Norway Oslo 2011Terrorist Conservative Christian Anti-Muslim Crusader

Norway Oslo 2011 Terrorist, Conservative Christian anti-Muslim Crusader, etc .. anti … etc…pro  etc

NOTE: he is one of 12 members of a secret right-wing anti-multicultural, anti-Marxist, anti-feminist, anti-Islamic society,

the ‘Knights Templar’

founded in London in April 2002.

Rampage ... Anders Behring Breivik in costumes.

Anders Behring Breivik: Norway Bomber, Terrorist, Mass Murderer, Christian Crusader

A scene “grab” from his “movie”  as below: in other words…. start shooting etc etc>

Timeline of Norway’s twin attacks

APBy The Associated Press | AP

The following is a timeline of events during the attacks on a Norwegian government building and a political retreat for young people, according to police and eyewitnesses. All times are local. —3:26 p.m.: A car bomb explodes outside the prime minister’s office in central Oslo.

—Around 4:50 p.m.: Vacationers at a campground begin to hear shooting across the lake on Utoya, an island where the youth wing of the Labor Party is being held.

—5:26 p.m.: Police in Buskerud receive call about shooting on Utoya.

—5:30 p.m.: Buskerud police alert Oslo, request SWAT team.

—5:38 p.m.: SWAT team is dispatched from Oslo. It drives, deciding that starting a police helicopter would take longer.

—By 6 p.m.: The team arrives at the lake, but it struggles to find a boat to cross over.

—6:25 p.m.: The SWAT team arrives on the island.

—6:27 p.m.: Suspect puts down weapons and surrenders to police >

Norway suspect seeks anti-Muslim crusade in Europe

By BJOERN AMLAND and SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press © 2011 The Associated Press

