Pat Buchanan Praises Breivik’s Cultural Analysis

At the American Conservative (and republished at the redoubtably conspiratorial WND and elsewhere) Pat Buchanan writes:

[A]wful as this atrocity was, native-born and homegrown terrorism is not the macro-threat to the continent.

That threat comes from a burgeoning Muslim presence in a Europe that has never known mass immigration, its failure to assimilate, its growing alienation, and its sometime sympathy for Islamic militants and terrorists.

Europe faces today an authentic and historic crisis. . . .

As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right.

Buchanan harkens to a Thomas Jefferson quote, “Like a fire bell in the night,” as he awakened to the possibility of the slavery issue provoking a civil war.

Buchanan joins the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer in proclaiming Breivik’s manifesto an “accurate” piece of cultural analysis. Buchanan speaks not just of a cosmic, civilizational clash between a culturally Christian west and Islam (a favorite frame of anti-Muslim agitators in the U.S.), but of a demographic crisis facing the West. Breivik wrote of this as “demographic warfare” between a “pure” race defending the continent from invading Muslims, whose presence was aided by his demonized enemy, “cultural Marxists,” or “multiculturalists,” or “politically correct elites.” No wonder that rang a bell with Buchanan.

Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, covers politics and religion. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American ProspectThe NationSalon, and other publications. Follow her on TwitterRSS feed Email