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(Reuters) - Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik said he killed 93 people to spark a "revolution" against the multiculturalism he believed was sapping Europe's heritage, and experts say a frank debate about immigration may be the best way to prevent similar explosions of violence.

In some Nordic countries, and elsewhere in Europe, political parties have fed on rising public concern over immigration as economic conditions worsen and a drip-feed of Islamist attacks stokes fear and suspicion of new arrivals.

But experts argue overly aggressive political rhetoric and scare tactics have inflamed passions rather than address the many complex, underlying problems.

Conflicting messages and political squeamishness in tackling immigration and multiculturalism have frustrated the public and given space for hardline ideologues, they say.

"If the twin attacks in Norway fail to trigger an honest discussion of the issue, exposing often scare-mongering arguments used by the extreme right, this may marginalise the radical groups and worsen the situation, which in turn could bring more similar attacks in the future," said Lilit Gevorgyan, Europe analyst at the IHS Global Insight think-tank.

"This is not just an issue in Norway. Across Scandinavia and also in Western and Eastern Europe, you have a lot of people who are very frustrated by the lack of open debate," she added.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Nicolas Sarkozy have all declared in recent months that multiculturalism has failed, in speeches that were otherwise careful to highlight the contribution of immigrants.

But critics say such statements at best do little to offer solutions to tackle the economic and societal pressures that stem from increasing immigration and globalisation, and do even less to harness the benefits of a multi-ethnic society.

At worst, they say such comments risk victimising often vulnerable immigrant communities and souring race relations.

"What has clearly emerged from recent speeches and ensuing public national debates on multiculturalism is a sense of confusion, malaise and often contradictory messages," said Sara Silvestri, lecturer in religion and international politics at London's City University, in an article dated June 8.

"So we look for easy answers presented as simple choices e.g., moderate vs. radical Islam, multiculturalism vs. assimilation ... Yet such simplistic naming and categorising further divides people and provokes animosities," she added.


A number of Scandinavian political parties have tackled immigration head on, but the inflammatory tone used by some politicians may have fuelled Breivik's anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic hatred.

Many far-right European groups have shifted away from overtly racist rhetoric and have instead focused their argument on stressing what they see as the incompatibility of Islam and European values.

In a 1,500-page violent manifesto published by Breivik, the 32-year-old expressed his admiration for Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, and the tome included reported anti-Islamic comments Wilders made to the Dutch parliament. However, Wilders at the weekend denounced Breivik's actions.

Anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic parties have gained traction in Nordic and Scandinavian countries in recent years, tapping public anxiety over the relatively recent phenomenon of mass migration, particularly of Muslims, to their region.

The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats were last year elected to the Swedish parliament for the first time, despite the party having roots in neo-Nazi movements of the 1980s and 1990s. The party has criticised Muslims and Islam as being un-Swedish.

Swedish anti-fascism magazine Expo, where the late best-selling novelist Steig Larsson was highly active, says while there may be no direct link between violence and comments by politicians, the rhetoric creates a fertile environment for ethnically motivated attacks.

"It is very aggressive ideology that the Swedish Democrats are pushing towards Muslims ... it has become a more and more accepted way to speak about Muslims this way," said Expo reporter Johannes Jakobsson.

"Of course if you are in the Swedish parliament and point fingers at Muslims and say these people are dangerous, of course this is going to influence people to become more hostile towards them," he added.


Harald Stanghelle, political editor of Norway's Aftenposten conservative newspaper, said it was unfair to accuse Norway's anti-immigrant Progress Party of inflaming the passions of individuals such as Breivik, who was once a member.

Stanghelle says Breivik left the party because it did not go far enough in representing his views, highlighting a dilemma for those who say parties that drive away those with fringe views on immigration risk creating militant underground groups.

"It's totally wrong to hold the Progress Party responsible for extremists like this. A few smaller, anti-immigration groups, anti-multicultural groups, have broken from the party because they believe it is too polite, too mainstream," Stanghelle said.

Stanghelle was careful to paint Breivik as a lone extremist with little link to the wider discourse on immigration in Norway. After years on the fringes, Breivik's views are now likely to echo loudest at his first court hearing on Monday.

Breivik has described his bombing of an Oslo government building and his shooting spree at a youth camp run by Norway's Labour Party as "atrocious" but "necessary" in his crusade against liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam.

"He now wants to meet in court for the first time, and wants an open court meeting, and why? Most criminals fight for a closed court meeting, but he sees himself as a crusader," Stanghelle said.

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Post time 2011-7-25 22:18:25 |Display all floors


It’s very difficult to have an open debate on immigration here in Oz as well.  It brings out all the racists from
the woodwork.  The people who speak loudest are the racists while the immigrants are left feeling
unwanted, insecure & not belonging.

I worry that this may lead to the children of immigrants to fight back & retaliate, thus turning peaceful
Australia into one of those European countries that are divided by racial problems.  The older first
generation immigrants are resilient but their offspring will not tolerate being discriminated.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

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Post time 2011-7-26 00:13:11 |Display all floors

And I can't remember a time there was not an open debate going on about immigration or more commonly, illegal immigration.  Racist will come out, but they are easily exposed.  You can't let that shut down debate all together.

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Post time 2011-7-26 00:27:57 |Display all floors
The Norwegian mass shooter is like 90% US White Christian males. He is mainstream Christian white male. In fact, the US shoots 100 Latin immigrants monthly in Arizona. It is just they are never reported because they are not white Christians.

BBC of the UK quoted experts opinions: as shown in chat rooms and posts on yahoo news, Sinphobia and I---phobia are not something out of Western mainstream. In this sense, the mass shooter is not abnormal. The situation is the same in EU and US. Christianity and Catholicism are Sinophobic. European culture is intrinsically racist. The resulting hate is quite deep and wide spread among White Christian males. This hatred is very dangerous and the US and EU must realize it especially after the mass shootings in Norway by a white Christian male.

What is more dangerous is that the Western media are praising exact same mass shooters from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as heroes. This confuses the population. The Western bloody wars and the supporting religious ideology have such serious consequence, unexpected perhaps.

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Post time 2011-7-26 01:11:08 |Display all floors
Originally posted by timbatu at 2011-7-26 00:27
The Norwegian mass shooter is like 90% US White Christian males....

Put down the crack pipe timbo.

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Post time 2011-7-26 01:17:43 |Display all floors
Originally posted by JFenix at 2011-7-25 10:41 PM

Put down the crack pipe timbo.

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Post time 2011-7-26 05:32:32 |Display all floors
Quote, "Evidence Shows Norway Terror Attack a False Flag
Kurt Nimmo
July 23, 2011

Breivik is obviously a patsy for a Gladio operation to destroy political opposition to the bankers. Operation Gladio was a “strategy of tension” devised by the elite that employed terrorism – assassination and bombings – to discredit political opponents in Europe. It was set-up by the CIA and staffed in part with former members of Mussolini’s secret police.

In the days ahead, we can expect more false flag terror events. These will be used by the corporate media to portray opponents to the bankster scam as child killing terrorists. For the global elite, mass murder blamed on political opponents is a legitimate tool in the plan to take down national economies and install a one-world totalitarian government and banking system run in neofeudal fashion. ... k-a-false-flag.html

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