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Well it got anti-immigrant pretty fast, didn’t it? But what about the culpability of those who push that line? March 24, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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At least in so far as a raft of anti-immigrant voices (including an high profile one from Poland) weighed in on the attack in London.

This morning, though, Leave.EU, the leave campaign run by the Nigel Farage ally and onetime Ukip donor Arron Banks, has put out a lengthy statement essentially blaming the attack on mass immigration. It says:
We are sick, tired but perhaps even more so we are angry that recent governments across Europe have enabled these attacks through grossly negligible policies that have left us vulnerable. How many times must we #PrayForNice? For Brussels? Berlin? Paris? London? The list is endless.
The statement is not attributed to anyone by name.
Vile.

And what of Farage himself?

The former Ukip leader appeared on the US network in the early hours of the morning to blame politicians who embrace multiculturalism and uncontrolled immigration from Middle Eastern countries for “inviting in terrorism”. He said it was a reason for US citizens to stop protest against Trump’s travel ban, even though Theresa May has confirmed police believe the attacker was British born. He said:

We’ve made some terrible mistakes in this country, and it really started with the election of Tony Blair back in 1997, who said he wanted to build a multicultural Britain.
His government even said they sent out search parties to find immigrants from all over the world to come into Britain. Do you know what? I don’t think we vetted a single one of them.
The problem with multiculturalism is that it leads to divided communities. It’s quite different to multiracialism. That’s fine, that can work very happily and extremely well. But we’ve finished up with very divided communities.
I’m sorry to say that we have now a fifth column living inside these European countries. Surely an American audience seeing this horrendous thing happening in Westminster should start to say to itself that when Donald Trump tries to put in place vetting measures, he is doing it to protect your country.
Frankly, all those people out protesting in Fifth Avenue in New York and elsewhere need to have a good, long hard think about what they are doing.
Frankly, if you open your door to uncontrolled immigration from Middle Eastern countries, you are inviting in terrorism.
I do actually think that the moment has come for us to actually point the blame. What these politicians have done in the space of just 15 years may well affect the way we live in this country over the next 100 years.

Except the attacker didn’t come from a recently arrived community. And that means every conclusion Farage makes is incorrect.

And then we have:

Victoria Ayling, a Ukip heritage and tourism spokesman, also retweeted a series of inflammatory posts about “challenging the West’s Muslim’s problem” and a need for “action against Islam”.

It doesn’t take long for them to drill down into the bedrock anti-Muslim sentiment. And really, given the stupidity of that position – for example what precisely do they think could or should be done about Muslims, and what is feasible and just what do they think the responses would be in any case – have they learned nothing from this island? It’s illogical, anti-human and wrong.

When Farage and his fellow travellers attempt to make political hay from these issues the reality – a grim reality, but one that is not uncontrolled or uncontrollable, should be thrown back in their faces.

As should this.

Following the verdicts, Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told the court that Thomas Mair had committed a terrorism offence when he murdered jo Cox, although the jury had not been told that he was regarded as a terrorist.
There were two reasons for this. Mair was charged with murder, which is a crime under common law and not an offence under counter-terrorism legislation; and the jury was only to be asked to decide whether or not Mair had committed the crime of murder. It was not asked to consider his motivation.
Prosecutors acknowledge privately that the febrile atmosphere in which the EU referendum campaign was waged appears certain to have contributed to Mair’s decision to murder his MP, but this played no part in their case. There was no need to refer to the referendum in order to establish his guilt.

And just in case that isn’t political enough…:

Amber Rudd, the home secretary, said the murder was a “shocking and senseless” attack on the values of democracy and tolerance. “I am determined that we challenge extremism in all its forms including the evil of far-right extremism and the terrible damage it can cause to individuals, families and communities.”

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1. CL - March 24, 2017

“Sebastian Gorka says Westminster attack proves ban is necessary, despite the fact that the British-born attacker wouldn’t have been affected by it”
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/23/sebastian-gorka-westminster-attack-trump-travel-ban

Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II, leaders of the organization have told the Forward.
http://forward.com/news/national/366181/exclusive-nazi-allied-group-claims-top-trump-aide-sebastian-gorka-as-sworn/

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2. GW - March 24, 2017

Not just anti-immigrant but deliberately Islamophobic. Describing people of a religious group as a fifth column is a slippery slope into bloody barbarism – a pattern we’ve seen too many times in Europe in the modern era.

The parallels between the Islamophobia being peddled by the fascist spectrum and and historical European antisemitism are all too clear.

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3. Dr. X - March 24, 2017

I saw George Hook pushing the exact same line on Twitter. Stick him in your rogue’s gallery above.

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4. 6to5against - March 24, 2017

Don’t we usually refer to somebody as British-born, or Irish-born, when they have taken on a different citizenship later on life. Somebody who leaves Ireland in childhood for example, and later becomes prominent in America, as an American citizen, might be described as Irish-born.

But the phrase is being used this week to describe somebody who I think lived his whole life in Britain.

Isn’t he just ‘British’?

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Ivorthorne - March 24, 2017

I think people are trying to emphasise the fact that he’s not just a citizen but always has been. The rush by Farage, Hook etc. to blame this on “multiculturalism” is madness.

The man converted to Islam after a troubled life. He was attracted to a militant and extreme version of it. In a different context, he might have joined the Tamill Tigers, the UVF or some other militia. To gaurantee that people like him never encountered Islamic extremist ideas, you’d have to deport those who have or discuss such views, introduce extreme censorship of current events coverage online, in broadcast media and in the press, burn books etc.

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WorldbyStorm - March 24, 2017

Yeah, I had very similar thoughts IT re how someone like him would have taken those sort of paths. The rubbish we’re being subjected to by Farage et al is just incredible.

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6to5against - March 24, 2017

It really is, isn’t it? Its all about immigrants even when it has nothing to do with immigrants. How could you even begin to satirise such bullshit.

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WorldbyStorm - March 25, 2017

You’re right it cant be satirised but that may prove problematic for farage et al. Their lies are becoming ever more evident.

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