Two Norwegian Terrorists Named Anders

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It has been three years since Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people with his July 22 2011 terror attacks in Norway. There have been several articles and stories mentioning me in the Norwegian media the last couple of weeks. This may well happen every July for years to come, with predictable regularity. It’s a bit like strawberry season.

In an essay published at the website of the state broadcaster NRK, three professional “anti-racists” asked for more money from the government to combat Islamophobia and other alleged right-wing extremism that can fuel terrorism.

If you read their essay closely, it names one, and only one, person as representing these supposedly evil forces: myself. So what they are really arguing is that more than three years after Breivik’s attacks, Norway must spend more tax money on combating me, personally. Apparently the public funding that many professional activists have today is inadequate for that purpose. They must regard me as some kind of Godzilla — or Fjordzilla.

The three individuals who authored this essay — Rune Berglund Steen, Shoaib Sultan and Ervin Kohn — were all associated with the state-sponsored Norwegian Centre against Racism. Its leader Berglund Steen has previously suggested that I want to more or less single-handedly start a world war. He didn’t specify exactly how I would be in a position to do so, even if I wanted to.

Shoaib Sultan, a Muslim activist of Pakistani origins, works for the Centre as an advisor on so-called Islamophobia and right-wing extremism. The labor unions (LO), which have intimate ties to the Labour Party, from 2012 onward sponsored this work against Islamophobia with hundreds of thousands of kroner every year.

Sultan is a previous leader of the Islamic Council of Norway. In 2006, during the height of the international Mohammed Cartoons crisis, he published a newspaper essay in Aftenposten claiming that the cartoons had “hurt” him and other Muslims, and that freedom of speech should not be absolute. Shoaib Sultan suggested that Norway should study suggestions made by Abid Q. Raja, a lawyer and politician of Pakistani Muslim background, to strengthen laws against blasphemy so that Muslims would not have their feelings hurt again.

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Fjordman: ‘Dialoguing’ with the Muslim Brotherhood and the KGB

Fjordman’s latest essay has been published at FrontPage Mag. Some excerpts are below:

You can tell a lot about a society by watching what kind of people it puts into positions of power and influence.

Thorbjørn Jagland is a former Prime Minister of Norway from the Norwegian Labour Party. Since 2009, he has been the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE). He was reelected to this position for a second term, with the support of parliamentarians from across Europe, on June 24 2014.

The CoE was established in 1949. It is distinct from and less powerful than the European Union. However, it has a formalized cooperation with the EU on a range of issues, for instance those related to immigration. This cooperation has been strengthened under Jagland’s lead. The CoE further enjoys friendly relations with many Islamic organizations and has made combating so-called “Islamophobia” in Europe one of its stated priorities.

In addition to heading the Council of Europe, for years Mr. Jagland has also been the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the annual Nobel Peace Prize. Under his leadership, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 2009 to Barack Hussein Obama, when he had only been US President for a few months. In 2012, Jagland and the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to the European Union (EU). The Socialist Jagland has for decades been a passionate supporter of supranational organizations such as the EU.

One of the three women who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, Tawakkol Karman from Yemen, has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Norwegian Nobel Committee knew about this and thought it was fine. Jagland told reporters in Oslo that he disagrees with the widespread “perception” in the West that the Brotherhood is a threat to democracy. The very same man has warned repeatedly for years against the allegedly great dangers presented by “Islamophobia” and people who peacefully voice anti-Islamic viewpoints.

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The Key Switcher?

Yesterday a reader in Australia sent us a scan of a print article in a newspaper called The Age. I don’t know much about the paper, but Australians tell me it is a predictably lefty rag, and that sensible people refer to it disparagingly as “The Aged”.

The article, written by Chris Johnston, is entitled “The power of hate: Bendigo mosque a rallying cry”. It’s a hit-piece on the Q Society, which opposes the Islamization of Australia and has been one of the leading groups in the campaign against the proposed mosque in Bendigo. But the reason our reader sent it to us is that the author gives Gates of Vienna an honored place among the “far-right extremists” and “racists” who object to Islamization.

