He's not alone. In the US, there have been hearings about Islam and protests against the building of mosques. There have been general, shameful protests against the Muslim community simply for existing. To his disgrace, Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate, is running on an anti-Muslim platform.
[He] started a few months ago by telling a reporter that he would not be comfortable with a Muslim in his cabinet. During a televised debate last month, he said his discomfort was due to the intention of some Muslims “to kill us.”Can you imagine the voices of outrage if Herman Cain advocated against Jewish synagogues, or Catholic cathedrals?
He quickly moved from that offensive and absurd generalization to advocating an overt violation of the Constitution. He traveled to Murfreesboro, Tenn., this month to make common cause with residents who are protesting the construction of an Islamic center there.
But Breivik wasn't simply an anti-Muslim xenophobe; if so, he'd have shot a mosque. His motivation wasn't religious; he defined himself as a "cultural Christian" rather than a believer. No, his distaste for Islam was merely part of a larger, far-right wing theory. The Guardian describes his
idea that the elite have sold out to "Marxism", which controls the universities, the mainstream media, and almost all the political parties, and is bent on the destruction of western civilisation. "Europe lost the cold war as early as 1950, at the moment when we allowed Marxists/anti-nationalists to operate freely, without keeping them out of jobs where they could seize power and influence, especially teaching in schools and universities," [Breivik] wrote.In his manifesto against liberal "multiculturalism" he
These two grand conspiracies are linked by the "Eurabia" conspiracy theory, which holds that EU bureaucrats have struck a secret deal to hand over Europe to Islam in exchange for oil.
calls for a "conservative revolution" and "preemptive declaration of war," including "armed resistance against the cultural Marxists/multiculturalist regimes of Western Europe."It is no accident that Breivik attacked the meeting on the island of Utøya. It is there that the Norwegian left had a youth camp of up-and-comers in their teens and 20s, along with current politicians and advisors. Breivik wanted to wipe out the leadership and the future of the political center left in Norway.
It describes "attack strategies," including assassinating professors and carrying out coordinated assaults on multiple targets at the same time.
Journalist David Neiwert calls this "eliminationism",
a particular trend that has manifested itself with increasing intensity in the past decade: the positing of elimination as the solution to political disagreement. Rather than engaging in a dialogue over political and cultural issues, one side simply dehumanizes its opponents and suggests, and at times demands, their excision.It's the root of the attacks used against President Obama, attempting to delegitimize him, cast him as a Muslim, an African, a non-American who stole the white house, is inevitable. It started with shouts to "kill him" at Republican rallies, before he was even elected--shouts that went largely unrebuked. That's eliminationism.
Pure crazy can hit either side of the political spectrum, but In the last two years it has particularly hit the right. The language of eliminationism is a staple of right wing radio. And people act on it.
- July 2010: Byron WIlliams initiates a shootout with police he was angry at Congress passing all those "left-wing agenda items".
- March 2010 John Patrick Bedell, who harbored anti-government views, traveled from CA to shoot up the Pentagon
- Feb 2010 Joe Stack flew an airplane into a government office leaving an anti-government manifesto behind
- March 2010 Jerry Kane Jr and the right wing Christian Hutaree Militia planned a wave of attacks on government
- June 2009: James von Brunnfired at the Holocaust memorial museum and murdered a guard
- April 2009 Richard Poplawski killed three officers because he feared liberal gun control.
- July 2008 Jim David Adkisson shot up a Unitarian church in Tennessee because it was full of liberals
Anders Breivik is not a Norwegian aberration. What he represents is not unique to Norway. It's very present amongst us. We ignore it at our peril.