Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More right-wing terrorism

Racist cockroach

Today, James Von Brunn, an elderly white supremacist, went into the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and opened fire with a small caliber rifle. At least two persons, besides Von Brunn, himself, suffered gunshot wounds. One of the victims, a security guard at the museum, died this afternoon.

Von Brunn was arrested in 1981 for entering the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Board with a shotgun, claiming he had planted a bomb, and threatening to take hostages. He was later convicted and served six and a half years in prison.

Von Brunn posted some particularly hateful and disturbing writings on white supremacist web sites, recently. Some of his choice quotes include "Today, on the World stage, White men are LAUGHED AT, their women taken, raped, and bred by stronger men," "America is a Third-World racial garbage-dump..." and, of course, "Heil Hitler!"

Or, how about this scholarly piece from Van Brunn's manifesto?
"Approval of inter-racial breeding is predicated on idiotic Christian dogma that God's children must love their enemies (a concept JEWS totally reject); and on LIBERAL/MARXIST/JEW propaganda that all men/races are created equal. These genocidal ideologies, preached from the American pulpits, taught in American schools, legislated in the halls of Congress (confirming TALMUDIC conviction that goyim are stupid sheep), are expected to produce a single, superintelligent, beautiful, non-White "American" population. Eliminating forever racism, inequality, bigotry and war. As with ALL LIBERAL ideologies, miscegenation is totally inconsistent with Natural Law: the species are improved through in-breeding, natural selection and mutation. Only the strong survive. Cross-breeding Whites with species lower on the evolutionary scale diminishes the White gene-pool while increasing the number of physiologically, psychologically and behaviorally deprived mongrels. Throughout history improvident Whites have miscegenated. The "brotherhood" concept is not new (as LIBERALS pretend) nor are the results -- which are inevitably disastrous for the White Race -- evident today, for example, in the botched populations of Cuba, Mexico, Egypt, India, and the inner cities of contemporary America." --Kill the Best Gentiles, James Van Brunn
Charming, eh? I took a gander through some of the web sites that published his "work" and let me tell you, there are some very dark corners on this internet thing. I don't recommend that faint-hearted persons go fishing. There are some very twisted minds out there.

There have been a number of these horrifying incidents, lately. Not all of them are necessarily motivated by racial hatred. There was the shooting at the Unitarian Universalist Church last July. There was the murder of Dr. Tiller in Wichita, Kansas less than two weeks ago.

It seems to me that these terrible acts are symptoms of the terminal illness that is destroying the hateful coalition that the Republican party has cultivated with their "Southern strategy." The plebs of that alliance are losing their influence and they know it, and they're lashing out in the most ugly of fashions.

In deference to the anonymous poster that comments on my blog, let me mention the shooting that occurred at a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas, and explain why I don't believe that it is an indication of a dangerous trend. The shooter, in that case, was a recently converted Muslim who claims he was acting in retaliation toward the US military for its supposed crimes. But there are no prominent voices on the so-called "left" that espouse such a position. Keith Olberman does not claim that the military is destroying the country. Rachel Maddow does not refer to Dick Cheney as a murderer. There is no one in the United States that is publicly glorifying this murder.

On the other hand, take a look at the rhetoric that is regularly spouted by prominent media voices like Bill O'Reilly, who referred to Dr. Tiller as "Tiller the Baby-Killer." Or, how about Alan Keyes, former Republican presidential candidate, who said of President Obama: "We are either going to stop him or the United States is going to cease to exist"? How about the "pro-life" (how's that for a misnomer?) groups that are hailing Scott Roeder as a hero? Or Texas governor Rick Perry hinting at secession?

This country is heading for a very dark and dangerous place at a particularly perilous time. Economic turmoil, a potential pandemic, smoldering fires threatening global conflagration. The first thing we, in the United States, had better do, is figure out what to do about the fanatics in our midst.

Note to readers: I have amended this post with an extended quote from Mr. Van Brunn's writing to better illustrate how I believe he is an indirect product of Republican demagoguery around xenophobia and racism and the mischaracterization of liberal policy. I hope this will address the questions of the anonymous poster who commented yesterday.


Ridwan said...

The likes of Von Brunn are becoming more and more restless my brother Dade.

What he did is despicable and it sends out a clear warning.

In the past few days elections in the EU have brought neo-facist, neo-nazi, anti-Muslim/Islam, parties to the fore.

Their numbers across the board is on the incline.

We should, sadly, expect more crazy acts like Von Brunn's because this time is one of great anxiety for right-wingers.

This is also a time, in my thinking, for those of us who believe in freedom and equality to stand up for our universal humanity wherever we stand.


Anonymous said...

What makes you believe that this madman was a member of the Republican Party?

Further, should we then assume, using your logic, that the "recent" Muslim madman was a Democrat?

Ridwan, just because someone doesn't believe the way that you do does NOT make them either Neo-facist, Neo-Nazi, nor anti Muslim/Islam. Although to the latter they may have good reason.

Your pariticualr brand of rable-rousing reminds one of the attacks by leftists on those whom disagree with Obama..."racist, neo-nazi" etc., etc. ad nausem.

