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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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  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside e-books (January 31, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Believe in Free Speech, READ THIS BOOK February 21, 2012
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The New Quislings is Bruce Bawer's rebuttal to the mass media that has accused him of complicity in Anders Behring Breivik's rampage. In order to do so, he has to determine whether the charge is true, examine the nature of Breivik's arguments and then examine the media campaign that followed. To accomplish the first two tasks, Bawer does what most members of the media did not do, which is actually read Breivik's manifesto, and then analyze it. He then spends the first part of the book proving, by quoting Breivik, that Breivik was not an admirer of Bawer's, and considered him too liberal and insufficiently tough on Islam, and that Breivik actually acted counter to the ideologies of the many people that he superficially cited. He also demonstrates that almost all of the times that his name appears in Breivik's manifesto, it is in quotes by other authors who are referring to his work. These are easily confirmed, but confirming the innocence of conservative pundits is not on the agenda, which brings us to the remainder of the book, in which Bawer analyzes the media campaign. He does this by simply comparing statements made by the targets of the campaign with the accusations of the media. The result is devastating. Bawer demonstrates that the Norwegian press is using the Breivik rampage as an excuse to suppress dissent and demonize its opposition. The media's litany of libels, slanders and vicious personal attacks on those who have written about the threat of the ongoing Jihad is nothing short of astonishing, but is sadly familiar to anyone who has followed the public relations war that the Muslim world is waging on the west. This last brings us to Bawer's use of the term Quisling. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important, urgent book. February 11, 2012
On July 21st, 2011, Bruce Bawer was already outcast by many on the Left as a self-evident bigot, more specifically a first-rate "Islamophobe", naturally owing to his persistent sharp criticism of Islam, in particular the expanding role it is playing in Europe. On July 22nd, however, Bawer was transformed from mere outcast into a bona-fide villain and, for many, an actual accomplice to the horrific massacre perpetrated by Anders Breivik. Bawer's crime? Being cited in Breivik's "manifesto" explicating his rationale behind his forthcoming massacre, which ostensibly cited Bawer(and other professional "Islamophobes") roughly two dozen times as inspiration for his monstrous act. Naturally, being branded as an accomplice or at least inspiration to one of the worst criminals of the young century is a very serious charge. More importantly, it is a completely unfounded, nonsensical, and simply outrageous charge, as Bawer clearly argues in this extended essay.

As a preface, it must be stated that--it's embarrassing that one would even need to point this out--Bawer(as well as other "Islam in Europe" authors such as Bat Ye'or, Christopher Caldwell, and Melanie Phillips) has never advocated or even vaguely implied that violence is the solution to curtailing the rise of Islamism in Europe. On the contrary, these authors are often careful to point out that by far the greatest victims of Islamic theology are MUSLIMS THEMSELVES.

So even though he was cited in Breivik's manifesto(along with, Bawer shrewdly points out, other notorious villains of history such as Thomas Jefferson, George Orwell, and Charles Darwin), where exactly, in the eyes of the Left, does Bawer's culpability lie?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling May 29, 2012
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Thrilling, especially the part about Norwegian society
A very interesting book that among other things is offering an alternative view on what is going on in Norwegian society
It is not easy at all to get you views through in the Norwegian media, a strive for a narrow-minded conformity blocks all alternative opinions
It is refreshing to read his book in that context
Sometimes a bit over the top, other times too obviously defensive, but great fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blame it on David Beckham! June 10, 2012
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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Product description is biased -- and I'm impressed at the speed with...
I'm from Norway too, and have closely followed the political "debate" or eristics, the ways of beeing right even if you're wrong, and win when you are defeated.

The climate of our public life is now best characterized as an incipient fermentation of elite hysteria, roused by the rather... Read More
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