Breivik’s Neo-Nazi Manifesto, Latter-Day Mein Kampf ~ by Richard Silverstein

July 24, 2011 | Tikun Olam-תיקון עולם: Make the World a Better Place

Hitler had his Jewish problem. Anders Breivik, his Muslim problem. The more I read of Breivik’s manifesto, A European Declaration of Independence, the more it appears to me a latter-day version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Remember that when the dictator-to-be wrote his magnum opus he had not yet devised the formula for the Final Solution. He knew what the problem was (Jews) and had some ideas about how to deal with it, but he hadn’t come up with the policy of genocide which was meant to be the Final Solution. So Breivik sees clearly that the problem for Europe is Muslims (rather than Jews). They are the common “foreign” body infecting the pure western European gene pool. But Breivik hasn’t yet developed a genocidal policy to accompany this realization. He only states that Muslims must be removed from Europe (and the western world, including Israel) not that they must be exterminated.

But given that Breivik forecast that his right wing revolution would not succeed till 2083, we can only wonder at what sort of Final Solution there would be for the Muslim problem in Europe by then.

While Breivik’s views in one major particular diverge from those of Hitler, in many other ways they mirror each other precisely. As for the difference, Breivik only sees SOME Jews as the problem. Those are the Marxist Jews in the Diaspora and Israel, the ones embracing multiculturalism. They are the enemy. But the Norwegian neo-Nazi views Zionist Israel as represented by anti-jihadis like Avigdor Lieberman as what he calls “cultural cousins.” Israel is the far-right’s friend in this view because this is a nation that hates Islam and will expel the Muslims living within it.

Hitler too railed against Jewish Bolsheviks and saw them as the heart of all evil. Perhaps had Hitler lived to see the creation of the State of Israel he too might’ve modified his views about Jews. At any rate, Muslims play the same role Jews did for Hitler in the Breivik universe. They are the irredeemably evil.

But interestingly, while Hitler chose to attack Jews unmercifully almost from the beginning of his campaign, Breivik chose not to attack Muslims physically at all. Instead, he chose to attack the heart of the Marxist multicultural beast, Norway’s ruling party and institutions of state. To his mind, the rightist revolution would resonate most with an attack on the soft underbelly of the state rather than on the nation’s Muslims.

Breivik made common cause with other European far-rightist groups like the English Defense League (whose name may be a deliberate echo of the Jewish Defense League), Geert Wilders and others. One factor that they all share is pro-Israelism. For them, the enemy of my Muslim enemy is my friend. That’s precisely why Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes and other Jewish anti- jihadis find the European far-right so attractive. And it’s a reason why all of them are so dangerous. Not in the way that Breivik is physically dangerous. But intellectually and politically dangerous.

The Norwegian mass-murderer may’ve killed had Geller et al not existed. But his certitude in his cause and the intellectual underpinning of it come from them. Without them he may’ve just been a malcontent searching for a cause. With them, he had a cause to live and die for.

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