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In the United States, critics have asserted that the intense spotlight on the threat from Islamic militants has unfairly vilified Muslim Americans while dangerously playing down the threat of attacks from other domestic radicals. The author of a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism withdrawn by the department after criticism from conservatives repeated on Sunday his claim that the department had tilted too heavily toward the threat from Islamic militants.The revelations about Mr. Breivik’s American influences exploded on the blogs over the weekend, putting Mr. Spencer and other self-described “counterjihad” activists on the defensive, as their critics suggested that their portrayal of Islam as a threat to the West indirectly fostered the crimes in Norway.
Yes, of course. There is no Islamic threat to the West. The Muslim Brother:
“must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
— Mohamed Akram, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” May 22, 1991
And as for “indirectly” fostering mass murder, it is noteworthy that none of the quotes of me by this Norwegian psychopath contain any call to violence whatsoever, and Scott Shane can’t come up with anything in that line, either. It is tough to make a consistent defense of the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people out to be incitement and hate, and Shane and his Islamic supremacist allies can most effectively do so by quoting me as little as possible.
Mr. Spencer wrote on his Web site, jihadwatch.org, that “the blame game” had begun, “as if killing a lot of children aids the defense against the global jihad and Islamic supremacism, or has anything remotely to do with anything we have ever advocated.” He did not mention Mr. Breivik’s voluminous quotations from his writings….
I have now. But in any case, the psychopath also praised Obama and plagiarized the Unabomber. Yet no one is holding the president or radical environmentalists responsible for the murders.
Marc Sageman, a former C.I.A. officer and a consultant on terrorism, said it would be unfair to attribute Mr. Breivik’s violence to the writers who helped shape his world view. But at the same time, he said the counterjihad writers do argue that the fundamentalist Salafi branch of Islam “is the infrastructure from which Al Qaeda emerged. Well, they and their writings are the infrastructure from which Breivik emerged.”
Sageman says it would be unfair to blame me, and then he does it. This is the same kind of rigorous and insightful analysis that this “expert” displayed when he explained jihad activity as a result of boredom.
“This rhetoric,” he added, “is not cost-free.”
This kind of analysis can be turned every which way. If I am murdered after all this demonization of me, will Shane or Sageman or the SPLC or Michael Isikoff be responsible?
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