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One of the experts on contemporary Islamophobia subpoenaed in the trial against Anders Behring Breivik is the Norwegian writer Øyvind Strømmen. Prior to this case he was virtually unknown, but he has enjoyed a tremendous career boost thanks to Breivik's evil acts, and is now hailed as a "leading expert" on the Counterjihad, a claim which triggers roars of laughter from those who actually know this movement. A lucky opportunist, Strømmen sells his books by labeling me a dangerous "Fascist." He says very little about real problems caused by mass immigration to Western countries, but a great deal about how evil any opposition to mass immigration is.

Strømmen also had an article published in the prestigious American magazine Foreign Affairs, a journal published by an influential foreign-policy think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations. The CFR usually supports the line that Islam is not a problem in itself, only certain "militant Islamists." Writing there about what he termed "violent Counter-Jihadism," which he linked to Breivik's mass murder, Strømmen concluded that "It is crucial that law-enforcement authorities and intelligence agencies better understand the true relationship between the words and ideas of Internet-based counter-jihadists and the real-world violence they seem to have inspired."

The official line promoted in the mainstream media, for instance by Mina Hauge Nærland in the newspaper Aftenposten, is that I am an "extremist" whereas Strømmen is an expert on extremists. It is unclear how he earned this title just by reading a few blogs, however. I've seen former US President George W. Bush multiple times on TV. Does that make me an expert on Bush, to be consulted by the press and the police?


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