Saturday, August 6, 2011

More on the far right

I have been on vacation the last few weeks, but will be back to blogging regularly this week.

Today's article from the associated press discusses the far right fringes in Europe

It's important to keep in mind that Islam has only recently (in the last 15 years or so) become a major focus for the far right, as well as other groups that cannot be classified.  Immigrants, people of color, and Jews have been ongoing targets of violence and discrimination over the years.  However, it is also important to keep in mind that Breivik targeted the current Norwegian government and his fellow countrymen.  Nothing justifies this type of violence and the goal seems to be changing the system, rather than targeting the small Muslim minority in the country.  Brievik's actions have shined a light on the far right, but there are many issues underlying his actions (besides madness) and the positions that different groups take that tolerate or advocate violence.  Clearly we need more understanding and analysis of these issues, including the politics that have developed around the immigration issue.

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