February 7, 2006
"We are being challenged by Islam these
years - globally as well as locally. It is a challenge we have to take
seriously. We have let this issue float about for too long because we
are tolerant and lazy. We have to show our opposition to Islam and we
have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on
us because there are some things for which we should display no
tolerance. And when we are tolerant, we must know whether it is because
of convenience or conviction". Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 15 April 2005.
Tolerance is a falsehood often pronounced
with difficulty in all of Western societies. Small countries such
as Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, and Norway are
leading the pack in the war on Muslims at home, and may be on the road
to encouraging a new Holocaust against humanity.
While these countries are part of the US-led
coalition, which is responsible for the mass murder of
Iraqis, they have also introduced discriminate and draconian
immigration laws which are specifically directed against Muslims
fleeing war and economic hardship. The pretexts are always the phantom
of the "War on Terror".
Historically, Muslims have been at the receiving end
of Western-Christian violence for centuries. Following the 9/11
attack on the USA, Western Europe joined the US in its anti-Muslim
crusade: : "We are all Americans now" united against Muslims. Although,
9/11 stills a mystery, it is used to legitimise a new form of
Western-Christian fascism. Media pundits such as Christopher
Hitchens and Daniele Pipes, who support the anti-Muslim ideology
are springing up like mushrooms all over the Western world. Using the
cliché of "free speech", they are fuelling a vicious and violent war
against Muslims around the world.
The recent blasphemous images of Prophet Mohammed
are nothing more than a campaign which promotes racism
Islam is a peaceful religion, and Muslims are
not "terrorists". The insult to Prophet Mohammed, who is revered by
over a billion people around the world, has nothing to do with "free
speech". Had the Danish cartoonist shown instead George Bush and Tony
Blair slaughtering hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi women and
children, he would have had lost his job by now and would be condemned
by the same people who are barking about "free speech". Would any
newspaper in Europe dare to discuss Europe’s strict censorship laws of
discussing the Holocaust?
Barely a month ago, in early January 2006, Flemming Rose, the "cultural" editor of the Danish Jyllands-Posten (J-P), the newspaper that published the blasphemous cartoons, told Dan Bilefsky of the International Herald Tribune, that,
"he would not publish a cartoon of Ariel Sharon strangling a
Palestinian baby, since that could be construed as 'racist’". In the
past, J-P has also refused to run drawings lampooning Jesus
Christ submitted in April 2003 by Danish illustrator Christoffer
Zieler, because they were "offensive, not funny". Zieler was also
advised by the editor, Jens Kaiser: "I don't think Jyllands-Posten's
readers will enjoy the drawings. As a matter of fact, I think that they
will provoke an outcry. Therefore, I will not use them". (The Guardian, 06/02/2006). It is "free speech" only if Westerners agree, otherwise, it is "offensive" or "anti-Semitism".
The Danish Far Right Party (Dansk Folkeparti) is the
country’s third biggest party and underpins a hard-line centre-right
coalition government claimed that Muslims are secretly planning to
takeover Denmark. Although Muslims make about 2 per cent of the Danish
population, one in four Danes have been brainwashed by their
opportunist monarchs, politicians and the media to seriously believe
that there will one day be "more Muslims" in Denmark than non-Muslims.
The 2005 report of the International Helsinki
Federation for Human Rights (IHF) on 'Intolerance and Discrimination
against Muslims in the EU’ found that attacks on Muslims have markedly
increased recently. Muslims in Sweden, Denmark and Austria are
encountering difficult barriers. In Sweden, Muslims are advised to
change their names to "Swedish- sounding ones" to increase their chance
of employment. According to the report, 64 per cent of Muslims
interviewed in Britain said that they were "unfairly targeted by
counter-terrorism policies". In Denmark and Austria, the report
reveals, Muslim women wearing headscarves are less likely to find work
or pursue education. In Sweden, rightwing parties warn of a "Muslim
invasion". Other Europeans such as Belgium, Holland, France, Italy and
Spain are also contaminated with far right groups and anti-Muslims
In Belgium, the country which has one of the "most
vicious and inhuman of all colonial histories", the far right Party
(The Vlaams Blok or Belang) dominate local politics, with an agenda to
repatriate all people of colour to their countries of origin. One of
its prominent leaders, Filip Dewinter, told the BBC recently; "When I
see Muslim culture I think that our culture is superior. Our values,
our way of life are superior and we have to say so. I don't think the
way of life of Muslims is compatible with our way of life". Muslim is
our enemy, is the new European anti-Semitism motto.
