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Pamela Geller: The Fine Art of Failing to Cover Your You-Know-What

Guest Blogger • Aug 04, 2011

by Jerry Higgins

Just after Anders Breivik went on a killing spree on July 22, Pamela Geller was quick to jump to the conclusion, long before any details were known, that this was a Muslim terrorist attack. Breivik, as it turned out, is a blond haired, blue eyed Norwegian, one who even underwent plastic surgery to make himself look more Aryan. In fact, one leading police official went so far as to say that “Hitler would have had him on posters.”

As it happens, in his “manifesto” Breivik quotes Geller and her friends: Robert Spencer, Walid Shoebat, and Brigitte Gabriel. After details emerged regarding Breivik and his beliefs, Geller was again quick to point out that Breivik was clearly a lone madman, a fascist who had simply snapped. He and no one else could be blamed for his actions—certainly not her or her friends.

In the wake of intense criticism, Geller has recently given her site a bit of a, well, clean-up.

For example, she published an email back in June 2007 from someone in Norway, allegedly. It was noticed last Friday, July 29, that this email had been edited, with just one line being erased:

“We are stockpiling and caching weapons, ammunition and equipment. This is going to happen fast.”

She did not publish the author’s name, for his own safety she claimed.

So why did she take out this line? Perhaps it’s Geller’s way of avoiding guilt, per se, and removing any violent rhetoric from her site, given the negative exposure she’s received since the atrocities in Norway. Geller herself claims she removed it because she felt it would be insensitive to Breivik’s victims; however, she did not feel it would be insensitive to those same victims to rerun the email in order to underscore just how deeply she feels Norway has fallen into the collective grip of Muslims.

Another example of Geller re-editing her blogs after they have been posted appears in an article titled, “Summer Camp? Anti-Semitic Indoctrination Training Center,” from Sunday, July 31. There, Geller included numerous photographs of the youth camp, some taken the day before the attack. One was of a group of teenagers sitting on a grass bank. Geller’s original caption apparently read:

“Note the faces which are more Middle Eastern or mixed than pure Norwegian.”

That too has since been removed. Throughout the article Geller says she abhors violence, yet these claims are generally followed by a “but.” She makes a point of trying to distance herself from Breivik and his actions, yet she feels compelled to craft caveats that excuse him.

For example, she writes:

“Breivik was targeting the future leaders of the party responsible for flooding Norway with Muslims who refuse to assimilate, who commit major violence against Norwegian natives, including violent gang rapes, with impunity, and who live on the dole […] all done without the consent of the Norwegians.”

After publishing this, she was given the chance to say that she doesn’t believe that all Muslims are undertaking violent jihad. She refused to do so.

Further adding to her own damnation, if you will, Geller also altered the title of her first article about Breivik’s attacks. Originally it was titled, “Jihad in Norway; Oslo Bombed”; “Jihad” has since been removed. It is still visible, though, in the article’s web address: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/07/jihad-in-norway-oslo-bombed.html.

Many have argued for treating Geller and her ilk like spoilt children, thusly denying them the attention that they so crave. Such denials have clearly failed, as Geller and those like her will always find people willing to entertain their bigoted ramblings. This is why we must constantly expose their hatred as exactly that.

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