On Friday morning the world was confronted with the evil madness of Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of killing 76 people in Norway.
The profile coming out now describes the man as a "right-wing Christian Fundamentalist." He also posted a manifesto online decrying multiculturalism and Islamism in Europe and calling for a revolution to rid the world of Marxists and Muslims. What are we, who have spoken out against radical Islamic jihadist acts in the past, to make of this?
In June of this year I had the privilege to testify before the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Peter King of New York, on the topic of threat of Islamic radicalization in the U.S. prison system. During my testimony, I was asked a question by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex., regarding a letter she stated the committee received from an inmate who she described as a "Christian Militant." That inmate was in prison for setting an explosive device at an abortion clinic. Rep. Lee asked if I thought that individual should be considered a terrorist and if I thought that "Christian Militants" were a threat to the security of the United States.
"I believe that anyone who kills (innocent) people in the name of God is an ideologue," I responded. When Rep. Lee was not satisfied with my answer she asked again if I would agree that "Christian Militants" pose the same threat as radical jihadists like al-Qaida. I stated that I doubted that you would find foreign backing or financing for Christian militants, as is the case with radical Islamic jihadists.
I know of no country on this planet that provides safe haven for individuals like Anders Behring Breivik, or of organizations that would support his heinous act.
On the contrary, places like Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen have become havens for radical Islamists who continue to plot violent acts against innocent people in the name of Allah. They actively recruit Westerners with an appeal to base emotional and religious appeals in hopes of exporting their violence.
We condemn the despicable twisted acts of a lone individual such as Breivik, and our sympathies go out to the survivors and families of the victims. But we understand that this was not supported by some shadow organization or government bent on ridding the worlds of infidels. Evil can take many forms, we must speak out against it wherever it is found.
Patrick Dunleavy is the former Deputy Inspector General for New York State Department of Corrections and author of The Fertile Soil of Jihad, which is scheduled to be published in September.