I can’t say that I am shocked by the Reich-wing’s knee-jerk reaction to the attacks in Oslo, Norway but that doesn’t mean I find it any less disgusting.
Here are just a few examples, among many, of what the world of conservative punditry had to say:
Former Bush administration State Department official Christian Whiton thinks Norway invited the attacks by not being tough enough on terrorism.
WHITON: You know the problem in a lot of European counties is they think by being neutral in the war on terror as if any civilized society can be, that they won’t face the threats that we face. But that’s just not true, we do know al Qaeda and Islamic terrorist movements are targeting Scandanavian countries just like the rest of us.
CNN analyst and RedState.com shit-kicker Erick Erickson lumps Norway in with the “willfully naive, secular left” and says a lot of other straight-up bullshit about Christians
First, those of us on the right who point out the now fairly common ties between terrorists and Islam do so largely because the secular left has become willfully naive. The fact of the matter is violence and Islam may not be very common among American muslims, but internationally it is extremely common and can fairly well be considered mainstream within much of Islam. Read Andy McCarthy if you suffer on the delusion that it is not mainstream.
With Christians, it is rather rare to see a self-described Christian engage in heinous terrorist acts. In fact, in as much as there is an Arab Street filled with muslims more often than not cheering on the latest terrorist act of radical Islamists, you will be very hard pressed to find a Christian who does not condemn the act regardless of the faith of the person doing the killing.
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin says the attacks on Norway are a good example for why we shouldn’t cut defense spending.
This is a sobering reminder for those who think it’s too expensive to wage a war against jihadists. [...] Some irresponsible lawmakers on both sides of the aisle…would have us believe that enormous defense cuts would not affect our national security. Obama would have us believe that al-Qaeda is almost caput and that we can wrap up things in Afghanistan. All of these are rationalizations for doing something very rash, namely curbing our ability to defend the United States and our allies in a very dangerous world.
The Wall Street Journal, quite disgustingly, printed that Norway was attacked because they love freedom.
…in jihadist eyes, [Norway] will always remain guilty of being what it is: a liberal nation committed to freedom of speech and conscience, equality between the sexes, representative democracy, and every other freedom that defines the West. For being true to those ideals, Norwegians have now been asked to pay a terrible price.
Laura Ingraham, filling in for Bill O’Reilly, immediately blamed Muslim extremists and then dovetailed into a report about the Mosque at Park51 in New York City.
Friday night on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, guest host Laura Ingraham said the terror attacks in Norway that killed of at least 92 people appeared “to be the work, once again, of Muslim extremists.”
“In the meantime, in New York City, the Muslims who want to build the mosque at Ground Zero scored a huge legal victory,” she continued, after describing the attacks. “A Manhattan judge dismissed a lawsuit by former New York City firefighter Timothy Brown, who was trying to stop construction of the mosque.”
As early as a few minutes after the Oslo attacker was arrested by authorities, reports crawled across my twitter timeline claiming that the shooter was a tall blonde man. We now know that was indeed the case, but that did not prevent virtually the entire Reich-Wing media-sphere from spending the next several hours speculating that it must be the work of Muslim extremists.
The ironic, and distinctly Freudian, thing is that the attacker is actually a christian conservative nationalist who believes President Obama is a Marxist and that his attacks were “necessary” to defeat liberal immigration policies and stop the spread of Islam. Sound familiar?
As Jon Stewart would say, “You’re hurting America.”