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Way to Respond?

Updated on August 10, 2013

A Vicious Cycle?

The tragedy in Norway, much like the Oklahoma City Bombing in the United States, has brought the European far-right into focus.

While reseaching this piece, I was surprised to see that the perpetrator was influenced by the American far-right. My surprise comes from how the American right seems to have taken many cues from European Fascism. Many of the same ideas are present; the desire to create a corporate state, run by and for large business and their CEO's. The use of media outlets to spread their propaganda, and the need to create an outgroup, or outgroups to divert enough of the population.

But whether they be European or American, the radical right are fighting the same force, diversity. Both are convinced that their way of life is threatened. When in reality, it's their dominance that's the threat. In America, the current nemesis seems to be Latinos; to the European, much like in the time of the Crusades, the menace is Muslims. As these marginilized groups gain political power and social acceptance, the rhetoric from even the mainstream right starts to sound more and more radical. What happened in Oslo, etc, was much like what happened in Tucson, something that was bound to happen.

So how will Norway respond to this wake-up call? I'd like to think that their response might be better that the American response to Oklahoma City or Tuscon. For one, while right-wing parties are a fringe element, albeit a growing one in Europe. In America, the far-right is a needed component of one party's base; from the 'Dixiecrats', to Nixon's 'Southern Strategy', to Reagan's 'Welfare Queen', and Glen Beck's fear of 'Community Organizers', with a member of a right-wing outgroup now sitting as President, is it any wonder radical right activity is on the rise. Also, I doubt the Norwegian right has a media machine to rival AM-Radio and its cable news affiliate.

But there is one final question. Do the people of Norway have the courage to stand up against thier right? We'll see that in the months to come, or will they do the only thing that would allow the ideas that led to the massacre to continue.


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    • Shahid Bukhari profile image

      Shahid Bukhari 

      7 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

      Over 35000 ... thirty five thousand ... Pakistanis have been killed in the past five years ... by the likes of Brevik ...

      But nobody seems to care that those killed in Pakistan were also humans ...

      The financial losses we have suffered, being the Front line state, in your War against Terror, exceeds $79 billion ... Maybe its chicken feed for the Developed Countries ... but these dollars had meant a lot to Pakistan whose Total Foreign Exchange reserves never exceed $ 19 billion ...

      Do let me know when you have the right answers ...

    • BobbiRant profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      In America, it seems we have to hate Someone, don't we? Gawd, the list does go on, depending on the 'flavor' of the week,who we will hate next is a good guess. Big biz sends our jobs over seas, But yes,let's blame the Wrong group,typically American. Good points!

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      7 years ago

      You have raised really interesting question how will Norway respond to this wake-up call? Finding similarity between Americans and Europeans is your good point.


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