Jul 29 2011

Chris Hedges: Fundamentalism Kills

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Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian right wing terrorist, bombed government buildings in Oslo and carried out a mass shooting at a youth camp, killing more than 70 people, exactly one week ago on Friday. Breivik has been charged under the Terrorism Act which has a maximum prison term of 21 years. The rightwing Norwegian wrote his 1500 page manifesto outlining his beliefs online – he was motivated by a fundamentalist ideology, claiming to want to “save [Europe] against cultural Marxism and Islamization.” In an article posted on truthdig.com titled ‘Fundamentalism Kills’ author and analyst Chris Hedges explored the parallels between Breivik’s ideology and American Fundamentalism, which in his view is not a simple opposition between Western Civilization and Islam, rather “between those who embrace the rational and those who believe in biblical myth.” An interview published this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center of a former Department of Homeland Security analyst Darryl Johnson, revealed that a DHS unit responsible for investigating non-Islamic threats in the US was dismantled. This happened after the DHS was heavily criticized for a 2009 report on right-wing terrorism.

GUEST: Chris Hedges, was a foreign correspondent for two decades. He is a Senior Fellow at the Nation Institute and a columnist for Truthdig.com. His latest book is called The World As it Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

Read Hedges article here: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/fundamentalism_kills_20110726/

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