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Norway and Silencing Rational Criticism

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Submitted by Prof. Paul Eidelberg (Israel), Jul 27, 2011 at 11:46

The Norway massacre perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik on July 25th indicates that the insanity of the Left breeds the insanity of the Right.

One terrible consequence will be the silencing of rational criticism of the Left and of Islam—an atheistic and a religious creed allied against the Judeo-Christian heritage. To comprehend the insanity of the Left, I will cite Dr. Michael Radu's posthumous book, Europe's Ghost: Tolerance, Jihadism, and the Crisis of the West (2009)—a monumental work with numerous case studies that illustrate the irrationality or perverse morality that permeates the policies of various European governments.

Europe today finds itself trapped in a posture of moral relativism that is undermining its liberal values. An unholy alliance among Middle East dictators, radical imams based in Europe, and Europe's traditional left wing has created a politics of victimology. This politics drives a [Muslim] culture that resists integration and adaptation, and aggravates such debilitating social ills as high immigration crime rates and entrenched unemployment. Nothing so helps Islamists recruit Muslim terrorists in Europe than the Left's efforts to describe Muslims as permanent victims—of something hateful (537).

Before continuing, we need some quantitative data of the Muslim presence in Europe. "Estimates of the number of Muslims in Europe range from official estimates of 12 million up to 20 million" (25). Dr. Radu notes that there are 200 mosques and 90 imams in Austria, as well as 50 mosques and 90 imams in Denmark (136-155). "In Norway the imam problem is as serious as elsewhere, or worse" (168). Indeed, Norway, like other European countries, has a "known Islamist terrorist presence" (287). Islam passed the Roman Catholic Church and Pentecostalism at the end of the 1990s to become the largest minority religion in Norway. In 2004, Muslims were registered members of 92 different congregations.

The largest concentration of mosques and imams, however, is in Britain, France, and Germany:

Country Mosques Imams
France 1,600 1,250
Germany 1,000 1,500
Britain 500 2,000
Total 3,100 4,750

Unfortunately, Britain and most Western European countries have succumbed to the error of identifying tolerance with moral and multicultural relativism, which leads them to tolerate Islamic intolerance. As a consequence, these democracies—above all Britain—constitute the world's major center of jihadic recruitment. In fact, several Arab states have lodged official complaints in London because of Britain's ultra-tolerant attitude toward terrorists! Suffice to mention four factors that characterize Britain as "Londonistan":

(1) Permissive immigration laws;

(2) An ultra-liberal judicial system;

(3) The "race card" or "victimology" tactic Muslims and left-wing intellectuals use against Europe's guilt-ridden colonialist past;

(4) An indiscriminate or absolutist view of "human rights" which often favors the release of terrorists over the security of its own citizens—the view fostered by Amnesty International (217-222, 548-554, 638-639).

Thanks to the protests of "human rights" ideologues, the deportation of terrorists in England is sometimes blocked by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Translated, this means that the rights of terrorists trump the duty of governments to provide security for their citizens (588). According to the Human Rights Convention, "No State … shall expel, return, or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture" (589). As a consequence, many terrorists, after a few years in prison, are released, free to roam at large and return to their terrorist activities—sometimes with a government dole.

The four so-called homegrown Arab perpetrators of the London bombings of July 2005 received a combined total of $1 million in welfare benefits before murdering dozens of commuters. Dr. Radu ruefully points out, "These are not isolated but common cases, and not just in Britain" (471). He emphasizes that:

Without … radical imams, the entire ideological, political, and psychological edifice of Islamism would crumble. Indeed, no jihadist terrorist act has ever been committed or planned in Europe (or anywhere else, for that matter, without some kind of theological
sanction from a cleric. It thus follows that any long-term solution to the threat of Islamist terrorism has to start with Islam's radical clerics—especially in the West, where they are more free to operate than in most Muslim countries. The terrorist operatives themselves,
most obviously those willing to commit suicide, are expendable, since their motivators and recruiters can always produce more—as they always do (162).

