We made a conscious decision not to write about Anders Breivik and the tragedy in Norway which was the inevitable result of overblown rhetoric and xenophobia. His act of terrorism is something we had been warning about on this blog for some time and, in all honesty, the emotions have been a bit raw.
That being said, it might be time to begin discussing this event soon, as well as the circumstances that led to the deaths of so many people, as well as the people who continue to fan the flames. This realization was brought home when we were sent a link to Free Dominion and a thread complaining about "left-wing media bias" in Norway. Norwegian media outlets are critical of right-wing political commentators who, while not supportive of Breivik's actions, helped to create a climate in which such an event could occur.
And sadly, this is the first response, one that rationalizes future murders:
Given some of the attitudes of some (though not all) individuals on that web forum, we perhaps shouldn't be surprised:
To be fair to Free Dominion, CdnRepublican was amongst the most extreme Muslim haters and was called out by a number of the regulars (and he no longer posts there now). But there's another bully there who is still a member in good standing:
And this (and more) from people on a website that presents itself as mainstream.
Is this rhetoric dangerous? We think Norway has answered that question definitively.