“Friday’s bomb blast at the government headquarters in Oslo killed eight people. A further 68 were killed when a gunman went on the rampage at Utoya island where a Labour youth camp was being held. Anders Behring Breivik, an ardent opponent of multi-culturalism, has confessed to the twin attacks, saying he was trying to save the Western world from Muslim colonization.”
Oslo in mourning – Oslo looks for answers – Hearken Chris Rock – “Whatever happened to Crazy?”
BY Seamus OBradaigh – Editor Emeritus
Haliburton – I didn’t intend to write this weekend.
But Gav just handed me some tape and told me to take a peek.
Asked me what I thought.
I have many thoughts on this guy and the pond-scum, neo-con wingnuts who spawn miniscule lickspittle puppets like Mr. Anders Behring Breivik.
Norway prides itself on its multicultural tolerance.
So for that matter do most European Governments. Spain, Portugal, Italy, Great Britain, France and a legion of other Euro states pay lip service to their immigrant populations. As we do here in North America. It is lip service. We are all balkanized. If we sit on our fat arses we are racists too.
If you aren’t solving? You are the problem. Res ipsa loquitur.
States as interlocutrix? In the fight against intolerance? It’s a pile of crap. Most of the states above – including Norway and the other Scandinavian countries – have a growing corps of jingoistic groups on the fringed edge of nationalist parties. Or movements.
Duck when you hear the word Nationalist in a party’s platform. In Europe it’s a canny cloak for the pogromite fringe and balkanized fronts that are slowly inveigling their nasty agendas upon the political landscape.
It starts with sport. It has always been thus.
Sports can be a liberating force, a Jackie Robinson bellwether.
And sport – soccer especially – can act as thermometer, a mercurial and anticipatory measure of a society.
Witness Italy, Portugal, France and Spain, where racist crowds are de rigueur in urban centres.
Black players, muslim players and imports slandered, sworn at, and spit upon by hoards of nationalist fellows like Breivik. They come to spill vile and contemptuous slogans. Games have been stopped. FIFA has taken an unprecedented step to stem the flow of racism. But it’s not working. Can’t. The will must come from the top. The top is populated by vile champagne guzzling, skirt-chasing hegemonists. Members of the aristocracy cum meritocracy. Guys with big pointy noses. Stodgy old men. Shit. Even the goddam pope used to wear a brown shirt and Hanzel and Gretel shorts.
It won’t work until governments of the old Europe take a stand and educate their citizens to the very real dangers hatespeak. We indulge fringe groups and single wing-nuts in our modern society with the cloak of free speech.
Guys like Breivik are not isolated. They find like-souls on the internet, in chat rooms and at clubs in every major European city.
Unfortunately a truck full of manure and a duffle bag stoked with a Kalishnikov and 5,000 rounds are all it takes for two or three guys to wreak havoc on a grand scale.
Every one of these organizations have a Breivik buried somewhere on their rota of crazies. They are old-school fascists, neo-nazis, skinheads, white supremacists, members of the KKK, English Defence League and all Nationalist Parties.
Go to Hatewatch.org and look at some of the headlines.
The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 1,002 active hate groups in the United States in 2010. Only organizations and their chapters known to be active during 2010 are included.
All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.
This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.
Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.
Crazy Hans Breivik is a nutter. He’s an asshole. He’s an idiot.
He is probably insane.
None of this gives us any insight into his actions.
The provocative life of Hans Breivik is made possible by a cogent and forthright commingling of ideas. Call it the big lie. Call it the final solution. Call it jingoism, balkanization, or call it white pride. Call the idealists nazis, southern rednecks, shit for brains neo-cons, skinheads, white supremacists, idealogues or call them what they are: isolated nationalists with covert agendas.
Call them first what they are for christ’s sake.
Rabid, bellowing mongrels with varying degrees of sociopathic tendencies. The leaders of these groups are probably like Mr. Breivik. Resourceful, intelligent, canny and driven. But jeezuz, let’s not call them geniuses.