Having traveled throughout Europe and much of the Middle East, Dr. Radu vividly explains why Islamism is more prevalent in Europe than in Islamic countries. He points out that "While imams and religious leaders in general have an obvious influence throughout Islam, especially among the Shias, there are a number of reasons why that influence is stronger still among Muslims in Europe" (162). To begin with, Muslims in Europe, especially those born there, know much less about their faith than Muslims who live in Muslim majority countries, where Islam has permeated everyday life for centuries.

This means that for a Muslim in France, the Netherlands, or Britain the imam supplemented, among the young, by the Internet) is the main vehicle for introduction to Islam. "Furthermore, in Europe the 'mosque,' however defined [some are in homes and even in garages] more often than not plays a major role in maintaining cultural cohesion … which could easily produce a terrorist cell. Ironically, multiculturalist polices [of the host governments] that encourage the preservation of ethnic and cultural distinctiveness also, at least indirectly magnify the influence of imams over the Muslim population …" (163). Radu elaborates:

Few of these imams are locally trained—at least in part because of the generally lower educational level of Muslims in Europe. Language is also an obstacle—a trained imam is expected to read and know the Quran and its original Arabic. This difficulty is heightened further by the fact that Turks and Southern Asians do not understand Arabic, and most
young Arabs born in Europe do not speak Arabic, or speak it poorly. The inevitable result of this reality is that the overwhelming majority of imams in Europe are at best immigrants themselves and at worst temporary imports from the countries of immigrants' origin,
unfamiliar with Europe's cultural surroundings and often unable even to speak the language of their new flock. As for the relatively few Muslims from Europe who do train as imams abroad, far too often they do so in places like Saudi Arabia, attracted by financial incentives and the presence of the Holy Places, or Pakistan—the two major sources of radical Islamism (163).

From this it's obvious that the number of imams in Europe on which jihadism depends is only a small fraction of the number mentioned earlier, and most are located in England, France, and Germany. (It was in Germany where the 9/11 attacks were planned.)

Now, let's leave aside Europe's permissive immigration laws, its turnstile system of justice for terrorists, and its "human rights" ideology that molly coddles terrorists at the public expense and more victims. We must also mention Europe's fear of being accused of "racism"—a term extended to mean almost any proposal or law intended to protect peaceful citizens against jihadism. To this add politicians who take a permissive view of terrorists for partisan reasons. The Muslim vote can make a difference, especially in close races.

When all is said and done, it should be reiterated that terrorist attacks are sanctioned by a small percentage of the number of imams previously mentioned. Realistically, the West is not confronted by 1.5 billion Arab jihadists; and even if the percentage of Muslims that support jihad exceeded the low 10 to 15 percent estimated by Daniel Pipes, the term "support" doesn't translate into active jihadists. Whatever the percentage, it can be drastically reduced by addressing the question: What should be done about the small number of imams that instigate terrorist attacks? Turnstile justice only exacerbates the problem. Surely longer terms of incarceration are required, if not deportation.

Of course, Europe's left-wing elites or ultra-humanists—judges and politicians, as well as intellectuals and journalists—will call this "racism" and a violation of "human rights." The same humanists that support partial birth abortion and euthanasia will vociferously oppose anticipatory self-defense against jihadists. These inhuman humanists are facilitating murder and the disintegration of Europe.

Fortunately, public opinion is overwhelmingly opposed to this pathological state of affairs. According to Radu, public opinion is becoming increasingly assertive against Europe's ruling elites. Hence we can expect more European countries to elect politicians comparable to Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders or to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, whose nationalist orientations stand opposed to the Islamization of Europe. Serious people will wonder whether the Norway massacre will hinder his salutary change.

As for the United States, thanks very much to its tens of millions of evangelical Christians, America has not succumbed to the malaise of post-Christian Europe. Besides, America has a politically significant number of high profile individuals and organizations that strongly
identify with the Judeo-Christian foundations of Western Civilization.

Unfortunately, the Norway massacre has provided the Left with a right-wing bogeyman to silence rational criticism of Islamic doctrines which even former Muslims like Syrian-born psychiatrist Dr. Wafa Sultan have rejected as utterly contrary to the basic beliefs and
values of Western civilization, above all the inviolable dignity and rights of the individual. Anders Behring Breivik violated those rights, and by so doing he has broken what one commentator has called the "sound barrier" to right-wing frustrations—frustrations which may erupt in acts of insanity.