July 24, 2011, 2:26PM

OSLO, Norway — The man blamed for killing at least 93 people during terrorist attacks on Norway’s government headquarters and an island retreat for young people wanted to trigger an anti-Muslim revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday. A chief surgeon treating the wounded from Friday’s mass shooting, meanwhile, said he believes the attacker used special “dum-dum” bullets that cause massive internal injuries. The doctor told The Associated Press that the killer’s chosen ammo “exploded inside the body.” The manifesto that 32-year-old suspect Anders Behring Breivik published online ranted against Muslim immigration to Europe and vowed revenge on those “indigenous Europeans” whom he deemed had betrayed their heritage. The document said they would be punished for their “treasonous acts.” Police said they were analyzing the approximately 1,500-page document. They said it was published Friday shortly before the back-to-back bomb and gun attacks. Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said his client wrote the document alone. While police said they were investigating reports of a second assailant on the island, the lawyer said Breivik claims no one helped him. The treatise detailed plans to acquire firearms and explosives, and even appeared to describe a test explosion: “BOOM! The detonation was successful!!!” It ends with a note dated 12:51 p.m. on July 22: “I believe this will be my last entry.” That day, a bomb killed seven people in downtown Oslo and, about 90 minutes later, a gunman began opening fire on about 600 young people at a retreat on Utoya Island. Police said the death toll in the shooting rose by one Sunday to 86. That brings total fatalities to 93, with more than 90 wounded. People remain missing at both scenes. Police have not released the names of any victims. Authorities revealed Sunday that one of the attacker’s first victims on the island was an off-duty police officer who had been hired by the camp directors to provide private security in his spare time. Oslo Police Union Chairman Sigve Bolstad declined to identify the victim. That detail sheds new light on the confusion many survivors described during the 90-minute massacre. The attacker arrived dressed as a policeman, and some campers were killed when they approached the killer thinking he was there to save them. Dr. Colin Poole, head of surgery at Ringriket Hospital in Honefoss northwest of Oslo, told The Associated Press the gunman used special bullets designed to disintegrate inside the body and cause maximum internal damage. Poole said surgeons treating 16 gunshot victims have recovered no full bullets. “These bullets more or less exploded inside the body,” Poole said. “It’s caused us all kinds of extra problems in dealing with the wounds they cause, with very strange trajectories.” Ballistics experts say the so-called “dum-dum” bullets also are lighter in weight and can be fired with greater accuracy over varying distances. They commonly are used by air marshals and hunters of small animals. Such characteristics potentially would have allowed the gunman to carry more ammunition and fire his weapons at varying targets without adjusting his sights. Officials at the lakeside scene of the island shooting spent Sunday continuing to account for the dead. Six hearses pulled up at the shoreline as orange-jacketed Red Cross searchers on small boats slowly explored the extensive shoreline. Body parts remain inside the Oslo building, which housed the prime minister’s office. In a chilling allusion to the fact that the tragedy could have even been greater, police said Sunday that Breivik still had “a considerable amount” of ammunition for both his guns — a pistol and an automatic rifle — when he surrendered. Police and his lawyer have said that Breivik confessed to the twin attacks, but denied criminal responsibility for a day that shook peaceful Norway to its core and was the deadliest ever in peacetime. Breivik has been charged with terrorism and will be arraigned Monday. Lippestad said his client has asked for an open court hearing “because he wants to explain himself.” Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said a forensics expert from Interpol was joining the investigation Sunday. European security officials said they were aware of increased Internet chatter from individuals claiming they belonged to the Knights Templar group that Breivik describes, in fantastical terms, in the manifesto. They said they were still investigating claims that Breivik, and other far-right individuals, attended a London meeting of the group in 2002. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation. The officials would not confirm whether they had identified Breivik as a potential threat. As authorities pursued the suspect’s motives, Oslo mourned the victims. Norway’s King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg crowded into Oslo Cathedral, where the pews were packed, and people spilled into the plaza outside. The area was strewn with flowers and candles, and people who could not fit inside the grand church huddled under umbrellas amid drizzling rain. The king and queen both wiped tears from their eyes during the service themed on “sorrow and hope.” Afterward, people sobbed and hugged one another in the streets. Many lingered over the flowers and candles. The royal couple and prime minister later visited the site of the bombing in Oslo. The royals then visited shooting survivors at Ringriket Hospital. The attacker picked targets linked to Norway’s left-wing Labor Party. Breivik’s manifesto pilloried the political correctness of liberals and warned that their work would end in the colonization of Europe by Muslims. Such fears may derive, at least in part, from the fact that Norway has grown increasingly multicultural in recent years as the prosperous Nordic nation has opened its arms to thousands of conflict refugees from Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia. The annual Labor Party retreat — which the prime minister, Stoltenberg, fondly remembers attending in his own youth — reflected the country’s changing demographics as the children of immigrants have grown increasingly involved in Labor politics. The assaults have rattled Norway, home to the Nobel Prize for Peace and where the average policeman patrolling in the streets doesn’t carry a firearm. Norwegians pride themselves on the openness of their society and cherish the idea of free expression. “He wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution,” Lippestad, the lawyer, told public broadcaster NRK. “He wished to attack society and the structure of society.” Lippestad said Breivik spent years writing the manifesto titled “2083 — A European Declaration of Independence.” It was signed “Andrew Berwick.” The document later explained that 2083 was to be the year when European government would be overthrown en masse. Sponheim, the police chief, said there was no indication whether Breivik had selected his targets or fired randomly on the island. The manifesto vowed revenge on those it accused of betraying Europe. “We, the free indigenous peoples of Europe, hereby declare a pre-emptive war on all cultural Marxist/multiculturalist elites of Western Europe. … We know who you are, where you live and we are coming for you,” the document said. “We are in the process of flagging every single multculturalist traitor in Western Europe. You will be punished for your treasonous acts against Europe and Europeans.” The use of an anglicized pseudonym could be explained by a passage in the manifesto describing the founding, in April 2002 in London, of a group he calls a new Knights Templar. The Knights Templar was a medieval order created to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land after the First Crusade in the 11th century. A 12-minute video clip posted on YouTube with the same title as the manifesto featured symbolic imagery of the Knights Templar and crusader kings as well as slides suggesting Europe is being overrun by Muslims. Police could not confirm whether Breivik posted the video, which also featured photographs of him dressed in a formal military uniform and in a wet suit pointing an assault rifle. The video contained a series of slides that accused left-wing politicians in Europe of allowing Muslims to overrun the continent. One image showed the BBC’s logo with the “C” changed into an Islamic crescent. Another referenced the former Soviet Union, declaring that the end result of the left’s actions would be an “EUSSR.” In London, the leader of Ramadhan Foundation, one of Britain’s largest Muslim groups, said mosques are being extra vigilant in the wake of the attacks. Mohammed Shafiq told The AP he was talking to European Muslim leaders and British police about the need to increase security. The last 100 pages of the manifesto apparently lay out details of Breivik’s social and personal life, including his steroid use and an intention to solicit prostitutes in the days before the attack. Also Sunday, police carried out raids in an Oslo neighborhood seeking explosives. Police spokesman Henning Holtaas said no explosives were found and no one was arrested. Police said the bomb used in the Oslo blast was a mixture of fertilizer and fuel similar to what home-grown U.S. terrorists used to blow up a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. A farm supply store said Saturday they had alerted police that Breivik bought six metric tons of fertilizer, a popular terrorist component for car bombs. ___ DiLorenzo reported from Stockholm. Associated Press writers Ian MacDougall and Derl McCrudden in Oslo, Louise Nordstrom and Karl Ritter in Stockholm, Shawn Pogatchnik in Honefoss, Norway, and Paisley Dodds in London contributed to this report.


