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Friday 15 March 2019

Mosque Shootings - This Is Where Hatred Leads

In New Zealand, it was already Friday daytime as gunmen attacked two Mosques in central Christchurch. At least 49 people are dead, with many more injured. It is news of unimaginable grief, unthinkable hatred. The inevitable asking “why?” has echoed round the world as the news has spread, to be followed by the sure and certain realisation that this was the endpoint of a journey fuelled by bigotry and intolerance.
The BBC reportedForty people have been killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch … Three men and one woman are in custody, police commissioner Mike Bush said, but warned more suspects may be at large. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen. He described the suspected attacker as an ‘extremist right-wing violent terrorist’”.

Innocent lives brutally and premeditatedly cut short. As with Utoya, as with Orlando, as with Pittsburgh, those whose heads are turned by the incendiary rhetoric of the far right - the instigators always being able to claim plausible deniability - take out their hatred on the minorities and the vulnerable. Muslims, Jews, Gays, and yes, mere children, all mown down as the all too predictable end product of the far right hate industry.

It is an industry that does not exist in a vacuum: as with any malignant virus, once incubated, it has to spread if it is to have any effect. And here, our free and fearless press, and even our broadcast media, should hang their heads in shame, although they will not. They have published the hate merchants, given platforms to bigots, encouraged the demonisation of minorities, all for the momentary interest of profit and ratings.

Moreover, it is not just fringe media that has spread the virus of hatred. It long ago went beyond Breitbart, InfoWars and Rush Limbaugh. Now it has been transmitted by Fox News Channel, the Murdoch Sun, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, the Express, the Spectator and others. Yet the management of those media outlets are not responsible for the end product of the hatred they enable. Nor are the figureheads of the hate movement.

So it is that Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Geert Wilders, Marine le Pen, Nigel Farage, Gerard Batten, Rod Liddle, Douglas Murray, Tony Gallagher, Paul Dacre, Trevor Kavanagh, Katie Hopkins, Stephen Yaxley Lennon, Paul Joseph Watson, Peter Imanuelsen, Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone, Lauren Southern, Milo Yiannopoulos, Taki Theororacopulos, Fraser Nelson, James Delingpole, Boris Johnson, and so many others will rest easy this morning, safe in the knowledge that It Wasn’t Them.

Well, I have news for this collective stain on humanity, this repellent convocation of amateur human beings, this vicious cohort of hate preachers. Don’t think any or all of you can duck responsibility for what happened in Christchurch. You cannot. This is where your ignorance, hatred and bigotry leads. This is the fruit of your ill thought out labours.

Damn you. Damn every last miserable, hate-filled, bigoted, snivelling, cowardly, intolerant, selfish, worthless, uncaring one of you. Damn you all to hell.


Anonymous said...

Add Nick Ferrari who was just an hour ago trying to argue this wasn't terrorism because they didn't act as part of a recognised group.

Apart from a group of right wing absolute shitheads, which obviously don't count.

Thankfully 5live had Professor Paul Rogers in an interview with Nicky Campbell.

He's someone who does know a thing or two about terrorism and said in no uncertain terms these people do act as part of a group and are terrorists.

The groups are of interest to Government and they are being followed and tracked as much as the terrorists only Ferrari believes in.

ashie said...

Still, as Melanie Phillips said, Islamophobia is just a fiction to shut down debate. And today we see the fiction made flesh.

AndyC said...

I see that Boris 'they look like letterboxes' Johnson has sent his'thoughts and prayers' to New Zealand this morning. Self un-aware or what?

Anonymous said...

What terrible, heartbreaking news. Innocent human beings murdered where they should be most safe.

One thing you can guarantee, Tim: Corporate media and its employees will make no effort whatever to examine their role in promoting the kind of atmosphere that makes this kind of horror inevitable. Nor will the politicians who waged war in even wider horror.

Further words are superfluous.

Unknown said...

Melanie Phillips is the polished turd version of Katie Hopkins. Hideous in every way imaginable.

Arnold said...


Australia cancels Milo Yiannopoulos's visa after Christchurch comments