Anti-Muslim Ideologues Spurred Killer to Attack

Norway Massacre

By Michael Collins Piper -

The mass media is having a field day talking about the fact that a Christian—and so-called “right-wing extremist”—was responsible for the mass murder in Norway. But what the media has carefully played down is the fact that the confessed terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, was a hard-line supporter of Israel, a violent pro-Israeli lunatic (like fanatic John Hagee) lashing out at a government—that of Norway’s Labor Party—he perceived to be hostile to Israel.

This fact casts a new perspective on the event and is one the media would prefer to keep under wraps, particularly those pro-Israeli voices that have helped shape Breivik’s thinking. References to Breivik as blond haired and blue-eyed permeated the media, even including The Washington Post, that, as a matter of political correctness, will not report the race of suspected criminals sought by the police in the nation’s capital. The implicit intent was to focus on white racism rather than pro-Israeli fanaticism.

Apparently, Breivik’s problem with the Labor Party—whose youth camp he targeted—was that he viewed the party as being an enemy of Israel.

In Israel, bloggers hailed Breivik, suggesting the result of his crime was the welcome and God-sanctioned destruction of Israel’s enemies. Breivik urged Europeans to enter into a “pro-Israel, anti-Jihad alliance,” according to the pro-Israel Washington Times, which admitted on July 25 that one of its sources had been in correspondence with the terrorist as far back as July 2009.

But Breivik does not stand alone urging Europeans to align themselves with Israel. In fact, his pro-Israel rhetoric was preceded with similar talk from a number of European nationalists—often referred to as being “right wing”—who find Israel to be a viable ally.

They include—but are not limited to: Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party; Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, who says her movement is now “Zionistic”; Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, who makes regular pilgrimages to Israel; and Filip Dewinter, chairman of the Vlaamas Belang Party in Belgium, who has claimed “Israel is a sort of outpost for our Western society, an outpost of democracy, of freedom of speech, of protecting common values within a hostile environment.”

While—as AFP’s readers know— all of Dewinter’s points are questionable, Dewinter (and Breiviks) ignore that, since its establishment, Israel has energetically razed Christian holy sites, destroyed ancient Christian relics and instituted laws imprisoning Christians for proselytizing their faith.

These Europeans ignore the fact that the Muslims they proclaim to be enemies of Christianity actually revere Jesus Christ as a beloved prophet, as did Mohammad himself. At the same time, they ignore the ugly hostility toward Christianity that is an article of faith in Israel and that has been acknowledged by modern-day Jewish scholars in such recent works as Jesus in the Talmud* by Dr. Peter Schafer and Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence** by Dr. Elliot Horowitz.

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While no nationalist anywhere questions the European desire to maintain sovereignty and traditional cultural integrity, many do question whether nationalists in Europe should merge their concerns with those of Israel’s geopolitical ambitions. This is akin to the claim by pro-Israel propagandists who claim that the interests of Israel and those of the United States are the same.

In the wake of 9-11, those propagandists stoked up fears about the so-called rise of Islam and of a purported Muslim population explosion about to overtake the United States and Europe. This is precisely the kind of rhetoric that stimulated Breivik and many others.

However, as far back as Jan. 27, The New York Times let its elite readership in on the big secret: The Muslim population is not accelerating exponentially either in the United States or in Europe or even around the world. The Times was commenting on a study, The Future of the Global Muslim Population, the subject of a joint inquiry by two think tanks, the Pew Research Center and the John Templeton Foundation.

Cryptically entitled “Report offers surprises on Muslims’ growth,” the Times article advised that “predictions that Europe will become a majority Muslim ‘Eurabia’ are unfounded.”

The Times pointed out during the next 20 years the world’s Muslim population is projected to increase from 23.4 percent to 26.4 percent, hardly an “explosion.”

The Times added that “such growth is not enough to create a drastic shift in the world’s religious balance.”

And while many have been convinced by pro-Israeli voices that the Muslim population in Europe is growing by leaps and bounds, the Times revealed that the study found that Muslims in Europe, now making up 6 percent of the population, will only grow to 8 percent by 2030.

The Times noted: “In France and Belgium, Muslims will be about 10 percent of the population in 20 years, and in Britain, 8 percent.”

As far as the United States is concerned, within 20 years Muslims will only constitute 1.7 percent of the American population, described by the Times as “about the equivalent of Jews in the United States today.”

Essentially, the Times was telling its readers: “You really don’t need to worry about Muslim hordes taking over America and instituting Sharia law.”

But that message isn’t reaching the mass audience and it didn’t reach Christian-Zionist soldiers like Breivik, who are marching off to war against Islam.

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A journalist specializing in media critique, Michael Collins Piper is the author of The High Priests of War, The New Jerusalem, Dirty Secrets, The Judas Goats, The Golem, Target Traficant and My First Days in the White House. All are available from AFP.

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(Issue # 32, August 8, 2011)