Hatred is not cost free

Posted on July 25, 2011


I was reading an article in the New York Times pointing out the close connection between American anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim websites and the recent mass murders in Norway.

The Norwegian domestic terrorist who committed the murders—76 of them, most of them children—was apparently deeply influenced by several American extreme right-wing hate sites, including Jihad Watch, The Gates of Vienna, and Atlas Shrugs.

The managers of these sites are of course denying any connection to the tragic murders in Norway.

However, as the NYT writes,

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.”

 “This rhetoric,” he added, “is not cost-free.”


See Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S. – New York Times 





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