Oh Cassandra, what did you know?
You who bring bad news wherever you go.
— From “Helen And Cassandra” by Al Stewart
Since last July we’ve received a lot of email queries from reporters, TV people, writers, and other people who want to get in touch with Fjordman. The media professionals are obviously looking to interview him or write an article about him. The vast majority of non-professionals want to thank him and show their support, while the rest — fortunately a very small number — want to castigate him and revile him for his “racism” and “fascism”.
A self-identified “left-wing” writer from here in the USA wrote to us a few weeks ago with a request to contact Fjordman. Since then she and I have exchanged a series of emails on the situation in Europe. We discussed the blatant attempts to suppress free speech that have come to the fore since the Breivik massacre.
My correspondent is a liberal, but of the old school — she takes the idea of free speech seriously, and reveres the Bill of Rights. She asked me some thoughtful questions, which I did my best to answer. We both expressed our opinions, and the result was a rewarding series of emails.
The post below is condensed and adapted from several of my responses to her. I owe her a debt of gratitude for stirring up my thought processes and causing me to put these ideas into words.
The following quote is from a just-released book (only an e-book so far) entitled On Utøya: Anders Breivik, right terror, racism and Europe:
To refuse the far Right or fascists a platform for their propaganda thus requires a radically different agency, one that seeks to unite ordinary people in robbing the reactionaries of the space to organise. It is a policy that must be enacted by people themselves, as real democracy depends on ordinary people putting their minds and bodies on the line. At times that will expose the Left to claims from mainstream opinion makers that it is being ‘extreme’ or that the Left are just as bad as the fascists. At times the police, as they have done so many times in the past, will intervene to defend Right-wing thugs’ democratic ‘rights’, in stark contrast to their treatment of Left-wing protests.
This is what Fjordman, Jussi Halla-aho, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, and all the rest of the European Counterjihad movement have to contend with. A conservative’s “right” to free speech is understood to appear in scare quotes. It is something that is not really legitimate. Opponents of sharia are seen as using it to gain unfair advantage.
Leftists who believe that the ends justify the means think that silencing people like us through misuse of the law would be a worthy tactic. This isn’t a danger far in the future. This is the reality we face now, especially in Europe.
Fjordman is the “Dark Prophet of Norway”. He can see the grim future that lies ahead, and would like nothing better than to be heard, so that this future might be averted. Five or six years ago, changing course to avoid the coming train wreck might have been at least theoretically feasible. Today there is virtually no chance of escaping it.
So, like Cassandra, Fjordman says, “This is what lies ahead, Western Civilization! Woe unto you!”
The curse that was laid on Cassandra by the gods was that she would be able to see the future, but that her prophetic warnings would never be heeded by her countrymen. Fjordman has been cursed in a similar fashion.
Our critics focus on the term “Eurabia”, which they consider a “conspiracy theory”. But this is a side-issue. There are plenty of people on our side, people whose main goal is to reverse Islamization, who do not place the any particular emphasis on the concept of Eurabia. To focus on any “grand plan” is to miss the point. One may disregard Bat Ye’or entirely, yet look at the current picture in Europe and see exactly what is happening.
This is quite clear. Go through Lexis-Nexis and check what was happening in Britain fifteen or twenty years ago, and compare it with today’s situation. I lived in England during my formative years in the 1960s, so I remember what it used to be. That’s one of the major reasons why this issue is important to me, and why I do what I do.
2. The importation of immigrants and the destruction of European nation-states is deliberate.
Islamization was an unintended consequence of the importation of millions of Third World immigrants. But the process of mass immigartion was a deliberate strategy. Its intentionality is on the public record (especially in the UK) for those who care to look. It was (is) implemented in order to break down the traditional nation-states of Europe. The Socialists and Social Democrats were the main architects, but the so-called “Right” parties largely went along with the policy.
The original motivations for this undertaking were mixed. Many of the postwar architects of the EU thought they were building something that would prevent another catastrophic war in Europe. They thought that nationalism was the biggest threat to peace, so any form of nationalism had to be stamped out at all costs. They understood that popular sentiment would not support such a plan, so it had to be phased in quietly, gradually, and mostly for economic reasons, with the political changes occurring very slowly, over decades.
But the new Europe was also an enormous opportunity for certain favored parties to make lots and lots of money. Corruption was inevitable, since the superstructure of Europe was non-democratic and thus unaccountable. The opportunity for corrupt behavior was made even more irresistible by the deliberate opacity of official doings in Brussels.
Now, more than fifty years later, corruption is virtually all that is left. The European state is a rusted hulk covered with rapacious barnacles. Most activity at the EU level is intended to feather nests, enrich cronies, and entrench the oligarchs even further so that their positions can’t be threatened.
And enormous, apocalyptic conflict lies ahead. The architects of the system wanted to prevent a cataclysmic war, but instead they guaranteed there would be one — just not the type they expected.
This is what Fjordman has warned about, and what he, as the modern European Cassandra — shall we call him “Cassander”? — is powerless to prevent.
3. The Left in Europe is the problem, not Islam.
If the Socialists had not imposed massive immigration on Europe, and had not pushed to destroy traditional institutions and customs (through Multiculturalism and political correctness), Islam would never have been a problem.
The result of all their efforts, after the coming euro-inflation burns out the wealth of most of Europe, will almost certainly be catastrophic violence, the “clash of civilizations”. This is quite obvious — only the thin skein of temporary welfare-state prosperity is holding it back.
The three points above are true, regardless of “Eurabia”. I’ve been educating myself about Europe for the past six years, steeping myself in recent history and political details. It’s all there, in the public record. All one has to do is connect a few dots to see what is happening.
Study the historical record and current conditions, and you’ll see that it’s true: allowing Islam to remain in Europe is all but certain to bring on unimaginable violence and destruction. This is not what Fjordman wants, it’s not what I want, and it’s not what anyone I know wants.
But regardless of what anyone wants, it is likely to happen. The window for avoiding it is rapidly closing.
Oh Cassandra, what did you see
As you walked the lonely road of your certainty?
Gazing at the ruined city
That your warnings could not save.
Oh Cassandra, so still and so grave.