Rather more serious, however, is his distortion of something else that I wrote. He quotes this from a Spectator blog post that I wrote about the murder of the Israeli Fogel family in the West Bank, a terrorist atrocity in which even the throats of the children and a baby were cut:
The moral depravity of the Arabs is finding a grotesque echo in the moral bankruptcy and worse of the British and American ‘liberal’ media…
And she says she makes a distinction between violent and non-violent Muslims…Hmmm, really?
His implication is that I was accusing all Arabs of being morally depraved. But of course I was not…
…And thus he merely draws further attention to his weird obsession with me (check it out for yourself on Google) which is now driving him ever deeper into that hole he has dug.
I also do find it amusing that Melanie Phillips accuses me of ‘obsession’ given I have blogged on her a few times… compared to the thousands of articles she has written just about Muslims. What would that be called?
It seems Melanie Phillips checked our blog, and got the idea all wrong, as demonstrated in her latest piece in the Daily Mail today.
Mentioning Breivik’s drug habits and patriarchal problems as possible reasons for his, quote ‘psychosis‘, it seems dearest Melanie is trying ever so hard for it not to appear that she, and some other (insert minority group)-phobes, and a murderer have similar political attitudes.
From their Coffee House blog:
A leading left-wing British blogger decided that the real story of the Norway tragedy was that in his bizarre online manifesto, Breivik had quoted from articles by Melanie Phillips in the Daily Mail and Jeremy Clarkson in the Sunday Times. As with the Giffords aftermath, it was insinuated (and more) that conservative columnists are not merely people the left disagree with, but active facilitators of murder.
…not quite, just active facilitators of intolerance, in all it’s forms.
The horrific events of last week in Oslo were of course shocking: the raw facts of the carnage, particularly the targeting of children, sickening. But if we are honest, it’s shocking for a second reason: no-one expected it from a right-wing, self-proclaimed Christian conservative. A sad truth of modern life is that we expect these kinds of actions from militant Islam, but not from the radical right. And just as militant Islam has tried to hijack and distort a legitimate debate about how Islam and democracy inter-act, Anders Behring Breivik’s apparent act of mass murder has hijacked a legitimate discussion about how the West can balance its cherished freedoms with the diverse cultures of its multi-ethnic societies.
…Only a couple of months ago, Melanie Phillips was telling us that Western Elites were “dominated by the fellow-travellers of Islamo-fascism and genocidal Judeophobia“. Unsurprisingly she has condemned the massacre utterly. But isn’t a bit strange that someone who describes herself as “defending authentic liberal values against the attempt to destroy western culture from within” had nothing to say on this cataclysm, until goaded into it by a rival blogger? No matter, let’s see what The Spectator has to say, a magazine always ready to enter the debate on issues of terrorism, national security and cultural identity. It can’t be that they’re all on their summer holidays – the blogs are being updated with their usual regularity. No, it’s just that they’re focusing on more important things, such as measuring cuddles.
Whenever there is an act of terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islam, it promotes a legitimate discussion about the role of distorted Islamic ideology in radicalising the terrorists. It seems entirely appropriate that mainstream Muslim thinkers are encouraged to speak out against any ideology that might give succour to violent extremism. Difficult questions are sometimes asked about whether moderate Islam can be twisted to give justification for terrorist acts. So, should we not be expecting the same of mainstream conservative thinkers when someone has committed an act of terrorism in the name of Christian cultural conservatism? After all, we in the West cherish free speech and debate. So, come on guys, join in. Surely there’s nothing to hide?
The Spectator has been in contact with us in response to this blog and challenges the author based on the following articles:
On her blog, July 25
A concerned reader has sent me a post by Sunny Hundal on the Liberal Conspiracy blog. Hundal brings us what he clearly considers to be the most important news about the Norwegian atrocity. This is that, in the ‘manifesto’ reportedly published by the terrorist suspect Anders Behring Breivik, two of my articles are quoted.
Golly. Is Hundal suggesting that my writing provoked the mass murder of some 93 Norwegians? Doubtless with one eye on the law of libel, he piously avers:
…there is no suggestion that his actions were inspired by Melanie Phillips, nor am I making that claim.
