Monday, July 25, 2011
A source of Breivik's "thoughts"
A relatively frequent commenter on various blogs (Gates of Vienna, Jihad Watch, and occasionally here) named "Sagunto" has uncovered extended cut-and-paste plagiarization by Breivik in his manifesto.
Apparently, Breivik cut and paste extended passages from, among others, the writings of a rather crotchety conservative writer, William S. Lind, and in his paste job only tweaked words or phrases here and there, leaving them largely intact as is. (See the comment by Sagunto below for a fuller delineation of writers Breivik plagiarized.)
It seems William S. Lind and others on Sagunto's list represent a much more substantive source for Breivik's inspiration than was Robert Spencer. Why isn't The New York Times mentioning this and trying to interview Mr. Lind and the others? (Perhaps some of them have died recently; I'm not sure -- but at least they should be mentioned.) One anonymous unpaid guy on the Blogosphere is apparently a more diligent researcher than the well-paid staff at The New York Times.
As for Lind, he seems to be one of those leathery US military "experts" who has written books on military strategy and probably has advised and lectured US intelligence and high-ranking members of the US military (I believe there was something about his relationship with the US Marine Corps in this regard). I dipped into a little of his stuff: he seems to be one of those guys who seems like a no-nonsense realist "expert" on terrorism and geopolitics, and he has some good (albeit unremarkable) observations to make in his analyses; but mostly he's no less asymptotic than the counter-terrorism "experts" over at Jihadica -- i.e., he notices the problem pullulating out of the Muslim world after a hard-nosed analytical fashion, but still cannot step outside the TMOEWATHI Box. I suppose this would lead Lawrence Auster to reinforce his view that Breivik was just a "standard-issue anti-jihadist" -- except for one little detail: Lind seems to have subscribed to the same "Cultural Marxism originating in the 'Frankfurt School' has slowly overtaken the West in order to subvert and destroy us" meme which so consumes Fjordman and Baron Bodissey -- as well as Breivik, who apparently took it seriously enough to seek a way to fight back with violence and jump-start the "time of Disturbances" and "Discontinuity" perhaps as a way to pre-empt the pan-Western Civil War entailing the Fall of the New Roman Empire which they all seem to feel is imminent. Actually, Auster may not be far off the mark, even if he doesn't realize it himself: perhaps this quasi-Gnostic meme has become rather "standard issue" in the Counterjihad.