Just as they did after the Tucson shootings that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life with a bullet would to the head, liberals are rushing to connect Anders Behring Breivik – the Norwegian being held responsible for the bombings and mass murder in Oslo – with Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.
Edward Teller writes at Firedoglake:
The bombing-shootings took up enormous bandwidth in our media machine until it came out that the alleged perpetrator has more in common with Sarah Palin and Alan Dershowitz than with Rachel Corrie or Furkan Doğan, both of whom have been labelled terrorists by Dershowitz.
Thomas Ferdousi notes that angry leftists at Democratic Underground are also linking the Norwegian to Palin and the Tea Party.
Ferdousi also notes a comment left at the Huffington Post:
“Anders Brevik – good looking
Sarah Palin – good looking
Michele Bachmann – good looking
Are all terrorist attractive (sic)”
He writes the “stupids are out on Twitter, as well,” pushing the Breivik/Palin link “through analogy…”
But questions have surfaced about Breivik’s Facebook page that claims he is a Christian conservative.
Pamela Gellar of Atlas Shrugged notes there are apparently discrepancies in his page:
While the leftist and Islamic supremacist ghouls rush to portray Norway mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik as a Christian and even as an anti-jihadist, the unanswered questions multiply. Why did a jihad group take credit for the atrocities, and then retract? And who altered the murderer’s Facebook page? Yesterday, at the time that his name was released, his Facebook page looked like this (hat tip Vivien for the screenshot)
Gellar shows screenshots of Breivik’s page before and after his name was released. The original is in Norwegian and doesn’t mention his religion, while the second is in English, and is completely different from the original.
A post at solidprinciples.com asks three important questions:
1: Why is there a version of Anders Behring Breivik’s Facebook profile not showing Christian / Conservative? Even Google’s cache of the Facebook profile retrieved on Jul 22, 2011 23:52:36 GMT supports this factor.
2: How was Christian / Conservative added prior to the profile being removed from Facebook? If our PDF was printed out/saved at Jul 23 01:39 GMT, and the profile was deleted soon afterwards by Facebook, how was a detained Anders Behring Breivik able to change it?
3: Which then needs to be asked, Who had access to in changing the Profile before it was removed?
The same post asks:
If this profile is indeed a fake, and Wikipedia admins have removed it due to legitimacy issues, why are so many in the media still quoting from it rather than looking to debunk it? Has this been another incident of jumping to conclusion without waiting to check the facts? It seems the Wikipedia discussion page confirms the PDF link was removed after the FB Page admin deemed the link “Not WP RS” (Reliable Sources)
The original Facebook profile shows Breivik liked Winston Churchill, as well as Orwell’s classic novel “1984.” There is no mention of him being a Christian on the profile, although “Political Analysis” is listed as an interest.
Jonathon M. Seidl writes at The Blaze that Breivik’s views do not seem to fit into any ideological “box”:
According to several outlets, Breivik identified with some conservative causes. But the more one digs, the more one finds that Anders Behring Breivik holds the views of a racist, bigoted, zealot that really can’t be fit into a neat box.
Seidl also quotes an article at the U.K. Daily Mail that notes:
The man responsible for the massacre in Norway was a member of a Swedish nazi forum which encourages attacks on government buildings.
It was also revealed by local police that he had extreme right wing views who hated Muslims.
According to Swedish website Expo Anders Behring Breivik is a member of ‘Nordisk’ which has 22,000 members and focuses on political terrorism.
Nazis, by definition, are socialists – hardly a position held by true Christians or members of the Tea Party.
Calling Breivik’s reported views a “mixed bag,” Seidl explains:
It’s also important to note that the terms of American politics are not easily transferable to European politics. Often, the extremes in Europe are communists on the left and fascists on the right. In America, “extreme right wing” has been hijacked to label conservatives who adhere strictly to the Constitution, or who fight for legal immigration. (Some on the American left have even succeeded in making “extreme right wing” synonymous with the Tea Party.) In Europe, however, the term could mean zealous nationalists and militant fascists.
But an article by Humanist Examiner Michael Stone starts with a headline screaming “Right wing Christian fundamentalist brings terror to Norway,” and claims that Breivik was a fan of “Tea Party darling Pamela Geller’s rabid, anti-Islam website Atlas Shrugs,” based on an article by human rights activist Craig Murray.
Murray’s “logic” goes something like this:
Breivik allegedly posted comments on a popular conservative website. Said website is run by someone who opposes global Islamic domination, and has (gasp) spoken at a Tea Party convention and attended a pro-Israel rally in Oslo. Ergo, the Tea Party is responsible for what Breivik allegedly did on his own.
We are told that Behring Breivik acted alone. In truth he had ideological and communication links with organised far right networks every bit as solid as the comparable connections of Islamic terrorists.
Although Stone is correct when he writes that religious terrorism is a threat to all, it is outrageous to claim that Breivik had any physical ties to the Tea Party or to Sarah Palin, and it is outrageous to claim Christians support what Breivik allegedly did.
It does, however, fit the radical left wing narrative – and in this election year, that is apparently all that matters.
One can only hope that responsible heads will prevail, and another media-manufactured “blood libel” will be avoided.
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