In the "liberal-minded" Netherlands, famous for its
brutal and violent colonial history, racism is becoming part
of Dutch values. Muslims have become targets of religiously
motivated attacks. After the killing of an anti-Muslim fanatic and
unknown Dutch film maker, Theo van Gogh, allegedly by a Dutch Muslim of
African origin, after making the obscene film about Islam, the
Netherlands erupted in anti-Muslim racism. The death of a Muslims-hater
is used to justify much uglier crimes. Islamic schools and Mosques were
bombed and set on fire. Muslim women were attacked throughout Holland.
The rightwing Dutch government is embarking on anti-Muslim legislation
to crack down on immigration and close-down "suspected" Mosques, and
give police power to arrest people of Muslim faith. Although
Muslims make up about one million (6%) of the Dutch population, former
EU Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, said recently; "The most common first
name registered at birth these days in Amsterdam is Mohammed. This,
they say, is the Europe-to-be".
In France, the situation is
not much different. The French can be proud of their well-known
anti-Muslims and anti-Arabs hatred. President Jacques Chirac has
adopted Jean Marie Le Pen extremist and anti-Muslims policy, which has
increased violence against Muslims and denying Muslim women the right
to education and employment. According to the IHF report, the French
Front National (an offshoot of fascism), stated publicly that France's
Muslims "share an allegiance to a wider community of believers that
threatens national sovereignty". Even Muslims, who were born in France,
have no standing in the ideals of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, and the plague is spreading to neighbouring countries.
The new German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, compared
Islam with the "rise of fascism". The East German politician who was
selected to solve Germany’s unemployment and other social ills seems to
find the war on Muslims a much easier issue.
Muslims have been arrested and screened by German police only because
of "their profiles have matched basic criteria, including an
affiliation with Islam", reveals the IHF report. The German state of
Baden-Wurttemberg has enacted what is called the "Muslim test", in
which Muslim applicants for citizenship are asked about their views on
September 11, gay relationships and whether their teenage daughters are
allowed to attend swimming classes. Can you imagine all Germans (in
Baden-Wurttemberg) have exactly the same opinion on all three? "I am
afraid we have not learned from our history. My main fear is that what
we did to Jews we may now do to Muslims. The next holocaust would be
against Muslims", Dr. Wolfram Richter, professor of economics at the
University of Dortmund told Ziauddin Sardar of New Statesman magazine in Britain. It has always been easier to use crimes in order to commit even greater crimes.
Finally, in Australia, the draconian "anti-terror"
laws are designed specifically to victimise Muslims. Indeed, young
Muslim men have been thrown in Guantanamo-like prisons not because they
committed crimes, but because they are Muslims. Some companies have
closed their employment’s doors to Muslim Australians and migrants from
Muslim backgrounds. In addition, the army of commentators in the
Australian media – one of the most controlled in the world – are
accusing the police of "softly" treating Australians of the Middle
Eastern backgrounds. This deliberate falsehood is designed not only to
discredit the Police, but also to increase injustice and violence
The IHF report’s director, Aaron Rhodes warned that;
"these developments threaten to undermine positive efforts at
integration and further increase the vulnerability of Muslims to human
rights violations and marginalisation". Hence the IHF report recommends
that all EU governments "enhance efforts to prosecute and punish
discriminatory and violent acts". However, the warning may fall on deaf
ears. As Sardar writes; "Even among individuals with more relaxed
attitudes to interracial relationships, racism is unashamed and
upfront". The governments may be pouring fuel on fire.