One last thought. The Norwegian atrocity, notwithstanding its tragic consequences for the victims and their loved ones, may remove the self-degrading moral relativism that has undermined the dignity and self-confidence of countless Europeans. Alas, that it should take such tragedies to awaken people not only to evil, but also to the timidity and misguided humanism of their governments. How sad and paradoxical, that the benign policies European governments are contributing to the decline of our Judeo-Christian civilization. We dare not be silent when at stake is the preservation of a civilization based on the concept of man's creation in the image of God, a civilization that has prospered under the benevolent rule of reason, justice, and truth.


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I am still trying to figure out how could anybody believe that an anti-Islamist killed a hundred Norwegians, but not a Single Muslim. [7 words]Petros HouhoulisJan 23, 2014 19:14212774
Double Standard Much? [46 words]Muslim at a Catholic CollegeAug 24, 2011 22:23188822
7Breivik's case is different from that of Islamist killers [83 words]PrashantAug 27, 2011 02:32188822
1Norwegian Extremist's Abuse of Christianity No Different Than Any Other Abuse [397 words]M. ToveyAug 30, 2011 11:27188822
2EXPERIENCE IDENTIFIES ISLAM AS EXCEPTIONALLY VIOLENT!! [113 words]Nur el Masih Ben HaqSep 3, 2011 15:27188822
You missed the point. [94 words]BenJun 18, 2012 14:00188822
confusion re Breivik's ideology [265 words]JeffAug 21, 2011 16:22188552
2Your other right! [62 words]Allie IrenenAug 30, 2011 14:22188552
2An act of civil war [288 words]GregAug 6, 2011 14:43188116
Good and bad terrorism [257 words]A SimpletonAug 6, 2011 13:16188113
Norway to bomb Israel. [26 words]Philip SmeetonAug 4, 2011 08:46188019
Fish oil [14 words]Radjab PunvikAug 30, 2011 14:32188019
1Propaganda [68 words]MuslimAug 2, 2011 15:32187964
state terrorism [205 words]mythAug 4, 2011 05:35187964
1I beg to differ [182 words]Peter HerzAug 5, 2011 17:07187964
2Moderate Islam [207 words]GregJul 30, 2011 23:18187870
2Inter-cultural respect vs the multicultural IDEOLOGY [597 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Ron ThompsonJul 30, 2011 21:43187869
Islamism and the Koran [72 words]Mark DAug 5, 2011 11:18187869
3Ideologically main steam conservative. [60 words]GregJul 30, 2011 13:37187861
4Islam and the rest of humanity [471 words]dhimmi no moreJul 30, 2011 08:51187859
The rest of humanity [15 words]B SoetoroJul 4, 2012 08:04187859
Victims of Arabian imperialism and islam is the religion of the arabs only part two [137 words]dhimmi no moreJul 6, 2012 06:39187859
3moderate means rejecting the prophet [39 words]leighJul 29, 2011 20:56187853
2Extreme views [54 words]IanusJul 31, 2011 16:38187853
Religion and the Book [187 words]
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Mark D.Aug 1, 2011 23:09187853
Article [23 words]Mark D.Aug 5, 2011 11:21187853
Religion and the Book [296 words]M. ToveySep 7, 2011 13:55187853
Der Spiegel's take [22 words]LisaJul 29, 2011 17:04187844
9expectations based on quicksand [643 words]Loots/ The NetherlandsJul 29, 2011 09:09187832
an Indirect Declaration of War to the Rest of the World [266 words]Ron ThompsonAug 2, 2011 09:49187832
2uniform [75 words]
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mythJul 29, 2011 07:43187829
2Reflecting on Breivik is unnecessary because Christianity is the religion of peace :-) [316 words]PrashantJul 29, 2011 01:36187815
