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NORWAY: Extreme conservatism is history’s bane

Letter by Annie Russell, Gig Harbor on July 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm | 71 Comments »
July 25, 2011 3:00 pm

“I missed the part where we became the bad guys,” exclaimed Gunaratnam, one of the young survivors of the Norwegian mass murder spree (TNT, 7-24).

She is too young to understand this propensity toward clan mentality, xenophobia, fear, prejudice, greed and the drive to subjugate or, if that won’t suffice, destroy.

This Norwegian murderer, whose target was liberals, is described by the police as a “right-wing Christian fundamentalist.” He is just the latest in the hate-flooded litany of extreme conservative ideology.

It’s time to call a spade a spade. It was the epitome of extreme conservatism – fascism – we fought against in World War II; the conservative communists we feared in the Cold War; the conservative Islamists who are our enemies in the War on Terror; and American conservative beliefs that justified slavery, the subjugation of women, a campaign of terror against the Native Americans, segregation and today’s vitriol toward any group outside the clan.

Conservative leaders agitate an easily aroused populace with militant terms like “reload” and “take our country back,” while demonizing liberals, Muslims, Hispanics, blacks, intellectuals, feminists, environmentalists, gays, poor people, union workers. At war with the world, conservatives only pay lip service to values such as liberty, equality, justice and love. Their real loyalty is to clan mentality, which is diametrically opposed to such values.

Gunaratnam believes that we are all in this together and should help and respect each other. That’s liberal thinking, which qualifies her as a bad guy to the ultra conservatives.

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