[Marxism] U.S. Islamophobes Distance Themselves from Norway Killings

jay rothermel jayrothermel at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 20:02:42 MDT 2011

U.S. Islamophobes Distance Themselves from Norway Killings
By Jim Lobe*

*WASHINGTON, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) - As Norway mourns the loss of at least 76
of its citizens in Friday's bombing of government buildings in Oslo and mass
shootings at a Labour Party youth camp, attention here has focused on the
U.S. bloggers and groups whose Islamophobic message appears to have fuelled
the alleged perpetrator's murderous rage.*

Their identity was established through the on-line publication by the
alleged terrorist, 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, of a 1,500- page
manifesto entitled "2083: A European Declaration of Independence"
purportedly authored by an "Andrew Berwick".

All belong to what Toby Archer, a researcher at the Finnish Institute of
International Affairs, referred to as a "transatlantic movement that often
calls itself 'the counter-jihad'" in an article published Monday by

"As his writings indicate, Breivik is clearly a product of this
predominantly web-based community of anti-Muslim, anti-government and
anti-immigration bloggers, writers and activists," according to Archer.

He also noted that, in contrast to the traditional European right, this
network tends to be philo-Semitic and supports the most extreme right-wing
parties in Israel.

Particularly striking is the overlap between the U.S. members of this
network - all of whom are identified with the neo-conservative movement -
with the leaders of last year's controversial campaign to prevent the
construction of a Muslim community centre near the World Trade Center site
in Lower Manhattan, the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque".

The same bloggers and groups also actively promoted "Obsession: Radical
Islam's War Against the West", a film produced by the Clarion Fund, an
apparent front for the far-right Israeli group Aish Hatorah, that compares
the threat posed by radical Islam to that of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Some 28 million DVD copies of the video were distributed to households in
key swing states on the eve of the 2008 president elections in an apparent
effort to sway voters against Barack Obama.

At one point in his manifesto, Breivik referred readers to YouTube segments
of all 10 parts of "Obsession".

Among other sources cited by the manifesto, the "Jihad Watch" blog and its
author, Robert Spencer, is cited no less than 162 times, while Daniel Pipes
and his Middle East Forum (MEF) gets 16 mentions, according to a tally by
the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank here.

Another blogger, Pamela Geller, and her "Atlas Shrugs" blog is cited 12
times in the manifesto, while the Center for Security Policy (CSP), its
president, Frank Gaffney, and CSP's senior fellow for Middle Eastern
Affairs, Caroline Glick, appear a total of eight times.

All of them have sought to distance themselves both from Breivik and
Friday's terrorist acts since his identity first became known Saturday, and
have furiously protested suggestions in the media that they bore any
responsibility for what took place in Norway Friday.

Geller, who co-authored a book with Spencer last year that accused President
Barack Obama of waging "war on America" (and for which the former U.S.
ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, wrote the foreword), called a
front-page New York Times article that noted the couple's frequent citations
by Breivik "outrageous".

"It's like equating Charles Manson, who heard in the lyrics of [Beatles
song] Helter Skelter a calling for the Manson murders," she wrote on her
atlasshrugs.com blog. "It's like blaming the Beatles. It's patently

Citing the same Beatles-Charles Manson analogy, Spencer also expressed
outrage on his jihadwatch.org blog both at Breivik's alleged acts and the
suggestion that he may have been responsible in some way for them.

Although he was only mentioned once in the manifesto, David Horowitz, whose
David Horowitz Freedom Center, according to Politico, provided some 920,000
dollars to Jihad Watch in the latter part of the last decade, also defended
Spencer on the far-right FrontPage website.

Most of that money was donated by the Fairbrook Foundation, which is run by
Aubry and Joyce Chernick and which has funded other Islamophobic groups,
including Pipes' MEF, Gaffney's CSP, and Aish Hatorah, as well as the
far-right Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), according to 2009 tax
records. Indeed, many of the same funders – many of them right-wing Jews –
have provided support to such Islamophobic organisations in recent years.

"Robert Spencer has never supported a terrorist act," wrote Horowitz on
FrontPage Monday. "His crime in the eyes of the left is to have told the
truth about Islamic fanatics beginning with the Islamic prophet who called
for the extermination of the Jews…"

For his part, Gaffney, who has long claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood is
organising to impose Islamic law, or Shariah, on the West, including the
United States, expressed concern on his centre's website that "the wrong
lessons will be learned from the mayhem" in Norway.

"The murderous attacks in Norway last week cry out for justice for the
victims…," he wrote. "They also demand that Norway and other civilized
nations respond thoughtfully – notably, by resisting the temptation to
suppress those warning of encroaching sharia and, in the process, abet those
who are striving to insinuate that totalitarian program into freedom-loving

According to Archer, much of the larger trans-Atlantic network of which CSP,
Spencer, Geller, Pipes, and Horowitz are a part was inspired by Bat Ye'or, a
British-Swiss researcher whose 2005 book, "Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis",
purports to describe "Europe's evolution from a Judeo-Christian civilization
…into a post-Judeo- Christian civilization that is subservient to the
ideology of jihad and the Islamic powers that propagate it."

As a concept, "Eurabia", she said at a presentation at the neo- conservative
Hudson Institute, is anti-Semitic and aimed against both Israel and the U.S.
The book boasts favourable blurbs by Pipes, Spencer, the late Italian author
Oriana Fallaci, and British historian Niall Ferguson, among others. Ye'or is
cited 59 times in Breivik's manifesto.

Some experts on U.S. Islamophobic movements observed Monday that Breivik's
philo-Semitism and strong support for Israel were ironic, and not only
because the far right in Europe historically has been anti-Semitic.

They said the manifesto's repeated emphasis on "Cultural Marxism" as the
great enemy of Western civilisation reflected the latest incarnation in a
long line of essentially anti-Semitic conspiracy theories depicting a small
group of Jews as the corrupters of native societies.

"Breivik is clearly a rabid Islamophobe, but it's clear from the text that
he has adopted a theory about 'Cultural Marxism' that argues that
multiculturalism and political correctness are a conspiracy launched by
Marxist Jews of the Frankfurt School in the 1930s, the result of which is
Muslim immigration, which will destroy Norway and the rest of Europe and
crush western Christian culture," Chip Berlet, an analyst at Political
Research Associates in Boston, told IPS.

A veteran observer of far-right U.S. groups, Berlet said Breivik's manifesto
echoed the themes set out in an open letter published by the late founder of
the far-right Free Congress Foundation, Paul Weyrich, in 1999 in which he
charged that "Cultural Marxism" as conceived by the Frankfurt School was
"succeeding in its war against our culture".

"Breivik is pro-Israel because he sees it as a bulwark against Islam," he
told IPS. "I don't think he's personally anti-Semitic, but he's adopted a
conspiracy theory that is anti-Semitic."

*Jim Lobe's blog on U.S. foreign policy can be read at



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