Emmett Tyrrell
WASHINGTON -- Think of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who bombed a government building in Norway before proceeding to coldbloodedly massacre scores of defenseless young people on a secluded island several miles away, as an Adolf Hitler of one. The first Adolf Hitler was a Hitler to millions. He captured an entire nation and terrified the world for years.

One imagines that the two, if ever they could have a quiet talk together, would have much to agree on. Both were meticulous planners, though I dare say Breivik was Hitler's superior. He would not delay an invasion of Russia. Both harbored grudges against threats to their culture from the foreign-born and what Breivik called the "cultural Marxists." I can well imagine the Fuhrer admiring Breivik's taste in uniforms, his Aryan features and his longing for his viking past. Both were mama's boys.

The New York Times on Sunday rushed into print the front-page headline "As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist." Within hours, applying the appellation "Christian" to the assassin subsided, and by Tuesday, the newspaper settled on identifying Breivik with an organization that may or may not exist beyond his deranged mind, the Knights Templar. It was a military force from the Middle Ages that went on a crusade. I actually doubt Breivik is any kind of Christian, but rather a fanatical pagan, a viking. On that, he and Hitler might congratulate themselves. Both were pre-Christian savages.

Breivik hated Muslims and other immigrants entering into Norway, and now the amazing liberals are linking him to almost any critic of immigration or of Islam, even critics of illegal immigration and of militant Islam -- terrorists, for instance. I find these liberals amazing because most never have shown any sympathy for any of the West's organized religions, at least not religions that demand anything from their believers. I suppose a religion that suggested yoga or Pilates from adherents or perhaps vegetarianism might appeal to these liberals. Yet I cannot see them respecting an obligation to attend Sunday church or honor a celibate priesthood or defend female-male marriage or any other requirement associated with an established religion of the West.

What is the American liberal's position on Shariah? There are places in Europe and, I dare say, America where Muslims are insisting on the practice of Shariah, with all of its strictures against women's rights and, come to think of it, against the traditional democratic freedoms that our Founding Fathers fought for and brought into the law of the land. On other matters, from purchasing alcohol to practicing homosexuality, Shariah is against it.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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