Was There a Context for Breivik's Madness?

By Leonard Fein

Forward Association, 2011

It is too comforting an escape for society to simply label Anders Breivik insane, for insane people do insane things, and no one must answer for someone who cannot even answer for themselves. Instead the microscope should be turned towards a society that sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly encourages demonization of the other. The death of 77 Norwegians was not a straight line from this hatred, but all it required was the constant drumbeat of exaggerated indictment, an insistence that Islam itself is fundamentally violent, or that all Muslims are suspect unless they can prove their innocence.

Topic: Hate, Islam, Christianity, Violence, Interfaith Relations, Terrorism, Extremism

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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Coverage: Israel , Norway

Language: English

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Fein, Leonard. Was There a Context for Breivik's Madness?. Jewish Daily Forward. Forward Association. 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=15449


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