The truth is, Charles Johnson angered Anders Breivik and provided at least some of Breivik's motivation to strike out. Breivik wrote in his manifesto:
I have watched, for the better part of a year, a number of decent human beings including, but not limited to, Pamela Geller, Paul Belien, Diana West, the Baron and Dymphna from the Gates of Vienna blog and many others, being at the receiving end of a vicious smear campaign from Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs which is unlike anything I have seen in my life. After engaging in an insane witch-hunt on imaginary Fascists, whose ranks seem to grow every month, Mr. Johnson now suddenly chooses to look the other way in silence when very real Fascists use violence to silence their critics in a major Western city. I admit that makes me angry, and I think I have the right to be so.The only thing Breivik said about Geller in his 1546 page manifesto is that Geller "is a decent human being." Only the worse kind of liar would attempt to translate that simple opinion into a basis for Breivik's rampage.
The time has now come for Mr. Johnson to apologise in public to the numerous people he has smeared since the fall of 2007, starting with the ones I have mentioned above. It's not their credibility that's on the line here. It's his. If he continues to undermine those confronting Islamic infiltration, it will become increasingly difficult for LGF to present itself as an anti-Jihad website at all. At some point, the rapidly shrinking number of people in the northern hemisphere who haven't been banned from the site yet will be forced to ask themselves whether the website and its owner have simply switched teams and joined the Dark Side.
Who, then, is responsible for moving Breivik to violence? Consider the logic of the following two sentences and decide which one makes sense:
Breivik's Thought: Which one is more likely to be true?
- I think Pamela Geller is a decent human being, therefore I will shoot a lot of liberals.
- I think liberals (like Charles Johnson) are engaged in a vicious smear campaign of conservatives, therefore I will shoot a lot of liberals.
I think it is clear which of these possible scenarios is responsible for Breivik's anger and resulting rampage: example number 2. It is clear that Charles Johnson added to Breivik's growing anger at the left's constant smears of conservatives and CJ no doubt added to Breivik's belief that dialogue and democracy were futile (as Breivik stated in his manifesto -- see prior post).
In the vile argument started by the left, "who is responsible for pushing Breivik over the edge?" the answer is clear: dirty tricks, smears, and lies of the left are what did the trick. And Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs added to that effort and deserves a portion of the blame for the violence that followed.