The print article was dated June 28, but there is an online version dated the 27th that differs only slightly in wording.

Our blog is featured in the last few paragraphs of the piece. I’d never heard of the term “switcher” until I read this article. In the excerpt below, the author is referring to and quoting from Prof. Andrew Jakubowicz, “a specialist in multiculturalism from the University of Technology, Sydney”:

Professor Jakubowicz is studying global internet racism. He says he has found solid links between Australian anti-Islam groups, such as the Australian Defence League, with international groups in the US and Europe that he calls “switchers”. These groups compile political information and move it through global networks.

The key switcher in Europe, he says, is called Gates of Vienna, a website named after the battle in 1863 [sic] in which Christians beat Turkish Muslim Ottomans who were trying to capture the Austrian capital.

The Norwegian mass killer of 77 people in 2011, Anders Breivik, wrote in his own manifesto that he read Gates of Vienna. Breivik was rabidly anti-Muslim.

Professor Jakubowicz says, ironically, the way Australian far-right groups can learn from international far-right groups then try to infiltrate communities was similar to jihadism.

“They are looking for places to build communities and draw them into campaigns. In a sense, it is a tamer mirror image of jihadism, the social psychology is not dissimilar. The practice is obviously different but the aim is similar. Activist racists in this country are involved in what I would call community development projects.” [emphasis added]

Well…

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Why is This Not Betrayal?

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Why is This Not Betrayal?
by Fjordman

It is dismissed as a “crazy conspiracy theory” if one suggests that Western political elites actively support the Islamization of Europe and the Western world. Yet one might argue that this is not a conspiracy theory — or even a theory — merely an observation.

The more Muslims and people who champion Islamic ideas imported into a society, the more Islamic influence there will be in that society. This is basic logic: if you import large numbers of Muslims to a country, you get more Islamization. It’s pretty simple, really.

So let us ask a simple question: Do Western governments allow large numbers of Muslims to settle in Western countries? Yes or no? The answer is obviously yes, as we can easily observe all around us. Western authorities have for decades been in the process of importing large numbers of Muslims to our countries. Since more Muslims means more Islam, this implies that Western authorities actively support the gradual Islamization of our countries.

If you find this to be a provocative observation, then ask yourself the following question: If Western political elites, ruling authorities and mass media really and truly object to the growing Islamic presence in our societies, then exactly what are they doing to curb this growth, apart from some mostly symbolic gestures?

As long as they are not doing anything substantial to halt or even slow down Muslim immigration, they are in fact supporting the continued, gradual Islamization of our countries. There is no other way to put it.

What can be done?

A hard-line option might be to say explicitly that Islamic culture is incompatible with our culture. Therefore, Muslim immigration to all European and Western nations will be immediately and permanently halted. This will probably be seen as too provocative by many people, however.

A more plausible alternative might be to say that while many Muslims might be fine people as individuals, much of the Islamic world is currently in such a state of unrest and turmoil that we need to protect our own societies as much as we can from this. We are therefore sad to announce that we must, for an indefinite time period, suspend any immigration from this part of the world.

An even more moderate solution might be not to say anything about Muslims or Islam at all. Western governments could simply state that our share of the world’s population keeps dropping rapidly. Moreover, we have plenty of problems of our own to deal with. The unemployment rate in several southern European countries is above 20%, with youth unemployment exceeding 40% in some places. It does not make sense in this situation to import millions of more people when we cannot provide work to those who are already here.

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Thought for the Day

A lot of nasty comments get deleted without any further remarks by Dymphna or me. They’re mostly unoriginal and boring, but this one (submitted on last night’s news feed) has a certain je ne sais quoi:

Fjord man. Is a Hook nosed Jewish dirt bucket like you and you need gassing.

Kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

It was submitted by “Anonymous” from the IP address 188.29.164.26.

Optimism or Carelessness?

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Optimism or Carelessness?
by Fjordman

One of the claims presented against Islam-critical writers is that they suffer from paranoia about a secret Islamic conspiracy to Islamize Europe and the Western world. This is of course not true. Nobody ever sad that it was secret, at least not entirely so. The long-term goal of Islamic theology is for Islam to be triumphant across the entire world, including Europe and the Western world. This is simply mainstream Islam, as it has existed for centuries; it is not a recent innovation by a few radicals.