Yet apart from a glancing reference to Jeremy Clarkson, whose remark about the flag of St George is also cited in this ‘manifesto’, I am the only person to whom Hundal refers to in this blog post, quoting at some length both my article and Breivik’s comments on it. He therefore gives the impression that I play a major role in this supposed ‘manifesto’, which he describes as warning of the ‘Islamic colonisation of western Europe’.
But in fact, there are only two references to me or my work in its 1500 pages. Those references are to two articles by me published in the Daily Mail, a mainstream British paper — one on mass fatherlessness in Britain, and the other on the revelation by a former civil servant of a covert Labour government policy of mass immigration into Britain. There is no reference whatever to my writing on Islamisation.
Not only that, Breivik name-checks a vast number of mainstream writers and thinkers, including Bernard Lewis, Roger Scruton, Ibn Warraq, Mark Steyn, Theodore Dalrymple, Daniel Hannan, Diana West, Lars Hedegaard, Frank Field, Nicolas Soames, Keith Windschuttle, Edmund Burke, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Friedrich Hayek, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Ghandi, George Orwell and many others; indeed, it’s a roll call of western thinking and beyond, past and present.
So why doesn’t Hundal refer to any of these people who have also been thus name-checked? Why has he singled me out in this way? It looks like yet another crude attempt to smear me by a writer who has long displayed an unhealthy obsession with my work (see here andhere and here for example).
The supposed beliefs of the Norway massacre’s perpetrator has got the left in general wetting itself in delirium at this apparently heaven-sent opportunity to take down those who fight for life, liberty and western civilisation against those who would destroy it. On Twitter and the net and in the liberal media, the forces of spite, malice and venom have been unleashed in a terrifying display of irrationality.
After all, we don’t even know yet whether Breivik acted alone. We don’t know whether this ‘manifesto’ was indeed written by him or indeed what it is: as Mark Steyn observes here, it reads like as weird kind of cut-and-paste job. If it is indeed the work of a psychopath, it doesn’t bear examination for a single minute. And yet the words of a deranged individual are being cited by people like Hundal who are taking them entirely seriously. Since when did people ever use the ravings of a madman in public debate? As Steyn writes:
…when a Norwegian man is citing Locke and Burke as a prelude to gunning down dozens of Norwegian teenagers, he is lost in his own psychoses. Free societies can survive the occasional Breivik. If Norway responds to this as the left appears to wish, by shriveling even further the bounds of public discourse, freedom will have a tougher time.
Already, through the selective and distorted use of this document and the amplification of such malevolence through Twitter and the net, a blood-lust is building. Thus I am receiving emails such as one from Carsten T Holst-Lyngaard who says:
I congratulate you on your part in the Norway massacre;
or this from Taper Collins:
blood on your hands. hope you’re happy with the effects of your anti-everyone vitriol. abhorrent.
Breivik may be one unhinged psychopath – but what is now erupting as a result of the Norway atrocity is the frenzy of a western culture that has lost its mind.
On Liberal Conspiracy, July 26, 9:02 am
Melanie Phillips and the gaggle of paranoids that make up the internet’s nutty ‘Counter-Jihad’ movement are loudly insisting that they don’t advocate acts of violence or terrorism.
For now, let’s assume that’s true and move on from there.
What, exactly, do they imagine it is that they are advocating?
I ask because the message they’ve been sending out loud and clear is that Europe is under threat of imminent enslavement, and quite possibly genocide, at the hands of a sinister cabal of Marxist fifth-columnists in cahoots with one of our largest ethnic minority groups, the latter of which they portray as irrevocably violent and totalitarian.
Unsurprisingly, they’re stridently in favour of “resisting” this theoretical dictatorship.
That being the case, what kind of “resistance” do they expect the urgent threat of Nazi-Commie-Jihadist European domination to inspire in their readership? A sudden upsurge in the creation of idiot blogs?
It isn’t good enough to pimp this fearmongering lunacy then disown the crazy actions of your ideological stablemates.
