National Review's Derbyshire: "I'm On The Same Page As" Breivik

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Echoing Pat Buchanan, National Review's John Derbyshire said that in certain respects, he is "on the same page" as alleged Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik.

During the July 29 edition of his National Review podcast, RadioDerb, Derbyshire (who has repeatedly made racially inflammatory comments in the past) said of Breivik's 1,500 page manifesto (which cites Derbyshire): "The upshot of the manifesto is that Breivik thinks European civilization is under threat of being swamped by Muslims and other incompatibles. A great many people think that, including me and a lot of my friends and colleagues."

Even Derbyshire's disclaimer that he doesn't agree with Breivik's decision to resort to violence was offensive. Derbyshire stated that it is wrong to "start murdering those responsible for" the threat to European civilization and their families. Listen to an excerpt of Derbyshire's comments:

DERBYSHIRE: [Breivik] kept a diary and has explained himself in a long, rambling manifesto. I note with interest that my name turns up in that manifesto. I hasten to say that this is not a great distinction. Some of my friends and colleagues are in there too -- Mark Steyn, for example. The manifesto is more than 1,500 pages long. And big slabs of it are just lifted from the writings of various anti-multiculturalist bloggers, all of whom have indignantly denied any affiliation with Breivik.

The upshot of the manifesto is that Breivik thinks European civilization is under threat of being swamped by Muslims and other incompatibles. A great many people think that, including me and a lot of my friends and colleagues.

Breivik further believes that Europe's ethno-masochist leftists, nursing as they do views like Tom Hayden's, are actively working to make this happen. I agree with that too. So far as what's happening is concerned and who's making it happen, I'm on the same page as Anders Breivik and so are a great many Western conservatives.

Breivik also thinks, however, that matters have gone so far that the only hope of stopping the trend is to start murdering those responsible for it and members of their families, including their children. I don't think that and neither, of course, does Mark Steyn or Robert Spencer or anyone else I know in the anti-multiculturalist corner of the political right.

And if you think this is disgusting, thinly-veiled racism, you haven't heard the half of it.

At the beginning of the podcast, Derbyshire purported to explain the "demographic and political background" behind Breivik's alleged attack. Derbyshire stated that Norway had a "non-European immigrant" population of seven percent, and claimed that this was very notable in a nation such as Norway that is "old, proud, and set in its ways." Derbyshire then attacked Norway for "open[ing] itself to such an influx of utterly different peoples," claiming this was the work of the elite, which "subscribes to the ethnic masochism that leftist white elites everywhere are enthralled to." Derbyshire then suggested that elite Norwegians favor the "disappearance of the white race."

Listen:

DERBYSHIRE: So here's this Norwegian guy, Anders Breivik, who's mad as hell at the way his country's leftist government has been letting non-European immigrants settle in the country. In this first segment -- let me just fill in the demographic and political background here. Around seven percent of Norway's population consists of non-European immigrants, with Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Somalia, and Vietnam the main contributing countries. These non-European immigrants are, of course, concentrated in Norway's main cities, most of them in the capital, Oslo. Bear in mind that this is a country with a very small population. Less than 5 million total. If Norway were a U.S. state, it would rank 22nd in population, between Minnesota and Colorado. The population of Oslo, the capital, is less than 900,000. That would put it between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Jose, California.

Bear in mind also that Norway is a proudly distinctive nation with its own language, culture, and traditions going back continuously into the early Middle Ages. In a nation like that -- old, proud, and set in its ways -- a big influx of completely different people really notices in a way it wouldn't to a nation with a cosmopolitan or imperial tradition. A generation ago, a Norwegian could live out his entire life, even in a major city, without ever meeting a Muslim. Today, the country is three percent Muslim on official figures, although if you count up the Pakistanis, Arabs, Turks, and Somalis in the demographic tables, it seems to me that five or six percent may be closer to the truth.

Why did Norway open itself to such an influx of utterly different peoples? Well, because among the educated classes of the country, well nigh everyone subscribes to the ethnic masochism that leftist white elites everywhere are enthralled to.

If you want to see the canonical expression of this peculiar racial self-hatred, I refer you to Tom Hayden's speech at his son's wedding. Hayden, you'll recall, is the American leftist activist who was married to Jane Fonda for 17 years. Tom and Jane had a son, Troy. In 2007, Troy married a lady named Simone Bent, who is black. At the wedding, Tom Hayden, as father of the groom, made a speech welcoming the union because it was quote "another step in a long-term goal of mine, the peaceful non-violent disappearance of the white race," end quote.

Pretty much all Scandinavian elites think like that. Seven percent non-European immigrants in Norway? It would be 70 percent if Norway's educated classes had their way.

And God help us, that's not all.

Derbyshire also went on a rant about how mass killers are almost always non-white. Derbyshire listed terrorists, mass murderers, and serial killers like the Times Square bomber, the Beltway snipers, and Colin Ferguson, and said that, with few exceptions, the perpetrators of these crimes always turn out to be "a Muslim, or if not a Muslim, a black, or occasionally some other ethnic minority":

DERBYSHIRE: Andrew Breivik, irrespective of his opinions, is a criminal.

To the multiculturalist left, however, Anders Breivik is much more than a criminal. He is a great white terrorist.

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DERBYSHIRE: The Portland Christmas tree bomber, the Times Square bomber, the underwear bomber, Nidal Hasan, the Virginia Tech shooter, the Beltway snipers, the shoe bomber, the London bus bombers, Colin Ferguson, Ramzi Yousef, the list goes on and on. Multi-culties hear of the latest terrorist atrocity and they're whispering to themselves, "Oh please, let it be a white Christian guy." Occasionally, it is. It's a Jared Loughner or a Timothy McVeigh. Considering that the vast majority of Westerners are still white and Christian, though, the multiculturalists' prayers aren't answered anything like often enough. Time and again, when the media can't hold off any longer on identifying the killer, it turns out to be a Muslim, or if not a Muslim, a black, or occasionally some other ethnic minority.

And we're still not done with the offensive remarks. Bringing his comments on Breivik to a close, Derbyshire claimed that Breivik's real enablers are the elites who shut down debate and therefore leave "no lawful outlet for perfectly reasonable and normal instincts of patriotism, cultural conservatism, and the desire on the part of the native ethnie in an old, proud nation to limit foreign settlement."

DERBYSHIRE: All over the political left, joy is unconfined. They have harpooned the great white terrorist. This is the real threat. Well, personally, I'd say that the real threat is a suffocating conformity of opinion, ferociously enforced by left multiculturalists, that leaves no lawful outlet for perfectly reasonable and normal instincts of patriotism, cultural conservatism, and the desire on the part of the native ethnie in an old, proud nation to limit foreign settlement. If reasonable opinions have an outlet in public debate, they won't fester into homicidal rampages. From that point of view, the real enablers here are the multicultural thought police, who shut down debate, who stick the label hate group on peaceful associations, who ban conferences, and who ostracize thoughtful patriots. You want enablers? Those are the enablers.

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