EUROPE - Conspiracy Theories: New Form of Terrorism?

Arno Froese

Racist conspiracy theories are gaining more and more traction in Europe, according to a new study from Germany, Britain and Sweden. Fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, the movements that have arisen may outlast it.

A majority of the respondents in France, Italy, Poland and Hungary believe that the political system in their country is completely or partially broken. In Germany and Sweden, as many as one-third of the people share this view.

Prejudices against immigrants, Muslims and other marginalized groups are all on the rise. In all the countries surveyed, around one-third of respondents have a negative opinion of immigrants. In Hungary, the figure is 60%.

From the United States, the QAnon movement has spilled across the Atlantic, especially into Germany and the UK. The obscure theories of worldwide child trafficking and mind control by Hollywood stars, politicians and Jewish people tie in with long-established anti-Semitic tropes. The authors of the study believe that the main danger is that these prejudices could persist even after the end of the pandemic.

The study’s authors warn that the danger of right-wing terror attacks remains high throughout Europe.

Civil engagement against this hatred is difficult because the individuals cannot be easily physically located, but instead are constantly networking across national borders, they report.

But the three foundations have reason to be optimistic. The solidarity in many cities and communities brought on by the pandemic is encouraging: Families, neighborhoods and even strangers are helping and supporting each other all over Europe. Despite the hate, the past year has seen heartwarming examples of sacrifice, love, and hope.

-www.dw.com, 18 February 2021

Arno's Commentary

For the first time in human history, something extraordinary is taking place. There is no comparison to it. The first social media service to reach 1 million monthly active users was MySpace in 2004. In the meantime, active users of social media have surpassed the 2.5 billion mark. 

Wikipedia reports about the beginning, from 1970 through the 80s:

The discrete cosine transform (DCT) compression technique is proposed by [Indian-American] Nasir Ahmed. It has since become the most widely used data compression algorithm on social media, enabling the practical transmission and streaming of digital media.
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_social_media

With artificial intelligence as a helper, language barriers no longer exist. The whole world has become one global society already. Now, governments the world over are racing to regulate the content. Undocumented theories, purporting that there is a global cabal of Jewish people controlling the world, lubricate unstable minds. 

What does “far right” or “extreme” mean? In very simplistic terms: I’m right and everybody else is wrong. That mental attitude seems sufficient to declare self-imagined half-truths or outright fabrications as fact.

Already now, we can see how this will work; not only with the extreme right, but also with the middle-of-the-road and the extreme left. They all come under the one diabolical spell to believe a lie. We read in 2 Thessalonians 2:11: “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” That is now in the works full speed.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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