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The return of the Christian crusaders

What reveals that Breivik is no lone freak is that the ideology behind the manifesto overwhelmingly condemns not only Islam per se, Muslim immigration in Europe, and multiculturalism, but also all the neo-Nazi, racial supremacist rants against these “evils”.
Breivik, the mass bomber who loves crappy Eurovision songs and the US cop show The Shield, and owns legitimate licenses for a Glock pistol, an automatic rifle and a shotgun is a typical convert of the new, slightly more sophisticated pan-European ultra-right narrative – according to which the battle for the soul of Europe will be fought on cultural grounds.
After a brief visit to Denmark and southern Sweden in the autumn of 2010, I had already touched on these broader themes in Letter from Islamophobistan (Asia Times Online, October 22, 2010).
Breivik goes one step ahead by weaponizing the new thinking – according to which it’s not a question of Muslims being biologically inferior to the Christian West; the problem is the tenets of Islam are absolutely incompatible with the West.
It’s all about culture. “They” don’t share “our values” and our way of life. As a shrewd public relations move, this culturalist explanation is bound to attract even moderate Europeans.
Breivik and his ilk blame Western parliamentary democracy as a whole – political correctness included – for allowing Muslims in Europe to establish themselves as Trojan horses. Everything and everyone is a threat – from al-Qaeda to the bureaucratic European Union (EU) and the multicultural United Nations (UN). Breivik and his kind are Huntingtonesque all the way – fearing a clash of civilizations right at home.
No wonder the next logical step was for Breivik to become a modern-day version of the Knights Templars extolled in his rambling manifesto – and thus set an example. The Knights’ agenda; to “seize political and military control of Western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda”.
“Al-Qaeda” – or the nebula of franchises and copycats commonly bundled as “al-Qaeda” – does not have the resources to attack Europe, and this is not the priority anyway; the priority is AfPak, Central Asia and India, as detailed by al-Qaeda’s military commander Ilyas Kashmiri. But the priority of Christian fundamentalist terror is definitely Europe. And the attacks will come via loners such as Breivik as well as organized groups.
Western progressives must be on red alert. Taboos will have to be smashed – especially by identifying the contorted but most of the time crude strategies employed by ultra-right Christian fundamentalism and Zionists to foment Islamophobia in the West.
For instance, both Islamophobes and hardcore Zionists see the Israeli subjugation of Palestine as Israel defending itself in a clash of civilizations. Model disciple Breivik hails notorious American Islamophobes such as Pam Geller and Daniel Pipes as much as he abhors Norwegian support for an independent, sovereign Palestinian state.
Breivik wrote, “It’s very hypocritical to treat Muslims, Nazis and Marxists different from each other. They are all supporters of hate-ideologies. Not all Muslims, Nazis and Marxists are conservative; most of them are moderate. But does it matter?”
It doesn’t; fascism is an equal-opportunity seducer. There will be blood – a lot more blood, as Europe confronts its own heart of darkness. Beware the return – en masse – of the pale blue-eyed Christian crusader.
Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

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