White Christian and Jewish Canadians – but not the multicultural rabble – are natural allies to be enlisted in a 21st-century crusade to crush the Islam menace, according to Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist accused of mass murder.
Canada and Canadians are sprinkled throughout Mr. Breivik's rambling and sometime chilling manifesto ‘2083: A European Declaration of Independence.’
Among those he admires is retired Canadian Gen. Lewis McKenzie, who was UN commander when Canadian troops liberated Sarajevo airport in 1993, opening it for humanitarian aid to the mostly Muslim population in that besieged city. But it’s Gen. McKenzie’s controversial – and much later – views about the NATO 1999 air war to save Kosovo’s Muslim Albanians from Serb ethnic cleansing that Mr. Breivik finds admirable.
An article by Gen. McKenzie, titled “We bombed the wrong side?” is quoted at some length. “The Kosovo-Albanians have played us like a Stradivarius. We have subsidized and indirectly supported their violent campaign for an ethnically pure and independent Kosovo. We have never blamed them for being the perpetrators of the violence in the early '90s and we continue to portray them as the designated victim today in spite of evidence to the contrary. When they achieve independence with the help of our tax dollars combined with those of bin Laden and al- Qaeda, just consider the message of encouragement this sends to other terrorist-supported independence movements around the world.”
But mostly, Mr. Breivik’s 1,518-page manifesto is a scatter gun attempt to portray western multiculturalism as a terrible political weakness that will be successfully abused by Islamic extremists to undermine Christian conservative values.
He blames both western decay and Islamic jihad, seemingly in equal measure, and manages to find a surprising number of Canadian instances to buttress both claims.
“If we didn't have such a culture of self-loathing, where our own cultural traditions are ridiculed in favor of a meaningless Multicultural cocktail, we probably wouldn't have allowed massive Muslim immigration,” he writes.
One example he finds of such ‘abuse’ is at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he writes that “Muslims are displaying their superiority syndrome. The largest student group on campus, the Muslim Students’ Association, has monopolised use of the multifaith room.”
He also writes about the case of Canadian Mark Harding, who in 1998 was sentenced to community service for distributing anti-Muslim pamphlets. According to Mr. Breivik, “Harding’s case demonstrates that it is now a criminal act in several Western nations to tell the truth about the dangers posed by Muslim immigration. Hate speech laws amount to ‘sharia lite’: they are used to silence infidels such as Harding for criticizing Islam, which again corresponds to the workings of sharia. The sharia lite of political correctness is thus paving the way for the gradual implementation of full sharia in the West.”
The manifesto – really a call to arms in the tradition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, albeit with a different world view – makes several references to Canadian social activist and author Naomi Klein.
But Mr. Breivik can’t seem to decide if Ms. Klein’s views upset him or if he just can’t understand them.
“I recently read the book The Shock Doctrine by the prominent left-wing intellectual Naomi Klein. That is, I made an attempt to read it. I gave up after a few chapters,” he writes at one point. But still he makes repeated references to the book, mainly to admiringly cite those that Ms. Klein disagrees with.
In response, Ms. Klein posted on her Twitter page: “Nauseatingly, Norwegian terrorist quotes from The Shock Doctrine in his manifesto” and later, apparently relieved added: “To clarify: He says he didn't like my book.”
With files from Jill Mahoney in Toronto