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Excerpts from Norway gunman’s manifesto

APBy The Associated Press | AP – 1 hr 6 mins ago

Arrested gunman Anders Behring Breivik worked 9 years on a “manifesto” that blamed multi-culturalists, Marxists and Muslims for Europe’s problems and urged violent means to purge Europe of non-Christians and those he deemed traitors to Christian Europe. His lawyer says he posted it online just before a rampage that killed nearly 100 people.

Here are several brief excerpts that illustrate the nature of his writing and his obsessions as he carried out one of the worst crimes in Europe since World War II.

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“I have spent several years writing, researching and compiling the information and I have spent most of my hard earned funds in this process (in excess of 300 000 Euros). I do not want any compensation for it as it is a gift to you, as a fellow patriot.” ____

“Multi-culturalism (cultural Marxism/political correctness), as you might know, is the root cause of the ongoing Islamisation of Europe which has resulted in the ongoing Islamic colonisation of Europe through demographic warfare (facilitated by our own leaders).”

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“In order to successfully penetrate the cultural Marxist/multiculturalist media censorship we are forced to employ significantly more brutal and breath taking operations which will result in casualties. In order for the attack to gain an influential effect, assassinations and the use of weapons of mass destruction must be embraced.”

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“The ideology that has taken over Western Europe goes most commonly by the name of “Political Correctness.” Some people see it as a joke. It is not. It is deadly serious. It seeks to alter virtually all the rules, formal and informal, that govern relations among people and institutions. It wants to change behaviour, thought, even the words we use.”

____ “Christendom is gradually being deconstructed. It is time that the Pope and his cardinals begin to resist the deliberate deconstruction of European Christendom. The process would, however, be quite challenging, but worth the effort as all Justiciar Knights who dies for their faith will be a great source of inspiration for generations to come. They will be role models. Certain, exceptionally brave and selfless, Justiciar Knights in the coming decades should even be considered as candidates for official veneration.” ____ “I have never in my life felt that I have done anything more meaningful than what I am doing now regardless of the lack of moral support from my founding brothers or other armed resistance fighters.” ____

“I believe this will be my last entry. It is now Fri July 22nd, 12.51.”

