Gates of Vienna has republished Fjordman's long and flowing answer to a series of questions posed by The Apricity as an "interview." I would call it an exceptional memoir of the counter-jihad by a superlative European commentator.
Originally, I planned to offer some excerpts below with a link to the complete version; however, I have ended up reposting most of the essay with my own subheads and emphases added. The complete version, plus endnotes, is here at GoV.
Fjordman's discussion begins with biographical background, including the Norwegian writer's studies and work in the Middle East in his twenties.
I was born in 1975. If I had any Islam-friendly or pro-Multicultural viewpoints in Norway in the 1990s, spending several years in the Middle East cured me of this. I was a student of Arabic at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, in 2001. I was in Cairo during the September 11th terror attacks in the USA that year. Some Egyptians I talked to were happy about these attacks against their American “allies.” Western mass media claimed that almost all Arabs and Muslims lamented the 9/11 attacks. I knew this was not true. I lived in the largest city in the Arabic-speaking world during these events.
In 2002 and 2003, I worked in Israel and the Palestinian territories in a civilian observer mission called Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). The mission itself is not very useful. However, I continued to learn more about Islamic culture and mentality. From my personal experiences and studies, Islam turned out to be a lot less peaceful than we are being told by the media and mainstream academia.
When I returned to Norway in August 2003, I was convinced that Europe was importing big and dangerous future conflicts because of Muslim immigration. I also took a Master’s degree at the University of Oslo with an emphasis on technology studies and Internet censorship.
I was active on various websites for several years. Eventually, in February 2005, I adopted the pseudonym Fjordman. I have been using that pen name ever since, also after my real identity became known in 2011.
I lived in Oslo between 2003 and 2011. After the mass killings by Anders Behring Breivik on July 22, 2011, I was forced into involuntary exile from Norway for years due to massive media demonization. I genuinely feared for my personal safety at this point. The media presented me nearly as the brains behind a mass murder I had absolutely nothing to do with. I got no aid whatsoever from Norwegian authorities, even though I was forced to leave my home and my job and flee the country. I was homeless for some time afterwards. ...
Warnings about Islam and Islamic immigration didn't work.
I published texts more frequently in 2005 or 2006 than I do today. Back then, I was still trying to warn against huge problems and conflicts that I could see coming. After some years of trying this approach, it became apparent that this strategy would not work.
Ever since Greco-Roman Antiquity and the Bible, history is replete with examples of individuals who tried to warn against coming dangers but were not listened to. At best, they were ignored or mocked. At worst, they were blamed for creating the very problems they were warning against. Perhaps human nature makes it difficult to warn about potential problems in advance, before most people can see them with their own eyes.
Sadly, it is now too late to warn against some of these dangers. We have large and deadly Islamic terrorist networks operating in multiple Western countries. Many European countries seem to be heading for some sort of ideological collapse and disorder. This sad outcome can probably not be avoided any longer.
On the "reform" of Islam:
Whether or not Islam can be reformed depends upon your definition of “reformation.” If a “reformation” simply means a return to the earliest days of the founder of the religion, this will lead to more Jihad violence inspired by the example of the warlord Muhammad.
It could be argued that such an “Islamic Reformation” has already happened, with the foundation of organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood plus the terror networks al-Qaida and the Islamic State (ISIS). This was not a positive development, and not something we should wish for.
Another interpretation is that an “Islamic Reformation” is taken to mean a new form of Islam that is peaceful, devoid of Jihad violence, without notions of Islamic supremacy and based on secular laws, not sharia laws. It is very unlikely whether such a version of Islam will ever become the primary one.
While Islam sorts out its own "reformation," however...
We cannot continue importing Muslims who murder us in our own cities, and then hope that this will stop by itself in the future. Islam as it exists today is not compatible with our culture and does not belong in Europe.
Fjordman's reasons for continuing to write after the Islamic fact reminds me of the task monks in Ireland are said to have set for themselves after the fall of Rome. He writes:
If we are heading for some sort of discontinuity or collapse, perhaps it is more fruitful to focus on sowing the seeds of a new European Renaissance after this collapse. We are undoubtedly heading for a rough and unpleasant period. Yet European civilization has experienced rough periods before, and survived.
