It takes a nation to protect the nation
Sorry, made a mistake, I don't seem to be listed in there at all.
Well, better just treat me like a pariah anyway, just to be on the safe side :-)
Mustn't let facts get in the way of our beliefs, must we?
The Left Distorts Breivik's Mental World
by Daniel Pipes July 22, 2012 Cross-posted from National Review Online
CAP's research, which was much cited and had vast influence on the reporting of Breivik's mental formation, would lead one to believe that Breivik's sources of information came exclusively from those "right-wing pundits and organizations." Not so. Although I noted a year ago the essential deceit of this characterization, the full picture became apparent only later, thanks to a complete concordance created by Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism of the over 1,600 personal names in 2083.
IPT's research establishes that, yes, Breivik certainly did mention conservatives, but he also mentioned about as many liberals and leftists, not to speak of Christians and Muslims, historical figures and writers. With IPT's authorization, I am posting the 84 names mentioned ten or more times in 2083. (The discrepancy between CAP's and IPT's numbers results from their differing methodologies.)
IPT's list of 84 top mentions includes a very wide range of figures.
(1) I count 13 critics of Islam or Islamism and 11 Muslims among the 84 top names mentioned by Breivik. Pretty much a draw, no?
(2) As for Breivik agreeing with those critics: hardly. As I showed last July, he intentionally sought to damage and delegitimize anyone who rejects his violent ways.
(3) The Center for American Progress distorted Breivik's mind by listing only conservatives – hardly a shock given CAP's history of shoddy work.
(4) Concerning all those progressive eminentoes: after Max Blumenthal recently lambasted me in The Nation, a Leftist magazine, for being mentioned by Breivik, I wrote a letter to its editors: "Were theNation to boycott this posse of Marxists, leftists, and their protégés, its pages would stand quite empty."
(5) I am the 9th most commonly mentioned person, bizarrely finding myself right after Islam's prophet Muhammad, tied with Dutch politician Geert Wilders & Osama bin Laden, immediately ahead of Karl Marx.
|Shaykh Anwar Shaaban||48|
|Osama Bin Laden||29|
|György Lukács (or George Lukacs)||26|
|Speros Vryonis, Jr.||22|
|Duke Odo of Aquitaine (Eudes the Great)||21|
|Thomas Hylland Eriksen||21|
|John III Sobieski||19|
|Theo van Gogh||19|
|Ayaan Hirsi Ali||16|
|José Manuel Barroso||15|
|Sultan Abdul Hamid||15|
|George W. Bush||14|
|Valéry Giscard d'Estaing||14|
|Ole Jørgen Anfindsen||13|
|Pope Urban II||13|
|Carl I. Hagen||11|
|Michael the Syrian||11|
|Abu Talal al-Qasimy||13|
|Saint Bernard of Clairvaux||10|
(July 22, 2012)
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