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Norway mourns victims of anti-Islam “Crusader”

ReutersBy Victoria Klesty and Gwladys Fouche | Reuters – 57 mins ago

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SUNDVOLLEN, Norway (Reuters) – Norway mourned on Sunday 93 people killed in a shooting spree and car bombing by a Norwegian who saw his attacks as “atrocious, but necessary” to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam.In his first comment via a lawyer since his arrest, Anders Behring Breivik, 32, said he wanted to explain himself at a court hearing on Monday about extending his custody. In a rambling manifesto before the attacks, Breivik said he was part of a crusade to fight a tide of Islam. “He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary,” Geir Lippestad said. The lawyer said Breivik had admitted to Friday’s shootings at a Labour party youth camp and the bombing that killed seven people in Oslo’s government district a few hours earlier. However, “he feels that what he has done does not deserve punishment,” Lippestad told NRK public television. “What he has said is that he wants a change in society and in his understanding, in his head, there must be a revolution.” Oslo’s acting police chief Sveinung Sponheim confirmed to reporters that Breivik would be able to speak to the court. It was not clear whether the hearing would be closed or in public. “He has admitted to the facts of both the bombing and the shooting, although he’s not admitting criminal guilt,” Sponheim said, adding that Breivik had said he acted alone. Police were checking this because some witness statements from the island spoke of more than one gunman, Sponheim said.

Norway mourns victims of twin attacksNorway mourns the 93 victims of the deadly twin attacks which rocked the country on Friday, as hundreds gather outside Oslo cathedral to show their solidarity.

NATIONAL TRAGEDY The violence, Norway’s worst since World War Two, has profoundly shocked the usually peaceful nation of 4.8 million.

King Harald and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg were among mourners at a service in Oslo cathedral, where the premier spoke emotionally about the victims, some of whom he knew.

“This represents a national tragedy,” he declared. Tearful people placed flowers and candles outside the cathedral. Soldiers with guns and wearing bullet-proof vests blocked streets leading to the government district. Police said Breivik surrendered when they arrived on the small island of Utoeya in a lake northwest of Oslo after he had shot dead at least 85 people, mostly young people attending a summer camp of the youth wing of Norway’s ruling Labour Party. About 650 people were on the island when Breivik, wearing a police uniform, opened fire. Police said it took them an hour from when they were first alerted to stop the massacre, the worst by a single gunman in modern times. An inadequate boat and a decision to await a special armed unit from Oslo, 45 km (28 miles) away, delayed the response. “When so many people and equipment were put into it, the boat started to take on water, so that the motor stopped,” said Erik Berga, police operations chief in Buskerud County. A person wounded in the shooting died in hospital, raising the death toll to 93, Norway’s NRK television said. Police say some people remain missing. Ninety-seven people were wounded. Otto Loevik had to decide who to pick up on his boat and who to leave behind as he came under fire trying to rescue fleeing teenagers. “He remembers the faces of the youths he left behind,” Loevik’s wife, Wenche, told Reuters. “He told me: ‘I had to chose who to pick up on the boat and who to leave behind. Who do you choose?’,” she said. Her husband, who declined to be interviewed, rescued some 40 to 50 terrified youths. Norwegian police said a British police officer was providing technical expertise in the investigation but that they had not requested any separate inquiries in foreign countries. ANTI-JIHAD MANIFESTO Breivik posted a 1,500-page manifesto, written in English, on Friday, describing his violent philosophy and how he planned his onslaught and made explosives. The killings would draw attention to the manifesto entitled “2083-A European Declaration of Independence,” Breivik wrote. “Once you decide to strike, it is better to kill too many than not enough, or you risk reducing the desired ideological impact of the strike,” he added. The manifesto posted by Breivik, a self-styled founder member of a modern Knights Templar organization, hints at a wider conspiracy of self-appointed crusaders and shows a mind influenced by the fantasy imagery of online gaming. “The order is to serve as an armed Indigenous Rights Organization and as a Crusader Movement (anti-Jihad movement),” he writes in the document, chunks of which are cut and pasted from other far-right, anti-Islam documents on the Internet. Breivik says he is not against immigrants who integrate and reserves a lot of his fury for a liberal European political establishment he views as promoting Europe’s destruction. He hints at a wider conspiracy in the document, saying that the Knights Templar, a medieval order of crusading warrior monks, had been reconstituted in London in 2002. Breivik attacks the “Islamic colonisation and Islamisation of Western Europe” and the “rise of cultural Marxism/multi-culturalism.” A video posted on YouTube called “Knights Templar 2083” showed pictures of Breivik, including one of him in a scuba diving outfit pointing an automatic weapon. Parliament, in recess until October, is to be recalled for a memorial service. Party leaders will discuss how the attacks would affect campaigning for local elections in September. “We will have an election, we will have a political debate,” said Stoltenberg, premier and Labour Party leader. “But I believe everyone understands that we have to discuss the form of the debate … to avoid a conflict between the political debate and the need to show dignity and compassion.” Erna Solberg, head of the main opposition Conservative Party, said: “We have to agree the rules of the game.”

