What I called a “gentlemen’s agreement to mutual silence” in a post a few days ago has nearly reached its absurd climax in a recent posting on Gates of Vienna (GOV) by Baron Bodissey titled “We’re All Racists Now”.
Therein, neither he nor Fjordman (who is quoted in the essay and who adds three comments of his own) mention Robert Spencer, though (Charles) Johnson of LGF is dutifully mentioned (as nearly always in this context) by Fjordman in one of his comments. Were this essay and its comments written by certain other people, Spencer would have formally treated them as guilty until proven innocent (as he has Filip Dewinter, whom GOV and Fjordman both support)—guilty of “fascism” and “racism”, of course.
But by the queer pretzel logic of this gentlemen’s agreement behind closed doors to which the rest of us peons and peasants are not privy, the support for Spencer by GOV and Fjordman remains unscathed and Spencer in turn leaves untouched their daring descent into a proudly declared affinity for “nationalism” and all the “racism” and “fascism” which that proud stand is unfairly alleged to entail—even while Spencer would otherwise ostracize them for this, were they somebody else unfortunate enough to be treated as a pariah by him (e.g., Filip Dewinter).
Now I see someone named “Albert Lorenzo” posted a comment at Jihad Watch, taking Spencer crudely to task for being a friend and supporter of Baron Bodissey notwithstanding the above-mentioned essay by Bodissey:
So Mr spencer, is this what all this mess is about? White Nationalism?
You have no escape now Mr.Spencer. this is coming from your friend, Baron Bodissey, the one you've just met and drank champagne with last month in Washington DC.So what is your excuse now? Ooooh, it's his own opinion and I have nothing to do with that and bla bla bla.
Spencer then, in his imitable way, responded to “Albert Lorenzo” by detailing how he has in fact maintained his fastidiously squeaky-clean ten-foot-pole at arm’s length from all people he thinks carry the faintest whiff of possible allegations of “fascism” and “racism”. I.e., Spencer pretty much said “bla bla bla” as “Albert Lorenzo” predicted he would.
Spencer doesn’t see the irony in the fact that his fascism-and-racism detection meter—ordinarily cranked up to a setting of extremely acute sensitivity—seems curiously oblivious to detecting anything remotely objectionable about Baron Bodissey or Fjordman. And what is amusingly even more perverse is that Baron Bodissey and Fjordman steadfastly refuse to notice this inconsistency.
The choice is clear: Spencer should either stop vilifying Filip Dewinter & Vlaams Belang and the pro-Cologne organization, and apologize to them and their supporters—or he should treat Baron Bodissey, Gates of Vienna, Fjordman and Diana West the same way he treats Filip Dewinter & Vlaams Belang. His insistent attempts to straddle the non-existent space in the air between these two choices is becoming absurd—and that absurdity reaches a climax with the collusion of those erstwhile supporters of Filip Dewinter, Vlaams Belang and the pro-Cologne movement.