Besides, the truth is that far from exaggerating, even critics of Islam can be taken by surprise at the sheer speed of events, and by how quickly many Western leaders are caving in to Islamic pressures.

In Denmark, the writers Helle Merete Brix, Torben Hansen and Lars Hedegaard in 2003 published the book I krigens hus: Islams kolonisering af Vesten (“In the House of War: Islam’s Colonization of the West”). According to them, we are now experiencing a third great wave of Jihad, yet another attempt to conquer, colonize and Islamize Europe after Arabs and Turks spent centuries trying to do so before. Predictably, these courageous authors were ridiculed for their warnings, most aggressively by individuals from the political Left.

For instance, Michael Jarlner in the left-wing newspaper Politiken in his review from 2003 dismissed the book as “spiteful.” He claimed that the “ravings” of those sounding the alarm against an ongoing Islamization of Europe were “delusions” and “prejudiced paranoia of the worst order.”

The conservative columnist Mikael Jalving some years later admitted that he didn’t take such allegations about Islamization entirely seriously at first, either. However, he later came to realize that these warnings might be on to something real after all. Many of the problems related to political violence, the burning of schools, kindergartens or cars and rising Islamic threats against free speech were problems that only a brave few warned against some years ago. These problems have now become a daily reality in a number of cities.

In fact, even some allegedly delusional pessimists have underestimated how bad things truly are. Lars Hedegaard, one of the co-authors of I krigens hus, was attacked and nearly killed in his own home in 2013. Moreover, in 2003 these authors did not foresee that because of Islam, Denmark would merely a couple of years later be involved in one if its greatest foreign policy crises since the Second World War.

The Mohammed Cartoons Crisis took place after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published some relatively innocent cartoons of Islam’s founder Mohammed on September 30, 2005. I was one of the first people outside of Denmark to write about this case in English. Already in October 2005, I was campaigning in support of the paper and free speech on my old blog.

Did I understand at this point in time that this was a significant story? Yes. Did I foresee that it would become a big international incident that would cause many deaths, planned terror attacks, assassination attempts and the burning of embassies a few months later? No. What this means is that even a notorious so-called Islamophobe like myself actually underestimated the scale of events.

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Sweden and the Cost of Mass Immigration

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Sweden and the Cost of Mass Immigration
by Fjordman

In early 2014 Jan Tullberg, a researcher with a background from the Stockholm School of Economics, published a book about the impact mass immigration is having on Sweden. He estimated the costs of immigration to be around 250 billion Swedish kroner annually, roughly 7% of Sweden’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2013.

This is substantially higher than earlier estimates presented by professor Bo Södersten in 2003 of 40-50 billion kroner annually, and professor Jan Ekberg in 2009 of 45-60 billion kroner annually. The number of immigrants and their descendants keeps rising fast every year. However, Tullberg added certain indirect costs that were largely excluded from previous studies, such as increased crime and special education needs for immigrants.


[Header] Residence permits granted during the year — The number of reported rapes in the years 1980-2008 (Source Migration Board, BRÅ)

[Footer] (grey) Granted residence during the year — (red) Number of reported rapes during the year

I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this number suggested by Jan Tullberg. However, if you divide 250 billion kroner by 9.7 million people, it amounts to nearly 26 thousand kroner per inhabitant per year. That’s nearly an average monthly wage in Sweden, before tax.

Yet this sum includes every single person living in Sweden, from babies to recent immigrants. The sum becomes even higher if you divide it by the number productive native citizens. If this is correct, it means that every native Swede starts his year by dedicating all of January to pay for a mass immigration that could render him a minority in his own country in a few decades. Only in February does he start earning money for himself. And these costs keep going up.

