The slaughter of innocent children by a member of Norway’s white supremacist party is shocking, but on another level it is also shocking that such a mass murder occurred in a land known for tolerance and humanity. Anders Breivik told the court his goal was sending a message to the government to halt “the deconstruction of Nordic culture and the m ass importing of Muslims.” Unfortunately, his shooting does not emerge from a vacuum. It is simply a more blatant expression of hate that has been building in Nordic nations for years.
The Norwegian Progress Party, of which Breivik was a member of for several years before leaving due to his belief it was not anti-Muslim enough. gained 23% of the votes in the last election. Siv Jensen, its leader, has made “rampant Islamisation” his most common complaint. Actually, Muslims represent less than five percent of the nation.
Why fears about Muslims when immigrants from other European nations constitute a much higher number than from Muslim societies? Whether we like to admit it or not, racism is still alive in the 21st century. It increasingly becomes clear that Nazism and Fascism were the tips of the iceberg of hate.