Today’s journey into the depths of the internet is an exploration into the realm of the online extremism, the realm of the keyboard commando.
Let’s play spot the difference.
First up, we have a statement made on an open public forum by a self confessed right wing conservative.
How does this compare to this statement made by a Muslim extremist on a public forum?
Both statements were addressed towards people who have been in the public eye at some level. The ‘him’ referred to in the former post is the friend of mine that has featured in a couple of my previous posts.
Differences? One potential victim is a major American celebrity? One is made by a Muslim? One is being investigated by the FBI, while the other isn’t investigated at all?
Similarities? Both of them are wish fulfilment? Neither statement would do anything for their cause if they were acted on? Both of them were said in a context?
For whatever the similarities and differences are, both of these statements have one major factor in common. The willingness to use force to achieve punitive gain.
So what exactly are the differences between islamic extremism, and the pockets of extremist nationalism that is poking it’s head up all about the place here in Australia? Individuals supporting one side typically state the virtues of a particular combative party as being what makes them different. This is essentially putting the cart before the horse, by claiming what is in the cart makes the difference despite the cart and the horse being in essence the same thing over all.
It also becomes a similarity, rather than a difference. As all parties essentially claim their superior virtues in the same way, even if the words that proclaim them are somewhat varied.
I heard about the latter example during a news flash on the radio. The former I discovered while exploring facebook. It is interesting that in our society a threat against another individual is only major news if it comes from a muslim and it is aimed towards a very famous person. Neither of the people who made those statements have any intention or ability to act, or capacity to incite someone to act on these threats, even though the former claim was made after the threatener had been in the same room at a public event with the threatee and had widely announced that they had done so.
Stupid is as stupid does.
It is hard to ignore right wing extremism in our community these days. The threats involved have started to move beyond the commonplace calling for governments to do sadistic things to asylum seekers, and even more violent things such as ‘nuking muslims’ have started to morph into something else.
The reason it is so hard to ignore, is because of the sheer brutality that happens when some of its exponents actually act on their fantasies. The Norway attacks and US Congress woman shooting has shown that these extremist nationalists more often than not turn the weapons onto their own countrymen before anyone else. The same can be said for Islamic extremists. It doesn’t take much to find comparable acts violence and assassination on the other side of the extremist fence.
The internet has become quite and exponent of these fantasies. Facebook has taken a largely non-interventionist role when this kind of violent language appears on their site, in a protection of freedom of speech. Although they do tend to act on statements made by Muslims, rather than comparable statements made by others. This is often seen as a vindication by other extremists, even though facebook is often just retaining their statements for other reasons other than supporting them.
As I mentioned before, we often have individuals in Australia demanding that the government do sadistic things to Asylum seekers. Things like blowing up their boats, or shooting them while they are in the water are essentially calls for us to murder someone simply because they like us enough to want to live with us.
It is interesting that the individuals that often declare freedom of speech to be a fundamental right are so willing to take the away the lives and rights of others. Something is seriously amiss here. Most of these violent statements are often made in the expectation that such a thing would never happen, while being ignorant of the reality that it could actually happen, and historically when such groups have come into power, has.
Statements made off the cuff on the internet like these are often made with little to no consideration about what the real world outcome could be. While baseball bat beatings and tongue cuttings may seem unrealistic, say them often enough and someone may believe that they have the justification to act upon these wishes. There are people out there that are more than willing to turn to force before any other solution.
And lets not even start to talk about how all of them hate homosexuals… for some stupid reason