“BIRSTALL, England — The suspect in the killing of a member of Parliament on a street in northern England on Thursday has a history of ties with a neo-Nazi organization in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and may have suffered from mental illness, according to an account he gave a local newspaper in 2010. …
Both sides in that debate have suspended campaigning out of respect for Ms. Cox. Issues of immigration and national identity have been central to the sometimes bitter clashes over membership in the bloc, and they have driven the campaign at times toward what critics say is racism and xenophobia. …
On Thursday night, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is based in Alabama and tracks extremist groups, released receipts showing that Mr. Mair had paid $620 for materials from National Vanguard Books, the publishing imprint of a neo-Nazi organization called the National Alliance. In 1999, he purchased materials that included publications on how to make a gun and improvised explosives.”
Yesterday, I said this was either the definition of a ‘false flag’ attack, or it was another example of a crazed lone wolf vanguardist lashing out on his own initiative. He’s alive and we now know it was door number two.
Picture a socially isolated, mentally ill loner nursing a morbid fascination with apocalyptic violence stewing in rage behind his computer all day. He almost certainly subscribes to the “worse is better” theory. The polls have shown that Britain is on the cusp of seceding from the European Union. By this twisted logic, victory is defeat.
Something had to be done to stop the imminent nationalist victory. Britain needs to be punished with more uncontrolled immigration in order to … wake up, or something. Maybe killing a random pro-Remain Labour MP while screaming “Britain First” will do the trick. It will scare off enough normal people to sink Brexit in the polls.
Meanwhile, I can imagine the reaction going on within the real Britain First. Just as we had never heard of Dylann Roof, they have probably never heard of Thomas Mair, and certainly had no foreknowledge of his planned attack. They are stunned that any British nationalist could lash out in such a destructive way so contrary to their interests. Speculation is rife that this has to be a ‘false flag’ attack due to the timing of the Brexit vote.
Even if they don’t know Thomas Mair, they know the type. They have seen the “vantard” manifest on the internet for years behind anonymous pseudonyms. They have no way of knowing who these people are or what their intentions are, but know they will be blamed whenever one of them “self-detonates” to dominate a few news cycles.