After a far-right gunman massacres Muslims in Christchurch, a Fox analyst warns of "extremists on all sides"
Walid Phares: "New Zealand now has joined the community of probably 100 countries ... that are fighting terrorism from any side and all sides. Mosques, churches have been attacked by extremists on all sides."
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From the March 15 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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WALID PHARES (FOX NEWS FOREIGN AFFAIRS ANALYST): It's pure evil. It's more than that, it's successful pure evil. Dozens and dozens of innocent people, worshipers being slaughtered by an individual who is claiming even an ideology. Unfortunately, New Zealand now has joined the community of probably 100 countries, victims -- countries that are fighting terrorism from any side and all sides. Mosques, churches have been attacked by extremists on all sides. But what is interesting here is that this individual, allegedly, has been inspired by an ideology that claims that you should take action, violent actions against immigrants or against members of the Islamic faith. That is something that the government both in New Zealand and around the world, both in the Arab world and the Muslim world needs to take action against. Against that ideology.
BILL HEMMER (CO-ANCHOR): OK, you heard Jonathan Hunt's reporting there. This guy wanted to live. And if he's able to take his case to trial will plead not guilty. He has a message, Walid, that he wants the whole world to pay attention to. This is sick stuff. How does the Muslim world react when they hear this?
PHARES: First of all, Bill, it is very understandable what he is trying to do on the political level. Obviously it's horrific, and it should be condemned completely on the action level. What [Anders Behring] Breivik has done in Norway, if you remember a few years ago, he went ahead and killed many members of the ruling party, not of the -- because he accused them of opening the borders of Norway to immigrants and he rejected that.