You know when idiots demand that “moderate” Muslims, condemn the beliefs of the murderous minority of people who say they share their religion? Of course, I think who they mean are all Muslims who do not commit or support mass murder: so a couple of billion people. The chances that all non-murderous people from one group that size can be described only as “moderate” in their religious beliefs is probably quite low. Anyway. You know when they say that? Even though a lot of Islamic organisations get up every atrocity and say something to that effect every time?
Now that a terrorist has claimed that Danish immigration policy is admirable and exemplary, it would be nice for mainstream moderate Danish politicians to get up and condemn him for his beliefs, wouldn’t it? Of course they have condemned his actions, that’s easy: he’s a terrorist. It is also easy to add “but” at the end of that condemnation.
I am not taking a cheap shot at any one politician or any one party or any one political side. Most of the Danish politicians have been forced rightwards and they share a lot of their beliefs with an unhinged terrorist.
If Venstre or SF got up and just said “Multiculturalism is not a bad thing. There isn’t a war to be fought. There is no real interest in turning this country Sharia, for example, so we do not need to be on guard against that. There is no special problem with criminality or benefit fraud amongst the non-Danish background Danish people and foreigners. We are sorry for letting you believe that for cheap political points.”
Patriotism is probably okay (though I personally think it’s a bit stupid), but nationalism is very dangerous. Okay, usually all that happens is you get a pub-bore who goes on about creeping Sharia or bangs on about burqa as if they really give a fuck. Nevertheless violence is a consequence associated with dehumanising groups in this way.
This guy was probably going to go off at any time. Blaming nationalist politics for his actions seems to make about as much sense as blaming World of Warcraft (or the Koran for his “Muslim” counterparts, for that matter), so that is why I am not blaming them and speed readers need to be clear on that.
But. It is simply not the case that what he did was evil and insane but what he believes was good and sensible. The beliefs about Muslims, non-westerners, immigrants and descendants of the mainstream Danish political establishment are crazed. They are literally the rantings of a madman.
If the reaction to Islamic terror is anti-radicalisation, such as preventing teens from going to summer camp to learn about the Koran in their parents’ country by confiscating their passports and banning certain public speakers with dangerous views; then there is certainly room for preventing young people from other backgrounds from accessing radical indoctrination from the extreme right.
That means the Danish mainstream needs to stop exposing Danish people to extreme-right indoctrination.
Denmark’s political parties need to have a meeting, brew some coffee and reach a new consensus which is not tainted by paranoia, dehumanisation and hatred. I believe there are maybe two or three parties where the meeting will be short (shall I name them? Ok: Conservatives, Red-green alliance and the Radicals), the rest of those reactionary, opportunist idiots might need to book a hotel.
Get it sorted, Denmark.
Special commenting policy:
Lazy idiots, don’t waste your time, I am well aware that other countries are in a comparable state but terrorists have not been praising THEM, so I am talking about this country.
I also have a no-platform policy for the extreme right because I don’t want to find out about an terrorist atrocity committed by one of my commenters. I would rather have no link to you, if it is all the same. Save your rantings for your Knights Templar/Defence League circle jerk blogs, so those bloggers can feel a frisson when you kill someone.