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Who Spawned the Christchurch Killer?

Last Friday, in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the more civilized places on earth, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, an Australian, turned on his cellphone camera and set out to livestream his massacre of as many innocent Muslim worshippers as he could kill.

Using a semi-automatic rifle, he murdered more than 40 men, women, and children at one mosque, drove three miles to another, and there killed seven more. Dozens are still wounded, suffering, and dying.

It was an atrocity and act of pure evil by a man with a dead soul.

Yet predictably, within 48 hours, the president of the United States was being publicly indicted as a moral accomplice.

Donald Trump, it was said, used a word, “invasion,” to describe the 76,000 migrants caught illegally crossing the U.S. border in February. At the same time, the killer used that word to describe Muslim migration into the West.

The killer also mentioned Trump in his 74-page manifesto.

What further need have we of proof?

Trump also failed to express America’s revulsion and his country’s condolences to Muslims everywhere, and failed to denounce the “white nationalist” ideology that motivated the killer.

From there, it was a short jump to declare that we Americans have too long ignored this growing menace. Charlottesville, where a woman protester was run over by a neo-Nazi, was trotted out again and again.

But does the vision of America as a country where white racism is rampant and an unleashed white nationalism is running amok correspond with reality?

America’s elites are familiar with the Acela Express, the train that runs from D.C.’s Union Station to Penn Station in New York.

In which of the five Eastern Seaboard cities at which the Acela stops to take on and discharge passengers—Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark, and New York—are white nationalists responsible for a significant share of the assaults, robberies, rapes, and shootings?

Chicago may lead the nation in total gun deaths. But the murder rate was highest in 2018 in St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, and Kansas City. In how many of these places are Klansmen and neo-Nazis regularly hauled in for violent crimes?

As for the mass murders of our new century, the racist right has perpetrated its share. Dylann Roof’s killing of the black women and men at the Charleston church qualifies, as does the massacre of Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Yet a Muslim major, Nidal Hasan, fatally shot 13 soldiers at Fort Hood. In the 2015 San Bernardino massacre, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik left 14 dead and 22 wounded.

According to Forbes, of the 18,814 deaths caused by terrorists around the world in 2017, well over half were due to the actions of four groups: Islamic State, the Taliban, Al-Shabab, and Boko Haram.

All are Sunni Muslim; none are alt-right.

Undeniably, atrocities that exceed in bloodshed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre by Al Capone’s gang, where seven men were stood against a wall in a Chicago garage and executed, have become all too common.

But the atrocities seized upon by the left as most representative are those that conform to a vision, a narrative, a pre-existing script. This preconceived idea is that America is a hotbed of white nationalism where the worst crimes are committed by white racists. And this is a myth.

Now, there are no excuses or defenses for what happened in Christchurch. But there is an explanation.

All peoples to some degree resent and resist the movement of outsiders into their space. Some migrants are more difficult than others to assimilate into Western societies. European nations that had not known mass migrations for centuries were especially susceptible to a virulent reaction, a backlash.

Americans, after all, reacted viscerally to the Irish migration of 1845-1849, and again to the Great Migration from Central and Eastern Europe from 1890 to 1920. Inter-ethnic violence was not uncommon.

Our leaders in the 1920s understood this and took steps to halt the migrations until those who had come could be assimilated, and, in a word, Americanized. It worked. By 1960, we were a united people.

Then, without the people’s consent, the great experiment began.

America’s doors were thrown open to peoples of every religion, race, culture, and creed, to create a different nation that mirrored all mankind in its diversity—in Ben Wattenberg’s phrase, a universal nation.

The problem: a universal nation is a contradiction in terms. A nation of all races, religions, and tribes had never before existed.

The liberal democracies that embraced this ideology, this idea, are at war with human nature, and are now losing that war to tribalism and authoritarianism.

As for Christchurch, unfortunately, such horrors appear to have become the new normal. But Brenton Tarrant alone is responsible for what he did. And it was not Trump but the new world order globalists who fertilized the soil that spawned him.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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21 Comments To "Who Spawned the Christchurch Killer?"

#1 Comment By Kasoy On March 19, 2019 @ 12:52 am

America lost its common ultimate aspiration when it became a secular society. A highly diverse society (racially, culturally, religiously) can continue to live in stability & peace as long as a Christian supermajority thrives that faithfully adheres to Divine moral laws.

Only when society has one common transcendent goal of eternal happiness Christ’s Way can extremism be eradicated.

