A 33-year-old man made international news on December 14 when he unleashed a volley of bullets and grenades into a group of bystanders near a Christmas market in Liege, Belgium. The attacker, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, killed a toddler and two teenage boys in this onslaught before killing himself. Over 120 people were wounded, some reportedly being blinded by flying shrapnel.
The motive of the attacker is still under investigation, but the Karachi Post in Pakistan reports that the attack was linked to the sentencing of an Islamic family charged with killing Sadia Sheikh over her refusal to accept an arranged marriage. If true, this motive would make the attack the latest events in a gruesome string of Islamist violence stretching across Europe.
A mob of some 20 radical Islamists recently stormed a debate being held in Amsterdam, screaming “Allah Akbar” and demanding the execution of two prominent liberal Muslim scholars. This confrontation took place just days after a group of disgruntled Muslim youths threw rocks at a man dressed as Santa Claus in the southwestern Slotervaart neighborhood of Amsterdam.
A similar rock attack took place against Roman Catholics celebrating a religious event at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Virgin of Santa Cruz in the southern French city of Nimes.
The Danish Islamist group Kaldet til Islam (Call to Islam) has even dispatched a 24-hour vigilante “morals police” to enforce sharia law in parts of Copenhagen. These patrols target non-Muslims caught drinking, gambling, going to night clubs or engaging in other activities deemed to be contrary to Islam.
Such violent episodes are pushing more Europeans to believe that radical action needs to be taken against the threat of Islam. Xenophobic ideas that were once characteristic only of fascist radicals are now working themselves into the mainstream of European politics.
On the morning of June 4, Muslim worshipers in southern Denmark found their mosque defaced with drawings of the prophet Mohammad and slogans urging Muslims to go home. A few months later, a dismembered pig was found on the construction site of a planned mosque outside of Copenhagen. Both incidents were the work of the Danish Defense League, a far-right vigilante group founded for the express purpose of taking action against Muslims in Denmark.
The Bloc Identitaire movement—with a wild pig as its logo—is now emerging as a force on the French political scene. Like the Danish Defense League, it likens Muslim immigrants to invaders threatening European civilization. The English Defense League, the Norwegian Progress Party, the Dutch Party for Freedom, the Hungarian Jobbik Party, the Austrian Freedom Party and the Italian Northern League have similar views in other parts of Europe.
Perhaps the most shocking episode highlighting the rise of anti-Islamic sentiments in Europe was the July massacre of 77 people in an effort to incite an anti-Islamic revolution by self-described Christian fundamentalist Anders Behring Breivik. In a 1,500-page online manifesto titled 2083—A European Declaration of Independence, he railed against Islamic immigration and claimed that multiculturalism was sapping Europe of its Christian heritage.
According to the Telegraph, “Breivik has already become a heroic figure for sections of the ultra far right, much in the same way Timothy McVeigh became a hero for sections of the militia movement in the United States.” Two Italian parliamentarians of Italy’s Northern League Party publicly defended the logic behind Breivik’s Oslo massacre, even if they did distance themselves from his violence methods.
In his online manifesto, Breivik argued that Europe has to get back to its Catholic roots if it is ever going to repel the threat of Islam. “Today’s Protestant church is a joke,” he wrote. “I am a supporter of an indirect collective conversion of the Protestant church back to the Catholic. … When a just and conservative pope mounts the chair of Peter, the tide will set strongly toward Rome. We will hear of conversions on every hand.”
There is definitely a radical element in both the Catholic and Islamic faiths! Even though most of the peoples of Europe currently stand aghast at the brutal murders committed by Anders Behring Breivik and those like him, many are starting to sympathize with his ideas about the need to take radical action against the “threat of Islam.” A Vatican-dominated Europe is about to take radical action against the threat of radical Islam and bring the specter of the Crusades to life once again.
Read “The Coming War Between Catholicism and Islam” for a rundown of Europe’s history of dealing with Islam and an explanation of this coming final clash. ▪