Because they are for the most part just smart enough to fool their followers.
Cue Sarah Palin and her myopic tea partiests. Cue Hitler. Cue Mussolini. Cue Alexander the Great. Not a fucking mensa candidate in the bunch.
But canny and street wise.
And most important?
Flagrant narcissists without a gram of compassion in their bodies.
Usurpers, grabbers, bullies and unrepentant serial killers.
But not smart. Not intellectually acute.
Let’s not for heaven’s sake give these unmitigated assholes that.
Hitler was dumber than every single one of his generals. But he was canny enough to keep files on their foibles. And paranoid enough to remove them when challenged. Read the Prince. They all have for chrissakes.
Anything changed in this latest flurry of pogrom-minded hate groups?
Not a goddam thing.
Just the same old agendas. Revamped to fit new stages, altered times. Web sites have replaced the squares of Berlin. Nazi Salutes downgraded to gang signs. Red bandanas or shaven heads have replaced brown shirts.
But don’t ever forget that the same shit is clinging to the bottom of the chassis. Hatespeak. Intolerance. Cloistery. Bull shit. Bupkis. And hocus pocus.
Designed to fool the general populus that a car in every garage is possible.
If only we rid ourselves of those interlopers.
You know the tune.
You know the music.
Hear it in the square?
That’s Wagner motherfuckers.
And it’s all for you.
If your mind is small enough to embrace the big lie.
It’s why you better all embrace the Jew sitting next to you on that bus seat.
Because we all said that we wouldn’t forget. About Dachau, and Buchenwald.
And the ovens.
And the 6 million bodies piled in shallow graves with bulldozers.
That wasn’t us. That was my father, driving a tank transport vehicle across Sicily.
That was your grandfather landing at Normandy. Falling. Bleeding. Expiring.
Sliding under the waves.
So this shit wouldn’t happen again. So that pipsqueaks like Adolf Hitler could be stopped.
Before. You. Know.
They got into a stride.
So much for history. It’s here. In every hategroup. In every pipsqueak.
In every mouth that spits the words of hate: Muslim Jew Chink Spick Nigger Towelhead.
So much for history.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
— Elie Wiesel
Elie is right.
Indifference. Is. A. Sin. Of. Ommission.
It is wrong to live in this Global Village today and be indifferent. Nay, it’s hateful. It’s ugly.
This week, the Simon Wiesenthal Center announced that it had acquired the most significant document in its 34-year history (see New York Times article). The document, a 4-page letter signed by Adolf Hitler, dated September 16, 1919, six years before the publication of Mein Kampf describes his hatred of Jews outlining his plans which call for, “The uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether,” which he says can only be accomplished, “Under a government of National strength and never under a government of National impotence.” Hitler warns against an “emotional anti-Semitism which will always find its expression in the form of pogroms” and seeks rather “a legal … removal of the rights of the Jew.”
“What began as a private letter, one man’s opinion, twenty-two years later became the ‘Magna Carta’ of an entire nation and led to the nearly total extinction of the Jewish people. This is an important lesson for future generations,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Wiesenthal Center Dean and Founder. “Demagogues mean what they say and given the opportunity, carry out what they promise,” he concluded.
The document will be on permanent display at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles at the entrance to the Holocaust section, opening on July 11, 2011.
I hope I get a chance to see it before I pop my clogs.
Jeezuz I hope it tours in some brightly lit neon spattered bus.
To outports in Europe where indifference alas is rampant.
Where fans come not to cheer the game.
But to fling slurs at black and muslim players.
I wish I could find room for hope, here in this vast wasteland of indifference.
But tonight I can’t. Tonight I wrote.
Because my glass.
Is half empty.
And I am reading an old essay entitled: “The Final Solution… Nationalism and hatred… handmaidens.”
So I slid into some Dylan just now. I think Joan is singin’ background vocals.
Joan Baez and Bobby Zimmerman had a name for this detritus. The motley splotch of racism.
It’s all the same fucking day man! It’s all the same fucking Day!