A blonde, blue-eyed terrorist? Inconceivable!
UPFRONT DISCLAIMER: The massacre in Norway is horrific in tragic. What EVERYONE should be focused on is the rescue of the living, the respectful recovery of the dead, and the ways to comfort those who lost loved ones. In a perfect world, that’s all we’d be talking about. (Actually, in a perfect world, this wouldn’t have happened, but you know what I mean.)
When news that a car bomb blew up in Oslo reached S.G., the talk immediately turned to Islamic terrorists.
(Well, that’s not true. First, my fellow students had to find Oslo on a map. Then Norway. Then Scandinavia. Then Europe. Eventually, I had to explain it was one of those places with lots of snow and sweaters and hot blondes. THAT got their attention.)
And the self-proclaimed good people of S.G. started trying to figure out what the Muslims had against …Norwhere? Because obviously, the Islamofacists hated HotBlondLandia’s freedom almost as much as they hated ours.
Hang on, I said, there’s an active White Supremacist movement in Norway. There are some pretty scary right wingers with guns wandering around. Let’s not jump to conclusions.
Nope, they said. No way. It was a bomb. Bombs are the cowardly weapons of terrorists, and all terrorists are Muslim. Fox News says so!
What about Timothy McVeigh? I countered.
My civics teacher rolled his eyes at me. (That happens a lot.) That was an aberation. He was a random looney working alone. It was tragic, but it has nothing to do with the ISLAMIC TERRORISTS WHO HATE OUR FREEDOM AND ARE TRYING TO KILL HOT BLONDES!
Then the Norwegian cops arrested … a blue-eyed blonde. A native Norwegian who hated immigrants. A nationalist. The farthest thing from a Muslim that you could find.
The SG Bubbas and Blowhards are unrepentant. It was the logical conclusion! they say. Who else were we supposed to suspect! they say. Well, a right-wing white-supremacist Timothy McVeigh type, I reply. LALALALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU! was their response.
It’s been the same on the web. You’ve got a post on American Spectator titled Why It Wasn’t Unreasonable to Suspect Muslim Terrorism in Norway –and that’s one of the more rational responses. The commentors on Bare Naked Islam are suggesting that the suspect’s Facebook profile was faked to make conservatives look bad. Even better, one blog tells us that “his being a “right-wing extremist” does not rule out a jihad connection.” Because dammit, if a bomb explodes in a Western country, it MUST be Islamofascists! It MUST! AND I’M GOING TO HOLD MY BREATH AND KICK MY FEET AND SCREAM UNTIL I FIGURE OUT SOME WAY TO BEND REALITY TO MY WILL!
If a bomb explodes in a Western country and a blue-eyed blonde is implicated, is it still terrorism?
Of course not! It’s the work of a random nutjob! You can’t indict ALL blue-eyed blondes — who tend to be eminently respectable people — with the acts of a deeply disturbed individual, who, by the way, was brought to a breaking point by the presence of THOSE people is his previously pristine country. It’s a horrible crime, but it’s an outlier.
But if he’d been swarthy, if he’d been named Mohammed, hell, if he’d been on record as enjoying the occasional falafel… well, that’s different. OBVIOUSLY he’d part of the Global Jihad, the Vast Islamofacist Conspiracy, the Kickoff to Armageddon, and yet another justification to bomb any country with camels back to the stone age.
Good job, right-wing nutjobs. Never let the facts get in the way of your beliefs!