Viva la Reconquista. Now for Fjordman's political outlook:
I am not a Socialist, and I believe in nation states. I might call myself a national conservative or a national capitalist if I have to choose a label. However, I am strongly against open borders and population replacement. The nation and the long-term interests of the people should always come first, not the short-term interests of transnational corporations, which are loyal to no nation.
Capitalism is natural because competition is natural. All life is competition and inequality. We are equal only in death, and perhaps not even then. Some individuals are remembered long after their deaths.
A free society is good because it generates wealth, facilitates innovation and unlocks the potential of dynamic individuals and the people as a whole. Yet the nation comes first, the economy second. We are first and foremost a people with a shared history and sense of identity. We are not “an economy.” It is not good for the nation to be ethnically displaced by others.
The welfare state did work to some extent in the Scandinavian and Nordic countries in the past. However, this was only the case as long as the Scandinavian countries were for the most part ethnically homogeneous, enjoyed high levels of social trust, low levels of corruption and limited European immigration.
There have always been flaws in the welfare state model. Yet in the 1950s and 1960s, these flaws did not destroy the country. They do now. Combined with mass immigration, the welfare state has become a suicide pact.
Non-European mass immigration has caused crime, instability, terror, rising levels of corruption and declining levels of trust. It robs native Europeans of their cultural heritage and displaces them from their historical homelands. Immigration also costs a lot of money. Europeans are currently being forced to fund their own colonization and national destruction. They are also supposed to celebrate their own demise. This policy is evil.
On Europe and the European Union:
My views on the European Union (EU) have changed radically since the early 1990s. From initially being somewhat positive and hopeful, they have became extremely negative.
The fact that the EU is corrupt is annoying. Yet by far the most dangerous aspect of the EU is how it is actively facilitating mass immigration from the Middle East and other regions outside of Europe. The EU should most properly be called the anti-European Union. The organization gradually undermines European civilization by displacing from their homelands the peoples who created this civilization.
The EU elites are growing increasingly arrogant and openly totalitarian. This is obvious in their attempts to force previously independent European nation states to take in Muslim asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. It is doubtful whether the EU can be reformed. It probably needs to be completely dismantled.
Perhaps no British government has done more harm to Britain than the Labour government of Tony Blair, who was Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007. The mass immigration of Pakistanis and other Muslims which Labour promoted has done massive damage to the country. Yet millions of Britons still vote for the Labour Party.
Opinion polls have for years shown that a very large proportion of people in France distrust Islam and think there is too much immigration to the country. A survey from 2017 showed that 65 percent of French people say there are too many foreigners in France. 60 percent of the people believe Islam is incompatible with the values of the French Republic. Yet during the French presidential election in 2017, 66 percent of the voters wanted Emmanuel Macron to be their President. He is a committed Globalist who has promised them more immigration and more Islam. The French had a patriotic alternative in Marine Le Pen, but not enough people voted for her.
Especially since 2015, the German government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel has let in an enormous number of Muslim immigrants to Germany. This has led to a huge increase in the Islamic terror threat, as well as a sharp rise in other forms of violence, crime and sexual harassment. Merkel has stated that she would do the same thing again as she did in 2015 when Germany opened its borders.
If the Western world were still sane, Angela Merkel and other senior members of her government would be on trial for the evils they have done to their country and to Europe. Instead, Germans will probably reelect her as their leader once again in 2017.
Average citizens are not blameless for their plight. They have been too passive and too fixated on meaningless pursuits. However, the common people have not been the driving force behind the destruction of European culture and the dismantling of European nation states. This agenda has been pushed from above.
Many Western media present a distorted view of reality, which makes it harder for people to make sense of what is happening. Moreover, the Western education system has become dysfunctional. Young Europeans learn very little about their history and heritage. What little they are told about it they are taught to hate.
The constant infusion of self-loathing has broken the pride and mental immune system of many Europeans. This may well have been an intentional policy, to break down any effective resistance to Globalism.
Bat Ye'or, "Eurabia" and dhimmitude.
The author Bat Ye’or, whose real name is Gisèle Littman, writes about dhimmis, non-Muslims who live under Islamic rule and dominance. She describes how this creates a mentality of dhimmitude. Non-Muslims who live in Muslim-dominated societies live in fear and insecurity, in a state of daily humiliation and discrimination, always fearful of Muslim aggression and Jihad violence in what was once their own country.
