On 27 October 2017, a Twitter user posted that “ANTIFA “Super Soldiers” will behead all white parents and small business owners in the town square.” This satirical comment was picked up by a number of conservative leaning news and blog organizations – and spread around the Internet as a real story. The ANTIFA attack was to take place on 4 November 2017, and this is significant, as I will explain later.
“Refuse Fascism” left-wing activists claimed that right-wing militias in Austin, Texas threatened to react in self-defense. This concerned Andy Zee, a Refuse Fascism leader who said, “ You have to take this stuff seriously because some of them really believe it”. He was, of course, referring to the right-wing – but what if people on the left took it seriously as well?
I am not going to claim here that the Devin Kelley, the Sutherland Springs church mass murderer, was driven by the ANTIFA “Super Soldier” beheading comments. However, before the authorities rule it out, I think it appropriate to point out a few things: First, this happened in Texas on the 5th of November, the day after ANTIFA’s failed 4 November nationwide protests. Second, Kelley shot and killed former family members in the church and certainly killed a lot of white parents and small business owners. Third, he was dressed in the all black garb that is symbolic ANTIFA dress. Fourth, his social media and personal history profile fits the type of left wing radical that would be driven to violent acts against Christians and conservatives. Fifth, per Texas law, Kelley should not have been able to buy a gun. Thus, he committed a crime to obtain the gun.
The media and law enforcement officials have appropriately painted Kelley as a peculiar loner who had previously committed violence against his wife and child. This violence had led to a dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force and a divorce. I suspect that this will be the foundation for the unfolding story.
The reason I write this article is that it is a very familiar story throughout Western Europe. The authorities immediately brand extreme violence as the act of a madman. They treat each incident of murder and mayhem as if there is no connection to anything else. This excuses ANTIFA Europe for the support they give to criminal behaviors that are clearly associated with their socialist and communist ideology. It does the same for Islamic inspired terrorist acts.
To ignore ideology in the commitment of major crimes like the Sutherland Springs massacre or the recent New York City terrorism by truck attack is both foolish and dangerous. If history teaches anything it is that ideology can be the foundation of any evil act or acts.