Anti-immigration rally in Denmark Saturday.
This is an AP story published at The Blaze (Hat tip: Susan):
LONDON (AP) — An al-Qaida-inspired gunman kills paratroopers and Jewish children in southern France. A far-right fanatic enraged by Muslim immigration guns down dozens of youths at a summer camp in Norway.
Two atrocities in the space of the year, coming from opposite ends of the spectrum, are raising fears across Europe that a growing climate of ethnic and religious hostility is inspiring extremist violence — and creating the conditions for deadly clashes.
The attacks in France and Norway represent the most horrific extremes of two trends of intolerance troubling Europe: strengthening far-right sentiment that has sometimes bled into the mainstream, and growing Islamic radicalization in Europe’s disadvantaged, immigrant-heavy neighborhoods.
With Europe still stunned by last week’s killings in Toulouse, France, a loosely knit group of xenophobic “defense leagues” plans to rally in Denmark Saturday against what they call the growing Islamic presence in western Europe.
Who says Western Europe has been the envy of the world? The Socialists? The Communists? Who loved those open borders policies? The delusional ‘diversity is strength’ gang?
For decades, western Europe has been the envy of the world with its high standard of living and tolerant social climate. Today, Europe is gripped by a profound economic crisis and festering conflict over immigration, religion and cultural identity.
Tensions over immigration from northern Africa and other countries with large Islamic populations have fueled the rise of far-right movements across Europe. In France, the ultranationlist National Front is expected to make gains in upcoming presidential and legislative elections. Xenophobic parties in Austria, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands have all gained support in recent years.
Only “intolerant” nutty people see a war between good and evil—really?
Nicolas Lebourg, a historian who studies the far-right at Perpignan University in southern France, said that both Breivik and Merah were products of an increasingly polarized Europe.
“For people who are a little fragile, people who are a little sensitive … we’re overheating them by telling them that there’s this cosmic war between good and evil,” Lebourg said.