#2 Comment By Emil Bogdan On March 19, 2019 @ 2:33 am

Pat, there’s no such thing as a united people, there are only troublemakers.

If a white nationalist is spawned not by another like-minded white nationalist (Trump offered his “warmest condolences” to he victims) but from the soil fertilized by his antagonistic opposite, the globalist liberal, the same must be true for Acela corridor criminals. Living in those naive urban hives of globalist liberalism, the black criminals you reference were probably fertilized by white nationalists, if your logic holds–and it just might. The nemesis is of course irresistible. Every nation has one, but the best part of the nationalist illusion is when you realize that it’s you: you’re the nemesis. After all, your own co-nationals did this to you. Your own tribe invites the “diversity” in. You see? The real enemy is your fellow American white man, who comes from your town, you can probably even catch him living in your house. He sleeps in your bed.

#3 Comment By Open Bar On March 19, 2019 @ 5:54 am

It’s both unreasonable and ahistorical to imagine that a country can keep importing foreigners without provoking violence from people of other races, and particularly from the native born. It has always been that way, and there’s no reason to think anything has changed. That being the case, it’s hard to understand why officials and elites insist on provoking these attacks by failing to control their borders and flooding their own countries with foreigners. There must be a whole lot of money at stake. That or a whole lot of virulent, fanatical ideology. Or perhaps both.

#4 Comment By Stephen J. On March 19, 2019 @ 9:06 am

“Massacres”

Massacres in Mosques, Churches, Schools, and countries too
Massacres in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Gaza
And many other places too
Violence is everywhere in lands around the world
And the innocents are dying and millions are killed

World leaders speak of sympathy, for victims, and love and prayers too
While sending their armies to kill, because that’s what armies do
Hypocrisy is rampant in the seats and halls of power
Where war criminals reside and violence does flower

They sell arms to dictators and despots, and say they are creating jobs
Aided and abetted by corporate cannibals and profiteering mobs
Children are massacred in a school bus in Yemen
The missiles manufactured in a corporate “free enterprise” haven

Killing, and bombing, and death rains down from the skies
Bringing “democracy” and “responsibility to protect” is their lies
Massacres and more massacres, waiting in the wings
And another maniac and monster will have a hellish fling

Violence breeds violence and that saying is true
So what can be done, does anyone have a clue?
Lawmakers become lawbreakers in illegal wars
Do their victims and their families have any recourse?

Weeping and suffering are those left alive
Filled with sorrow and trying to survive
Victims of evil and deranged killers
And the slaughtering continues with more massacres…
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#5 Comment By SteveM On March 19, 2019 @ 9:24 am

Brenton Tarrant is a psychopath. That’s it. A key enabler is no doubt the internet. The web-o-sphere was envisioned as a huge universe of information that people would access in collaborative way. But it’s actually a vast archipelago of ideological ghettos of mutual reinforcement. Tarrant no doubt found his web ghettos of extremity and had his crazed insanity amplified beyond belief. If the internet did not exist, Tarrant probably would have not had access to the propaganda way beyond Trump’s half-baked tweets that drove him over the edge.

BTW, if the nut-job who tried to shoot up the Republican Congressmen in 2017 had the same weaponry and training as Tarrant the outcome would have approximated NZ. I.e. same type/model number of twisted gears between his ears as Tarrant’s.

Note, that in the grand scheme of things in the U.S., the NZ event is a one-off tragedy. Now just another diversion away from addressing the systemic dysfunction here at home. More fun to dump on Trump than fixing the tax code or the health care system.

#6 Comment By TomG On March 19, 2019 @ 9:37 am

No, Mr. Buchanan, he is not alone to blame. The cultures of violence, hatred, suspicion and intolerance of which we are all complicit is at the heart of such unthinkable attacks. When we see hate and division we must ask, “Is it I?” A question our president and it would seem yourself as well, refuse to entertain.

#7 Comment By PAX On March 19, 2019 @ 9:44 am

Importing people from different races is not the problem. Importing people from different races that are encouraged not to assimilate is a problem.

#8 Comment By Valerie Protopapas On March 19, 2019 @ 10:42 am

You can cure NOTHING if you don’t acknowledge its origins. The origin of filling this country with people of other cultures who have no intention of becoming Americans is communist. It’s called “divide and conquer.” It began in the 1950s with communist using blacks to drive a wedge into the society. The civil rights movement had little or nothing to do with bringing blacks into the “mainstream,” but to produce a large population of victims always demanding more and more free stuff and to have their anti-social behavior excused or ignored — or both. Now, we are filling our country with gangs who have no loyalty to anything and a group of people who follow a “religion” and way of life that demands submission or death. This is not an error, but a deliberate strategy to destroy the West and it is working.

