By Bruce Bawer
Thousands of individuals around the globe have been surprised and horrified whilst a madman named Anders Behring Breivik trigger a bomb in downtown Oslo after which attacked a political summer season camp at the island of Utoya, gunning down defenseless little ones whereas calling out “Gotcha!” as if he have been taking part in a game. within the rapid aftermath of the assault, earlier than the killer’s id used to be recognized, a few humans leaped to the belief that this was once yet 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 contemporary Knight Templar protecting the values of Christian civilization—the left wing cultural elite in Europe and the united states jumped to delegitimize critics of Islam via falsely and cynically linking them to Breivik.
One of these critics used to be American author Bruce Bawer, writer of various books in regards to the hazard of Islamic radicalism and a type of whose works have been brought up in Breivik’s manifesto. Bawer has lived in Oslo for a few years and has written commonly 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 lessen this probability and promotes in its place a imaginative and prescient of a harmonious multicultural society in keeping with tolerance and mutual admire. regrettably, such “tolerance” doesn't expand to critics of Islam or multiculturalism, who're sometimes classified nativists and fascists by way of individuals of the left wing elite.
The left ordinarily denies or downplays the non secular reasons of Islamic terrorists whereas insisting that “right wing rhetoric” creates a “climate of hate” which unavoidably ends up in violence. therefore the multicultural left in Europe and the united states strove to color Breivik as a pro-Israel Christian terrorist whose insane activities have been inspired if now not outright influenced via conservative authors who warn opposed to the approaching Islamization of Europe. those that had criticized Islam, in spite of the fact that legitimately involved they may be with the denial of easy human rights and person liberties inside Muslim groups, have been deemed formally anathema. They have been Islamophobes—racists, bigots, extremists. They have been the risk. They have been the probability. that they had 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 recent Quislings, Bruce Bawer explores the world-wide reaction to Breivik’s rampage, from the Norwegian cultural elite to Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan and the recent 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 develop into apologists for radical Islam. Bawer extra argues that they're the heirs of Vidkun Quisling, the Norwegian fascist who administered Norway less than the heel of the Nazi regime. And he explains how those that oppose open debate and search to manage the dialog approximately Islam pose the best danger to liberal society.