New Zealand attack - How right-wing terrorists network worldwide - Politics

  • The alleged main assassin of the attack in New Zealand spread a manifesto, calling on known right-wing terrorists and expressing racist views.
  • This shows that not only Islamism but also right-wing terrorism is global.
  • In his letter, the Australian explicitly attacks Angela Merkel, the "mother of all that is anti-white and anti-German."

From Ronen Steinke, Berlin

If an Islamist strikes somewhere in a Western country, then the Western world usually looks at it quickly as part of a larger whole. The crime scenes may differ, not the motives. Jihadism is global. If, on the other hand, a fair-skinned racist hits somewhere, then this is often seen more as a local phenomenon. As an expression of local isolationism, perpetrated by one Local, Germany the Germans, Canada the Canadians, and so on.

The deadly attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch makes it obvious that this view has not been true for some time. One of the terror suspects there is a kind of spokesman. The man, a 28-year-old Australian, does so in a manifesto. It is about "invaders" from Muslim countries, the need for a "partisan action against an occupying power". The assassin expresses his spiritual attachment to other anti-Muslim assassins worldwide. 78 pages have the text, which was edited the day before the attack and then sent out via Twitter in the world.

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It's a document that you do not want to attract media attention or readers. But to understand how far the ideological globalization of right-wing terrorism now reaches and how much the perpetrators mutually reinforce each other, an evaluation is essential.

The Christchurch assassin staged himself right at the beginning as "just an ordinary white man", he jokes, makes about funny people who may believe after his act, computer games would have incited him to violence. He sets forth his ideology, applauding with every line. But the most important resonance chamber for him is obviously not the local neo-Nazi scene in New Zealand, a gloomy but manageable world. Nor is it the hugely active scene next door in its native Australia, where domestic intelligence only warned of a growing danger from the right in early January, boiled down in new "civilian forces" fighting criminal African gangs.

The aim is rather a global audience, a scene that is networked in online forums such as "8chan" and their style of Christchurch bombers now reflects. Local characteristics do not matter. On the contrary. He has chosen the crime scene in New Zealand only by chance, he writes, because there are just as "goals" to be found as "somewhere else in the West". The countries Australia and New Zealand are merely "fingers at the hand of Europe".

The Nazis are but from yesterday, writes the assassin

The assassin, who describes his origin as "Scottish, Irish and English", does not follow the classical right-wing extremist rhetoric that divides between European peoples. The Nazis are yesterday, he writes. Instead, it is broader, a "white race" – and the allegedly threatening high birth rates of others. Immigration would displace the ancestors. Whites would be "exchanged".

The assassin has overwritten his manifesto with "The Great Exchange", that is a favorite phrase of the New Right Identity Movement, that right-wing extremist movement in which Hungarian, Austrian and Italian racists feel comfortable side by side. On the drive to his bloodbath in Christchurch, as you can see it on videos on the net, the culprit even heard a song that Serbian nationalists have written. "Kebab out", is the refrain of this song, it is dedicated to the warlord Radovan Karadžić and reviles the Muslims of the Balkans.

Global are the role models that the assassin names. In the manifesto, he glorifies the Italian, who fired in February 2018 in the city of Macerata on six African migrants. He praises the Briton, who raced in London in June 2017 in a crowd at the Finsbury Park Mosque and injured ten people. He praises the 21-year-old American who stormed into a church in Charleston in 2015 and shot nine dark-skinned Americans. But above all, he claims to have the "blessing" of the Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik for his bloodlust, the right-wing extremist who attacked a summer camp of the Young Socialists on the island of Utøya in 2011 and murdered 77 people there.

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Breivik also left a manifesto on the Internet at that time, 1516 pages long. The Christchurch bomber now claims to have been in contact with the Norwegian detained since then, but he does not say how. And just like Breivik back then, he explains that he also wants to "inspire" other perpetrators.

Breivik's manifesto served as a source of inspiration for assassins worldwide

Breivik's manifesto of that time, "2083. A European Declaration of Independence," has since been cited as a source of inspiration by several assassins around the world. It was not until 20 February that the case of a 49-year-old US Coast Guard officer, who, according to the FBI, was known could still be stopped. The officer had hoarded weapons in his basement apartment in the capital Washington, he was at least two years of intense attention to Breivik's manifesto, until he began to design even a text. "Purpose-directed violence," he wrote, is the right way to create a "white homeland."

Even in Munich, a right-wing murderer has already shown fascination. 18-year-old student David S., who shot dead nine people at the Olympia mall in July 2016, had left a two-page manifesto writing about "foreign subhumans" whom he wanted to "execute." For his act he chose a striking timing. Exactly the fifth anniversary of Breivik's Utøya plot.

Global are also the enemy images, which now names the Christchurch assassin. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appears in his manifesto, he is vilified, the Pakistani-born London Mayor Sadiq Khan is the same, and Angela Merkel is central, "the mother of all that is anti-German and anti-German ". She was "high on the list", because: "Hardly anyone has done more to harm Europe and to ethnically cleanse." On the other hand, the assassin praises US President Donald Trump as a "symbol of renewed white identity and common determination." He was not satisfied with his specific policy.

It is a theory that German new rights call "Umvolkung"

The manifesto of the Christchurch assassin takes the form of a self-interview. Question and answer. The crucial question he wants to answer is of course: why? And he gives an answer to that which, in the end, summarizes quite clearly what ideologically holds together the increasingly well-connected right-wing extremist scene across borders. It is a theory that German new rights call "Umvolkung". English speakers call it "replacement". It is the claim that non-European immigrants would replace the previous majority. And that this follows a dark plan run by politicians like Merkel.

He's taking revenge now, the Christchurch assassin still writes. Revenge for invasions to Europe over the centuries, revenge also "for the thousands of European lives lost to terrorist attacks in European countries", and the list of revenge reasons goes even further. Question: Does not such an act meet many innocents? Answer: "There are no innocents in an invasion, and all who colonize a foreign country are part of the guilt." It's exactly what al-Qaida's jihadists do when they explain their attacks. It is said that Guantanamo's revenge for the prohibition of the full-body veil in France, for every injustice that happens somewhere to Muslims.

The two ideologies relate to each other, they nourish each other. The Norwegian Muslim hater Breivik once wrote in his manifesto that he wanted to learn from al-Qaeda and that their "guerrilla tactics" are by all means exemplary. The Christchurch assassin now spells out the word "gorilla".

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