Those who oppose Israel’s policies deserve to die. Even teenagers.
That’s the only interpretation possible of ultra-right-wing Muslim-hating blogger Debbie Schlussel’s Thursday post, in which she notes that the day before Anders Behring Breivik paid a visit to their political camp a week ago and turned scores of them into corpses, the teenagers on Utøya Island had dared to hoist a “Boycott Israel” sign.
Schlussel’s blog, entitled, “Karma? Norway Camp Breivik Shot Up Celebrated HAMAS, Jew-Hatred,” will surely rank among the most coldly savage Internet postings of all time. Her faint-hearted condemnation of mass murder does nothing to mitigate the horror of her obvious, abundant glee over last Friday’s bloodshed
“These kids who were killed by a terrorist . . . well, they sided with Islamic terrorists,” Schlussel wrote. “Funny how Glenn Beck has come under attack for comparing the camp to a Hitler Youth camp. Based on these pics, seems like he’s spot on, though he should have added, HAMAS Youth camp, too. As we all know, Nazis boycotted Jews and were Jew-killers. And these hateful, privileged brats at the camp boycotted Jews and sided with Jew-killers. I don’t condone violent massacres on innocent civilians, and I condemn what Breivik did. He is a terrorist just like the 9/11 hijackers, Hezbollah, HAMAS, and Nidal Malik Hasan [the U.S. Army major charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009]. But what goes around comes around. You support terrorists against innocent civilians in Israel, then you get attacked by terrorists who are upset with your support.”
One wonders why Schlussel even bothered to say she doesn’t “condone massacres on innocent civilians” when, in the next breath, she makes clear she feels absolutely no sadness about the victims’ demise – saying, essentially, that while she dislikes the wanton murder of unarmed children, the outcome of wanton murder can be considered righteous.
“For me, this is like Alien v. Predator. I’m not sad for either side. And I make no apologies for it. Now these kids’ families know what it feels like to be victims of the Islamic terrorists whose Judenrein boycotts and terrorist flotillas against Israel they support. We don’t live in a vacuum. I can’t feel sorry for those who support my would-be assassins. And I don’t get too upset when they face the karma that is their fate.”
What prompted Schlussel’s outburst was a report from Norway’s online news site Politisk of a visit to the Utøya Island Labor Youth League camp by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store the day before Breivik’s massacre. The young liberals greeted him with a demand that Norway recognize a Palestinian state – a position endorsed by Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton as well as many Israeli politicians, including current conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Labor Party’s youth wing, the Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking, or AUF, has called for a boycott of Israel in support of a Palestinian state – a political approach to a political issue, and one that can’t fairly be compared to “supporting terrorists.”
But such a stance is a death-penalty offense to Schlussel, even though supporters of the two-state solution firmly believe – rightly or wrongly – that it will assure Israel’s survival. “I shed no tears for these HAMASnik campers with a Scandinavian dialect. Perpetrators are not victims. Sorry. HAMAS collaborators don’t get my pity. They never will.”
Death and suffering to those she considers infidels – regardless of guilt or innocence – has become Schlussel’s stock in trade. After the American raid that resulted in the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May, Schlussel wrote, “Rot in hell, Osama Bin Laden. One down, 1.8 billion to go” – meaning the entire population of the world’s Muslims – “many of ’em inside U.S. borders.” Schlussel also danced a jig after the sexual attack on CBS correspondent Lara Logan in Cairo in February: “So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows. Or so we’d hope. … How fitting that Lara Logan was ‘liberated’ by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the ‘liberation.’ Hope you’re enjoying the revolution, Lara! Alhamdilllullah (praise allah) [sic].”
Did Schlussel not think for more than a millisecond before committing her stunning words about Oslo to the blogosphere? Kids who take a political stance – well informed or not – should be put in their graves for it? Their parents should thus be taught a lesson for their beliefs? It didn’t matter to Schlussel that the Norwegian victims weren’t killed by anyone Schlussel hates – that is, a Muslim – but by a countryman whom Schlussel would have heartily championed the day before his rampage. Innocents should die, she has concluded, because they don’t share Breivik’s and her rabid hatred. Period. Amazingly, both Breivik and Schlussel believe such beliefs put them on the high road.
New York Times blogger Robert Mackey described the AUF youth who gathered on Utøya Island – children so callously vilified by Beck as “Hitler Youth” and by Schlussel as “HAMAS youth” – as the “direct descendants, individually and ideologically, of the courageous young socialists who played such a vital role in the Norwegian resistance to the Nazis.” But context isn’t important to those like Schlussel who dwell in sewers. It stinks, no matter which way they turn.