Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Between Thought and Action in Norway

Article by Jim Goad.


When I first read Ted Kaczynski’s Industrial Society and its Future, better known as The Unabomber Manifesto, I was impressed with how logically dispassionate it was, especially its devastating dissection of leftist masochism and hostility. Each paragraph—sequentially numbered as if they were biblical verses—built upon the previous one with mathematical precision, and I found myself nodding along with Kaczynski’s premise that technology was potentially the biggest threat to personal freedom in world history.

And then, walking placidly through all that ice-cold logic, I stubbed my toe on this line: “In order to get our message before the public with some chance of making a lasting impression, we’ve had to kill people.”

A Norwegian police officer who assisted in Friday’s arrest of Anders Behring Breivik described Breivik’s demeanor as “cold as ice,” an especially disquieting observation when one considers he was talking about a man who’d just claimed the Spree Killing World Record by piling up at least 76 bodies—eight via a fertilizer car bomb in downtown Oslo and 68 using automatic weapons at a Labour Party youth camp on Utøya Island.

“Breivik appeared to be exactly the sort of terrorist that every Europhobic, Christophobic, conservaphobic, whitemaleophobe had been praying to Goddess would come along.”

The downtown bombing preceded the island massacre by an hour or two. The New York Times, CBS News, and several other mainstream outlets initially reported that an Islamist group called “Helpers of Global Jihad” had claimed responsibility for the bombing. It wasn’t an entirely farfetched proposition, seeing as Norway has roughly 500 troops stationed in Afghanistan, a smattering of soldiers in Libya, and had also participated in the publishing of those infamous Muhammad cartoons a few years back. In 2004 and 2008, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s current leader, had publicly threatened Norway for its involvement in Afghanistan. And it’s not as if certain Scandinavian Muslims haven’t been acting a mite, shall we say, pushy and entitled of late.

Then, when reports began drifting in that the gunman on Utøya Island was a Norwegian national, the sort of press outlets who lectured us not to “jump to conclusions” during the Ft. Hood Massacre—and who always seemed careful never to describe Islamic terrorists as “brown-skinned and brown-eyed”—made a point of repeatedly noting the killer’s white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes.

When Breivik’s Internet postings and 1518-page manifesto went public, most of the press fairly exulted in describing him as a “right-wing Christian extremist,” which had me wondering when was the last time I heard anyone in America’s mainstream media describing anyone as “left-wing,” much less a “left-wing extremist.” Breivik appeared to be exactly the sort of terrorist that every Europhobic, Christophobic, conservaphobic, whitemaleophobe had been praying to Goddess would come along.

Breivik identifies himself as a conservative Christian, but the press didn’t make much mention of the fact that he also described himself as “anti-racist/pro-homosexual/pro-Israel” and that his writings repeatedly lumped Nazism in with Marxism and Islam as “hate ideologies.”

At last count, Breivik has killed at least thirty times as many people as Kaczynski did, and his manifesto—2083: A European Declaration of Independence—seems at least thirty times as long. The year 2083 is significant for Breivik because according to demographic calculations, it’s when Muslims are scheduled to exceed 50% of Europe’s population. Although 2083 includes several essays from other anti-Islamist writers—fully credited but presumably without permission—Breivik’s sprawling tome even plagiarizes and slightly alters a couple of Kaczynski’s paragraphs without crediting him.

But as with Kaczynski, I found myself agreeing with much of what Breivik had written.

And then you get to the parts where he says he has to kill people.

He condemns Nazism—saying he wished he had a time machine so he could go back to 1933 and kill Hitler himself—and the 10 to 20 million corpses it left in its wake. He also condemns Marxism and estimates it led to 100 million fatalities. He’s especially critical of Frankfurt School-styled “cultural Marxism” for opening Europe up to a mass influx of Muslims, adherents of a faith he accuses of murdering 300 million nonbelievers since its inception 1,400 years ago. Breivik claims that Western Europe only hosted 50,000 or so Muslims in the 1950s, whereas 25 million hyper-fertile Mohammedans currently call it home. In a creepily elaborate section of instructions for waging a New Crusade to purge Europe once and forever of Islam, he urges would-be Crusaders to focus their violence toward multiculturalist European “traitors” rather than the Muslims whose presence they sanction and encourage. Accordingly, his victims last Friday were overwhelmingly Nordic leftists rather than brown Islamists.

