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Like ‘Call of Duty’ IRL: Aussie Gunman Massacres Muslims at NZ Mosque

Posted on | March 15, 2019 | No Comments

 

A 28-year-old Australian man livestreamed on Facebook his massacre of Muslims at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. I’ve seen the video, and it’s like Call of Duty, except that there’s no return fire — Brenton Tarrant just murdered about two dozen unarmed people, including women and children. I’ve skimmed through the shooter’s manifesto, and it is wrong to call Tarrant crazy, because his premeditated act was carefully planned, for reasons he explains in a deliberate way. It’s basically the “Fourteen Words,” embellished with anecdotes.

Tarrant’s attack was intended as a conscious emulation of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, and he expressed the hope that others will in turn emulate him. How many other guys like this are out there? Guys in their 20s or 30s who feel they have no future, nothing worth living for, and who might do something like what Tarrant did? The number is larger than zero, and the question is, how much larger? The video of this New Zealand attack will add a “monkey see, monkey do” factor to copycat attacks, and I fear we could see a half-dozen such attacks worldwide over the next 12 to 18 months. We may have reached a tipping point of some kind, and it’s hard to predict the consequences. Here’s the Washington Times story by Victor Morton:

A Facebook Live video was posted Friday apparently showing the New Zealand mosque gunman videotaping his attack while it was ongoing.
The video was apparently taken by the account “Brenton Tarrant 9,” according to the visible URL. A screengrab shows the credit “Brenton Tarrant was live.”
The disturbing 17-minute video follows the attacker from his car before the attack to fleeing in his car after. . . .
According to reporters, Mr. Tarrant claimed responsibility in a 74-page manifesto titled “The Great Replacement,” portions of which were screen-grabbed on Twitter and all of it posted on Scribd. . . .
In the manifesto, Mr. Tarrant offers qualified support for U.S. President Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” but “as a policymaker and leader, dear god no.”
The manifesto criticizes declining white birthrates — “It’s the birthrates. It’s the birthrates. It’s the birthrates.” it begins.
“If there is one thing I want you to remember from these writings, its that the birthrates must change. Even if we were to deport all Non-Europeans from our lands tomorrow, the European people would still be spiraling into decay and eventual death.”
Mr. Tarrant decries “mass immigration” as “white genocide” and says why he commits the attack.
“To most of all show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own, and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people.”
He then goes on to catalog a list of atrocities committed against white Europeans that he is avenging.
Mr. Tarrant also has a U.S. goal in mind in committing the attack — fomenting a second American Civil War.
“Finally, to create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States on the ownership of firearms in order to further the social, cultural, political and racial divide within the United States. This conflict over the 2nd amendment and the attempted removal of firearms rights will ultimately result in a civil war that will eventually balkanize the US [that] will not only result in the the racial separation of people within the United States ensuring the future of the White race on the North American continent but also ensuring the death of the ‘melting pot’ pipe dream,” he writes.

Are you praying hard? Pray harder.

 

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