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Pat Buchanan Says Oslo Shooter’s Views “May Be Right”

By Heidi Beirich on July 28, 2011 - 3:22 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

One-time presidential candidate and conservative television commentator Pat Buchanan, who is promoted as one of the faces of MSNBC, has somehow been able to say and do the kinds of outrageous things that more often than not get people booted out of mainstream venues. His latest outrage was published on Monday, a column in which Buchanan defended Oslo mass murderer Anders Breivik’s theories, saying he “may be right.”

The list of Buchanan’s outrages is miles long. Buchanan has traded in anti-Semitism, referring to Capitol Hill as “Israeli-occupied territory.” He has challenged aspects of the Holocaust as “group fantasies of martyrdom.” In a speech he helped write for President Ronald Reagan, Buchanan went so far as to portray Nazi SS troops, who served as personal protection for Hitler and were responsible for many of the Nazis’ war crimes, as victims. And he has described Hitler as “an individual of great courage.”

Buchanan has been similarly nasty about America’s non-white immigrants. In his 2001 book, The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization, Buchanan argued that democracy can only work in societies populated by a single ethnic or racial group and culture. The book bemoans the rise in non-white, non-Christian immigrants, and makes the case that they will ruin the country. Buchanan also bashes minorities, frequently using information from racist groups to spread claims that blacks have an inherently more criminal nature than whites.

Well, Buchanan certainly isn’t softening up in his old age. On the conspiracy website WorldNetDaily, Buchanan on Monday defended certain beliefs held by the Oslo shooter, whom he called “a deluded man of some intelligence.” For Buchanan, Breivik’s “1,500-page manifesto reveals a knowledge of the history, culture and politics of Europe.” And his analysis of European history is dead on, Buchanan wrote. “As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right.”

It’s actually not surprising that Buchanan would buy into Breivik’s argument that Muslims are an existential threat to Western countries. Buchanan revels in Muslim bashing. In his WorldNetDaily column, which was republished on the racist website, Buchanan warns of the existential threat Europe faces from a growing Muslim population that he says can’t assimilate, is alienated and is at times sympathetic to “Islamic militants and terrorists.” For Buchanan, these Muslim immigrants have put Europe into an “historic crisis.”

Buchanan agrees with Breivik on more than the threat of Muslim immigration. They both share a preternatural fear that “cultural Marxism,” an anti-Semitic conspiracy that Breivik discusses at great length in his manifesto, is really behind this supposed war against the West. Buchanan has been worrying about cultural Marxism for years. At an October 2000 campaign stop in Denver when he was running for president on the Reform Party ticket, Buchanan accused American Indians attempting to block a Columbus Day parade of “cultural Marxism.”

“America’s history and heroes and Western civilization itself are under relentless attack,” Buchanan told the Rocky Mountain News at the time of the Columbus Day protest. “The violence of this political correctness is nothing less than cultural Marxism.” The following year, in The Death of the West, Buchanan described cultural Marxism as a “regime to punish dissent and to stigmatize social heresy as the Inquisition punished religious heresy. Its trademark is intolerance.”

Fears of “cultural Marxism” have a long pedigree in this country. It’s a conspiratorial kind of “political correctness” on steroids — a covert assault on the American way of life that allegedly has been developed by the left over the course of the last 70 years. Those who use the term posit that a small group of German philosophers, all Jews who fled Germany and went to Columbia University in the 1930s to found the Frankfurt School, devised a cultural form of “Marxism” aimed at subverting Western civilization. The method involves manipulating the culture into supporting homosexuality, sex education, egalitarianism, and the like, to the point that traditional institutions and culture are ultimately wrecked.

A number of hate groups, including the racist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), have raised the specter of cultural Marxism as a way to explain contemporary events (click here to watch the CCC’s DVD on the theory). But Buchanan is probably the most prominent advocate, and certainly the only one with access to the mainstream media. He is featured prominently on, where film clips and blurbs explain why cultural Marxism threatens the West.

