The incomprehensible and shocking mass murder of scores of Norwegian young people following the detonation and destruction of an important government building in the center of Oslo by a lone maniac defies any analysis or comparison in real world terms. It is so grotesque that it simply cannot be put in any box. The lone killer was possessed with a lunatic logic that directed his wrath against his own people and neighbors as well as the country’s national leaders whom he believed had enabled turning Norway, once the most homogeneous nation in Europe (after Iceland), into a problematic and riven multicultural society.
The fact that no party, movement or even band of eccentrics rushed to claim responsibility for this heinous act apart from an Islamic one, (which rushed to take credit and then quickly withdrew its assertion), is the best indicator that his actions could only appeal to and benefit the very devil he had tried to exorcise.
I will offer up an attempt at an analogy that puts the lunatic logic into a comparable framework, just as grotesque and fantastic. Imagine after Pearl Harbor in 1941 that a lone individual in the United States – a native born White American (an atheist or agnostic with no ties to any church), angry at the attack and bent on revenge for the murder of several thousand American sailors and civilians, carried out a massacre and devastating attack on crowded Chinese restaurants in New York’s Chinatown, issuing a declaration of over 1500 pages that all those eating and enjoying Chinese food (but especially Caucasians, native born White Americans like himself and Jews as well as Blacks) were guilty of betraying their own cultural heritage and American traditions. His claim asserted that these individuals all deserved to die at his hands because Chinese Americans in New York and working on the western railroads had preceded the immigration of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii and California thus providing legitimization of a fifth column responsible for Pearl Harbor.
He concluded that both the white and black patrons of these Chinese restaurants had been misled and corrupted by the presence of many Jewish patrons who, no doubt, had conspired to make Chinese food so popular in America.
Their corrupting behavior had thus contributed to the decline of white Christian Civilization (although not religious himself, he regarded American Civilization as White and Christian by historical circumstances).
No, not even MAD magazine in its heyday could have come up with a scenario as absurd as that which occurred in Norway or my fictional analogy. The reality of the world we live in of 2011 is that demented individuals who are anarchists in their hatred not just of the “others” (by race, religion, ethnicity or gender) but all those who disagree with their demented vision, have the opportunity and means to carry out mass mayhem.
The flaws and dangers of the presence in Europe of millions of unassimilated Muslim immigrants who are unwilling to become responsible citizens sharing equal civic duties and who crave special rights will not disappear; nor will the justifiable unwillingness of the police and fire services today to enter many predominantly Muslim residential areas that are considered “No-Go.”
These problems will not go away or diminish because of the crazed act of an individual. If my fantastic scenario of 1941 had really occurred, it would not have changed the course of events or the outcome of World War II nor my continued love of Chinese food.