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Photograph from the Facebook site of Anders Behring Breivik
The bombing and gunshots that slaughtered innocents in Norway are symptomatic of the revivalist right-wing reaction that is sweeping across Europe in response to the massive influx of Muslim immigrations, analysts are reporting.
Its targets appear to be cross-border access patterns such as those established by the European Union, globalization and the presence of multiculturalism.
It was just prior to the Oslo rampage that the alleged perpetrator of the attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, issued a manifesto in which he stated that liberalism and multiculturalism were destroying European Christian civilization.
WND already has reported that the suspect made it clear his perception of himself as a “Christian” does not comport with orthodox Christianity.
“As this is a cultural war, our definition of being a Christian does not necessarily constitute that you are required to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus,” he wrote. “Being a Christian can mean many things; That you believe in and want to protect Europe’s Christian cultural heritage. The European cultural heritage, our norms (moral codes and social structures included), our traditions and our modern political systems are based on Christianity – Protestantism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity and the legacy of the European enlightenment (reason is the primary source and legitimacy for authority). It is not required that you have a personal relationship with God or Jesus in order to fight for our Christian cultural heritage and the European way. In many ways, our modern societies and European secularism is a result of European Christendom and the enlightenment. It is therefore essential to understand the difference between a ‘Christian fundamentalist theocracy’ (everything we do not want) and a secular European society based on our Christian cultural heritage (what we do want). So no, you don’t need to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus to fight for our Christian cultural heritage. It is enough that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian atheist (an atheist who wants to preserve at least the basics of the European Christian cultural legacy (Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter)). The PCCTS, Knights Templar is therefore not a religious organisation [sic] but rather a Christian ‘culturalist’ military order.”
Security officials said Breivik’s manifesto resembles one by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, although from a Christian rather than a Muslim standpoint. Breivik’s manifesto refers to the convening of a U.S. and European “Crusader” military order that called for widespread warfare to defeat what they perceived as religious and cultural enemies of Christianity.
Bin Laden’s 1998 manifesto, or fatwa, declared war against Americans occupying the holiest Muslim cities, Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden also referred to the “Crusaders” as destroyers of Islam and similarly called for open warfare to defeat enemies of Islam.
In Europe, the signs have been increasing for some time of a backlash toward Islamic and cultural diversity. The backlash is becoming more mainstream politically.
In February, for example, French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared in a televised statement that multiculturalism had failed in Europe and warned in what is turning out to be an accurate prophecy that the concept fostered extremism.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron also have declared an end to multiculturalism, which “has failed, utterly failed,” Merkel said last year.
Piet Hein Donner
Significantly, the Dutch government appears to be abandoning years of efforts to become multicultural after discovering that allowing Muslim immigrants to grow a “parallel society” in the Netherlands has severe costs.
Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner, who just a few years ago advocated allowing Muslims essentially free rein to create their own society, now has proposed a bill that will require immigrants to learn the Dutch language, culture and legal system.
Amid opposition from left-of-center Dutch members of parliament, European Muslim cultural analyst Daniel Greenfield said these are steps in the right direction.
“It’s not a particularly unique one, some of their prescriptions have already been carried out in France. They are certainly the most comprehensive steps so far,” Greenfield said. “But most important is an actual commitment to reducing immigration, which is really the key point here.”
Greenfield said the Dutch government is making the right choice to back away from multiculturalism.
“Multiculturalism is a myth. They’re still committed to a certain kind of integration. What [the Dutch government] essentially is saying is that we’re not going to really deal uniquely with Muslim communities,” he said. “We’re going to crack down somewhat on distinctions such as wearing the burqa and refusing to learn the Dutch language.”
In addition, security officials have been increasingly concerned about Islamist radical cells beginning to set up coordinated efforts for attacks throughout Europe and taking advantage of an increasingly hostile Muslim population that feels shunned by Europeans economically, culturally, ethnically and religiously.
This is the case most prominently in Germany, France, Spain and Great Britain.
With the recent huge influx into Europe of Muslim immigrants escaping turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, more northern European countries have reacted by reinstating border controls that had been eliminated with the creation of the European Union.
But the reemergence of right-wing radicalism in Europe has been brewing for some time. Last November in Sweden, for example, more than a dozen immigrants were shot in an attack thought to be the work of one individual.
In Germany, there are reports that many children in neo-Nazi families in isolated extremist communities are being raised with a nationalist upbringing and are attending camps that foster vacations and recreation along “ideological lines,” as one source said.
Increasingly, newspaper ads are running in German that encourage children to attend these remote camps not only for camping, horseback riding and survival training but to learn the “Weltanshauung,” or “world view.”
For example, there have been “nationalist youth” festivals held in the eastern German state of Thuringia. They have included members of the far-right youth organization German Youth Faithful to the Homeland, which has indoctrinated children with racist and National Socialist ideology.
German investigators estimate that neo-Nazi households are raising several thousand children to become familiar with weapons, Nazi cult objects, songs of the Hitler Youth and Waffen-SS, and the worshiping of major figures from the Third Reich.
In the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel, for example, officials recently removed the gravesite of Hilter deputy Rudolf Hess, because it has been increasingly used by right-wing extremists as a shrine.
“The more brazen the self-identified ‘National Socialist Movement’ has become in Germany in recent years, the more energy it is devoting to members’ children,” one source said. These families no longer belong to subcultures on the fringe of society, the source added.
“Instead, most of them now lead their lives right in the middle of society in which young couples with several children will mask their far-right extremist beliefs with the semblance of middle-class normalcy with the idea of bringing up the next generation of neo-Nazis.”
Analysts also say that with security officials’ preoccupation with the rise of Islamic radicalism in Europe, they had not focused as closely on the increasing threat from domestic radicals who were upset and now have begun to react violently to the growth and influence of Islam in Europe.