Norway Muslims question focus on Breivik’s sanity-AP News April, 28,’12
Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right fanatic went on trial for killing 77 people. The self-described anti-Muslim militant shocked Norway on July 22 with a bombing and shooting rampage targeting the government headquarters and the Labor Party’s annual youth camp. Breivik told the court his victims had betrayed Norway by opening the country to immigration. It was as though a wake up call for fellow Norwegians to get on with a “patriotic” revolution aimed at deporting Muslims from Europe. In a 1,500-page manifesto he posted online before the attacks, Breivik frequently cited anti-Islamic bloggers who say Muslims are gradually colonizing Europe. But so far, much of the trial has focused on his mental health, rather than his ideology.The case is still being heard.
Since he has admitted to the attacks, one of the issues for the trial was to determine whether Breivik was sane enough to be held criminally responsible. Mehtab Afsar, head of the Islamic Council in Norway, an umbrella organization of Muslim groups in the country has already expressed his views. “He wants to get rid of Muslims and Islam from Europe. That is his main message. So I don’t see the point of using so much energy on is he normal, is he insane?” Afsar told The Associated Press.
Norway is becoming increasingly diverse. According to official statistics, 13 percent of the 5 million population are either born abroad or children of immigrants. Most of them have European backgrounds, but large groups have also come from Asia and Africa. The government does not register people by faith, but just over 100,000 people, or 2 percent of the population, are members of Islamic communities in Norway.
A report by the government-run Central Statistics Bureau showed attitudes toward immigrants became more positive following the July 22 attacks. Those disagreeing with the statement that “immigrants are a source of insecurity in society” jumped from 48 percent to 70 percent, the agency said.
But just after the bombing, before the perpetrator was known, many Muslims say they were harassed by Norwegians who thought Islamist terrorists were behind the attack.
When it became clear that an ethnic Norwegian was to blame, questions were raised about whether the threat of right-wing extremist violence had been underestimated.
“There’s nothing new in the hatred of Behring Breivik, except for his gruesome actions,” Sultan said.
On the flip side is another piece of news:
According to abc News of April, 27-‘12
Danish intelligence officials arrested three men in their twenties suspected of “having been in the process of preparing a terrorist act,” according to a statement from PET, the country’s Security and Intelligence Service.
Denmark has faced terror threats before, mostly linked to the publishing of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.
Admitted American terrorist David Headley told a U.S. court that in addition to helping a Pakistani militant group plan the 2008 Mumbai massacre, he also scouted Jyllands-Posten’s offices in Copenhagen for the possibility of an attack.
In May, a Chechen-born man was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Copenhagen for preparing a letter bomb believed to have been intended for the newspaper. In addition, four Swedish residents are currently on trial in Denmark for plotting a shooting spree on the newspaper.)
I cited these two to show multicultuaralism as expressed in the present world is a total failure. It is not in want of trying but the very idea of a free open society cannot be possible when barbaric past still holds on the mind of members who make up the society. Can society work with two variable speeds? With liberal live-let-live attitude and eye-for-an eye vindictiveness of Islam?I hope to explore this peculiar predicament in near future.
Are we not with all the powers in our possession to colonize the moon and beyond, stymied by the question? Is multiculturalism or assimilation better model?