This is a cross-post from the HuffPo by Ghaffar Hussain
Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who was responsible for the massacre of 76 innocent people, was motivated by his belief in Eurabia. This, as the name suggest, is a political neologism that predicts that Europe will become a majority Muslim continent in the next few decades. It cites Muslim immigration and high birth rates amongst Muslims to back up its claims and often uses quotes from extreme Islamist organisations to lend itself credibility.
In my view, proponents of this theory are partially responsible for creating an atmosphere of fear and suspicion that is eroding cohesion in European societies and creating animosity towards Muslims. This atmosphere is also fuelling the far-right in Europe and encouraging them to direct their vitriol towards Muslim communities and those who support the existence of multi-faith communities in Europe.
A child at a hospital in Mogadishu. A few years ago, the Shabab started banning immunizations, deeming them a Western plot to kill Somali children, and this has made matters even worse as tens of thousands of malnourished, immunity-suppressed people flee the drought-stricken areas and converge on the filthy, crowded camps in Mogadishu. It’s not only starvation that kills people during famine, but also opportunistic, highly contagious diseases like cholera, measles and typhoid.
Here is another episode of crimes against Muslims perpetrated not by the “evil West” but by their own co-religionists. As millions of Muslims around the world fast in the name of Allah, the al-Shabaab militia in Somalia, who have pledged alliance to al-Qaeda and Anwar al-Awlaki, enforce their sharia ordained law by bringing 500,000 children to the brink of starvation:
Meet Alan Lake, the British millionaire who finances the EDL, directs the online content of the extreme far-right in the UK and is believed to be the spiritual leader of Breivik:
The Guardian runs a more extensive profile of the man after it has surfaced that he wrote an onlne article in which he conducted a wishful thought experiment on torturing and executing UK’s political and religious leaders.
On 23 May 2010, Alan Lake posted on his 4 Freedoms website an article outlining his belief that “in 20 or 30 years the UK will start to fragment into Islamic enclaves”. He went on: “It’s time we decide… who we will force in the Islamic enclaves (and who we will execute if they sneak out.) By forcing these liberal twits into those enclaves, we will be sending them to their death at worst, and at best they and their families will be subjected to all the depredations, persecution and abuse that non-Muslims worldwide currently ‘enjoy’ in countries like Pakistan… It will be great to see them executed or tortured to death.”
To mark Bangladesh’s 40th anniversary of independence, several writers and historians have revisited the details of the war, hoping to arrive at a more nuanced – and ultimately more accurate – version of its narrative. One of them is Srinath Raghavan is a New Delhi based historian who is writing an international history of the Bangladesh war.
Mr Raghavan’s upcoming book places the events of 1971 within a wider international framework. “This was a particular point in cold war, when the US was trying to reach out to China, and India and the Soviet Union were drawing closer,” he said. “So there was a constellation of forces coming together, which enabled this war to play out in the manner it did.”
His book, Mr Raghavan said, is a broader look at the war. Other projects have attempted to elicit untold personal stories or to question assumptions about the war.
Stop the Islamisation of Norway have stated that ‘the politically correct Norway must take their share of the blame for the terrorist attack’ carried out by Anders Behring Breivik last Friday. According to an imperfect Google translation, the group asserts that ‘Politicians have strangled Islam debate and refused to take on the threat Islam represents for countries and people’, and that ‘newspaper editors’, ‘TV and radio executives’, ‘anti-racists’ and ‘left-extremists’ have prevented ‘the real Islam critics from being heard’, citing themselves as silenced experts. They went on to posit that if politicians had not ‘shut their eyes and ears but taken necessary steps’, Breivik’s killing spree could have been prevented.
The remarks appeared in an article written by SIAN ‘leader’ Arne Tumyr which was published on the group’s website on Sunday night. The site had released a shorter statement eight hours earlier condemning Breivik as ‘an enemy of Norway’. Both pieces remain on the SIAN site, which currently bares the following passage on its homepage: ‘Islam is the backdrop for this tragedy – this incredible and horrific mass murder that Sian takes the stand from. Also we feel with the relatives. The political correct Norway, however, has its share of the blame – the politicians have put a lid on Islamic debate – despite the fact that most of the Norwegian people is opposed to Islam.’(sic)
This is a cross-post by Dave Rich from the CST blog
When Anders Behring Breivik set out to commit mass murder last Friday, he left behind a huge amount of material explaining his motivations, intentions and preparations: mainly in the form of a 1,516-page written manifesto and a 12 minute video, both of which can be found here. There is something very unpleasant about poring over Breivik’s political testimony, knowing that this is precisely what he wants everybody to be doing; but nonetheless, it contains important pointers to his motivations and the new kind of far right politics he represents.
The manifesto covers a huge amount of ground. Titled 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, it is designed as a handbook for what Breivik believes will be a European civil war between the “cultural Marxists” who currently control Europe, and the “cultural conservatives” like himself who will overthrow them. This war, he believes, began in 1999 and will end in 2083. The manifesto is written in English, under an English-pseudonym (Andrew Berwick of London), and has a particular focus on the United Kingdom and France as key countries for his struggle.
Hours before Anders B Breivik, dressed in police uniform, prowled Utoeya, calmly massacring teenagers, he posted a 1,500-word “manifesto” online which he titled a European declaration of independence. In amongst the anti-Muslim screed, of which it is redolent, is this appalling insight into his murderous plan:
I’m pretty sure I will pray to God as I’m rushing through my city, guns blazing, with 100 armed system protectors pursuing me with the intention to stop and/or kill. I know there is a 80%+ chance I am going to die during the operation as I have no intention to surrender to them until I have completed all three primary objectives AND the bonus mission. When I initiate (providing I haven’t been apprehended before then), there is a 70% chance that I will complete the first objective, 40% for the second, 20% for the third and less than 5% chance that I will be able to complete the bonus mission. It is likely that I will pray to God for strength at one point during that operation, as I think most people in that situation would….If praying will act as an additional mental boost/soothing it is the pragmatical thing to do. I guess I will find out… If there is a God I will be allowed to enter heaven as all other martyrs for the Church in the past.