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A poisoning in Iceland

I have met Robert Spencer briefly over the years in a vari­ety of places across the U.S., and fre­quently read his blog, Jihad Watch, which I invite you to read.

Robert was poi­soned dur­ing a trip to Ice­land, after giv­ing an anti-​jihad lec­ture in Reykjavik.

Robert’s lec­ture was pre­ceded by media reports which he describes as “a firestorm of abuse in the Ice­landic press,” some down­right libelous,

Per­haps most absurd of all, Ice­landic media pub­lished the false claim that I incited the Nor­we­gian mass mur­derer Anders Breivik to kill. (Sigh. In a world of log­i­cal think­ing, I’m as respon­si­ble for Breivik as the Bea­t­les are for Charles Man­son.) After the event, one arti­cle even fea­tured a large photo of Breivik, yet it quoted nary a thing I said that evening.

Not one Ice­landic media out­let con­tacted me for com­ment, much less for rebut­tal to the charges they made against me.

In spite of the media demo­niz­ing, 500 peo­ple attended the lec­ture, fol­low­ing which Robert went out for din­ner. It was then that some­one slipped Ritalin mixed with MDMA (Ecstasy) in his drink. He was hos­pi­tal­ized for days.

Robert con­tin­ues (empha­sis added),

I learned my les­son. And the les­son I learned was that media demo­niza­tion of those who dis­sent from the Left­ist line is direct incite­ment to vio­lence. By por­tray­ing me and oth­ers who raise legit­i­mate ques­tions about jihad ter­ror and Sharia oppres­sion as racist, big­oted “Islam­o­phobes” with­out allow­ing us a fair hear­ing, they paint a huge tar­get on the backs of those who dare to dissent.

Those who paint the tar­gets, and those who shoot at them, think they’re doing some­thing great. Not only does the Left fill those whom it brain­washes with hate, but it does so while por­tray­ing its ene­mies as the hate­mon­gers, such that vio­lent Left­ists such as the young man who drugged me feel right­eous as they vic­tim­ize and bru­tal­ize for the crime of disagreement.

Mark Steyn, with whom I have also coin­cided at var­i­ous venues, says “I don’t know how I’d stand up to a cock­tail of Ritalin and Ecstasy.” I doubt that I’d fare as well as Robert.

Steyn notes the effect of poi­so­nous social engi­neer­ing (empha­sis added),

The social-​justice crowd are mov­ing toward the same point as the Char­lie Hebdo killers, and for the same rea­son: They’re too stu­pid to argue. For the Islamic impe­ri­al­ists, debate is a largely alien con­cept. For the left, it’s sim­ply too much effort. As I said here many years ago, the great appeal of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism is that it absolves you from hav­ing to know any­thing about other cul­tures: If they’re all equally valid, what’s the point? Slap on the CO-​EXIST bumper sticker and off you too­tle. No need to worry whether the “C” might have a bit of a prob­lem with some of the other let­ters, and that indeed, if not for the “C”, you wouldn’t need a bumper-​sticker admo­ni­tion to CO-​EXIST in the first place. But, after two gen­er­a­tions of social engi­neer­ing, of the sub­sti­tu­tion of atti­tudes for edu­ca­tion, it would require too much effort to equip your­self to argue against the dif­fi­cult ques­tions a man such as Robert Spencer raises. It’s lit­er­ally eas­ier to kill him.

Indeed, Robert gets it:

For years I have noted that the Left car­ries out relent­less char­ac­ter assas­si­na­tion against those whom it hates, with the inten­tion of dis­cred­it­ing us utterly, with­out debate or exam­i­na­tion of our ideas. Now I see that the end­point of this oper­a­tion is not just that we be silenced, but that we be dead. Char­ac­ter assas­si­na­tion was first, and as my being poi­soned in Ice­land shows, now the Left is begin­ning to move on to the next level: actual assassination.

It’s not “only” a cul­ture war. It never has been.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

I have met Robert Spencer briefly over the years in a variety of places across the U.S., and frequently read his blog, Jihad Watch, which I invite you to read.

Robert was poisoned during a trip to Iceland, after giving an anti-jihad lecture in Reykjavik.

Robert’s lecture was preceded by media reports which he describes as “a firestorm of abuse in the Icelandic press,” some downright libelous,

Perhaps most absurd of all, Icelandic media published the false claim that I incited the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik to kill. (Sigh. In a world of logical thinking, I’m as responsible for Breivik as the Beatles are for Charles Manson.) After the event, one article even featured a large photo of Breivik, yet it quoted nary a thing I said that evening.

Not one Icelandic media outlet contacted me for comment, much less for rebuttal to the charges they made against me.

In spite of the media demonizing, 500 people attended the lecture, following which Robert went out for dinner. It was then that someone slipped Ritalin mixed with MDMA (Ecstasy) in his drink. He was hospitalized for days.

Robert continues (emphasis added),

I learned my lesson. And the lesson I learned was that media demonization of those who dissent from the Leftist line is direct incitement to violence. By portraying me and others who raise legitimate questions about jihad terror and Sharia oppression as racist, bigoted “Islamophobes” without allowing us a fair hearing, they paint a huge target on the backs of those who dare to dissent.

Those who paint the targets, and those who shoot at them, think they’re doing something great. Not only does the Left fill those whom it brainwashes with hate, but it does so while portraying its enemies as the hatemongers, such that violent Leftists such as the young man who drugged me feel righteous as they victimize and brutalize for the crime of disagreement.

Mark Steyn, with whom I have also coincided at various venues, says “I don’t know how I’d stand up to a cocktail of Ritalin and Ecstasy.” I doubt that I’d fare as well as Robert.

Steyn notes the effect of poisonous social engineering (emphasis added),

The social-justice crowd are moving toward the same point as the Charlie Hebdo killers, and for the same reason: They’re too stupid to argue. For the Islamic imperialists, debate is a largely alien concept. For the left, it’s simply too much effort. As I said here many years ago, the great appeal of multiculturalism is that it absolves you from having to know anything about other cultures: If they’re all equally valid, what’s the point? Slap on the CO-EXIST bumper sticker and off you tootle. No need to worry whether the “C” might have a bit of a problem with some of the other letters, and that indeed, if not for the “C”, you wouldn’t need a bumper-sticker admonition to CO-EXIST in the first place. But, after two generations of social engineering, of the substitution of attitudes for education, it would require too much effort to equip yourself to argue against the difficult questions a man such as Robert Spencer raises. It’s literally easier to kill him.

Indeed, Robert gets it:

For years I have noted that the Left carries out relentless character assassination against those whom it hates, with the intention of discrediting us utterly, without debate or examination of our ideas. Now I see that the endpoint of this operation is not just that we be silenced, but that we be dead. Character assassination was first, and as my being poisoned in Iceland shows, now the Left is beginning to move on to the next level: actual assassination.

It’s not “only” a culture war. It never has been.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.