We can already see early signs of this submissive attitude taking root in the Western world. The dhimmi mentality of defeat and submission can only be shaken off by directly and forcefully confronting Muslim aggression, sharia laws and Islamic Jihad attacks. There is no other way of dealing with this threat.
Bat Ye’or’s most famous and controversial work is her book Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis from 2005. Journalists who dismiss it as a “conspiracy theory” have usually not read the book, and cannot point out any factual inaccuracies in it. Bat Ye’or never claimed to have originated the term Eurabia. This was the name of a French journal in the 1970s to describe a new entity consisting of Europe and the Arab world.
Western policies of appeasing Arabs and Muslims have been going on for decades. The Euro-Arab Dialogue and the Barcelona Process to bring Europe and the Arab world closer together are very real. In 2008, the Barcelona Process and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership were revitalized as the Union for the Mediterranean. All governments of the European Union (EU) openly support ongoing efforts to create a Union between Europe and Muslim North Africa. The Union for the Mediterranean receives shockingly little media scrutiny.
It is noteworthy that European nations which endured generations of Communist repression also reject Multiculturalism and non-European mass immigration. Perhaps their negative experiences with Socialism has given them a healthy skepticism of ideological indoctrination and big social experiments.
Yes. And it is my own opinion that the poison of Marxism is better delivered through the steady drip of elite "education" than the jackboot of repression.
The Central European states Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia form the so-called Visegrad Group. Within the EU, they resist having Muslim immigration and Islamic culture imposed by Brussels.
These countries have been blessed with sensible political leaders who try to protect their nation’s interests. They include many Polish politicians, the current and former Czech Presidents Milos Zeman and Vaclav Klaus, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico and, above all, the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán. Orbán defends Christian European culture against the dictates of the EU. He has also spearheaded resistance to the ideological infiltration and open borders agenda of the billionaire George Soros.
If European civilization is going to survive this century, we need more leaders such as Viktor Orbán and Geert Wilders.
Here Fjordman comes to a great, big, evil daddy of Western destruction, former but longtime UN migration chief (what a job description!) Peter Sutherland of Ireland.
In 2012, UN migration chief Peter Sutherland from Ireland stated publicly that the EU should “do its best to undermine” the “homogeneity” of its member states through immigration, in order to make them more Multicultural. He received no major outcry for stating this, presumably because many of the Western ruling elites quietly agree with him. He has also attended meetings at the Bilderberg Group. This is an annual, private conference of Western bankers, politicians and other powerful individuals who have met since the 1950s to promote transnational policies and Globalist goals. Sutherland continued as United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration until 2017.
I must interpose one link to this blog of mine about Sutherland and his dream house, which perfectly matches his persona.
Onto President Trump's "host" at the UN this week.
António Guterres is a Socialist politician and former Prime Minister of Portugal. In late 2016, Guterres as the incoming Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) told a room of policymakers in Europe that “migration is not the problem but the solution.” He indicated that European politicians should ignore voters on matters of immigration:
“The idea that management of migration is a matter of national sovereignty is extremely limited. The truth is that in the meantime, the real controllers of international mobility are the smugglers and criminal organizations. It must be recognized that migration is inevitable and will not stop,” he told a crowd of policymakers and researchers. Guterres insisted that every European Union (EU) nation must be forced to “share the burden” of non-European mass migration.
António Guterres has repeatedly made it clear that Muslim immigration to Europe is a good thing that must continue. Senior EU leaders such as Federica Mogherini have publicly shared this view.
What European leaders have wrought:
Native Europeans are currently being displaced at a shocking speed in their historical homelands. They are also being subjected to violence, abuse and terrorism. If this had happened to the indigenous peoples of any other continent, the UN would have protested and demanded that these policies should be stopped immediately. Yet when this happens to the indigenous peoples of Europe, the UN applauds this and wants it to continue.
Top leaders of the UN state publicly that native Europeans should be barred from resisting when their homelands are being systematically stripped away from them. This is essentially a declaration of war against all Europeans.
