was murdered, possibly by Islamists.
It's like the same thing that happened in Egypt. The Islamists get first pick of alliance. The American backed liberals get to go back to being in exile.
ABE FOXMAN BREAKS INTO THE ISLAMOPHOBIA BUSINESS
Somewhere there's a universe where Abe Foxman is managing a pizza shop. Unfortunately this isn't it. Instead Abe hopped out of his burrow to pen an op-ed in response to the Breivik shootings.
The attacks in Norway seem to stem from a different source. They are the first to emerge from a relatively new, specifically anti-Islamic ideology that moves beyond religious or racial prejudices to incorporate anti-Islamic sentiment as the focal point of a larger worldview.
Actually Breivik was waging war against what he viewed as cultural marxism and saw Muslims as potential allies in that war... but it's Abe Foxman. If he gets the day of the week right, it's a score for the ADL research department.
Adherents of this ideological Islamophobia view Islam as an existential threat to the world, especially to the “West.”
So basically anyone who notices that Islamic terrorism is a major problem is a bigot. Only the ostriches are moral.
The Oslo perpetrator in his manifesto quoted extensively from the writings of European and American bloggers — including Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller — who promote a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda under the pretext of fighting radical Islam.
Actually he quoted other writes, people like Fjordman, who quoted Spencer, who quoted the Koran.
Like I'm quoting Abe Foxman now. I'm quoting him extensively right now. It's clear from this that Abe is now complicit in anything I say and do.
This belief system goes far beyond anti-Islamic prejudice based on simple religious or racial grounds. In a sense, it parallels the creation of an ideological — and far more deadly — form of anti-Semitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries on the backs of the previously dominant cultural and religious forms of anti-Semitism.
Foxman's weak analogy might fare better if 19th century Jews had gone around waving signs that Judaism would rule Europe. Or if 21st century Muslims were suspected of drinking blood on major holidays, instead of blowing up buildings.
One bizarre twist to Breivik’s warped worldview was his pro-Zionism — his strongly expressed support for the state of Israel. It is a reminder that we must always be wary of those whose love for the Jewish people is born out of hatred of Muslims or Arabs.
Ah, but we must be far warier of executives of Jewish organizations with huge salaries whose Zionism ends at the point where they have to stand up to Muslim anti-semitism.
In the United States, we have seen frequent manifestations of this ideology, including the eager promotion by anti-Islamic zealots of a growing conspiracy theory about “creeping Sharia law.”
Speaking of things the ADL should be doing instead of pandering shamelessly to the Muslim Brotherhood's Islamophobia scam... is things like this.
Toronto--A synagogue in the city's northeast end was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti.
Staff members of Beth Tikvah Synagogue on Thursday found the words "Islam will rule" and a swastika spray-painted on the exterior of their building.
Clearly this horrendous act was carried out by some Islamophobe. "Islam Will Rule" reveals his faith in conspiracy theories about creeping Sharia.
RIGHT WING NORWEGIAN CHRISTIANS BOMB CHURCH IN IRAQ
A car bomb outside a Christian church in northern Iraq exploded Tuesday morning, injuring 23 people.
Police say the bomb in the northern city of Kirkuk heavily damaged the Syrian Catholic church. The church’s parish leader, the Rev. Imad Yalda, was the only person inside the building at the time of the blast and was wounded.
The 22 others also wounded in the explosion were people whose nearby homes were hit by the blast.
There's no question that we must stand up to this latest act of Islamophobia.The message must be sent loud and clear that we will ignore this atrocity.
OCEANIA FINALLY PURGES ANNOYING DISSIDENT
Fjordman's name has been made public and he's gone into hiding. There is varying information on whether he will continue his work. Certainly he won't do it as Fjordman.
Of course there is no media concern about a backlash, as there is after Muslim terrorist attacks. Instead there are pieces on how important it is to silence critics of Islam.
So the response to a Muslim terrorist attack is to warn against associating the attacker with all Muslims. And the response to a right wing attack is to associate the attacker with everyone to the right of Marx.
TURKISH THUGS THREATEN TO OCCUPY MORE OF CYPRUS
Turkey on Friday threatened to show the "necessary response" to any move by Cyprus to start exploratory drilling for offshore gas deposits.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Cyprus had no right to go ahead with efforts to search for gas before a settlement to reunify the divided island will be reached.
"No one has the right to do anything over the island's natural resources ... before the Cyprus issue isn't resolved," Davutoglu told reporters. There must be an administration representing both parts of the island, he insisted.
Yes, no one has the right to it until Turkey seizes the whole thing and places it under their own unified administration.
Meanwhile number of European activists protesting Turkey's occupation of Cyprus or Kurdistan? 0