Thursday, 28 July 2011
When the 9/11 attacks occurred, the Guardian's assistant editor, Seamus Milne, also known as Shameless Milne, was full of understanding - for the terrorists. "Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad," he said. The policy choices that led to such rage had to be re-assessed, he insisted.
Nearly two days after the horrific suicide attacks on civilian workers in New York and Washington, it has become painfully clear that most Americans simply don't get it. From the president to passersby on the streets, the message seems to be the same: this is an inexplicable assault on freedom and democracy, which must be answered with overwhelming force - just as soon as someone can construct a credible account of who was actually responsible.

Shock, rage and grief there has been aplenty. But any glimmer of recognition of why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing their own lives in the process - or why the United States is hated with such bitterness, not only in Arab and Muslim countries, but across the developing world - seems almost entirely absent. Perhaps it is too much to hope that, as rescue workers struggle to pull firefighters from the rubble, any but a small minority might make the connection between what has been visited upon them and what their government has visited upon large parts of the world.
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To highlight the contrast, let us recast this text as if it applied to the attacks in Oslo.
Nearly two days after the horrific attacks on civilians in Oslo, it has become painfully clear that most Cultural Marxists simply don't get it. From the prime minister to passing Labour party members on the streets, the message seems to be the same: this is an inexplicable assault on freedom and democracy, which must be answered with overwhelming repression of free speech - just as soon as someone can collect the IP addresses of all those Counterjihad website operators and commenters.

Shock, rage and grief there has been aplenty. But any glimmer of recognition of why someone might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing his own life in the process - or why the Cultural Marxists are hated with such bitterness, not only in far-right circles, but across the population as a whole - seems almost entirely absent. Perhaps it is too much to hope that, as rescue workers continue to look for dead bodies, any but a small minority might make the connection between what has been visited upon them and what their governments have visited upon large parts of Europe.


Of course Shameless Milne didn't say this, however. This time, he felt there were no policy implications to be drawn from the rage that inspired the attacks.
Of course the Norwegian killer's ideology, spelled out in mind-numbing detail in his 1,500-page online manifesto, is both repulsive and absurd. Its main focus is hatred of Islam and Muslims — who he wants deported from Europe — rooted in a self-proclaimed Christian conservatism. He declares himself hostile to "cultural Marxism", while being both pro-Israel and antisemitic, and a champion of anti-Muslim rage from India to the Arctic circle.

Milne is so shameless that he instrumentalises this atrocity to attack not only the "far-right" but even the mainstream right.
All these themes are of course staples of conservative newspapers, commentators and websites. So naturally, exponents of one or more of these tropes are quoted liberally by Breivik, from Bernard Lewis and Melanie Phillips to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Mark Steyn.

This is the same guy who, whenever Muslims commit one of their many terrorist atrocities, and justify it according to their own religious texts and doctrines, insists that the attacks must be divorced from their social and ideological context and be viewed as having no connection to Islam. Shameless Milne doesn't even bother with the pseudo-distinction between Islam and Islamism. Both are just fine by him!

And, of course, it's not really Islam, its conflict-engendering, freedom-killing, life-blighting doctrines we care about. That's just the excuse. Deep down, perhaps subconsciously even, we're really just evil racists.
It has become the new acceptable form of racism – far outstripping in opinion polls the level of hatred for any other religious or racial group, and embraced by those who delude themselves that anti-Muslim bigotry has nothing to do with ethnicity – and even represents some sort of defence of liberal values.

Even on the Guardian, it is rare to see the kind of mind-bending hypocrisy that is displayed in this article.

2 comments:

John Pierre said...

Glad to be reminded of that again, it's just a waiting game to be honest.

Ralph Lynn said...

Mind boggling stupidity. The catch all 'racism' bomb dunnae work no more! The utope fascists have worn it out. They are everything they claim to oppose and show themselves as arational and amoral in every attempted attack on the counter culture.

Reason, the facts, the truth are on our side. Pathetic little smear jobs like the above reveal the left to be spent, barren, fearful.

The inert. oily vapour that falls out of these bubble's heads couldn't stiffle a birthday cake candle.

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