IMMIGRATION

Norway has long been open to immigration, which has been criticised by the populist Progress Party, to which Breivik once belonged. Labour, whose youth camp he attacked, backs multi-culturalism to accommodate different ethnic communities.

“Norway will keep going. But there will be a Norway before and after the dramatic attacks on Friday,” Stoltenberg said.

“But I am quite sure that you will also recognize Norway afterwards — it will be an open Norway, a democratic Norway and a Norway where we take care of each other.” The attacks have prompted soul-searching in Norway. At Oslo cathedral, Britt Aanes, a priest aged 42 said the fact that Breivik was Norwegian had affected people deeply. “In one way, I think it was good that it was not a Muslim terrorist group behind this,” she said. It pointed up the complexity of immigration and inter-religious issues for Norwegians, “a small and privileged people,” she said. “We must open our eyes and not simply think that we can keep all this wealth to ourselves.” Some analysts questioned whether Norway, focused on al Qaeda-type militancy, had overlooked domestic threats. “While the main terrorist threat to democratic societies around the world still comes from Islamist extremists, the horrific events in Norway are a reminder that white far-right extremism is also a major and possibly growing threat,” said James Brandon, research head at London’s Quilliam think-tank. Home-grown anti-government figures have struck elsewhere, notably in the United States, where Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people with a truck bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995.

Grief was still raw for survivors and relatives clustered at a hotel in Sundvollen near Utoeya island. They huddled together, many with bloodshot eyes, at terrace tables.

(Additional reporting by Walter Gibbs, Anna Ringstrom, Henrik Stoelen, Terje Solsvik, Patrick Lannin, Johan Ahlander, Wojciech Moskwa, John Acher and Ole Petter Skonnord in Oslo, William Maclean in London; Writing by Alistair Lyon; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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Modest boy who became a mass murderer

Sean Rayment, London

July 25, 2011

A nation in mourning ... young people grieve Norway's deadliest postwar tragedy.A nation in mourning … young people grieve Norway’s deadliest postwar tragedy. Photo: AP

IN THE space of 48 hours Anders Behring Breivik emerged from the obscurity of an Oslo suburb to become the worst mass killer in peacetime Europe. Breivik was born on February 13, 1979 and grew up in western Oslo where, until recently, he lived with his mother in the wealthy suburb of Skoyen. Superficially, his upbringing appears to have been both middle-class and unremarkable. He attended the Handelsgym High School in Oslo and graduated with a masters degree from the Oslo School of Management. In his late teens, he completed compulsory national service, where he received military training and learnt how to shoot.

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Rampage ... Anders Behring Breivik in costumes.Rampage … Anders Behring Breivik in costumes. Photo: Reuters

