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Memo to Pamela Geller: THAT'S NOT HOW MARTYRDOM WORKS.

Pamela Geller is not unknown to this space. Sure for some reason, I got it in my head that her last name has an "a" in it like Buffy, but the point is, she is a known source of The Crazy. Four years ago, she warned us all that Butterball was going to turn us all into stealth Muslims by feeding us halal turkey without our knowledge.

That same year, she clumsily danced around maybe justifying the mass murder of leftists by Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik, especially when we learned Breivik was a bit of a Geller devotee.

The point is, she's awful. Very, very close to the worst. You want to know how few people worse than Pamela Geller there are in the world? So few that she had to deliberately hold a provocative event in Texas in order to draw those people out into the open so they could publicly prove they were slightly worse than Geller, and therefore, Geller wasn't the worst.

And it worked! A couple of ISIS-idolizing Texas yahoos came out to try and stop her "free speech" event, a contest to see who could draw the best cartoon of Mohammed. A security guard got wounded, the gunmen got shot - in many ways, the whole thing couldn't have gone better for Geller. She gets to say "I told you so", even though she didn't really. She gets attention. And the only people who ended up dead are still slightly worse than Pamela Geller.

Of course, her little experiment in global terrorism trolling didn't actually prove anything new. There has been no dispute, from any camp, that some nutso Muslim extremists are so angered by deliberate attempts to offend them that they will resort to violence to stop it. And there's no dispute, from any camp, that that is an awful idea and they should not do that.

Pamela Geller, however, thinks that any and every Muslim should be treated as if they were willing to shoot up a community center just because someone rented it out specifically to piss them off. And if that were true, there'd have been a lot more than two assholes storming that community center. Even in Texas.

Geller, predictably, is already taking the tack that anyone criticizing her is blaming her for holding the event where there was a shooting, instead of blaming the people who shot at the event. She knows that's not true, but she's awful, and she wants to keep getting away with being awful, and she knows that's an argument that will resonate with enough of her target audience.

She's not to blame for the shootings. But she is to blame for what she did, which was to exploit the idea of free speech in order to provoke a reaction that she could then personally profit from in the form of notoriety and her public profile. She wants all the benefits of martyrdom without all that pesky dying. Let's not give them to her.

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