If your message amounts to this:
“I’m not saying that we need to take up arms in extreme violence against our compatriots or viciously repress our nations’ ethnic minorities. I’m just saying that inaction will inevitably lead to the total destruction of the western way of life and the enslavement of our loved ones at the hands of a foreign invader whose motivations are entirely alien and malign. But I’m definitely not urging violence in the face of certain genocide”.
…What is it that you want your readers to take away from your work?
There are plenty of calls for calm around, with reasonable people counselling against linking one man’s horrific crimes to the deranged views he espouses, those being a half-baked political analysis that has been festering on the internet and even in the pages of the mainstream right wing press such as the Mail and the Spectator for years.
I disagree. I think that now, more than ever, fingers need to be pointed squarely at those who have been disseminating this poisonous cack, and searching questions need to be asked.
First up – What the fuck did you think you were doing?
As the number of victims of terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, and his actions last week in Norway, is revised to 76, more details are emerging of his motivation for the atrocities.
This morning, his lawyer claimed Breivik was insane. This much is obvious.
One of the reasons Breivik’s case is going to be held in closed session, aside for reasons of his own safety, is that, in fact, Breivik has already stated his case.
His manifesto, ‘2083-A European Declaration of Independence‘, contains various sections and articles, one of which is the behaviour of his followers, or Justiciar Knights, when apprehended and arraigned for the acts of terrorism, and the manner in which to address prosecutors and the court:
We, the PCCTS, Knights Templar and the Justiciar Knights of Europe and this country, have dedicated our lives to defend and sacrifice ourselves for the freedom of our people, our culture, Christendom and our nation
The closed session clearly removes the ability for Breivik to further spread his beliefs, and encourage further such terrorist acts by similar minded citizens, especially given his claims of international cells.
Breivik’s actions were apparently motivated by the supposed Islamization of Europe, believing that western governments are promoting Islam, revising history to this effect, and indoctrinating youth, through the Church and educational establishments.
Of course, as usually occurs in nationalist/xenophobic literature, is the distortion of facts, spun into perverted beliefs, usually wrapped up in a completely stupid argument:
A lot of people believe today that Christianity still is and was as evil as Islam?! I can attest to the fact that this is absolutely incorrect. Jihadi motivated killings, torture and enslavement count for more than 10 times as Christian motivated killings. However, the politically correct Western establishments want us to think otherwise
Or, maybe, this little chestnut of nonsense from Breivik’s manifesto:
I believe people need to feel like they’re part of a gang, part of a tribe. And I also believe we need to feel pride in our gang…if you say you are a patriot, men with beards and sandals will come round your house in the night and daub…slogans on your front door
(However, what is surprising is that the last quote didn’t just come from the fascist, murdering terrorist’s document, it also came from a publication much closer to home: The Times, and, a member of the Chippington Norton-set, the middle-aged-man’s-homo-erotic-mid-life-crisis-in-human-form, Top Gear‘s Jeremy Clarkson, in an article titled ‘We’ve been robbed of our Englishness‘. And, I’m sure Melanie Phillips of the Daily Mail, didn’t mean for her comments to be quoted so fully. Like Sunny Hundal, I don’t claim that Breivik’s actions were inspired by Phillips, or Clarkson, or Churchill, Gandhi, Orwell, and all the others he quotes.)
What Breivik’s actions demonstrate is that the spectre of nationalism, in all it’s racist, xenophobic, and fascist ‘glory’, is ever-present on the European Continent, and continues to haunt democracy, tolerance and equality. This time, it claimed the lives of 76 people, as though 78 million was not enough.
As if Europe could somehow forget the trouble (‘trouble’, in this context, being an understatement for murder, rape, extermination, genocide etc) that ensues when you support nationalist policies, we see far right xenophobes gaining power in Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, France, and, of course, Germany. Only this month, the remains of Rudolf Hess were exhumed and cremated to prevent pilgrimages from Neo Nazi’s.
What is some what comforting, is that our own home-grown racist bigots, of the white and pseudo Christian variety, have neither the deeply dangerous intelligence, nor the funds, to mimic Breivik, and usually are undone by a few pints and a football match.