On the trail of the warlike Europe

The historian Nils Rune Langeland (47) predict that northern Europe is the future battlefield.



Home is an EU-flag where the stars are shaped like burning fire. Historian Nils Rune Langeland, professor at the University of Stavanger, really look not only good miracle when, in his new collection of essays looks out over the European continent.

In your book "Europe - A crusade" you travel around Europe to find out what Europe does, and find that you have to go back to the 10th June 1099 Why then?

- 10 June 1099 was the day when the crusader army broke through the walls of Jerusalem during the First Crusade and beginning a massacre of Muslims. When the war started. And the war we are in still. It is a historical hypothesis, but a literary statement.

A turning point is when you stand and look at the Bayeux Tapestry, which describes the Norman invasion of Britain. Why did such an impression?

- The carpet was a revelation. The warriors depicted are Norwegian and Danish Vikings, who were Norman knights in the course of one generation. So they become a part of the first European attempt to conquer the world. We have a part in this.

You put wars legacy is with us from a bloody history against the peace-loving which has been ideal for 2 World War II. What happens to the Europeans when it is no longer something to die for? Is peace passive?

- What we see is a political decadence. The major projects are given. After 1945 and 1989 we practice ourselves to be human again. Today Westerners are pubertal. We do not know how to live this new life. But it can be something redemptive and well in the decadent dance. All the other European projects, revolutions and empires, have had enormous human cost.

What is the EU in this?

- EU are gay bars and agricultural subsidies. The EU is an attempt to seize the resignation is in the mundane. The EU is a deliberate anti-crusade that is and will be boring. It is as if we say that the NOK is NOK. Now we have to live life. EU European collective retirement.

In Brussels, you will meet a special class of foreign languages, secular, optimistic and well-educated young European people. But you dwell more with your conversations with taxi drivers and pubgjester. Is that where you find the truth?

- Europe is essential bourgeois in that it has a dirty bottom. Look at Britain and France. There you will find the very best of everything and it nedrigste of everything. In Austria, the tension between the beauty of Wienerfilharmonierne and mind of the old man at the regular table in the tavern. The author Elfriede Jelinek captures precisely this extreme duality in "The Piano Teacher."

Why is the man at the master table so angry?

- The European states have taken a lot. There's people around who look back on three generations of fallen soldiers in the war, three generations of worn-out industrial workers. The man at the regular table is half-conscious of this legacy, and have an experience of having sacrificed a lot.

The men at the regular table represents a completely different attitude, not to mention another hostility towards people from other cultures, than the elite in Brussels. Which of them will shape the future?

- It is completely unclear. And it is Europe's and America's dilemma today. Remember that even Sarah Palin in the U.S. represents the angry men. The elite and the people at the regular table is not in dialogue. They must begin to talk. Otherwise there will be a disaster.

What kind?

- I believe that Northern Europe is the battlefield. Remember that there is no successful example of integration by other cultures in Northern Europe. The Norwegian immigration historians are lying. Traditionally we are a people who have emigrated and exported, and not accepted immigration.

Traditionally, we have also burned witches at the stake. Unable cultures change?

- I will not be a doomsday prophet. It may Jenks to, and that we are a queer Buddhist chakras. But the Norwegian state has used enormous resources to pursue common Norwegians, for speeding and skatterot. All of the Norwegian nation-state project is targeted to the private sphere. We talk a lot about paternity leave and lifestyle diseases, and not about foreign policy. We are constantly encouraged to read more and drink less. It is a discipline regime that can only exist in an ethnically homogeneous population. I think we have two possibilities. Whether we land in a large, cluttered, dirty harmony. Otherwise, go the Germanic peoples in the north NOK once.

Against what?

- The European ideology is the Reconquista, which is to re-conquer Europe from Islam. In Spain, called the heir to the throne, "Prince of Asturias," after the small kingdom of Asturias in the north as the reconquest of the Iberian mid-height sprang from. In Serbia, Reconquista one bearing the national narrative. North Sea areas are exempt, but it was the Mariners again British and Dutch who started the new European conquest of the world. Everything springs from the extreme mental state, which has been Europe's ideology all the time. We do not understand Europe before we realize this.

We live in a pleasure-oriented society. You describe yourself how the sun and sex tourists today travel to where the Crusaders once did. It seems as if these will be part of a new crusade with the first.

- Precisely this dirt unit is our alibi as people. It was the longing to break free from this heritage that led to the Cultural Revolution in the sixties. The result was a terrible father murder which in many ways was necessary. When the Beatles guys left the class society in which they were grown up in India, they were ruled by the same dream of escape from Europe. No, Crusader real inheritors are the USA and Israel.

How?

- Where are the demonic restlessness that once drove the Europeans. Europe abandoned Christianity forties, when Bishop von Galen spoke Nazism opposite, and has turned into another road. There are Jews who take up the crusader sword and faces the east.

The subtitle of your book is "A krossferd". It opens with a Dante quote, and is full of Christian allusions. Will you return to a world in which these references and symbols are gathered?

- No. These are questions I grab as an historian. I envision an axis from the conquest of Jerusalem to Christian's death with Bishop von Galen. It is not about Christianity as a fairy tale, but Christianity as something we do not yet understand, a spiritual turmoil.

You write about how the world wars has made ​​it difficult to be a nationalist in the 21 century. But the world is still divided into nation states fighting for their interests. Does nationalism no function today?

- It is ridiculous to hear the Progressive Party to talk about Norwegian culture. It is something that only interests the old professors. The 20th century large, supranational ideologies put an end to nationalism as anything other than nostalgic frame around a welfare state. As a historical project is over.

Is this kind of nationalism you mean when you sum up Europe's soul "craftsman fascism, class contempt, velferdssentimentalitet and småskalakommersialisme"?

- The European nation-states are first and foremost welfare states, little else, and it is about these kind should be. The welfare state is something that's willingness to maintain.

When a friend of mine was up Blindern recently, he noticed that only students with an immigrant background in the reading room late at night. Is not this a healthy revitalization represented by ambitious new Norwegians?

- Yes, but it is legitimate to say that we are not interested to begin again. Personally, I have great sympathy for what you describe. Everyone should learn from the industrious Pakistani girls. But they will never crack the European code. They will never understand what this is all about. It neither do we, intellectually, but we carry it with us, experience-wise. That is why Northern Europe is the battlefield. It is we who have the highest ambitions. And this is where it is most at stake.
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