Bruce Bawer, literary critic, author, and political commentator, has been quite outspoken through the years concerning the very real dangers of the rising tide of Islamification throughout Europe. As a gay man living in Oslo, Norway, Bawer’s political and social observations as an ex-patriot American hunkered down within the fire zones of European multiculturalism give his opinion pieces much more power and credibility than the soppy liberal soliloquies coming out of US universities.
And this weekend, Bawer has written an article over at Pajamas Media addressing the political fallout for multicultural opposition in Norway following the horrific mass murders there last week. Bawer takes a very depressing view of the outlook for moderate and conservative voices in Norway, citing just how merry the media there has become in castigating conservative opposition by tainting it with the ever ready Islamophobia epithet.
It is chilling to read my own name in postings by this mass murderer. And it is deeply depressing to see this evil, twisted creature become the face of Islam criticism in Norway. Norwegian television journalists who in the first hours of the crisis were palpably uncomfortable about the prospect of having to talk about Islamic terrorism are now eagerly discussing the dangers of “Islamophobia” and “conservative ideology” and are drawing connections between the madness and fanaticism of Breivik and the platform of the Progress Party. Yesterday’s events, then, represent a double tragedy for Norway. Not only has it lost almost one hundred people, including dozens of young people, in a senseless rampage of violence. But legitimate criticism of Islam, which remains a very real threat to freedom in Norway and the West, has been profoundly discredited by association with this murderous lunatic. Pajamas Media
But it is early days yet for this post-traumatic tragedy to be summed up, finalized, and conveniently classified by the progressive elites and their media myna birds. There are intense rumblings of dissatisfaction with the multicultural policies of the EU from its every-day citizens. Encouraging Muslim immigration and non-assimilation while fostering phobia policies as a means of stifling dissent from the indigenous folks, has given rise to a groundswell of resentment. Instead of happily rubbing their hands together in girlish glee over the presumed politics of this mass murderer, the liberal elite should be a wee bit worried that there just might be other potential crazed political killers among them who view the progressive establishment as nothing more than modern day Vidkun Quislings.
Here’s my comment to Mr. Bawer’s article on the aftermath of this act of insanity.
It was only a matter of time before some individual or group was bound to go violent in what they would see as their own holy war against home-grown quislings. The surprise is that it took this long.
Yes, the powers that be will crack down even harder against anyone they deem out of step with their anti-semitic brand of multiculturalism. And perhaps they’ll bury opposition even deeper for some time to come. But I believe there is a growing resentment and fear, among many native Norwegians and Europeans in general, of what is now being seen as a genuine threat to their very Western way of life.
The elite in Europe may run things, but like all ruling classes, they’re usually the last to sense the directional shift in the winds of change. And I wouldn’t assume that this act of terrible violence will automatically be a major blow to those struggling to preserve Western culture in Europe. Look what came out of the 9/11 tragedy here in the US–certainly it woke many of us up to the dangers of radical Islam but it also sparked a major campaign of appeasement.
I think there will be lots of introspection within the Norwegian population, and the public courtroom trial of the man accused of these horrendous deeds will, if nothing else, keep the multicultural topic front and center for quite a while.