That appears to be the thrust of some commentary on the Norwegian man alleged to have murdered 76 people last Friday in a terrorist attack that has stunned Norway.
(From the Christian Science Monitor, July 26, 2011)
... Exhibit A this morning is a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Bruce Bawer, an Oslo-based American critic of the role of Islam in Europe, whose book "While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within" was admiringly quoted by Breivik in the rambling 1,500 page manifesto he published online before his rampage.
Breivik – a self-described Christian nationalist opposed to the "Islamic colonization" of Europe abetted by mainstream European politicians ("a corrupt class of abject traitors") – argues that modern Europeans have been "indoctrinated" by a "multicultural orthodoxy." Both Bawer and Breivik appear to be of the belief that members of the European political elite are ignoring general public opposition to immigration and a growing threat to nations like Norway.
But while Bawer condemns Breivik's "unspeakably evil" approach to addressing such concerns, he appears far more concerned about the likelihood that Breivik's violent methods will detract from a cause they both care deeply about.
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In a column at the Pajamas Media blog last Friday, Bawers worried "that legitimate criticism of Islam, which remains a very real threat to freedom in Norway and the West, has been profoundly discredited, in the eyes of many Norwegians, by association with this murderous lunatic."
Bawer has not been alone in worrying about the need to criticize Islam. Yesterday, a Jerusalem Post editorial made much the same point. "Europe’s fringe right-wing extremists present a real danger to society. But Oslo’s devastating tragedy should not be allowed to be manipulated by those who would cover up the abject failure of multiculturalism," goes the summary at the start of the editorial.
I cannot fathom the breadth and width of adorably profane comments that will come from the fringe commentators of the left (which, sadly, will not only be little creeps on Twitter, but include a group of famous people, such as some talk hosts on MSNBC) after the despicable killings in Norway. The Norse terrorist has called himself a Christian (sorta like a Neo-Nazi in that way), admires the Crusades and Knights Templar, and, bringing the greatest amount of joy to the American left, he admires the Tea Party movement. Yes, the current conservative vibe in the U.S. No doubt, many pot shots at conservatives will be borne from Breivik's 1,500-page proclamation of -- in his own, particular view -- how badly things are going in Europe. For ethnic Europeans.
I expect some reactions from the so-called "liberals" in America will be so far off the map of reason that they will be passed off as emotive nonsense, and given a pass by the media. Also, they will be given a pass by the apathetic and indoctrinated of the statist-leaning sillies.
Now that a self-identified far-right, nationalist, European traditionalist, conservative, anti-pluralist, anti-Muslim killer has used brutal murder as a tool to express his beliefs, there will be some priceless comments coming -- as crass and shallow in words as this terrorist's actions were in deed.- jR