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The Greatest Threat to Western Society: The Extreme Right

Right wing terrorist Anders Breivik making a Nazi salute at his trial

Anders Breivik is a right wing terrorist from Norway who killed eight people by detonating a van bomb amid Regjeringskvartalet in Oslo and then killed 69 participants of a Workers Youth League summer camp on the island of Utoya on 22 July 2011.

Anders Breivik is a right wing terrorist from Norway who killed eight people by detonating a van bomb amid Regjeringskvartalet in Oslo and then killed 69 participants of a Workers Youth League summer camp on the island of Utoya on 22 July 2011.

Balance is Perfect

For a country to operate properly, there needs to be balance between left and right wing political views. Without the left wing, there wouldn’t be equality or human rights for many of those living in these countries while without the right wing, our militaries would be weaker and lose a lot of support and we would have a much lower employment rate.

Without the two being balanced, we fall into chaos. We will either focus all our attention and money on subjects that aren’t vital to the country or become extremely violent towards those the majority say don’t belong depending on which political view is stronger. Some explain it like throwing a bird out of a plane after cutting off one of its wings and expecting it to fly instead of falling to its death.

Domestic terrorist, Jeremy Christian who stabbed three men who went to defend two Muslim women he was attacking. Two of the men were killed


The Severe Terrorist Threat

Despite what you hear on the news and online, Islamic extremists aren’t the greatest terror threat western societies face. Statistics show that in the west, each year around 73% of terror plots are either planned or carried out by those who are on the far-right side of the political spectrum while around 27% are either planned or carried out by Islamic extremists. These statistics vary slightly between each year and individual countries. At times, they have also included left wing terror plots if they have occurred but that usually only takes up less than 5%. These statistics show that while yes, Islamic extremism is a problem we need to be cautious of, the greatest threat comes from the far right. In fact, between the 12th of September 2001 and the end of 2016, the amount of deaths in America caused by right wing extremists far outnumbered those caused by Islamic terrorists in 10 of the 15 years and the two were equal for 3 years. This means that Islamic terrorists only caused more deaths in 2 of the years.

In 2017, far-right hate crimes and terror attacks/plots have spiked all over the world, especially in America. Some groups such as the Nordic Resistance Movement and the Irish Republican Army have become well known for planning and carrying out primarily bomb attacks.

While people belonging to countries such as America prefer to use guns and bombs for their attacks, the weapon of choice in the UK is acid which is often thrown onto the faces of their targets which are mainly minorities.

Everyone has the “it’s only bad when they do it” mentality when talking about certain events and topics but it has gotten to the point where people think it is ok to carry out an attack on Muslims. Whenever an attack such as the Minnesota mosque bombing, Quebec City mosque shooting or when Jeremy Joseph Christian stabbed three men who defended two Muslim women on a train happens, many people who comment on the reports of the events on social media praise and congratulate the terrorist. The hypocritical nature of condemning Islamic terrorism while praising and celebrating domestic terrorism also encourages others to carry out such attacks in an attempt to be wrongly viewed as a ‘patriot’.

A censored photo of two of the three terrorists who bombed an immigration office in Norway on the 5th of January 2017 receiving military training in Russia

Two of the three bombers who belong to the Nordic Resistance Movement receiving military training in Russia.

Two of the three bombers who belong to the Nordic Resistance Movement receiving military training in Russia.

The Other Threat of The Far-Right

An argument that is often used by the far-right is that immigrants and Muslims have no respect for our values. While in some cases this is true, the right wing often don’t either. American, English, Australian, etc. values all centre around multiculturalism, unity, understanding and being welcoming. Many who belong to the right wing don’t follow these values and some even want to get rid of the values all together. These people are most often those who claim that others don’t respect our values. Some particular political parties and movements even go directly against their countries constitution. For example, Pauline Hanson, the leader of One Nation has often called for the banning of all Muslims. This goes strictly against section 116 of the Australian constitution.

The far-right is a clear threat to particular vital parts of western culture, laws and society.

It is recommended that you not engage with potential terrorists in any way and that you should notify the police immediately


Identifying and Reporting Potential Threats

It is usually easy to identify a potential domestic terrorist as they are often very open about their views and do whatever it takes to make sure they are heard. The largest sign is that they often praise attacks on minorities or talk about wanting to carry out some sort of attack. Another tell-tale sign is by their social media profile pictures. Both potential and actual domestic terrorists tend to show themselves holding large weapons while standing in front of either their national flag or an image of groups such as the Klu Klux Klan.

A good example of this is Chris Shortis who is one of the leaders of the United Patriots Front and refers to himself as a “biblical crusader”. Chris often makes videos showing off his gun collection and talking about taking up arms against unchristian religions and the government. Often trying to encourage others to join him in his own “Holy War”. Chris is also obsessed with his own conspiracy theory where the United Nations is attempting to make the Pope the leader of a new world government and he claims that he and his followers will have to fight against this world government and those who aren’t Christian.

Reporting a potential threat is pretty easy. You can report someone just to the police or if you want, there are often hotlines and websites dedicated to letting people report others while remaining anonymous. It is recommended that you take a photo or video of what it is that has you concerned (if safe to do so) not only as proof but also to make it easier for the authorities to do their job. It is encouraged that you report any threat you encounter regardless of whether or not by someone you know or in a group you are involved with.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.


Hellenic Pagan1 (author) on August 10, 2017:

Thank you Bildad. You brought up something I didn't mention. Thank you for adding it :)

Bildad Hawi on August 10, 2017:

Terrorism is an ideology whether it is guided by strict versions of a religion or by biased conservative views on culture and race, the result is all the same-violence on those who disagree with the spread of the terrorist's agenda. This implies a quest for power and dominance over the 'other' and most importantly the fear of being dominated by another culture and the erosion of ones way of life. The article is right in the sense that it distinguishes terrorism based on religion and that of right wing conservatism. Both qualify as extremist ideologies and should be treated as such.

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