One final point: Alan Keyes, I believe, was referring to stopping Obama's socialist policies...not stopping his heart from beating.

The boths' of ya need to take a chill pill. Not every madman is a Republican, just as they are not Democrats. To attempt to link these freaks to the Republican, or any other political party, is intellectually dishonest and despicable.

Ridwan said...

Anonymous why don't you grow some courage and make yourself known.

Nowhere in my comment do I even link anyone to the Republicans.

Those groups I refer to in the recent EU elections are self-defined as such.

You do read outside of that white sheet sh*t you are peddling here, right?

As for your side comment on Islam and Muslims ... fuck you from a Muslim!


David said...

Yo, Anonymous:

Dade does not say that Von Brunn was a Republican. He says that Von Brunn is a part of the coalition of idealogies courted by the Republican Party over the last few decades: namely, southern racists via the "southern strategy."

I suppose you can argue that the "southern strategy" wasn't about race. Good luck with that.

Spring Thunder's Blog said...

The lunatics have weapons and are now running the nut house.

Anonymous said...

Ridwan, who knows? Perhaps, these voters know/knew people who rode subways in London or trains in Madrid. The facts are that Islamo facists are the ones killing and destroying people and institutions that disagree with them. That's not to say that all Muslims are facists. That would be taking a page out of Dade and your books.

Once again, in Dade's latest post he seems to believe that these domestic "whackos" are somehow under the control of mainstream Republicans. Clearly, they are not.

As for the white sheet rhetoric and your crude, base insult: I have seen your blog and would expect no less. Maybe you can practice some of the America hating rhetoric from your heroes Castro and Chavez.

You say you love "freedom" and qoute the likes of those two despots and more. What a sad, sad joke.

Ridwan said...

"Anonymous" it is obvious to me that you like to troll through here to posture a supposed ascendant intelligence.

In the present post you chide Dade not to lump all Republicans and Democrats together with the acts of a "madman" yet you blatantly ignore your own advice and lump all Muslims together in your original comment.

You must do more to recognize that there is no easy binary division between Muslims and the 'others' in the train bombings you reference.

In fact, Muslims were victimized by the bombings in London alongside other folk from every walk of life. The same is true for those innocent Muslims who died alongside others in the 9/11 attacks.

The vast majority of EU voters recognize this distinction and have rejected fringe lunatic parties that claim to be anti-Muslim/Islam.

Part of this recognition is understanding that Muslims and Islam is no more responsible for those dastardly acts than Christianity, even the conservative kind, is responsible for the rise of racist attacks on Muslims throughout Europe and elsewhere.

To conveniently collapse all Muslims/Islam into your prejudices would be the same as holding that all Christians/Christianity is to blame for the US’genocide of Indians and the more recent massacre(s) of innocent Iraqi, Afghani, and Pakistani citizens.

Your assumptions are also not 'softened' by the misplaced nonsense about Islamo fascists.

The mere fact that you would even float a term like Islamo fascist betrays your grasp of the issues at play here.

Do you even know what the term fascist means?

Before you can tie Islam to fascism you would need to know what fascism means in its origins and its presence in European political thought and history.

Merely mouthing the term as it is carelessly thrown around by right-wing commentators in the US does not help your case. It is, however, telling.

That aside, I have been reading your nonsense on Dade’s blog for a while now and the consistent thread is that your critique always ends with your opinion that your positions are more rational and more intellectually honest.

I think that my blog and direct speak makes you uncomfortable because it dents the veneer of rationality that you like to think makes you judge and jury over what is and what is not politically relevant.

In postcolonial terms, your
"imperial gaze", as induced as it is, is called into question and it obviously makes you quite uncomfortable.

I find it curious that my comment is the only one you chose to challenge here.

I also find it amusing that the only two figures you could react to on my blog is Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. Do you know or recognize any of the other figures? ;)

Nonetheless, if you have issues with anything I have written please say your say at my blog.

Of course I would read your blog and/or your ‘stuff’ if only you had enough conviction to make yourself and thinking known.

You seem, however, to prefer a metaphorical ‘white sheet’ stealth to cover your prejudices.


Ps. this is my last say here but my blog is open to your deft thinking and comments.

Anonymous said...

Hello Ridwan, sorry I've been away for a while and didn't respond to your baseless blather sooner!

Well, as a noun I would say fascist means: a reactionary or dictatorial person. An example: The Islamo-fascist Ayatollahs controlling Iran are ready to deploy their own Tiannemen style justice. I hope that clarification is useful for you.

Secondly, to assume that the US is purposefully and indiscriminately murdering innocent civilians in either Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan is pure hogwash. Of course, if you're getting your "news" via Al Jazira, it's quite understandable.

Lastly, I did not "lump" all Muslims into the group of Islamo fascists. I just think that groups such as Al Quida and the Ayatollahs of Iran have distorted Islam into something it was never intended to be. They certianly haven't done you, or other peace loving Muslims, any favors.

That said, have a wonderful day and don't forget to point north-east five times daily!

Peace Out