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  1. Gezza

     /  21st March 2019

    The hypocrisy of New Zealand’s ‘this is not us’ claim
    Is Brenton Tarrant really an aberration?

    In response to what has been described as New Zealand’s biggest “terrorist” attack, in which 50 people were shot and killed in two mosques in the city of Christchurch, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern declared:

    “We were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate. We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism. We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things.”

    As a Muslim who grew up in New Zealand, this statement didn’t sit well with me. Over the years, I’ve heard it repeated by Kiwis in a ritualistic fashion, always praising the values of multicultural society. I also hear similar self-congratulatory statements in Australia, where I’m now based.

    This same narcissistic self-view has often prompted New Zealanders and Australians to declare that I must be “glad” to be in their respective countries. After all, they see Afghanistan, where I come from, as the land of “burqas”, intolerance and fundamentalist violence.

    In our “post”-colonial reality, racism still determines who “we” are and who “they” must be. It is what produces statements like “this is not us” that seek to absolve and reject responsibility and shame, and replace them with fragile innocence and even pride.

    It is what preserves the comforting conviction that “extremism” and violence are only features of “backward” societies; “our” civilised societies in New Zealand, Australia and the West do not espouse such barbarism and the few of “us” who do, do not represent “us” and are not a product of “our” cultures.

    What struck me about Ardern’s statement – and the many others like it praising diversity, the welcoming nature of Kiwis, and the provincial shire with a small tight-knit community – is how dishonest it is.
    More…
    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/hypocrisy-zealand-claim-190319104526942.html

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    • artcroft

       /  21st March 2019

      Well if you find us dishonest and narcissistic, you still have to explain why so many people want to live here.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  21st March 2019

        And why she doesn’t return to a Muslim country – any Muslim country.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  21st March 2019

      Sahar Ghumkhor’s research explores the intersections of race, gender and psychoanalysis.

      In case you thought she was normal.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  21st March 2019

    This makes some interesting points about Tarrant’s political alignment:
    https://townhall.com/columnists/johnrlottjr/2019/03/18/media-calls-the-new-zealand-shooter-rightwing-n2543264

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    • MaureenW

       /  21st March 2019

      Yes it does, funny the media don’t label him an environmentalist here.

      There does appear to be a deliberate effort to deliberately misalign his stated political orientation.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  21st March 2019
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      • Gezza

         /  21st March 2019

        His environmentalist claims to be an eco-terrrorist are nonsense. He is a white supremacist who used a number a different themes to attempt to justify his hatred of non-whites and that foreign invaders are wrecking the environment where white people live is self-evidently nonsense.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  21st March 2019

          His neurosis is the power threat to low fertility Europeans from high fertility Muslim immigrants. He calls himself an Eco-fascist and identifies politically most with Communist China. He’s not a conventional environmentalist but shares their acute fear of population growth albeit for different reasons.

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          • Kimbo

             /  21st March 2019

            Hitler was a vegetarian, and the Nazis had environmentalist policies and concerns. And if nothing else, everything they did was primarily geared to address the concern, indeed neurosis of being outbred and supplanted by the untermensch.

            And China’s current political system, irrespective of nomenclature, is not Communist. Indeed it can be said that Chiang Kai-shek’s version of totalitarianism eventually prevailed over Mao’s long after their 50 year earthly feud ended with their respective deaths in the mid 1970s. If there is a hell, both may find some relief in the irony.

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      • Kimbo

         /  21st March 2019

        Best I would suggest to ignore the turgid and deliberately deceitful manifesto and concentrate on his actions when determining the political ideology, if any, which motivated the attack. Anti-migrant and anti-Muslim makes him, in the current context, alt-right. With the proviso that the political spectrum is best understood as circle/horse shoe where violent extremism of whatever ideological or religious brand coalesces, rather than a polarity. Which means the moderate right wing is in no way culpable, nor even a contributor.

        The only other reasonable possibility at this stage is that, like any narcissist/psychopathic mass shooter, the profile and demographics of his victims were irrelevant. Indeed in this case it could be a massive red herring, in his quest for notoriety. But that is the least likely of the two options, and violent left winger seems a remote possibility…at this stage.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  21st March 2019

          Except that National supported immigration and Labour opposed it. Hardly a test for Left-Right orientation.

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          • Kimbo

             /  21st March 2019

            No, no “except” about it. As both National and Labour are in the moderate sector of the left-right circle/horseshoe, their respective immigration policies are irrelevant in seeking to determine the attacker’s extremist political ideology.

            As before, his words are deceitful, whereas his actions including choice of victims are crystal clear.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st March 2019

              Nonsense. If you subscribe to the view that extremists can be placed on a left-right axis then you have to accept that immigration and free trade of all kinds is traditionally supported by the right and opposed by the left.

            • Kimbo

               /  21st March 2019

              I see your “nonsense” and raise you a “Rubbish”. 😀

              Not all right wingers are libertarian. Some “traditional values” authoritarian right wingers such as Enoch Powell were opposed to migrants of the wrong colour and religion, whereas the left wing have a long tradition of championing their cause.

              Migration is also one of those intricate policies, like trade, that is malleable in particular contexts and times. Like the alleged “housing crisis” leading up to the 2017 NZ election.

              Plus, as he was a latecomer to NZ, (arriving here in late 2017?), there is no indication this extremist took his cue from any of our local moderate political parties.

            • Kimbo

               /  21st March 2019

              …having said that, I acknowledge Powell was a very complex man, hard to define but whatever else he was a right winger. And as a one-time member of the Labour Party who knew why I joined and am still in no way ashamed of that

              …something very valuable was crapped on when Phil Twyford threw Chinese house buyers under the bus. As Rodney Hide observed, Labour has always been the voice of political conscience in NZ. Twyford’s present woes and difficulties are just punishment! But then as a founder of the Values Party you no doubt despair that the Greens are regarded as their heirs. 😀

              Either way, the Christchurch attacker’s ideology is alien to our political mainstream in which some 99.99% of parties and voters take their stand. Hence I don’t understand the defensiveness and need to point in the other direction when he is described as an alt/extreme right winger.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  21st March 2019

              The Left traditionally oppose immigration and free trade because they see both as competing with and harming the working class. The woke Left having adopted identity politics have also adopted existing immigrant minorities as companions in victimhood. (Though the woke are themselves extremely privileged.). The terrorist has unfortunately become the extreme exponent of identity politics and executed a stunning reversal of it on the Left.

            • Kimbo

               /  21st March 2019

              Yet left wing concern for minorities, indeed formal anti-racialism, predates modern identity politics. Hence most migrants who are a racial, cultural or religious minority have gravitated, initially anyway, to left wing parties. Has been the case in America and the Democrats since the Irish Catholic influx in the 1850s, and here in NZ with Labour beginning with the Pacific Island migration of the 1960s onwards, which was the first significant change to our European/Maori demographic. And was RJ Seddon left or right? Pro immigration to fill an empty land, but preferably from the Mother Country and virulently anti-Chinese.

              Yes, in the main you are right, but there are too many exceptions, nuances and pragmatic choices to make your description any more than a broad generalisation, not a hard and fast rule.

              Plus, again, in the context of the Christchurch shooter’s pathologies, I’m still left asking, so what? Are you suspecting there is some national blame game of musical chairs going on, and when the music stops you are going to be left standing…so better to book your secure seat now?

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