By Bruce Bawer
Thousands of individuals around the globe have been surprised and horrified while a madman named Anders Behring Breivik trigger a bomb in downtown Oslo after which attacked a political summer time camp at the island of Utoya, gunning down defenseless young children whereas calling out “Gotcha!” as if he have been enjoying a online game. within the quick aftermath of the assault, prior to the killer’s identification was once recognized, a few humans leaped to the belief that this was once one more act of Islamic terrorism. while it grew to become out that the killer used to be a local Norwegian—the writer of a rambling manifesto within which he defined himself as a latest Knight Templar protecting the values of Christian civilization—the left wing cultural elite in Europe and the U.S. jumped to delegitimize critics of Islam through falsely and cynically linking them to Breivik.
One of these critics was once American author Bruce Bawer, writer of diverse books concerning the danger of Islamic radicalism and a type of whose works have been stated in Breivik’s manifesto. Bawer has lived in Oslo for a few years and has written largely at the demanding situations of immigration and the unwanted effects of radical Islam on liberal societies. he's additionally a vocal critic of the left wing cultural elite that seeks to reduce this probability and promotes as an alternative a imaginative and prescient of a harmonious multicultural society in line with tolerance and mutual appreciate. regrettably, such “tolerance” doesn't expand to critics of Islam or multiculturalism, who're regularly categorised nativists and fascists through individuals of the left wing elite.
The left in most cases denies or downplays the non secular explanations of Islamic terrorists whereas insisting that “right wing rhetoric” creates a “climate of hate” which unavoidably results in violence. hence the multicultural left in Europe and the U.S. strove to color Breivik as a pro-Israel Christian terrorist whose insane activities have been inspired if no longer outright prompted through conservative authors who warn opposed to the upcoming Islamization of Europe. those that had criticized Islam, although legitimately involved they may be with the denial of simple human rights and person liberties inside Muslim groups, have been deemed formally anathema. They have been Islamophobes—racists, bigots, extremists. They have been the chance. They have been the possibility. they'd fertilized the soil during which the mass assassin had grown. This crusade of vilification used to be waged not only within the ecu press yet on American blogs and within the pages of the recent York Times.
In the hot Quislings, Bruce Bawer explores the world-wide reaction to Breivik’s rampage, from the Norwegian cultural elite to Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan and the hot York Times’ Roger Cohen. He offers a desirable portrait of the left-wing cultural elite in Norway—revealed to be the birthplace of political correctness—and exhibits how they've got turn into apologists for radical Islam. Bawer additional argues that they're the heirs of Vidkun Quisling, the Norwegian fascist who administered Norway lower than the heel of the Nazi regime. And he explains how those that oppose open debate and search to regulate the dialog approximately Islam pose the best possibility to liberal society.