Pamela Geller may scoff at the notion that her relentless, raging hatred of liberals and Muslims might bear even the slightest relationship to the massacre perpetrated by one of her Norwegian fans, but now we learn that Ms. Geller has edited a post featuring a very disturbing 2007 letter from a Norwegian fan.
Charles Johnson, Little Green Footballs,* reveals the modification to the post via the internet archive. Here is the line Geller excised from the Norwegian fan letter she published:
We are stockpiling and caching weapons, ammunition and equipment. This is going to happen fast.
While the excision doesn't mean Geller bears responsibility, it does seem to indicate either a sense of guilt, or it says, at the least, that Geller knows that the facts are more incriminating than her denial would suggest.
Dehumanization and rage-filled rhetoric have consequences, and both are core features of Geller's blogging. More than most bloggers, Geller's rage is palpable. And though it is the actor who is ultimately responsible for the act, we also know a few things about the situational factors and conditions that are ripe for evil acts. Dehumanization is one of those powerful factors. When an entire class of people are constantly dehumanized in the most extreme terms, when the dangers of contagious rage are completely ignored, abusing, torturing and killing the dehumanized becomes more acceptable.
*Charles Johnson was one of the post-911 darlings of conservative blogging, until, he declared, that the right had gone "off the rails" and "over a cliff," and that he would not go over a cliff with them.
I imagine that approvingly publishing a letter from a crackpot fan who writes about "stockpiling and caching weapons" and "this is going to happen fast," is what Charles Johnson meant by a cliff he would not go over.