Predictably, Jan Tullberg’s book and its explosive content were met largely with silence from the established media, even though 2014 is a year of national elections in Sweden. This was also the case in 2013 when the ethnologist Karl-Olov Arnsberg and the journalist Gunnar Sandelin published their book Invandring och mörkläggning (“Immigration and Cover-up”), where they described sensitive facts about immigration. As the writer Elin Ørjasæter noted in Norway, the book by Arnsberg and Sandelin has sold thousands of copies, despite having met a near-total blackout from the heavily censored Swedish mainstream media.

The May 2013 riots in certain immigrant-dominated suburbs of Stockholm and other Swedish cities raised eyebrows abroad. While I found them disturbing, I cannot say that I was totally surprised by them. I had consistently warned about such a likely outcome under this pen name for nearly a decade.

A year later, there are still fears that similar riots could return at any moment. The underlying problems have not been resolved, and immigration continues at full speed. Other Swedish cities such as Gothenburg (Göteborg) and Malmö have been plagued by public gang shootings and the rise of foreign mafias on a scale that would have been unthinkable in Scandinavia just a few short years ago.

Some of this growing instability is threatening to spill across the border. Sweden’s diversity problems are gradually becoming a security threat to neighboring countries. There have been several documented cases where people from an immigrant background have traveled from Sweden to Norway to carry out crime there.

In 2012, a court found four Muslim men guilty of terrorism for planning an assault on the offices of the newspaper Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen, Denmark. They were the Swedish citizens Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm and Sahbi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, plus one Tunisian national. These men were arrested in December 2010. Jyllands-Posten has been the intended target of several Islamic-inspired terror attacks since it published some rather innocent cartoons of Islam’s founder Mohammed in September 2005.

This particular plot to “kill as many people as possible” was uncovered and prevented through competent work by the security intelligence agency PET in Denmark together with its Swedish counterpart Säpo. However, there will probably be more such Islamic terror attempts in the future, and it is questionable whether the security services will be able to prevent all of them.

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Churchill, Hitler and Islam

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The English patriot Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB, was arrested by the police on April 26 2014 in his native Britain… for the crime of quoting Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister during the Second World War. Yes, it has come to that.

The passage quoted by Weston was published in 1899. It focuses on Churchill’s negative observations about Islam while serving during the Anglo-Egyptian reconquest of the Sudan. The young man commented on the repressive and warlike nature of Islam and concluded that “ No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

As the commentator Daniel Hannan noted: You may or may not agree with these comments, which Mr. Weston cited. That does not change the fact that this was a political arrest. A British political candidate running for elections was arrested in mid-speech simply for publicly addressing potential voters by quoting a former Prime Minister.

For this, Paul Weston was arrested and put in a cell for some hours. He was suspected of having committed a “racially aggravated crime under Section 4 of the Public Order Act.” I’m not quite sure what that is, but it sounds very much like something George Orwell might have invented in one of his novels.

Reality has moved beyond parody. Britain, once a champion of political liberty, is no longer a free country. It is now a Monty Python sketch — except it’s not funny — or a banana republic without the bananas.

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Fjordman: Sweden’s Totalitarian Face

Fjordman’s latest essay has been published at FrontPage Mag. Some excerpts are below:

On April 4 2014, in Malmö District Court in Sweden, the provocative artist Dan Park was sentenced to three months in jail for hate speech (“hets mot folkgrupp”) for his works of art. The prosecutor even wanted the artist examined for mental illness, similar to the way Communist dictatorships have treated dissidents. The court did not support this suggestion, however. Park and his defense lawyer have indicated that they will appeal the verdict.

Ingrid Carlqvist, the editor of the newspaper Dispatch International, commented that the verdict essentially amounts to a ban on satire in Sweden, at least if the satire involves ideologically protected immigrant groups.

At the same time, and with a heavy heart, Carlqvist announced her own decision to leave her native Sweden. The repressive and totalitarian atmosphere in the country has simply become intolerable, especially if you happen to be a critic of Islamization, Multiculturalism or mass immigration. You then run a real risk of physical attacks. The level of political violence as well as street crime is only rivaled by the level of ideological censorship and repression. In combination, this has created a society plagued by levels of tension that are growing increasingly dangerous.

Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city. It is set to become the first Scandinavian town with a Muslim majority population. In recent years, it has achieved a certain notoriety for its crime problems.

