Right wing ideals tend to become dangerous, especially when one thinks about the racism, religious intolerance and other opinions shared by the far right. What’s most heartbreaking about American right-wing politics, though, is the fact that the idealism directly inspired the crazed gunman in the recent massacre in Oslo, Norway. It’s been hinted to and waved off by many in America, including conservative pundits on Fox News, but the fact of the matter is, the influence is in plain writing by the man who committed these horrible acts of violence.
Anders Behring Breivik admitted to the attacks and claims to have worked alone in the orchestration and execution of a truly senseless act. It’s already been reported that the man had just published a 1,500-page manifesto, but new details surrounding this manifesto reveals just how dangerous the right-wing idealists in the United States can be on a global scale and not just national.
In his “book,” Anders Breivik mentions far-right anti-Islam activist Robert Spencer several times. In fact, he’s referred to in the terrorism with direct quotes of anti-Islam and anti-progressivism quite a few times. Breivik even goes on in his manifesto to say that Robert Spencer deserves a Nobel Peace Award for his work in preaching on the elimination of Islam. Robert Spencer talked to NBC and didn’t want to take responsibility for how his words have inspired a historical attack, but that’s only to be expected by far right idealists.
Words can be weapons, and ideals power some of the most violent conflicts imaginable. It’s common sense that if you’re going to preach racism, religious intolerance and anti-freedoms for entire groups of people, you’re going to inspire violence among others, whether that’s what you fully intend or not.
“When you push the demonization of populations, you often end up with violence,” Â—Heidi Beirich, research director for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
So what does this revelation mean for American politics? Do you think the American people have the collective intelligence to learn from the mistakes made by Anders Breivik? It appears that some, if not many, Americans are unaffected by the massacre in Norway, and that they’re more interested in pop culture news and things that happen to them locally. How easy it is to forget how countries on the other side of the globe reached out to Americans during the 9/11 attacks, and it’s easy to feel nothing for those in Oslo and the youth who were shot mindlessly over an ideal; only because it is so far away.
But this doesn’t change the fact that American politics influenced this guy to do these horrible, vicious acts. American right-wing politics, no less. The same ideals that muscle money away from Planned Parenthood, that call the President of the United States a “nigger,” and a “muslim.” The ideals that told Jared Loughner that it was okay to try to blow the brains out of congresswoman Gabriella Giffords, and the same ideals that inspire hateful individuals to burn down mosques and kill others because their skin is the same shade of brown as a Saudi.
Chelsea Hoffman is an author/commentator with more than 3,000 articles published as well as three novels. You can learn more about Chelsea and contact her by clicking the banner to her official author website.