Pan Drakopoulos: Does Oslo show the tomorrow of Europe?
What happened in Norway is an incident that we don’t have the right to let pass without comments. Undoubtedly, it is a condemnable action that we disapprove, but this is not enough. We must also see who armed the hand of the perpetrator so that we would prevent others to do the same again. We must think of what happened with clarity and sincerity, far from busy words and political correctness so that we might avoid another massacre. Because what happened in Oslo shows one thing, at first sight: it’s not going to be about a singular incident, the story of a maniac. We should, at once, think seriously and with responsibility, otherwise, we are proceeding towards a period that Oslo will be seen in every country, in every town in Europe.
First of all, it’s not true that Anders Behring Breivik was prompted by islamophobic theories. It’s not true that Europe has been affected by islamophobia. So, let’s sort out things and not play with words.
In the end of seventies Iranian fundamentalists invented the word Islamophobia. As Pascal Bruckner wrote in Liberation on (03/ 01/2011), the word islamophobia serves a series of functions: first, it denies the fact of Islamic aggressiveness in Europe and it justifies it at that, by showing it as a reaction of the “bad right-wing people”. Second, it invokes the human rights to justify the Islamic aggressiveness. Third, it keeps prisoners within a spiritual ghetto the young Moslems – boys and girls- that would like to deviate from imams’ preaching. Moreover, it initiates a “thought crime” equivalent to “enemies of the people” that Soviet Union had initiated and persecuted to defame the dissidents.
Bernard Henry Levy, with some other intellectuals, has signed a declaration speaking about the dealing with Islam in Europe pointing out directly that:
“This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. We are witnessing neither a clash of civilizations nor an antagonism between West and East, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats. Like all totalitarian ideologies, Islamism is nurtured by fear and frustration. Preachers of hatred play on these feelings to build the forces with which they can impose a world where liberty is crushed and inequality reigns. But we say this, loud and clear: nothing, not even despair, justifies choosing darkness, totalitarianism and hatred. Islamism is a reactionary ideology that kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present. Its victory can only lead to a world of injustice and domination: men over women, fundamentalists over others. On the contrary, we must ensure access to universal rights for the oppressed or those discriminated against.
We reject the “cultural relativism” which implies an acceptance that men and women of Muslim culture are deprived of the right to equality, freedom and secularism in the name of the respect for certain cultures and traditions.
We refuse to renounce our critical spirit out of fear of being accused of “Islamophobia”, a wretched concept that confuses criticism of Islam as a religion and stigmatisation of those who believe in it. “ (BBC News 2006/03/01)
Besides, it’s not true that Breivik moved based on criticism leveled at Islam that the Jews spread in the web. Such a thing corresponds with the acceptance that Noam Chomsky is the spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda since that organization continually conveys his own points of view. In any case, it has already started the rewriting of history in such a way that outlines the role of Jews in the formation of Europe: a recent study of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), based on Paris, has declared Moses ben Maimon, also known as Maimonides, was not a Jew but –catch it! – a Moslem Arab.