The noted blogger Fjordman is filing this report via Gates of Vienna.
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As I’ve reported before, Bruce Bawer’s latest book Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom was denounced as “foaming-at-the-mouth racist scribbling” by a hard-Leftist Norwegian writer.
This attack by journalist Marte Michelet from the left-wing newspaper Dagbladet was actually aimed at fellow newspaper Aftenposten, which dared to mention Bawer’s new book at all. Aftenposten then seemingly fought back, but at the same time criticized Bawer’s “weird conspiracy theories.” As Bawer writes on his website, “In short, although Aftenposten’s editors pretended to be standing up to Michelet — criticizing her for using the word ‘Islamophobia’ to bully colleagues into limiting the discussion of important issues — they were, in effect, caving in: Michelet scared them into backing off entirely from Åmås’s praise of me as a defender of liberal values and into embracing her own thoroughly mendacious description of me as a purveyor of conspiracy theories. Congratulations, Marte! Well done.”
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In a conflict between Bruce Bawer and the pro-Islamic, Multicultural newspaper Dagbladet I will always support Mr. Bawer. Ms. Michelet is a former head of the Red Youth, the junior division of Norway’s Communist Party.
I haven’t read his latest book yet, but his previous title While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within was well worth reading. That being said, I notice that in his reply to Dagbladet, Bruce Bawer says that he is not a racist and that he voted for Obama in 2008. While he is certainly entitled to vote for whoever he wants to, when Bawer publishes a book warning against surrendering to and appeasing the forces of Islamic Jihad, his credibility would be even stronger if he didn’t brag about the fact that he voted for Barack Hussein Obama, who is currently surrendering to the forces of Islamic Jihad and appeasing his country’s enemies more than any other President has done in US history, even Dhimmi Carter.
And while I agree with and support Bawer’s fight against the “racist” label the Western Left so frequently employs, his credibility in this case would have been greater had Bawer himself not used the “Nazi” label about parties he happens to disagree with or recently sided with those who denounce other counter-Jihadists as racists and Fascists.