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The Far Right And The Lone Wolf Thesis.

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I have masses of draft posts and forgot about this useful site, the Lone Wolf Project.

It covers the false notion that Far Right bombers and terrorists are basically lone wolves, and should be treated as such.

Whereas the reality is that they cooperate across the Internet and are of much greater danger than is often believed, as violence is intrinsic to the Far Right’s beliefs. Here is an extract from the report:

“David Copeland’s two-week bombing campaign in spring 1999 brought the existence of far-right terrorism into the public eye. In fact he was not the first far-right terrorist to be convicted in Britain and many others have followed.

Nevertheless the police, Crown Prosecution Service and courts have generally viewed far-right terrorists as isolated individuals inevitable consequence of the activities of several, often small, organisations that espouse a violent racist and fascist ideology.

This has meant that the authorities have failed to put in place effective strategies to monitor these extreme-right groups with a view to early identification of those individuals who show signs of making the transition from racist abuse and threatening behaviour to terrorism and murder.

This report includes case studies of nearly 40 individuals holding far-right political views who have been convicted for violence or terrorist offences.

The details revealed in court showed that they were motivated, and obtained the knowledge and wherewithal to carry out their acts, through dangerous networks that introduced them to a perverse ideological world.

Many of them used the internet to associate with likeminded people, exchange ideas and obtain information about how to acquire weapons or make explosives and deadly chemicals.”

Lone wolves: myth or reality? [ a PDF download].

Written by modernityblog

21/04/2011 at 19:47

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  1. Funny. I’ve devoted several posts to the opposite idea, particularly contrasting the New Wave of British Nazism (NWOBN – © Laban Tall 2008) with the New Wave of British Jihad (NWOBJ – © Laban Tall 2007).

    The few NWOBN chaps seem to be loners a la Neil Lewington. The only loner jihadists are Brit converts like Andrew Ibrahim or my favourite Nicholas Roddis of the fearsome Al Quaeda Organisation of Rotherham. The non-convert jihadists seem to have a life in their community.

    Did you see Rachel Cooke’s review in the New Statesman of the BBC’s ‘Generation Jihad’ ? She writes about two guys from Halifax, who got four years and three years for distributing jihadi videos and possessing suicide vest instructions. They were released after half their sentences, but you wouldn’t say from the long interviews they gave the BBC that they were exactly penitent.

    “I’m not qualified to say whether they should indeed have served prison sentences for their activities. But they were loathsome: ignorant, boastful, utterly lacking in imagination or – and here’s the irony, given their belief in the umma – any kind of empathy… I thought back to the first part of the series, to the two cocky young men in their nylon tracksuits and flashy trainers, newly released from prison. Taylor asked them how their communities had welcomed them back. Cue wide smiles all round. The food, the presents! The money, the visitors! No one thought that they were terrorists, or anything like terrorists. It was more a case of: “Hail the conquering heroes!”


    23/04/2011 at 23:02

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