Breivik slams cultural Marxism for being innately racist, casting white Europeans as the source of all historical evil in the same way that Hitler scapegoated and dehumanized Jews. He notes that their mangled notions of cultural equality never demand that Saudi Arabia accept an influx of Christians or that Japan open its gates to millions of Caucasian immigrants. He depicts Oslo anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen’s admonition to “deconstruct the majority…and do it thoroughly, so that it can never be called the majority any longer” as genocidal hate speech. He also accuses the Frankfurters’ ideological descendants of a fatal naiveté regarding Islam’s inevitably totalitarian tendencies, predicting that once Muslims win the demographic battle, Eurabia’s victorious Islamists will either forcibly convert all the suicidally tolerant kafirs or eat them alive.

He scoffs at the notion that Norway is a democracy, saying that all of the nation’s politicians and 99% of its mainstream media bend submissively before the multicultural gods and relentlessly defame all ideological dissenters as subhuman bigots who don’t deserve police protection no matter how often indigenous Norwegians get raped, beaten, or murdered by their Islamic colonizers. He claims that during his teens in Oslo, Muslims assaulted, threatened, and attempted robbing him. He says that over 20 of his acquaintances experienced similar attacks, including one girl who suffered a gang rape.

And every time, the authorities looked the other way. In their culturally brainwashed totalitarian minds, such things simply never happened.

Breivik notes that even Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy claimed that tyrants often give their subjects no choice but to start spilling blood.

“The time for dialogue is over,” he writes. “We gave peace a chance.”

And that, apparently, is why he started killing people.

I asked two Norwegian friends about their experiences with Muslims and their take on Friday’s massacre.

Norseman #1:

I used to be a member of that [Labour Party] youth group, something I’m usually a bit embarrassed about. I used to go to that summer camp. This is beyond fucked-up….I actually grew up with Muslim friends and neighbors in a small suburb outside my town. That was during the Khomeini years, but I had no idea about those things. It wasn’t until they tried to kill William Nygaard, Salman Rushdie’s Norwegian publisher, that I understood that something was wrong with Islam….But I base my opposition toward Islam not on personal feelings or experiences. It’s a different problem than that….I wouldn’t be able to have Muslim friends and acquaintances if all this was personal….I’m not even opposed to immigration….Now it’s apparently time to smoke out everyone who’s been critical of Islam. Fuck….I feel angry because he’s ruined it for anyone who’s even slightly worried about Islam.

Norseman #2:

Many of my friends on both sides of the [political] fence have been beaten, robbed, raped, and are sitting back with the feeling that they don’t get a fair shake from the authorities in the aftermath….[I’ve seen] their violent ways. And not the occasional fist-swing that you find in every ethnic group, but their need to mark “their territory,” even if this means bringing in four carloads of relatives just to beat a single cowboy to a pulp….[I’ve seen] their everlasting tendency to act as if they own the place. Many of them combine intolerable ego with the claim that they are here to take over….Many of them are acting tough in bigger gangs, anti-white racial slurs and threats are common, but the second the gang is white, they claim persecution and the usual whines before anyone has so much as raised a right arm….No matter how you twist and turn this case, you can’t escape the fact that this guy deliberately shot and killed nearly a hundred kids….I also resent the prick for setting back the stabilizing of our political landscape for decades. We were just getting used to being able to make up personal opinions without having to (figuratively speaking) check with the leftist Politburo first, and now this happens. Most likely, we will have to accept that personal opinions will be received with hostility for some time to come. For the foreseeable future, we will probably have to get used to keeping our mouths shut when it comes to critique of everything this guy resented….

So it’s not as if Breivik’s beliefs upset them. On many points, they seem to agree with him.

It’s that he had to kill people.

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