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Tags: white nationalism | domestic terror | mass murder | rhetoric

Author J.M. Berger: Violent 'Leaderless Attacks' to Continue

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 August 2019 05:51 PM EDT

Violent assaults by individual white nationalists, unlike those once directed by a central leader or organization, are increasingly common in America — and such "leaderless attacks will likely be with us for the foreseeable future," author J.M. Berger said Wednesday in an op-ed for Defense One.

Berger, the editor of Intelwire.com, cited the Internet and a fractured political system in which "white nationalists are currently enjoying the most hospitable political environment they have seen in decades."

"Leaderless resistance," Berger said, "is emerging at a time when Americans are soberly debating whether the president is himself a white nationalist, a time when institutional white nationalists find some new presidential pronouncement to celebrate almost every week, and white-nationalist political priorities are being carried out by the government in real time."

But while such attacks as El Paso — whose suspect penned an online anti-Hispanic manifesto — are giving white nationalists "far more of what they want from the mainstream political process than at any time in recent memory," Berger says "brutal massacres do not obviously help the cause of white nationalism.

"They may hurt it deeply.

"Terrorism has always been a double-edged sword," but Berger said El Paso, for instance, "has resulted in substantial calls for more aggressive action against the white-nationalist movement."

While America's political system "create constant opportunities for change," Berger argued the 2020 election, "accompanied by uncertainty about America's future direction, seems unlikely to calm the waters.

"What kind of country will emerge after the election is anyone's guess."

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