Author cited by Norway attacker expresses regret
Tue, 26 Jul 2011 8:45a.m.
By Frank Jordans
An author cited in the Norway massacre suspect's rambling, 1,500-page manifesto has expressed regret that her writing might have served to inspire his rampage.
Gisele Littman, who writes under the name Bat Ye'or, said that since her books are in the public domain she had no control over who quoted her.
"Of course I regret if this man took inspiration from what I wrote or from what other writers wrote," she told The Associated Press by telephone from her home in Switzerland. "As an insane person he should have been treated before, and I am greatly saddened for all the young innocents who tragically lost their lives, and for their families."
Breivik cites Littman's work approvingly many times in the document he posted shortly before the attacks.
Her 2005 book Eurabia: the Euro-Arab Axis explores the relationship between European and Muslim countries. The term 'Eurabia' has been used by some to describe the growing influence of Islam in Europe, though Littman contended that her arguments are more complex.
She said some Europeans harbour a suppressed fear of Islamic colonisation that might erupt into violence.
"I think there is a lot of frustration, for instance in France and England, and I think discussions in our society should be encouraged," said Littman.
Referring to Breivik's attack, she added: "I'm afraid that this is something other people will imitate."
"I think the police must be very vigilant. This problem of Norway is a problem of Europe," said Littman, whose next book is titled Europe, Globalization, and the Coming Universal Caliphate.
Littman is a Cairo-born Jew whose website says she fled the country in the 1950s after her nationality was revoked. She settled in England, where she married, before moving to Switzerland.
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26/07/2011 3:58:27 p.m.
Frankly the concerns about muslims in Europe is just another excuse to hate someone.Why dont they live and let live and enjoy a dynamic multicultural societyIn New Zealand we have had an explosion in ethnic groups meaning we have more diversity in food, music, art and other riches that these people bring.I think that the new world has no room for old biggots that want the same old same old.
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