The Religion of Peace [134 words]Amin RiazAug 2, 2011 07:54187815
2not so strange [258 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanAug 3, 2011 18:57187815
Breivik's Christianity [101 words]Peter HerzAug 5, 2011 00:50187815
There is No Peace When Religion Sponsors War. [509 words]M. ToveyAug 12, 2011 16:05187815
9Statistical comparisons [121 words]Charles R.L. PowerJul 28, 2011 11:12187799
2another disconnect [77 words]mythJul 28, 2011 10:51187797
The link [193 words]Theo PrinseJul 28, 2011 08:27187791
21Moderate Islam ? [32 words]imnokuffarJul 28, 2011 07:12187786
the mm's and the cc's [67 words]mythJul 29, 2011 06:58187786
3Breivik's actions and Fjordman's worldview [386 words]Aymenn Jawad Al-TamimiJul 28, 2011 05:35187782
5What next? [477 words]dhimmi no moreJul 29, 2011 07:28187782
6Some animals are more equal than others [334 words]JamesJul 29, 2011 19:27187782
Good points, DNM [158 words]Aymenn Jawad Al-TamimiAug 12, 2011 18:17187782
1Christian [5 words]
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soopermexicanJul 28, 2011 02:17187777
1Christian [548 words]IanusJul 29, 2011 03:35187777
Ummm-Christian? Not According to Jesus Christ [448 words]M. ToveyAug 12, 2011 16:38187777
1Norway's terrorism [75 words]
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NiyazJul 28, 2011 01:37187775
...DREAMING ABOUT RADICALS. [103 words]IamJosephJul 29, 2011 00:48187775
Islam and the U.S. [275 words]NiyazAug 2, 2011 02:23187775
1STOP SPEWING WITH IMPUDENCE. [305 words]IamJosephAug 3, 2011 18:21187775
The Koran As Inspiration [19 words]Mark DAug 5, 2011 11:33187775
3Moslems' gratitude [484 words]IanusAug 13, 2011 07:32187775
Escaping Terrorism by Seeking Wisdom [584 words]M. ToveyAug 26, 2011 15:51187775
1Moderate Islam where? [94 words]
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NuritGJul 28, 2011 00:44187774
Blood spilling wars are coming. [163 words]batya daganJul 27, 2011 22:07187768
2No one knows what is in the head of a lunatic [254 words]NuritGJul 27, 2011 21:37187767
11About Winning a War [418 words]MichaelJul 27, 2011 20:39187764
Michael do justice [36 words]MasoodJul 29, 2011 11:57187764
2I agree with you [464 words]MichaelJul 30, 2011 19:46187764
2or Armenians ... [236 words]IanusAug 2, 2011 15:54187764
2Anti-Israel [44 words]Jonathan UsherJul 27, 2011 19:46187761
2Replacing facts with opinions [418 words]IanusJul 28, 2011 07:35187761
9Chain dogs of political correctness [1128 words]
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IanusJul 27, 2011 18:09187759
3Norway's Terrorism in Context [255 words]Judith DaviesJul 27, 2011 18:08187758
1Norway's Terrorism [204 words]JACQUES HADIDAJul 27, 2011 17:00187756
2Oslo mass murder [307 words]moJul 27, 2011 15:36187752
1But He Did NOT Kill MUSLIMS~ [60 words]saraJul 27, 2011 19:24187752
5islamic hypocrisy [104 words]dhimmi no moreJul 29, 2011 07:36187752
1Error [68 words]
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AlanJul 27, 2011 15:15187751
3Part of the larger picture of what happened in Oslo [164 words]NoraJul 27, 2011 14:15187747
2Europe cannot have it both ways. [59 words]IamJosephJul 28, 2011 06:48187747
1Right [24 words]NoraJul 28, 2011 21:31187747
2The European Union doesn't represent Europe. [246 words]IanusJul 29, 2011 16:49187747
2Sorry Sir - both Europe & Europeans merit blame, as in the past. [129 words]IamJosephJul 30, 2011 19:34187747
3Addendum [138 words]IanusJul 31, 2011 16:47187747
1Collective guilt [242 words]IanusAug 2, 2011 02:37187747
