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Norway massacre likely to ramp up monitoring of right-wing groups

Norway massacre: Right-wing parties have distanced themselves from Anders Behring Breivik's violent methods, whose attacks killed 76 people. But many share his basic views on immigration and minorities.

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Indeed, the current far right sprint away from Breivik does not extend to his basic views on minorities, immigrants, and Muslims in Europe, often categorized under the label “Eurabia.” Some groups have sought to shift focus from Breivik’s acts to Islam itself, arguing that Breivik's chief sin was to use the tactics of violent jihad that is espoused by extremist Islamic groups.

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"His total lack of respect for human life is not … something he picked up from me,” says Fjordman the blogger. “Indeed, the lack of respect for human life is often one of the great shortcomings of Islamic culture that we have consistently pointed out."

The group Stop Islamization of Europe, whose sister US organization is run by Pamela Geller, a leading figure in efforts to block the so-called World Trade Center mosque, offers that “Islamic jihadists … routinely invoke Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence … by contrast, our record of support for human rights and the dignity of all human beings is consistent and unbroken."

Ms. Geller, of whom Breivik writes approvingly, says of any speculation linking her to him: “Thiis whole exercise is ridiculous. Anders Behring Breivik is responsible for his actions. If anyone incited him to violence, it was Islamic supremacists.”

What the catastrophe of Breivik’s actions may open, says Jonathan Laurence of Boston College, author of several works on Islam in Europe, is a way for European governments to finally make tough and explicit policies that clarify what is and isn’t acceptable by growing numbers of Muslims and other religious groups here.

“Governments must articulate why this is not a culture war or a crusade … but involves the modalities of coexistence,” Mr. Laurence said. “That kind of dialogue has been postponed because it is not electorally rewarding.”

The shock of events in Oslo is a “window of opportunity,” Laurence continued, to state what is and is not permitted for emerging religious groups in Europe: “You can’t deport or kill your way out of these challenges.”

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