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A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS)  A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS)   

Norway’s Islamic Extremism Problem

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Herb London
President, London Center for Policy Research
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      Herb London

      Herb London is the president of the London Center for Policy Research. He is the former president of the Hudson Institute and professor emeritus at New York University. He created the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and was its dean until 1992. London is coauthor of “The Sunni Vanguard.”

The future of Europe is becoming clearer each day, between Britain exporting a contingent to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces; France unable to contain Muslim demonstrators and Malmo, Sweden converted into an Islamic enclave. Now, there is a report that two Norwegians hold high positions within ISIS and take orders directly from the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi.

This latest news concerning the two Norwegians and their roles with the leaderships of ISIS breaks on the heels of the emergence of a bold, perhaps brazen, declaration of intent to create a separate Muslim nation within the sovereign state of Norway. Moreover, it comes with a threat. Ansar al-Sunna is threatening that if a section of Oslo isn’t transformed into a Sharia-compliant Muslim nation, an attack rivaling 9/11 will be launched against this Scandinavian nation.

The words speak for themselves.

“Now, the government must wake up and assume responsibility, before this war spreads to Norway. Before the counterpart reacts. Before moslems take the step necessary.

Do not confuse the moslems’ silence with weakness. Do not profit from the moslems’ patience. Do not force us to do something that can be avoided. This is not a threat, only the words of truth. The words of justice.

A warning that the consequences can be fatal. A warning about a 9/11 on Norwegian ground, or larger attacks than the one carried out on 22 July. This is for your own good and in your own best interest.

We do not want to be a part of Norwegian society. And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here. And Allah’s earth belongs to everybody.

But let Gronland become ours. Bar this city quarter and let us control it the way we wish to do it. This is the best for both parts.

We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you.”

This outrageous statement deserves a strong response, though a Norwegian government already intimidated by its Muslim minority is likely to be conciliatory. By contrast, the prime minister of Australia used the appropriate vernacular. This is our country, he noted, if you want to live here we expect you to embrace our laws, our customs and our language. If you cannot do so or are unwilling to do so, you should leave. Go to a place you find more congenial.

In the case of the Norwegian Muslims, I would note that Allah doesn’t give you the right to trample the laws of the land. They do not have the privilege of challenging national sovereignty. Norway existed as a free country long before they were born here and, God willing, it will remain a free nation after they have left this mortal coil.

Will Norwegian leaders even approach the passion in this statement? Doubtful. The fear of violence, the concern about terror has so influenced government calculations, that a rational defense of the nation and its heritage is unlikely.