Chunky Bobo has a strange column about the Norway terrorist attacks. It begins with a few Al-Gore-is-fat jokes and then segues into sympathizing with Anders Behring Breivik’s concerns:
For decades, Europe’s governing classes insisted that only racists worried about immigration, only bigots doubted the success of multiculturalism and only fascists cared about national identity. Now that a true far-right radical has perpetrated a terrible atrocity, it will be easy to return to those comforting illusions.
But extremists only grow stronger when a political system pretends that problems don’t exist. Conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic have an obligation to acknowledge that Anders Behring Breivik is a distinctively right-wing kind of monster. But they also have an obligation to the realities that this monster’s terrible atrocity threatens to obscure.
We’ve seen this before from Chunky Bobo. When George Tiller was murdered, Douthat said that conservatives would keep killing abortion doctors liberals agreed to overturn Roe v. Wade. Now he’s saying that madmen will continue to gun down school children until immigration policies are changed.
It’s a creepy argument and it goes to what I said yesterday, that too many (not all) in the conservative movement are happy to use right-wing terrorism as means to an end. Adopt conservative policies or be killed by conservative terrorists. Those are the choices.