Last June, “anti-jihad” bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer planned one of the oddest, most ambitious endeavors in recent conservative memory: the Freedom from Jihad Flotilla.
Set up after the cancellation of a joint European-American anti-jihad conference in France (because police there wouldn’t guarantee their safety, according to Geller), the flotilla was meant to be the anti-jihad answer to the Gaza flotilla. It would launch from New York on September 11, 2011 “from the New York harbor closest to the World Trade Center site.”
From there, Geller’s flotilla would travel to Greece, then skirt along the coast of Turkey, as a tribute to Greek and Armenian victims of the Ottoman Empire. Then it would then head to Egypt, where “all Coptic Christians seeking to escape Islamic oppression will be saved,” according to a press release. Then the flotilla would go on to Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Thailand.
September 11th came and went, and no flotilla. What happened?
The organizations behind the flotilla, Stop Islamization of America and Stop Islamization of Europe, are still raising money for it, according to Geller.
“It seems there is oodles of money for Jew hating Gaza flotillas but little for real victims of oppression and subjugation,” Geller wrote in an email to me. “Maybe you should write about that.”
It’s fair to ask whether the flotilla will ever launch. According to my very rough Google Map of its proposed route, it would cover over 28,000 miles. And that doesn’t even get into the more serious logistical questions, like how do you convince majority-Muslim countries to let the flotilla dock, and where do you take these Egyptian Copts once you rescue them?
Previously: Pamela Geller, pioneer of Chris Christie’s “Islamist connections”.