Fundamentalism is an idea so extreme that its adherents will do anything to see it succeed. Anything. Fundamentalism is an idea that cancels out any competing concerns, any other values or commitments. To a fundamentalist, the end justifies the means, no matter what.
In the wake of an "incident" that might have transformed any society, a madman's cold-blooded political slaughter of innocents, Norwegians, individually and en masse, chose not to panic or let their world be altered.
The Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism examines the complexities of multiculturalism both as a policy and as a cultural practice. This wide-ranging book will appeal to many different audiences with its field studies, interviews, and cultural reflections.
My beef with all these so called champions of free speech who feel so strongly about broadcasting their hateful views, yet run for cover when threatened: Why do these people leave innocent Americans to pay the price of their irresponsible acts? Why don't they man up?
Strangely enough, what I find most shocking in this Richard Millet affair is the reaction of an entire part of the French literary milieu. There appeared this strange, new technique which consists of, above all, not taking sides.
Is Breivik a madman? I'll leave that to psychiatrists. As a historian, I do recognize in him a peculiarly Western Christian transgression, one as old as Philip the Fair: projecting vile, sick and paranoid dreams onto the Knights Templar.
If Anders Behring Breivik is found to be mentally competent, the toughest sentence Norwegian law can mete out is 21 years, though he may still remain incarcerated if he is deemed to be a danger to society. Breivik may be walking the streets by the time he's 55.
Deranged he may be, but his beliefs and bloody actions are very much a natural product of the mounting fear and hatred of Muslims throughout much of Europe these past few years, as well as the United States.
On July 22nd we lost some of our country's most precious assets: our youth. But we kept our dignity as a nation. Now we will find our way back to normality. But there will be new tests that are just as demanding as the ones we have passed.
In the wake of the Oslo explosions and the massacre on Utoyo island, we have learned so much, too much, about the protagonist of the whole tragedy. But what of those who were at the scene unharmed themselves but who helped those who were?
Many say that it is thoughtless, even reckless to blame an entire political movement for the actions of men like Breivik or Dr. Tiller's killer. I am inclined to agree. But it is just as reckless to dismiss these men as simply crazed.