Pamela Geller, the reigning queen of anti-Muslim hysteria, has been feeling intensifying heat since Anders Breivik’s deadly rampage in Norway – and she’s not handling it well.
Geller was one of several prominent anti-Muslim activists cited by Breivik in the 1,500-word manifesto he posted on the Internet hours before his murderous bomb and shooting attack that left 77 Norwegians, mostly teenagers, dead. When news of the attack first broke, Geller published a post on her Atlas Shrugs website all but gloating that she had presaged Islamic violence in Scandinavia – only to discover, embarrassingly, that the attacker was not a jihadist Muslim but a Norwegian national who admired and studied her own rhetoric. Geller awkwardly backtracked, posting a rambling self-defense asserting that Breivik had only mentioned her by name once – while downplaying that he had cited her blog a dozen times, mentioned her co-founding partner of Stop Islamization of America, Robert Spencer, 64 times, and suggested that Spencer should win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Now, one of Geller’s most relentless irritants, blogger Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs (LGF), has determined that Geller has deleted the most damning passage from a June 24, 2007, E-mail she received, and posted, from an unidentified Norwegian correspondent bemoaning what he viewed as a surge in Islamic immigration.
The E-mailer begins by presenting the grossly inaccurate statistic that Oslo’s Muslim population in 2007 was 50% and growing. (Norway is estimated by the U.S. government to be 2% Muslim as of July 2011; even if every Norwegian Muslim lived in Oslo proper, the city would still be no more than about 18 percent Muslim). Adding in a medically unsustainable birth rate of 1.2 births per year per Muslim woman, the writer predicts the city would be almost two-thirds Muslim by 2010.
The writer then predicts that military conflict between Israel and Arab countries would “make the muslims [sic] worldwide go into a frenzy, attacking everyone around them.”
The alarming line that followed no longer appears on Geller’s 2007 post: “We are stockpiling and caching weapons, ammunition and equipment. This is going to happen fast.”
“Pamela Geller’s guilty conscience is showing again,” Johnson surmised. “Obviously, Pamela Geller is going through her archives and scrubbing any violent rhetoric related to Norway, and equally obviously, she’s doing it to cover her tracks.”
Geller dismissed Johnson’s accusations, saying she deleted the line only because she thought it was “insensitive and inappropriate” in the wake of the massacre. Also, she stated flatly that Breivik was not the author of the E-mail. But, she also added one odd bit of interpretation. The E-mailer’s statement about “stockpiling and caching weapons, ammunition and equipment,” she said, “refers to self-defense.” Johnson retorted, “It’s ‘self-defense’ to stockpile weapons and ammunition to fight against ... a sick paranoid fantasy?”
But Geller wasn’t through. On Sunday, echoing the vicious comments posted last week by rabid anti-Muslim blogger Debbie Schlussel, Geller posted an essay denouncing the leftist political bent of the camp on Utøya Island where Breivik mowed down dozens of unarmed teenagers. The youths had called for the creation of a Palestinian state and a boycott of Israel toward that end.
Like Schlussel, but in terms only slightly less putrid, Geller coldly insinuated that “the little dearies and their handlers” who were expressing a political viewpoint – an act normally considered a right in free societies – had earned Breivik’s wrath. “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.”
Mass murder, thus justified.