A defense of Breivik’s ideas is rare. In Europe, most far-right anti-immigrant parties have condemned Breivik stridently. One lone Breivik supporter in France’s far-right National Front was quickly suspended after praising the mass murderer. But my guess is Buchanan has no worries he will face any repercussions for his views. After all, after decades of pushing racism and anti-Semitism, why would a small thing like defending a racist mass murder’s ideas have any impact on Buchanan?

  • Baba Ram Ding Dong

    Criticisizing The disproportionate influence in American foreign policy wielded by Israel does not, by any means, make one an anti Semite. The influence is there. Confront it.
    Answer it. Deal with it. Do not call it names and attempt to label it anti Semitism. That is simply avoiding the issue and hiding behind name calling. Would you deny that there is a heavy Cuban lobby in Florida? Would you deny that there was ever a China Lobby in American Politics? See Ross Y. Koen’s book for the answer to the last question. Join the political debate but grow up when you do it.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Patty boy wasn’t the only one on MSNBC to spew vitriolic innuendos. Chris Mathews is also spat some nonsense previousl on several instances. Albiet, not directed at Jews(nor blathering anti-Setimitism). But with rabid fallacies regarding Native Americans and possibly Latinos.

  • skinnyminny

    No matter how much people complain about Patsy, MSNBC won’t cancel his contract. During the 2008/9 presidential campaign, I saw Patsy, live on MSNBC, tell a black female political analyst to, “shut up.” When I had cable, I had to stop watching Rachel Maddow when she would invite him as a guest, calling him her ‘fake uncle.’

    For some reason, guys like Patsy thinks it is okay to always have this fight mentality – being rude, argumentative, hostile…never mind the fact that these guys love glorifying the past, WHERE’s THE CHILVARY?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Genocide? You mean Haiti? That was black on white genocide at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Columbus had nothing to do with it. He discovered the New World at the end of the fifteenth century. Do read some history books, will you? Not the PC “Cultural Marxist” kind, either…”

    Idiocy. Pure, unadulterated, idiocy, 20 kilos of it. Yes, those black folks in Haiti had such a wonderful life under their masters until they just up and “genocided” the “whites.” That’s incredibly relevant today, isn’t it? Oh wait, it actually is, because it was precisely this revolution which denied Napoleon a crucial staging area for an invasion of the continent. The loss of this colony convinced him that the territory of Louisiana was indefensible. Hence it was sold to Thomas Jefferson.

    Yes, reading history books IS a good idea.

    Now here comes the hard part. Someone explain to me what “Cultural Marxism” is. Show your work.

  • Shawn

    Because someone commits acts of violence in the name of specific beliefs does not necessary make those beliefs wrong. Every ideology has had people that have not hesitated to use violence to supposedly push their cause. Al Gore would agree with a lot of the Unibomber’s writings, for example.

  • Liberal Eunuch

    Genocide? You mean Haiti? That was black on white genocide at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Columbus had nothing to do with it. He discovered the New World at the end of the fifteenth century. Do read some history books, will you? Not the PC “Cultural Marxist” kind, either…

  • chopin.voltaire.mencken.adams

    No may be about it. His actions were wrong, but–like John Brown–his ideas are right.

  • Kochise

    Buchanan’s egregious assertions on the protests waged by Indigenous Native Americans on Columbus Day, has nothing to do with “Cultural Marxism”, but rather it’s an expression of dissent and protestation of a gold hungry tyrannical mass murderer who supposedly discovered the Americas in circa 1492. I don’t see how a group of people’s blockade of a festive holiday, whose iconic name is synonymous with genocide, is somehow associated with “Cultural Marxism”. When the protestations itself quite contradicts “Cultural Marxism”.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I meant by ending up with the same fate: Getting the boot.

  • Argaman

    You mean, with his own show on CNN or MSNBC?

  • Shadow Wolf

    Could it be possible that Pat Buchanan will end up as the next Lou Dobbs?