Monday, 5 September 2011

Selective extremism

On September 11, 1976, a terrorist attack occurred in New York City. After the perpetrators hijacked a plane, they revealed the location of a bomb in the Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The disarmament of the bomb was not undertaken adequately; thirty people were killed. In the aftermath of the 9/11 atrocities exactly 25 years later, those responsible for the Grand Central Terminal attacks were immediately considered as the possible perpetrators: Croatian nationalists, with ideology likely inclined to far-right Christian fundamentalism, white supremacist racism and neo-fascism. These Balkan movements that preceded and glorify sectarian ethic cleansing are among the malevolent forefathers of the crimes of Anders Behring Brevik, included in the manifesto justifying his massacre of young Norwegian socialists. Brevik has indicated his association with these groups as well as many others: Christian "Patriot", Tea Party and conspiracy theorist militia movements in the United States, viciously brutal skinheads in Russia, or English Defense League thugs in my own country, some of them pictured in a manner easily comparable to al-Qaeda militants:



In another context, I have never seen any televised news coverage of the terrorism committed by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, which pledges itself to establish Biblical theocracy through unspeakable brutality against native Muslim and animist civilian populations. The lessons are clear: the threat of Christofascism is just as pernicious, and minority, as the Islamofascism that committed the monstrosities of September 11, 2001.

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