fredag 3. februar 2012

Bruce Bawer's lies exposed

In his new pamphlet Bruce Bawer claims that leading liberal/socialdemocrat politicans and intellectuals in Norway are the "new Quislings". Anyone with some knowledge of Norwegian history understands what an absurd statement that is. The fathers and grandfathers of Norway's politicians were the victims of original quislings 1940-45. Bawer claims there is strong antisemitism in Norway's "elite": Does he not know the labour party has historical strong ties with Israel? That a recent prime minister was a devoted friend of Israel? Dr. Bawers empirical basis for his outrageous thesis is even more absurd, partly a collection of lies, partly incoherent and confused reasoning. (Please use Google Translate to translate entire web pages.) The only clear fact is that Anders Behring Breivik, an ideological follower of Bruce Bawer, murdered innocent teenagers on July 22.

Shortly after the July 22 atrocities, Bruce Bawer wrote in the WSJ:

Several of us who have written about the rise of Islam in Europe have warned that the failure of mainstream political leaders to responsibly address the attendant challenges would result in the emergence of extremists like Breivik.
Dr Bawer blames "mainstream political leaders" for the July 22 horror. Those leaders, and their innocent children gathered at Utøya, were Breivik's targets and victims. Several of those killed or targeted at Utøya were muslims. In effect, Bawer blames the victims.

For instance, Bawer denounces editor Marte Michelet as a "quisling". Michelet was specifically named by Breivik as one of his main targets. Ali Esbati, her husband, barely survived the shooting at Utøya. Michelet now has police protection.

Dr Bawer shamelessly continues to disseminate propaganda with no basis in reality.

Bruce Bawer refuses to talk to Norwegian media. Even Bawer's friends denounces his main point as a "murderous showdown". His e-book is published by the neo-con Broadside Books. Editor Adam Bellow says to the Norwegian magasin Dag og Tid (December 23) that he finds Bawer's claim about a continuity from the second world war "plausible". Bellow did not bother to check even the most basic facts. To the NYT Mr Bellow stated the following policy for Broadside Books:
“What I intend to do is uphold a standard of intellectual seriousness on the right,” Mr. Bellow said. “They should be written in a way that they are serious, soberly argued, well researched, and make a respectable case — agree or disagree.”
See also Øyvind Strømmen.

A shameless liar.

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