Once upon a time, or so the story goes, a reporter asked Gandhi what he thought of Western civilization.
“I think it would be a good idea,” Gandhi is said to have replied.
This story kept popping into my head as I worked my way through the seemingly unending torrent of horrendous Tweets that comprise the #FightForWesternCivilization hashtag on Twitter. I discovered the hashtag last night while looking at the reactions of assorted Internet-famous Nazis and their fellow travellers to the horrific attack in Nice yesterday. (You can see the results of this investigation in my previous post here.)
Even a quick glance at the #FightForWesternCivilization hashtag reveals that these would-be defenders of Western Civilization have a very strange notion of what civilization consists of, with some taking inspiration not just from Donald Trump, their lord and master, but from such historical figures as Adolph Hitler and Augusto Pinochet. The hashtag is lousy with raging Islamophobes and white supremacists, full of violent fantasies of retribution against the Muslim “invaders.”
Never mind that we don’t even know if the apparent killer in Nice was even motivated by radical Islam; neighbors told a French television station that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was less into religion than he was into women and salsa dancing. Local mosques say he never stepped through their doors.
But his name is Mohamed, so to those posting in the #FightForWesternCivilization hashtag he is not only a radical Islamist but the representative of all of the world’s Muslims.
As many of these self-declared civilization-defenders see it, Muslims are “savages” who need to be expelled from Europe and the US.
#FightForWesternCivilization Deport them. Burn their mosques to the ground. Let them live in the sand and filth best suited to savages.
— Ed Draper (@eddraper) July 15, 2016
Expel Islam from Europe. Outlaw it. Starve it of money food and succour. Drive it back to sand or the sea. #FightForWesternCivilization
— Duffy (@DogDuffy) July 15, 2016
#FightForWesternCivilization means one thing: Expel Islam from the West.
— Pádraig O Caoimh (@StoneFree2Rant) July 15, 2016
— Memelord 🐸🇺🇸 (@AltRightMemes) July 15, 2016
One Twitter Nazi suggested that expelling “kebab” would only be the beginning of a broader ethnic cleansing.
Others directed their animus at “the Jews.”
Regardless of their opinions about Jews, most of those using the hashtag seem to see”western civilization” as synonymous with “white culture.” Some tried to wake the “white man” to the alleged existential threat of Islam.
Others suggested that the honor and purity of white women were in danger:
David Duke — yes, that David Duke — weighed in with this photo of an angelic-looking young white mother with baby.
This Tweeter Nazi-signaled by quoting the famous fascist “14 words.”
And let us not forget hot white chicks, who could easily turn into hot white mothers:
Others gave big thumbs-up to white people in general:
Some warned ominously of the alleged dangers of “diversity.”
Others talked excitedly about taking up arms and/or fists against Muslims and various alleged Islamophiles.
#FightForWesternCivilization we are in a war even if the politicians try to convince us to accept Muslims. Get a gun and learn to shoot.
— Infidel Investor (@Free_True_North) July 15, 2016
And if you can’t be with the gun you love, just grab a sharp pencil and aim for the eye:
One Trump fan suggested that if the Donald failed to win the election in November they would be willing to help him shoot his way into the White House:
Some looked back fondly on the original crusades:
We've had a #fightforWesternCivilization. We called it the Crusades.
— J. S. Pearce (@Sighter) July 15, 2016
While others call for a new one:
#FightForWesternCivilization stop islam 2016. Start the crusades
— BuildThatWall (@wall_that) July 15, 2016
Naturally, there were more than a few clucking about cucks:
Western govts are ultimate cucks. Question now is if citizens will retake their countries before terrorists do. #FightForWesternCivilization
— coldacid 🕹️💻🍁🚁 (@coldacid) July 14, 2016
Brainwashed beta male cucks saying #FightForWesternCivilization is racist are why we are in this spot in the first place.
— Stan Zbornak, Jr (@SouthernDandy55) July 15, 2016
One inventive fellow argued that to win the war for Western civilization, right-minded right-wingers need to take aim not only at Islam but also such wily enemies as Buzzfeed, the long-defunct Soviet Union, Israel, Planned Parenthood and My Little Pony.
— Memelord 🐸🇺🇸 (@AltRightMemes) July 15, 2016
This imagined Western Civilization that these people think they’re fighting for isn’t a place I want to live.