Wednesday, 16 May 2012
- Breivik’s ideology
By Igor Slamoff
In an article published online in the Guardian , Nick Lowles, the director of Hope Not Hate, appears to deny the thesis propounded by what he calls the “counter-jihad movement”, to wit, that "Islam is a major threat to western civilisation.”
In my opinion, this issue does not belong in the realm of ideology, but can be rationally discussed on the basis of the broad historical knowledge available on Islam, Christianity and what not.
However, this question can be addressed at a later time.
For I believe there is sufficient evidence to conclude that the opinion "Islam is a major threat to western civilisation”, while open to question, cannot be dismissed out of hand. It is a reasonable belief that reflects rational fears and concerns, and must be accepted as a legitimate political opinion, not as a virus escaped from a chauvinist fantasy world.
Unlike Nick Lowles, I am harshly critical of Islam. Nonetheless, I share Lowle’s dismay at the fact that the Norwegian mass murderer and self-declared opponent of Islam, Anders Breivik drew “inspiration from the Serbian conflict and particularly the activities of the Serb paramilitary groups the White Eagles and the Tigers.” In the 1990s, Bosnian Moslems were perfectly justified in desiring to secede from Serbia, once the multi-culti guarantees offered by the Yugoslav federation vanished when Yugoslavia disintegrated in the early 1990s.
Serbia’s Fascistoid Miloševiċ régime made much of an alleged Moslem threat in order to justify its genocidal excesses. Serbia’s brutal reaction to Moslem demands for secession encouraged the Bosnian leader Izetbegoviċ to court the favor of Moslem ultras like Gadafi and others, in order to obtain weapons and treasure. Despite his membership in an Islamo-Fascist youth movement during the 2nd World War, Izetbegoviċ was by all accounts a moderate and conciliatory politician, and he led the secession movement only driven by the despair of his countrymen at the prospect of being oppressed by Serbian chauvinism.
No doubt Serbian resentment against Islam has deep historical roots that cannot be sniffed at. After all, Serbia suffered greatly under Ottoman despotism, with its terroristic Islamic gestures like building tall pyramids with the heads of slain Serbians, and its enslaving of Christian boys to serve as janissaries in the Sultan's armies. Nonetheless the ruthlessness that Serbs displayed toward Bosniaks in the 1990s was in no way justified by any real current threat.
European public opinion rightly condemned Serbia’s neo-Fascist expansionism and chauvinism. The US saw Serbia’s megalomaniac nationalism as a proxy for Russian expansionism into the Balkans, an opinion that seems quite reasonable in retrospect. Accordingly the US and NATO backed the Moslem secessionists in Kosovo and Bosnia and dealt Serbia a crushing blow.
I find it deeply troubling that Breivik, as an opponent of Islamic expansionism into Europe, should draw inspiration from paramilitary groups, especially ones with ominous Fascistoid names like “White Eagles” and “Tigers”, and which no doubt committed horrendous crimes. I believe that any group opposed to Islamic expansionism and totalitarianism should be inspired by the democratic, humanitarian and rationalist ideals of the European Enlightenment, instead of by some horrid gang of Fascist butchers.
Opposition to Islamic expansionism must not fall into the trap of imitating Islam’s militaristic and tyrannical attitude. Perhaps armed conflict will become inevitable at certain junctures in the forthcoming struggle against Moslem supremacy. But this should not be grounds for any militaristic, chauvinistic or despotic attitudes. The cause of Europe should be the cause of reason.
Europe’s struggle against Islam, if victorious, should not end with massive expulsions and conversions as did the Spanish Reconquista of the Middle Ages. Moslem minorities should be granted the opportunity of maintaining their cultural identity, while accepting the overarching mores of the various European cultures.
What is intolerable is Moslems’ current aggressive, supremacist fervor. No concession must be made on that score. But we must at all times uphold the values that we learned throughout centuries of struggle against European absolutism, namely those of tolerance, democracy and freedom.
And European Moslems should be fully entitled to them.