The wave of robberies the city has witnessed is part of a “ war against Swedes.” This was the explanation given by young robbers with immigrant background for why they are robbing native Swedes. The sociologist Petra Åkesson interviewed boys between 15 and 17 years old, both individually and in groups. “When we are in the city and robbing, we are waging a war, waging a war against the Swedes.” This argument was repeated several times. “Power for me means that Swedes shall look at me, lie down on the ground and kiss my feet.” The boys explained, laughingly, that “We rob every single day, as much as we want to, whenever we want to.”

Yet suggesting that the ongoing rise in violent crime might have something to do with mass immigration of alien and aggressive cultures is quite literally banned by law. In March 2007 during a rally supported by SSU (the Social Democratic Youth League) a man carried a sign reading, “While Swedish girls are being gang raped by immigrant gangs the SSU is fighting racism.” He was promptly arrested and later sentenced to a fine. His crime? He had “expressed disrespect for a group of people with reference to their national or ethnic background.” The local court rejected the man’s free speech argument because even free speech has its limits, and he had clearly acted in too provocative a manner.

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Rapes in Sweden, Redux

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Rapes in Sweden, Redux
by Fjordman

In early 2014, journalist Simen Sætre in the weekly Morgenbladet in Norway published an essay about rapes in Sweden. Curiously, he seemed to be more concerned about the fact that “xenophobic” and “Islam-hating” people like me write about this subject than he was about the actual problem. Sætre has previously claimed, with absolutely zero facts to back up his case, that my essays were never meant seriously. Ironically, the same man who makes claims without any basis in facts has suggested that my texts and views are not fact-based.

Let us look into this matter more closely.

In 2013, 5900 rapes were officially reported to the police in Sweden, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet — Brå). This figure was slightly lower than in 2012, but the reported number has been close to or above 6000 for several years. We’ll stick to a medium number of 6000 reported annual rapes for the last couple of years.

We know with certainty that there are numerous victims who don’t report rape to the police. Many criminologists assume that the official numbers only reveal a minority of such cases. This assumption is backed up by a number of studies.

[Header] Residence permits granted during the year — The number of reported rapes in the years 1980-2008 (Source Migration Board, BRÅ)

[Footer] (grey) Granted residence during the year — (red) Number of reported rapes during the year

The crucial question is: How much higher is the real number of rapes? Twice as large as the official numbers? Four times as big? Ten times?

In late 2013, I published an essay about this very subject in which I suggested two different estimates for how many rapes there truly are in Sweden. The lowest estimate was that one in four rapes committed are actually reported to the police and listed in official statistics. On average for the last couple of years, more than 6000 rapes have been reported in the country annually. If this merely represents one in four rapes actually committed, the real number is 24,000 rapes annually.

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Fjordman: NATO’s Next Secretary General: Jens Stoltenberg?

Fjordman’s latest essay has been published at FrontPage Mag. Some excerpts are below:

The Norwegian press has been buzzing with rumors lately that Jens Stoltenberg — who until the autumn of 2013 was the Prime Minister of Norway — is a serious candidate for becoming the new Secretary General of the Western defense alliance NATO. The former Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen is stepping down from this position later in 2014.

Apparently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed Stoltenberg for the job. Merkel made her proposal directly to US President Barack Obama, who agreed that he was a good choice for the role. Stoltenberg allegedly spent months discussing the role with the US Secretary of State John Kerry and his security advisor Susan E. Rice while he was in New York, ostensibly in his role as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change.

This is not a done deal yet, however. One of Mr. Stoltenberg’s presumed rivals for the job as head of NATO is José Barroso, Portugal’s former Prime Minister and also a former Communist. In 2014 Barroso will be stepping down as President of the European Commission, the unelected and unaccountable government for half a billion people in the EU. Barroso has held this job for ten years. Other possible NATO candidates who have been mentioned are Franco Frattini, Italy’s former Foreign Minister, and Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s current Foreign Minister.

The decision on who will become the next formal head of NATO has thus not been made yet. However, Jens Stoltenberg himself is taking this possibility so seriously that there are already rumors that he might soon be leaving his current position as the leader of the Norwegian Labour Party.

