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The white supremacist plot to kill Barack Obama: I’m surprised something like this didn’t happen before

Warning: Some of the links in this post go to hate sites. I include them because I think it’s important for people to see exactly what white supremacists say in their own words, if they are curious to do so and thus learn how low these people will go. However, if you’re at work you may not want to click on them.

Regular readers of this blog know that I have a major interest in World War II history and the Holocaust. Specifically, I’ve spent a fair amount of time writing about Holocaust denial. My interest in Holocaust denial derives from two sources. First, it’s disgust at the racism, Hitler apologia, and anti-Semitism that are always at the root of it, no matter how much Holocaust deniers try to deny them as the motivation for their denial. Scratch a Holocaust denier, and you will always–I repeat, alwaysfind an anti-Semite and very likely also either a fascist sympathizer or admirer of Hitler. Second, I’m interested in Holocaust denial in the context of skepticism. After all, Holocaust denial is, boiled down to its core, merely a very, very despicable form of woo, in which conspiracies to keep The Truth secret in order to protect The Prevailing Dogma run rampant. The parallels to “alternative medicine” and creationism are obvious.

That being said, one thing that’s happened as I’ve delved into Holocaust denial over the last ten years is that I’ve come face-to-face with some of the ugliest beliefs humans hold, so much so that at times it beggared the imagination that fellow humans could actually seriously hold such vile beliefs. It’s impossible to study Holocaust denial and avoid facing this, as Holocaust denial is so deeply entwined in so much of neo-Nazi and/or white supremacist belief systems. It’s also hard not to become aware of the white supremacist and fascist underworld that exists in the U.S. and Europe.

That’s why I’m not at all surprised about the ridiculously botched assassination plot against Barack Obama that was recently broken up. The only thing I’m surprised about is that there hasn’t been one before. As a black man who is likely to win the election and become the President of the United States in one week, Obama represents a profound threat to the mental midgets who hold to white supremacist philosophy. Consider this: If law-abiding people with racist views find Obama threatening, imagine how much more so white supremacists do. In fact, Obama is an even worse threat to them in that he is not simply a black man but is biracial, the product of “miscegenation,” something white supremacists detest almost above all else. For example, on the Stormfront discussion forum we find:

I have to disagree that McCain is no better. McCain may coddle the illegal hordes, but he is far better than an avowed Marxist mongrel that hates the white grandparents foolish enough to raise and educate this uppity savage.

McCain has also worked his entire life, even with his physical limitations, for something bigger than himself, even if I disagree with his politics. Obama has been a drain on society, ever since he started with a free ride through the American educational system, then living off the taxpayer as a “community activist” under the tutelage of white scum like William Ayers that thoroughly immersed him in Marxist ideology.

McCain does not play by the same rules as Obama, so I see an Obama victory, and the USA’s fate sealed for all time. It will be like a terminal patient that no longer has any medical care, or life support system in place, left to wither and die.

Too many whites take what political hucksters say at face value, without researching the deeds behind the words they want to hear.

Obama is clever enough to know that you tell the white masses what they want to here. They will rally, flock to, and embrace the bi-racial messiah.

These are the same imbeciles that want to believe the Muslim will toss out his Koran and give up on longstanding beliefs, principles, tenets laid out in Mohanmmed’s teachings, and embrace the infadel with open arms.

This is the attitude towards a Barack Obama victory that is prevalent in white nationalist circles. Is it any wonder that such rhetoric would inspire plots of violence?

Other white supremacists are hoping for an Obama victory because they believe it would bring people to their side:

PEARL, Miss. — They’re not exactly rooting for Barack Obama, but prominent white supremacists anticipate a boost to their cause if he becomes the first black president. His election, they say, would trigger a backlash — whites rising up, a revolution of sorts — that they think is long overdue.

He’d be a “visual aid,” says former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, in trying to bring others around to their view that whites have lost control of America. Obama’s election, says another, would jar whites into action, writing letters, handing out pamphlets rather than sitting around complaining.

Fortunately, as is usually the case, the two angry young men plotting a terrorist rampage of killing 88 black people and beheading 14 of them, after which they would kill Obama, were incompetent dolts who hadn’t yet formulated a viable plan to carry out their killings. But even incompetent dolts who are willing to die for their cause are dangerous, and what if the next bunch of plotters are not so incompetent? Indeed, like many I fear for Obama and suspect that, if elected, there will likely be attempts on his life.

One thing that this incident has done that’s useful is to educate Americans about a couple of very common white supremacist/nationalist code numbers, namely 14 and 88. The number 14 is considered nearly sacred among white power ranger circles because it refers to “14 Words” that encapsulate white power ranger values:

We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.

These words were derived from Volume 1, Chapter 8 of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf:

What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe.

As for “88,” although there is some argument about its origin as white power ranger code, it’s widely believed that 8 stands for H, the eighth letter of the alphabet, and that therefore “88” stands for “HH,” which is short for “Heil Hitler.” It is also sometimes said that 88 also refers to the 88 Precepts of white nationalist David Lane. Whichever is closer to the truth, that’s why you’ll frequently find “88” embedded in the titles of neo-Nazi websites and blogs or appended to the pseudonyms of white supremacist bloggers or commenters. Consequently, when you see the use of 14 and 88 or combinations thereof, particularly in the context of political discussions involving race, you can be pretty sure you’re dealing with white nationalists.

Unfortunately, this botched plot to go on a terrorist killing spree reveals just how deep antipathy towards Obama is in white power ranger circles. That antipathy is only likely to grow if Obama is elected President. I hope this plot is a wake-up call that, despite all the excitement among Obama supporters, we are not in a post-racial society, and there remain a small but significant fraction of the populace that finds the thought of a black President profoundly threatening.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

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