If the UN Secretary-General António Guterres had stated that the Islamization of Europe is evil and must be resisted, his career in the UN would have ended immediately. Instead, he and others at the UN criticize alleged European “Islamophobia.” The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the largest permanent voting bloc as the United Nations. Together with various African countries and assorted dictatorships, they can use the UN as a tool to force Western nations to accept their own excess population growth.
Europeans should allow Muslim countries no say over how we run our policies, especially our immigration policies. All Western countries should formally leave the UN. It is an actively hostile organization to which we should give no money or legitimacy.
So far, the UN has received no significant opposition from the EU because the EU leadership agrees with the policy of breaking down nation states. EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker in 2016 branded national borders as the “worst invention ever made by politicians.” He and other unelected EU bureaucrats want to force European countries to take in Muslim asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. The EU does this at a time when Muslim immigrants on a regular basis murder Europeans in terrorist attacks. This is criminal behavior.
A note on the un-elected "president" of the EU vs. the elected President Trump.
No Europeans got to vote for Jean-Claude Juncker as their “President.” EU oligarchs simply appointed him to this position. Millions of Americans freely voted for Donald Trump to become their President. Despite this fact, many Western media are more hostile to the elected President Trump than to the unelected President Juncker.
On the rapes of Europe, as perpetuated by dhimmi European authorities.
It is now a documented fact that large numbers of mainly white girls have been systematically raped and sexually abused by mainly Muslim men in cities across England. These attacks have certainly affected thousands of young girls and children in Britain, probably tens of thousands and possibly hundreds of thousands. There are indications of similar things happening in other parts of Western Europe as well.
How could such industrial scale abuse and violence against the country’s native population go on for many years? It has later turned out that some members of the authorities, and even the police, knew about these so-called grooming gangs. Yet they did nothing about it because they were “scared of being called racists.”
Think about how truly sick and evil this is. Systematic abuse, rape and violence targeting a specific ethnic group on a scale that resembles warfare was covered up for a long time because people were scared of being called bad names. This is a testament to the power of propaganda and indoctrination.
On the power of "racism," a word, to destroy Western civilization.
For generations, people in the Western world have been brainwashed with the notion that the worst thing you can be is a “racist.” Especially if you happen to have a white skin, the mere act of being accused of “racism” can destroy your life and end your career in an instant. Being called a “racist” in the West today is almost as bad as being called a “class traitor” under Communist regimes: The accusation alone makes you guilty.
I have been trying to analyze the terms “racism” and “anti-racism.” My conclusion is that they make no scientific sense whatsoever. The main function of the term “racist” is to be a tool of intellectual terrorism and shut down any European person who does not want his country to be taken away from him.
It is a medical fact that there are genetic differences not just between individuals, but also between ethnic groups. Pointing this fact out does not make you an extremist or a “Nazi.” The Nazis didn’t invent genes.
Population replacement will replace the culture, too.
The real extremism is assuming that one can replace a nation with a totally different set of people and expect to get the same result. There is no historical precedent for this happening in the past. There are no indications that this will happen in the Western world today, either.
When Europeans settled in North and South America, Australia and other parts of the world, they brought with them a culture that was very different from what was there before. If Europeans are replaced by very different peoples, you will also get a very different culture. Culture follows ethnic groups much more than geography.
Why should we take in Africa’s massive population boom? Africans already have a continent that is three times larger than Europe, and full of natural resources. Why should they have Europe, too? If you import Arabs and Africans in large numbers you get Arab and African culture, not European culture.
Since Western governments are currently in the process of displacing Europeans with peoples from other parts of the world, they are in reality pursing a policy that will destroy European culture if it continues.
There can be no European civilization without Europeans. In the past, this statement would have been a self-evident truth. Yet we live in an age when truth is banned and labelled as “hate.”
Looking on the bright side ...
It is easy to give in to despair in such a depressing situation. However, all is not lost. A rebirth is still possible. The eastern half of Europe seems more resilient against ideological indoctrination and ethnic displacement than the western half of Europe. Even in Western Europe, many people are finally waking up to the threats they face.
Europeans have in the past achieved things that seemed impossible. If anybody can reclaim a homeland and reconquer a continent, it is the Europeans. However, if a new European Renaissance is to succeed, the seeds of this revitalization most be sown soon. The internal and external threats we now face are huge. Regardless of the outcome of this struggle, Europe once again seems headed for a prolonged period of great turbulence.