To clarify one thing that seemed to be missed by
most Westerners, Muslims are not ignorant of Western cultures, or
Christianity, which is never part of Western civilisation any way.
Jesus wasn’t born in Denmark or Norway. The fact, that many Muslims are
studying in Western and American universities and many Muslims adopted
segments of Western popular culture is proof of Muslims acceptability.
This misunderstanding of Muslim societies, which suffered greatly under
Western imperialism, is embedded in the West's ignorance and imagined
superiority, which continue today.
As vassals of U.S. imperialism, these
small European nations such as Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands
are using their deceptive position of "neutral countries" to commit
gross crimes around the world. From Palestine to Iraq and Afghanistan,
their armies are complicit in U.S. war crimes against defenceless
peoples. In addition, they are participants in U.S. "War on
Terror" and in U.S. "rendition" policy – the policy of kidnapping and
covertly delivering an individual or individuals for interrogation and
torture in undisclosed location or country.
For example, Norway is credited with the Oslo "Peace
Process", the "fig-leaf for the ongoing colonization of the West Bank
and Gaza Strip", and the destruction of Palestine. Indeed, the Oslo
"Peace Process" allowed Israel to confiscate over 50 per cent of the
West Bank and constructed dozens of Jewish-only colonies for Talmudic
The Netherlands, is leading the way in "building
democracy" and terrorising the people of Afghanistan. Denmark with 530
soldiers is part of the so-called "coalition of the willing", the group
of vassals that participated in the illegal and criminal invasion of
Iraq. Indeed, Danish soldiers are complicit in the sadistic torture and
abuse of Iraqi prisoners and detainees.
This brings us to how the Jewish Holocaust – as an
example of Christian Europe brutality – was initiated. Of course,
anti-Semitism (anti-Jews and anti-Arabs hatred) was widespread in
Christian Europe centuries prior to Nazi Germany. However,
modern anti-Semitism was initiated in 1879 by William Marr, the
German who founded the "League for Anti-Semitism". Marr's racist views
(Europe’s biological racism) were that Jews constituted a distinct
racial group which was both physically and morally inferior, and
therefore must be exterminated. With the rise of European racism
against minorities in the 19th century, European Jews were targeted, as
Muslims are targeted today. Differences between Jews and other European
citizens manufactured and used as pretext to justify crimes against
Jews. Jews were accused of "taking over" the world and so on.
Adolf Hitler’s election on 30 January 1930, was based on his ideology of "one people ['master race’ or Übermenschen],
one empire, and one leader". Hitler’s election paved the way for one of
the greatest criminal acts in human history. Marr’s European
biological racism continued during the rule of Nazism and became the
vehicle for genocide. Jews, Gypsies, Czechs, Poles, the mentally
and physically handicapped, homosexuals and others not belonging to the
"master race" were targeted for extermination. Jews were specifically
targeted. Bombings of synagogues, blasphemous cartoons depicting Jews,
and anti-Jews posters were wide-spread all over Europe.
During the occupation of Europe by the Wehrmacht
(German forces), in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway
etc. the locals were rounding up Jews, Gypsies and other folk much
faster than the Nazis could handle them. And if this wasn’t enough, the
so-called "neutral" countries such as Switzerland were sending fleeing
refugees back to the Nazis – as they do now with Muslims in daylight –
and looking after the Third Reich money in their own bank.
Western Europeans want to repeat history’s biggest crime against
humanity? It is the duty of every civilized citizen to point
a finger at any form of racism and violence against minorities.
Our duty is to reject opportunist monarchs, politicians, the media,
celebrities and anyone trying to manipulate the public and breed racism
Global Research Contrinbuting Editor Ghali Hassan lives in Perth, Western Australia.