1Ianus: The crimes are not menial but amongst the worst ever commited and continueing. [182 words]IamJosephAug 3, 2011 18:00187747
3Breivik a Neo-Nazi? [322 words]
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Edward ClineJul 27, 2011 13:22187746
4A friend of Israel as a 'neo-Nazi'? [518 words]IanusJul 29, 2011 18:07187746
Reply to Ianus [23 words]Edward ClineAug 1, 2011 21:12187746
1Reply to Ianus II [229 words]Edward ClineAug 1, 2011 22:45187746
1Reply to Ianus III [230 words]Edward ClineAug 1, 2011 22:47187746
1Breivik's Game Plan [401 words]Edward ClineAug 2, 2011 06:54187746
Why Manifestos Never Work [666 words]M. ToveyJul 27, 2011 13:22187745
5How do the media explain that not a single Muslim was harmed by Breivik? [644 words]DrRJPJul 27, 2011 13:22187744
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... Logic [58 words]Naushad OmarJul 27, 2011 11:59187743
8Reductio ad absurdum [252 words]Edward ClineJul 27, 2011 20:45187743
5Jews guilty of "occupying Palestine"? [82 words]ThomasJul 27, 2011 22:21187743
5muslim invasions and inflitrations [60 words]L. ManoharJul 28, 2011 01:52187743
Elaborate [11 words]Amin RiazJul 29, 2011 08:31187743
Worship The Lord Who has created you. [325 words]RevivethesunnahJul 30, 2011 08:33187743
7Oh charity starts at home except for hypocrites [228 words]dhimmi no moreJul 31, 2011 08:14187743
5yes, we must be careful - [269 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanAug 1, 2011 03:29187743
3Another victim of Arabian imperialism and of Islam and more mistakes in the Qur'an [302 words]dhimmi no moreAug 3, 2011 08:31187743
Christians DO Worship the LORD Jesus Christ [460 words]M. ToveyAug 3, 2011 12:38187743
2misguiding [795 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanAug 4, 2011 06:01187743
14Norway and Silencing Rational Criticism [1683 words]Prof. Paul EidelbergJul 27, 2011 11:46187739
1Another Excellent Article by Prof Eidelberg [57 words]Steve DaleJul 28, 2011 02:56187739
1Humanism is the solution, not the problem [181 words]Kevin BjornsonJul 29, 2011 18:46187739
3Not only the insanity of the left [1210 words]IanusJul 30, 2011 17:24187739
1Norway and the "Right" [76 words]Paul EidelbergJul 31, 2011 09:43187739
2Europe's Zeitgeist [450 words]IanusAug 1, 2011 08:08187739
4Whose humanism ? [823 words]IanusAug 1, 2011 09:41187739
2Anti-anti ... [140 words]IanusAug 2, 2011 02:25187739
2Former friends [107 words]IanusAug 2, 2011 11:08187739
Brzezinski [93 words]Paul EidelbergAug 3, 2011 16:34187739
1To Ianus [398 words]moAug 3, 2011 17:07187739
1Muslim logic [79 words]dhimmi no moreAug 4, 2011 06:22187739
1Dhimmi no more ... [61 words]moAug 4, 2011 17:26187739
2Moral absolutism, Brzezinski and the US-jiahdist axis [1023 words]IanusAug 6, 2011 16:49187739
2Put the Lime in the Coconut, You Got A Closed Mind [554 words]TL Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper (tm)Jul 27, 2011 11:42187738
More like Manson than any blogger [61 words]Abu NudnikJul 27, 2011 10:55187734
2Scandinavia [75 words]
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Mathias HellstenJul 27, 2011 09:19187731
Thank you [11 words]Mathias HellstenJul 28, 2011 16:30187731
3and maybe not [182 words]A. ChaverJul 27, 2011 08:37187729
1Exactly [818 words]IanusJul 29, 2011 16:22187729
2Shocking but not surprising [168 words]StephenJul 27, 2011 08:00187728
11RADICAL ISLAM NOT THE PROBLEM. [124 words]IamJosephJul 27, 2011 07:23187727
On the head [7 words]Allie IrenenAug 30, 2011 14:24187727

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