The internet nourished Norway’s killer, but censorship would be folly by Timothy Garton Ash

‘You can ignore jihad, but you cannot avoid the consequences of ignoring jihad.” That was the first reaction of the American anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller to news of the terror attacks in Norway, and on her Atlas Shrugs website she linked to an earlier video of a pro-Hamas demo in Oslo. When it turned out the mass murderer was not an Islamic terrorist but an anti-Islamic terrorist, whose 1,500-page online manifesto was replete with material from anti-Islam writers like her, Atlas Geller shrugged: “He’s a bloody murderer. Period. He is responsible for his actions. He and only he. There was no ‘ideology’ here.””No one has explained or can explain how this guy’s supposed anti-jihad views have anything to do with his murdering children,” protested Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, another blogger quoted favourably by Anders Breivik. “Freedom fighters” like Spencer, said Spencer, should not be tarred with this brush.

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