Anders Behring Breivik a 33 year old, Norwegian- right-wing extremist will now undergo a criminal trial on 16th April in Norway for the massacre carried out last year. But what’s interesting is that it will be not be as a terrorist. However the case has become of pivotal important in the judicial proceeding for the future of Europe. This trial is not only about an individual committing horrific crime against the innocents, but has now become a confrontation of two extreme ideologies that are prevailing in Europe and elsewhere.
It took almost a year for the experts to examine the state of mind of Breivik and declare him as sane and a criminal but not a terrorist. Breivik’s killed 77 young people last year on July 22nd when he first bombed the government buildings in Oslo, then later carried out a mass shooting at a Workers’ Youth League AUF, Camp in Utoya, Norway. His killings were ‘politically’ motivated, declared the panel.
No policy measures have been taken by E.U to tackle the issue of anti-multiculturalism prevailing within EU, compared to complete shift in all policies from economic to politics after 9/11 in just months.
In 2001, similar shock and unbelievable event of violence occurred in United States taking thousands of lives. However the only difference was that nobody claimed the responsibility “immediately” but rather the perpetrators were ‘identified’, and thus: War on Terror was waged against the Islamic Extremists.
Over the past two decades right-wing extremist parties in Europe are again mobilizing after being des-integrated post World War II. During this period, the ruling left-wing parties across Europe were putting their resources to counter Islamic Extremism, mostly on the basis of fear over facts. The casual laziness by the democratic and liberal parties over the right-wing extremism growing in their backyard can prove to be more difficult to counter. The issues confronting such extreme radical thoughts are not only based on lack of better economic conditions for the masses (irrelevant of cast, color and religion), but also due to violation of basic respect for other’s opinions and believe.
Amid social and political sensitivities surrounding the case of Breivik, the EU authorities that are mostly run by Left wing parties are caught up in the middle between the two extreme ideologies which does not want to compromise or settle for common values. Most political critics are now preaching that the democratic governments of EU should start campaigning- end of all stereotypes at all cost. In doing this, popularity of all extreme parties will decrease and hopefully the world would not have witness horrific acts of violence that results in loss of many innocent lives.
Adil is a working journalist for TV, Radio and Print for over two years in Pakistan. Currently he is engaged in freelance projects for film and blogging for various online companies. Moreover he is studying M.A. in Global Journalism from Sweden