My opinion as a Norwegian is that Mr. Stoltenberg is personally unsuited for the task of being the Secretary General of NATO. Assigning him the job will further weaken the organization. Yes, this is mainly a symbolic position with limited power. However, the world is full of symbols because we realize that symbols can be important in real life. Elevating Jens Stoltenberg to such a position would send out the wrong signals.

For instance, it is a documented fact that Jens Stoltenberg was one of quite a few left-wing politicians in Western Europe who had a file with the KGB because they considered him to be a friendly contact. There are no indications that he did anything that was outright illegal with these friendly talks, but they were certainly unwise and reflect poorly on his character. The KGB was the secret police of the totalitarian entity known as the Soviet Union. Back then it was NATO’s primary enemy and a very real military threat. It would look strange if a man who was classified as a friendly contact by NATO’s primary enemy a generation ago were to become head of NATO today.

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Clever Cannibals?

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Clever Cannibals?
by Fjordman

Michael Rockefeller was born in 1938 and disappeared in November 1961 during an expedition in what was then still Dutch-ruled New Guinea. He came from the very rich and powerful Rockefeller family. His great-grandfather — John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil fame — was not just the richest man in the USA. He is often ranked as one of the wealthiest human beings who has ever lived.

Officially, Michael Rockefeller was presumed to have either drowned or been eaten by a crocodile. However, in 2014 the veteran journalist Carl Hoffman published a book entitled Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art. He there presents a very different tale: that Michael Rockefeller was murdered and ritually eaten by a violent tribe of local cannibals.

There were rumors that this had been the case already in the 1960s. Hoffman had these stories confirmed by the locals while staying with the same tribe in New Guinea multiple times. The killing was partly in revenge for a standoff where Dutch colonial officials had killed several tribe members three years earlier. The tribe therefore wanted to kill a white man, any white man, in retaliation for the deaths.

In doing so, they followed an extremely ancient cultural pattern of revenge killings and ritual cannibalism. Tribe members in 1961 plunged a 10-foot spear into Michael Rockefeller’s chest while he was still swimming. Afterwards, they cooked his limbs over an open fire and ate them. He was probably dismembered in what Hoffman calls an act of “sacred violence.” Eating the brain was the high point and delicacy for the New Guinea cannibals.

Carl Hoffman describes how a hole was made in the skull and that only the senior men ate it: “They shook the brains out onto the leaf of a palm, scraped inside the skull with a knife to get every last bite, then mixed the mass with sago, wrapped the leaf up, and roasted it on the fire. This food was special.” When it was all over, they wrapped what remained of the skull in banana leaves, packed it in one of the canoes and paddled home.

Professor Jared Diamond in 1997 published the work Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. It became an international bestseller, was translated into many languages and earned him a Pulitzer Prize. He writes specifically in order to dispel alleged historical Eurocentrism.

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Betrayal of Islam? Or Betrayal to Islam?

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On 22 May 2013, two militant African Muslims armed with knives and Koranic quotations beheaded a British soldier in broad daylight in the streets of Woolwich, London. The murderers praised Allah and stated that the British would never be safe in their own streets anymore. The unarmed man beheaded by the two Islamic fanatics was Lee Rigby — a 25-year-old serviceman described as a “loving father” to his two-year-old son Jack.[1] Witnesses said the suspects hacked and chopped at his body and shouted the Islamic phrase “Allahu akhbar!”

British Prime Minister David Cameron stated in 2013 that this murder was a “betrayal of Islam.”[2] Cameron further claimed that “There is nothing in Islam that justifies acts of terror.”[3] Similar sentiments were echoed by London Mayor Boris Johnson as well as other Western political leaders and media outlets.

On 26 February 2014, Rigby’s attackers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were sentenced to life imprisonment for this brutal public murder. Adebolajo responded by shouting “Allahu akhbar” (God is greater). Justice Sweeney, coincidentally echoing the exact words used by the country’s Prime Minister, stated that their crime was a “betrayal of Islam.”[4] That sounds nice, but it’s unfortunately not true. This mantra is based on wishful thinking, not facts.

