What far-right terror has in common with ISIS - 2019-03-15
Terrorism is an increasingly globalized phenomenon. The 28-year old terror suspect behind the shooting in cold blood of 49 Muslim worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is an Australian who identifies as European, and who cites the leadership of London's Sadiq Khan, Germany's Angela Merkel and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of his perverse justification for his violence.
His ideology is rooted in a grand narrative of Western culture in decline, a global picture of perceived Islamic conquest of Christian lands, and a belief in the genocide of the "European people" across the world.
The killer's "manifesto," which lays out a warped rationale for his brutal attack, encapsulates a fundamental irony, presenting a transnational version of extremist nationalism. It chimes with a modern far right that is increasingly characterized by growing internationalism and consolidation, with violent extremists framing their struggle as transcending national borders, including fighting against a common Muslim enemy in defense of a Christian West.