Nobody thinks about Norway much. Both London and New York harbor more people each than all of Norway.
We think of Norway, when we think of it at all, which ain’t much, as being another of those peripheral places, kinda like Canada, where nice people live and mind their own business, relying on more robust nations for protection.
Imagine my shock on learning that creepy little Norway is a hotbed of political correctness, speech police and oppression of opinion.
Who told me this? Bruce Bawer via his engaging book The New Quislings. Vidkun Quisling, you may recall, led the Nazi puppet government of Norway during World War II, and his name has become a synonym for traitor.
The focus of Bawer’s book is the 2011 rampage of a lunatic named Anders Behring Breivik who bombed government buildings in Oslo, killing eight, but that was just a diversion. He then went to a political indoctrination camp* full of adolescents on a Norwegian island where he shot 69 people dead.
If only someone else had been armed.
Like many maniacs, Breivik wrote a manifesto. Breivik’s version reveals his numerous motives. He is angry at political correctness, feminism, and lax immigration laws that welcome Mohammedans, who often go directly on welfare.
He is angry at lots of things, mostly the left-wing mindset.
The manifesto makes it quite clear that Breivik’s motivation was extreme nationalism. He was channeling his inner Viking.
The manifesto reveals, among many things, that, though Breivik was not even a church-goer, he admires the Christian tradition that has bolstered his culture for centuries. He correctly views the Mohammedan mind as oppressive.
This false notion caught on rapidly and spread.
Breivik has been convicted and sent to prison. Given Norway’s soft-headed laws, it is conceivable, though unlikely, that he could be released one day.
The biggest blowback of Breivik’s rampage, and certainly not what he intended, is that it’s now even more verboten in Norway to criticize the increasing Mohammedan presence or to speak badly of Mohammedans in any fashion.
Norway’s politically correct culture has made them a protected species. “Sensitivity” now reigns more than ever.
Meanwhile, Mohammedans hunker down in their neighborhoods, uninterested in assimilation and loathing the culture of the Norwegians who love them.
This phenomenon is growing in other parts of Europe. The Scandinavians seem especially susceptible to this nuttiness.
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* The youth indoctrination camps of Norway’s ruling Labor Party are not so unlike those run by Soviets and Nazis in their heydays.
(Note: Bruce Bawer moved from New York to Norway in the late 1990s. He has written a number of books on similar topics. A good one is While Europe Slept. Being gay, Bawer is understandably concerned about the widespread Mohammedan feeling that homosexuals should be executed.)