As noted by the scholar Lawrence A. Franklin, the medieval Muslim warrior Saladin has long been romanticized. Yet the historical Saladin choreographed the mass execution of prisoners of war. He even personally ordered clerics in his Jihadist army to behead at least one Christian knight. Only a few prisoners saved themselves by “converting” to Islam.[5]

For centuries Muslim writers have commented on the psychological impact of beheadings upon their enemy’s fear factor and will to resist. This is indicated by Koran 8:12: “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks and smite them over all their fingers and toes.”[6]

Professor Timothy R. Furnish explains that during nearly 1,400 years of Islamic history, beheading has been a recurring theme.[7] A variation upon this theme would be slitting the throats of infidels, as happened to the Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh in Amsterdam in 2004. The practice of beheading non-Muslims extends all the way back to Islam’s founder. Ibn Ishaq, the earliest biographer of Mohammad, is recorded as saying that the Prophet ordered the execution by decapitation of 700 men of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe in Medina.

Centuries later, the Turks of the Ottoman Empire were quite enthusiastic about decapitating Christian Europeans and others. Decapitation has also been used against those deemed to commit blasphemy or seen as apostates from Islam. Over the past decades, modern Saudi Arabia has decapitated hundreds of people for alleged crimes ranging from drug running to witchcraft and apostasy.

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Icebergophobia on the Titanic

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Icebergophobia on the Titanic
by Fjordman

In the spring of 2013, the journalist Simen Sætre published a highly uneven Norwegian-language biography of me, one that I did not ask to be written.

In late 2013, Mr. Sætre published a new afterword to the pocket edition of his book. In it he stated that my texts “were never meant seriously.” He further proceeded to explain my thought processes by comparing me to the person portrayed in the text The Portrait of the Antisemite, written in 1945 by Jean-Paul Sartre. He insinuates a psychological explanation and indicates that am mainly writing in order to struggle with my inner demons. Sætre explicitly asserts that my texts are not fact-based or rooted in reality.

I’ll respond with some facts, starting with a few simple but significant numbers.

By mid-2013, Bangladesh was estimated to have nearly 164 million inhabitants. Assuming a population growth rate of 1.59%, this equals an addition of about 2.6 million people every year. Another overwhelmingly Muslim country, Pakistan, was estimated to harbor 193 million people. With a population growth rate of 1,52%, that makes for 2.9 million more Pakistanis annually. Combining the two countries, Bangladesh and Pakistan grow by approximately 5.5 million people every year. That’s the annual population growth of just two Muslim countries.

Norway in early 2014 had a population of just over 5 million people. This already includes a significant number of recent immigrants. When I was a boy, there were roughly 4 million inhabitants of Norway. Some of the newcomers are Swedes or Poles, but many of the recent immigrants come from the Islamic world, Africa and other parts of the global South.

This essentially means that the population growth of just two Muslim countries is in principle enough to overwhelm a small Scandinavian country such as Norway in just a single year. Those are simple facts.

If current policies and trends continue, the natives will be turned into a minority in their own country in Norway, Sweden and several other Western European states within this century. Whether this happens in 2040 or 2060, it is simply a matter of time.

Combining all of the Scandinavian and Nordic countries — Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland —by mid-2013 these had a total population of less than 26 million people. Again, this already includes quite a few recent immigrants who didn’t live in these countries 40 years earlier.

Egypt is the most populous country in the Arabic-speaking world. In 1882, it had 6.7 million inhabitants. This is just a little bit more than the population today of countries such as Norway, Denmark or Finland, and less than that of Sweden. In 1947, the year my father was born, the population of Egypt was 19 million people. In 1986 it was 48 million; in 1996, 59 million. The country harbored 85 million people in 2013, and probably 86 million or more in 2014.

Egypt’s population grew by over 26 million people from the middle of the 1990s until 2014. This means that the population growth in a single Arab country in just one generation is greater than the total population of all of the Nordic countries put together. Forecasters predict that Egypt could have as many as 137 million people in 2050, up from less than 7 million in 1882.

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