#9 Comment By Billybob 9 On March 19, 2019 @ 10:45 am

Br’r Tarrant was an Australian who went to New Zealand to shoot Moslems.

Two different countries.

The closest analogy to this the Chinese effort to turn the Uygher people into Chinese…. where those who fail to assimilate are shot as they try to escape.

Tarrant said he thought highly of the Chinese form of government.

I think there’s a far closer connection to Senators Mark Warner and Dianne Feinstein and Representative Ted Lieu than to any other American politicians.

They have all worked to facility the infiltration of American society by Chinese government spies.

#10 Comment By Sunjeev Bery On March 19, 2019 @ 11:50 am

“Our leaders in the 1920s understood this and took steps to halt the migrations until those who had come could be assimilated, and, in a word, Americanized. It worked. By 1960, we were a united people.”

–> I’m not sure Dr. MLK Jr. would have agreed.

#11 Comment By PWM 02176 On March 19, 2019 @ 12:07 pm

I don’t know a single person who specifically lays this tragedy at Trumps feet directly. I’m sure there are many that do, fortunately I don’t know them. What is troubling is that Trump again simply fails to grasp the horror of these events, and has repeatedly laid out comments and positions that encourage psychopaths and lunatics to believe he’s one of them. “There are good people on both sides” ummm, no they’re aren’t. But he is so completely devoid of empathy he simply refuses to recognize it, and as such encourages the acts of these psychopaths.

#12 Comment By Roy Fassel On March 19, 2019 @ 1:33 pm

Trumps “schtick” is a divider and not a uniter.

America is and has been a multicultural nation that requires a sense of common unity. The current tone of trying to instill hatred in “those others” is the easiest common uniter for his following. His following is supporting his vision of “division and hatred”. That is a recipe for violence. “My bikers are tougher than you elitists etc…”

#13 Comment By CLW On March 19, 2019 @ 2:17 pm

“Americans, after all, reacted viscerally to the Irish migration of 1845-1849, and again to the Great Migration from Central and Eastern Europe from 1890 to 1920. Inter-ethnic violence was not uncommon.”

As usual, Pat, you’ve taken an ounce of truth and brewed it into a gallon of nonsense.

The migrant populations you refer to above were perceived as being utterly “alien” to the then-prevailing American majority, just like how you choose to perceive the migrant populations coming to America now and over the past few decades as being utterly alien.

If you actually understood the history of these prior waves of migration, you’d understand that they demonstrate how anyone can become a “real American.” But you’re goal isn’t developing understanding: you want to cherry-pick history for talking points that support your mantra of white superiority.

#14 Comment By Francis Flynn On March 19, 2019 @ 2:38 pm

That tape showing this moron appears to indicate that the shooter was shooting blanks. Live ammunition would have been ripping the walls and victims apart. But Nothing! When he shoots a woman outside laying down, her hair moves vigorously which would be the result of a blank fired at that range. I may be wrong but it loos phony to me.

#15 Comment By Liam On March 19, 2019 @ 3:18 pm

“By 1960, we were a united people.”

Only if one were blind, deaf and insensate.

#16 Comment By The Other Sands On March 19, 2019 @ 3:41 pm

“By 1960, we were a united people.”

It’s always nice when Pat drops in a brief, straight-forward reminder of just how seriously we should take the rest of his reasoning.

#17 Comment By DJ Tanyan On March 19, 2019 @ 3:43 pm

What a conundrum? Capitalism needs immigrants(skilled and unskilled), but racism totally prevents you from seeing them as anything but ‘other’. Hard to keep all that hypocrisy straight…or maybe not.
We’re all human, no matter the hue, man!

#18 Comment By Lee Green On March 19, 2019 @ 5:28 pm

I do have to admire your skills at denial and rationalization.

#19 Comment By Stephen J. On March 19, 2019 @ 5:40 pm

Article of interest at link below.
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#20 Comment By Sean On March 19, 2019 @ 10:41 pm

Kasoy, the Czech Republic is atheist. Look up their crime stats and compare with religious nations.

#21 Comment By Murray Antoinette On March 20, 2019 @ 7:39 am

Why does Buchanan say “without the people’s consent”? Immigration law was changed in the 1960s through exactly the same means as it was in the 1920s. And there have been twenty-five Congresses since then. If the immigration regime were objectionable to the majority of Americans, surely it would have been changed by now.