"Although he calls himself a Knight Templar, killing and not the Bible was what mattered to him. … Osama bin Laden was the same. He once said that Christians, especially American Christians, had killed millions of Muslims. Therefore, several million Christians would now be killed to restore balance. ... For bin Laden, it was killing that was important, not the Quran."
Anders Breivik is Europe’s
Osama bin Laden. On 1,516 pages he creates a story for himself in which he
imagines that “Islam” is a threat to Europe; subsequently, he murders
Christians, who might as well have been Hindus or Atheists - it apparently didn’t
matter much to him.
Although he calls himself a
Knight Templar, killing and not the Bible was what mattered to him. The message
of Christianity would have hindered him in his need to elevate himself to the
imaginary nobility of a murderous “savior.” He ignores the one billion Muslims
who are not terrorists and the millions of Muslims who live peacefully in
Europe. We may assume that Breivik wasn’t acquainted with Muslims as fellow
human beings or friends, but merely as caricatures of his own design.
Osama bin Laden was the same.
He once said that Christians, especially American Christians, had killed
millions of Muslims. Therefore, several million Christians would now be killed
to restore balance. Bin Laden said this at a time that the West, particularly
the United States, was protecting Muslims in the Balkans, providing disaster relief
to Islamic countries, and supporting the Palestinian desire for a viable state.
For bin Laden, it was killing that was important, not the Quran.
For such madmen, individuals
with their personal happiness, feelings, tragedy and potential for change do
not exist. People like Breivik assume that every child of a Muslim family will
automatically become an enemy. Breivik and bin Laden cannot imagine that there
are people who grow up and live without hate, because they themselves were
incapable of existing without it. The result of gradually accumulated and continuously
reinforced resentment, hate erases the love of life, belief in goodness, and
the willingness to show tolerance and exercise self-restraint. Such sentiments
and attitudes require much more effort and a lot more courage and patience than
primitive hatred. Hatred is easy. Everyone else is always to blame. Most haters
have accomplished little in life because they are afraid to make the effort
needed to believe in the good and constructively creative themselves. They seek
to place the blame for their failures on others - particularly as a group - because
they are afraid to compare themselves to others and the consequence of having
to face themselves. When it comes to justifying their hatred, they are capable
of astonishing dedication - but only to displace their inner void with
delusions of grandeur and to feel like an imaginary executor.
An open society begins with being
open with ourselves, looking at our own faults with honesty, and not viewing
others with resentment. Those who use the issue of “Islam” for political gain
as if there were some kind of congenital, incurable collective guilt should
take note: There is no such guilt, and it’s very dangerous to assume that there
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