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The New Quislings: How the International Left Used the Oslo Massacre to Silence Debate About Islam [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Bawer
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Millions of people around the world were shocked and horrified when a madman named Anders Behring Breivik set off a bomb in downtown Oslo and then attacked a political summer camp on the island of Utoya, gunning down defenseless teenagers while calling out “Gotcha!” as though he were playing a video game. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, before the killer’s identity was known, some people leaped to the conclusion that this was yet another act of Islamic terrorism. When it turned out that the killer was a native Norwegian—the author of a rambling manifesto in which he described himself as a modern Knight Templar defending the values of Christian civilization—the left wing cultural elite in Europe and the US jumped to delegitimize critics of Islam by falsely and cynically linking them to Breivik.

One of those critics was American writer Bruce Bawer, author of numerous books about the threat of Islamic radicalism and one of those whose works were cited in Breivik’s manifesto. Bawer has lived in Oslo for many years and has written extensively on the challenges of immigration and the negative effects of radical Islam on liberal societies. He is also a vocal critic of the left wing cultural elite that seeks to minimize this threat and promotes instead a vision of a harmonious multicultural society based on tolerance and mutual respect. Unfortunately, such “tolerance” does not extend to critics of Islam or multiculturalism, who are routinely labeled nativists and fascists by members of the left wing elite.

The left typically denies or downplays the religious motives of Islamic terrorists while insisting that “right wing rhetoric” creates a “climate of hate” which necessarily leads to violence. Thus the multicultural left in Europe and the US strove to paint Breivik as a pro-Israel Christian terrorist whose insane actions were encouraged if not outright motivated by conservative authors who warn against the impending Islamization of Europe. Those who had criticized Islam, however legitimately concerned they might be with the denial of basic human rights and individual liberties within Muslim communities, were deemed officially anathema. They were Islamophobes—racists, bigots, extremists. They were the danger. They were the threat. They had fertilized the soil in which the mass murderer had grown. This campaign of vilification was waged not just in the European press but on American blogs and in the pages of the New York Times.

In The New Quislings, Bruce Bawer explores the world-wide response to Breivik’s rampage, from the Norwegian cultural elite to Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan and the New York Times’ Roger Cohen. He provides a fascinating portrait of the left-wing cultural elite in Norway—revealed to be the birthplace of political correctness—and shows how they have become apologists for radical Islam. Bawer further argues that they are the heirs of Vidkun Quisling, the Norwegian fascist who administered Norway under the heel of the Nazi regime. And he explains how those who oppose open debate and seek to control the conversation about Islam pose the greatest threat to liberal society.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside e-books (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00655U34W
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something of a revelation 3 July 2012
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Prior to reading Bawer's book I must admit that I'd tended to accept at face value that image of Norway as a rather tolerant, cosy & virtuous country which its political/cultural elite is so keen to project. After reading it, I can no longer do so. I had failed to appreciate the extent to which the 'multi-culturalist' agenda has been institutionalised there, to the detriment of honest debate, and I certainly hadn't been aware of the co-ordinated campaign to vilify critics of Islamic cultural practices.
The danger of indulging identity politics, of being overly sensitive to the feelings of a particular group, is all too graphically displayed at present right across Europe. After all, if one bunch of people can obtain special consideration by belligerently demanding 'respect', then others can do so too. This is a recipe for endless conflict, exacerbated by the continent's seemingly irreversible economic decline.
I do feel that Bawer & some others over-emphasise the danger that emanates specifically from Islam. I see the current vogue for politicised religion as only one component in a larger crisis, which has both cultural & economic roots. Put crudely, many of us in the West are more interested in consumption than production, hence the over-reliance on credit (both personal & public), and the social ties which used to bind us have steadily weakened with the marketisation of culture. A society which lacks a sense of shared core values is vulnerable to attack by those with their own strong ideological agenda (e.g. Al-Qaeda, Anders Breivic) and finds it hard to coalesce in its own defence. There are no easy answers to this situation, but trying to suppress debate is no solution, and championing Enlightenment values, as Bawer does, is surely crucial to any prospect of progress.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blame it on David Beckham! 31 May 2012
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Having read Bruce Bawer's 'While Europe Slept' and 'Surrender' all anti-totalitarians and liberal democrats ought to feel in his debt for the warnings he has sounded.

Accordingly, his Quislings indictment of those too ready to allege Islamophobia, racism or breaches of the multicultural dogma against him, Melanie Philips and others is amply justified and timely.

Bawer and others have been tainted simply because Breivik's 2083 manifesto mentions their books. But to suggest inter alia that Bawer was in any way causally linked to the murderous carnage committed by Breivik makes as much sense as blaming the cod for the British/Icelandic Cod War.

As the Norwegian police have confirmed: Breivik acted alone. Of course Breivik, a fantasising narcissist, sought to self-justify by attempting to provide an intellectual/philosophical/political imprimatur for his planned murderous spree. To that end he cited books written by numerous individuals, including Bruce Bawer, who have warned against the encroachments in several European countries of extreme Islamists for whom intolerance and fanaticism, together with their rejection of the precepts and principles of liberal democracy, is part of their global ambitions and supremacist ideology.

There are few people as well placed as Bruce Bawer, given his several years of residence in Norway, to analyse the behaviour its ruling political elite and the cynical and opportunistic way that it seized upon a national tragedy to dish political opponents. However, criticism of Bruce Bawer was not just confined to Norway; several US writers and columnists joined the bandwagon.

This is Bruce Bawer's response to his detractors. It is well researched, reasoned, persuasive and deserves to be read widely.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The lights are going out in Norway, and Danmark and Sweden as well. Darker times are creeping upon us dressed up in tolerance. That's why I read Bruce Bawer. In the aftermath of the Breivik's massacre it is sterner times defending liberalism from savage attacks by the new Quislings of the Norweigian left. PC Norway has restored control over public debate, not understanding that that is precisely what caused the problem in the first place.
Breavehearts like Bruce Bawer, however, fight on undaunted, although knowing well that Big Lie has won the battle. Bawer knows, too, I presume, that there's a battle that truth will always win: The last one. Bawer girds up his loins: "I will be brutal in my bluntness". That's why Bawer is so refreshing. That's what I like to read these sterner times, the will to fight back. Bawer takes us skillfully through the smokescreens to close quarters of the enemy, convincingly showing us the vicious faces ready to kill any un-approved opinion and independent character. A daring cruise into deep threatening fjords of Norway. The very word Quisling resounds with horror and shame in my country, Danmark, not to mention my sister country.
Surely, not the writers but the people who refused to debate and discuss the contents of immigration- and Islamcritical books are to blame, if any, for Breivik. The new Quislings chose to stigmatize the authors instead of addressing the evidence.
I can recommend this book to all paralysed commentators. Besides, and not to be offensive, to the King and government of Norway and party leaders and the church.
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