European Islamophobic Networks influenced Roof to Kill in Charleston

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

The Muslim-hatred of the Geert Wilders and Marine LePens in Europe, for which Daniel Pipes, and Pamela Geller, and the whole Islamophobic network are cheerleaders and enablers, was a key influence on Dylann Roof, according to his manifesto. These same hatemongers helped whip Norwegian white supremacist and terrorist Anders Brevik into a homocidal fever pitch in July of 2011, when he killed 77 Norwegians for allegedly being soft on Muslims.

Back in South Carolina, Roof wrote that he first became politically aware with the Trayvon Martin case, in which he strongly took the side of George Zimmerman. He continued:

From this point I researched deeper and found out what was happening in Europe. I saw that the same things were happening in England and France, and in all the other Western European countries. Again I found myself in disbelief. As an American we are taught to accept living in the melting pot, and black and other minorities have just as much right to be here as we do, since we are all immigrants. But Europe is the homeland of White people, and in many ways the situation is even worse there. From here I found out about the Jewish problem and other issues facing our race, and I can say today that I am completely racially aware.

Where would he have found allegations that white Europeans are being victimized by immigrants? Here is what I wrote about Anders Breivik:

“Breivik’s passions were whipped up, according to his diary, by reading anti-Muslim hatemongers such as Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and Daniel Pipes (whose “Campus Watch” is an Israeli settler-oriented attempt to deny tenure to American academics critical of Israel’s oppression of the stateless Palestinians, and to harass more senior professors with character assassination).”

It was apparently similar writings and web sites that made Roof “completely racially aware.”

Unhinged millionaires and bigoted gadflies have a network funded by tens of millions of dollars. It is aimed at disenfranchising Muslim Europeans and Muslim-Americans and putting them under social pressure.

Ironically, some groups connected to the Islamophic Network are, like Geller and Pipes, Jewish. But their anti-immigrant, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim rhetoric backfired on them in Roof’s case, since he went on heartily to hate Jews, as well. Many American Jews, he held, are pro-African-American, and so he abhorred them, as well.

That far right wing Jews would be trying to teach white people to hate non-Christians boggles the mind, since nothing could be more injurious to the American and European Jewish communities.

But the biggest irony is that their agitation against European Muslims should have helped inspire Roof in South Carolina to kill 9 African-Americans.

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13 Responses

  1. You left out “Christian” – it’s a sign of the times that anti-Muslim propaganda resulted in the killing of devout Christians who the killer viewed as “the Other.” It hearkens back to the First Crusade, where the first victims of Crusaders boiling over with anti-Muslim hatred were the local Jews in Europe. After reaching Constantinople, they found a village of people who looked different and killed them all… later finding that the villagers were also Christians. (Not that this bothered the Crusaders.)

    So it seems history is again repeating itself: folks seeking temporary political advantage by using religion and fear of a group of convenient scapegoats to gain power set off an uncontrolled avalanche of hatred: first individuals, then small groups, and eventually armies of fanatical killers. It works best when people realize that resources are scarce – and more and more people realize that resources are becoming scarce.

  2. Yes! Very true! The public has to stop tolerating these haters. It is irresponsible beyond believe, when especially conservative politicians do not just defend that lot, but often start mouthing the same nonsense.

    Breivik’s insane manifesto was heavily influenced by the disgusting hate book of Thilo Sarrazin, who made millions from his book and didn’t have to face any consequences at all. Breivik also quoted ad nauseum one of the big shots of the ‘intellectual anti-islamist’-scence, the columnist Henryk M. Broder, whose only comment was: ‘So what? I sleep well at night.’

    These people are intellectual arsonists and need to be opposed.

  3. “The Muslim-hatred of the Geert Wilders and Marine LePens in Europe, for which Daniel Pipes, and Pamela Geller, and the whole Islamophobic network are cheerleaders and enablers, was a key influence on Dylann Roof, according to his manifesto” – say what? How come, then, that neither Pipes, nor Geller, nor Muslims, nor Islam, nor Wilders are even mentioned once in the manifesto which supposedly proves their influence?

    • Roof mentions what is happening in Europe, and most of the white racists inEurope are Islamophobes, though they tend to split on Jews. Roof doesn’t mention Muslims or any specific person, but he has to have read the Islamophobes as they are the ones yelling about his themes in Europe. He might be too dumb to understand who it is he is supposed to hate.

  4. In a nutshell, Sarrazin argues that muslims are genetically inferior to christians and jews. He seems unaware of the idiocy to attribute religions to genes.

    He claims, that muslim immigrants will be the downfall of europe, since you ‘don’t mix a proud lipizzaner horse with a dull belgium cold blood horse’, etc, etc.

    His ‘proof’ is the low social status of migrants. He expresses fear, that muslims ‘multiply’ so much, they will outnumber the ‘valuable’ part of the population soon, unless ‘something is done.’

    • Very ignorant to imply that mixing the Lipizzaner with the dull Belgium horse is a negative and equivalent to Moslem immigrants mixing with Europeans! Most educated horse breeders understand that the Lipizzaner breed was largely created by mixing purebred Arabian horses with the European horses, many who were cold blooded. The Thoroughbred horse is also a mix of primarily Arabian blood and English cold blooded horses. Skilled breeders know that the Arabian horse has been used over the centuries to strengthen and enhance other horse breeds. In fact, the so called pride of the Lipizzaner comes from the infusion of the Arabian blood!

      • True. Intelligent people know that. But Sarrazin is a dumb racist. And a millionaire now, thanks to his best selling book full of nonsense and bigotry :(

  5. I had ridiculous racial stereotypes and fears when I was Dylan Roof’s age.Then I actually met and got to know some black people.Its embarrassing how skin color controls the thought process.Someone took me by suprise to a black church.My initial nervous tension lasted about five minutes and then I enjoyed a great service like a normal human being.White people like me need to wake up and treat skin color like hair color.If you what any person is like based on their hair color,write a book.Dylan Roof right now is a .tragically misinformed fool. I wish his ignorant mindset wasn’t that close to my ignorant mindset at his age.

  6. Juan Cole continues to perpetuate the myth that Breivik was whipped into a Frenzy by Spencer and Geller. Why doesn’t Cole informed his readers that Breivik said he began planning his attack in 1999, long before anyone had ever heard of Spencer or Geller? Why doesn’t Cole mention the fact that Breivik said he learned from JIHADISTS that terrorism is an effective method? Here’s what Breivik actually said: link to

  7. “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    Yeah; I’ll come back tomorrow to find out “moderation” means censorship with my comment long gone.

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