A keen hunter, his only brush with the law appears to have been a minor traffic infringement around 10 years ago – about the same time at which friends claim he became increasingly enamoured with right-wing politics. By 20, Breivik became a member of Fremskrittspartiet (The Progress Party), Norway’s largest far-right group, and became chairman of his local party. His association with the party ceased in 2007, when he failed to pay his membership fees. By this stage his political views became increasingly radical. The object of his hatred were Muslims, whom he believed were destroying Norwegian society. A politician who met Breivik when he was apparently interested in local Oslo politics, said he did not attract attention. ”I got the impression that he was a modest person … he was well dressed,” recalled Joeran Kallmyr, a local Oslo politician representing the Progressive Party. ”It seemed like he was well educated.” Outside politics, Brevik is a keen bodybuilder and member of an Oslo gun club, holding licences for a rifle, shotgun and a Glock semi-automatic pistol. Breivik was a fan of online gaming and on the European World of Warcraft forums, players came together to try to make sense of Breivik’s alleged involvement in the killings. ”This is just not happening,” a player called Piltavla wrote. ”You had this image of him never being able to harm a fly … he was a very calm and down-to-earth person. I spent many nights speaking with him … It’s unbelievable that he’s done this. I feel sick that I ever knew him (to be honest)!” Government records suggest that despite his management qualifications, his early attempts at business were a failure until he established Breivik Geofarm in eastern Norway for the cultivation of ”vegetables, melons and tubers”. The business would have given Breivik access to nitrogen-based fertiliser – one of the main ingredients of a ”fertiliser bomb”. Telegraph, London

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Norway shooting: Anders Behring Breivik’s planning appears meticulous

After reading the manifesto over several hours the first thing that struck me was just how meticulous Anders Behring Breivik had been.

1,500-page manifesto apparently written by Anders Behring Breivik which details his preparation of his

Cover of the 1,500-page manifesto apparently written by Anders Behring Breivik which details his preparation of his “martyrdom operation” Photo: REUTERS
By Ian Stephen 6:06PM BST 24 Jul 2011
The 1500 page document reveals a chilling obsession with what he saw as being destructive to the world.
He dismisses concepts such as political correctness, feminism and major religions and philosophies including Islam and Marxism and defends his views by quoting people he views as authoritative.
His writings are done in such a detached man they reveal a man who prided himself on attention to detail, a narcissist who is extremely disciplined.
He would have seen his work as rational, which of course they are anything but.
It is was quite scary to read as you are reading in extensive detail his thoughts, his plans and how he trained to carry about the massacre.
It is frightening to think that this man spent the past few years planning on how to change the world through violence. He wants to concert the world back to society where men are dominant while purify races across Europe. Throughout he justifies his actions from a Christian point of view, which he sees as pure and correct. It is not normal and shows he is living in a fantasy world. But this is a guy who also dismisses Hitler as having failed to develop the racial purism properly. He does not like people with political views that are left of centre. He is several miles further right of Hitler in terms of political philosophies. He claims academics are all anti-western in their teachings. He saw all the left wing leaders such as Tony Blair as supporting Islam. He is a highly dangerous man who given the chance again would carry out his attacks again. He does not think he has done anything wrong. He sees his actions as vindicating his views. But I think he is very intelligent who knew what he was doing but is clearly a psychopath. He was a bomb waiting to explode. Unfortunately, for the people of Norway that time was Friday afternoon. Ian Stephen is a retired forensic clinical psychologist who has worked in special criminal hospitals and advised several television crime dramas. He also taught at the University of Edinburgh.

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2011 Norway attacks

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Locations of the incidents in the Oslo and Buskerud counties of Norway

Location OsloNorway Utøya, Norway
Coordinates 59.9149776°N 10.746544°ECoordinates59.9149776°N 10.746544°E
Date 22 July 2011 15:26[1] (CEST)
Attack type Bomb and shooting
Death(s) 7 (Oslo)[2] 86 (Utøya)[3][4]Total: 93
Injured 30 (Oslo) 66 (Utøya)[5][4]Total: 96
Suspected perpetrator(s) Anders Behring Breivik

The 2011 Norway attacks were two terrorist attacks against the government and civilian population, and a political summer camp in Norway on 22 July 2011. The first was a bomb explosion in Regjeringskvartalet, the executive government quarter of Oslo, at 15:22 (CEST),[6] outside the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and other government buildings.[7] The explosion killed seven people and injured several others. The second attack occurred less than two hours later at a youth camp organized by the youth organization (AUF) of the Norwegian Labour Party (AP) on the island of Utøya inTyrifjordenBuskerud. At least one armed gunman disguised as a policeman opened fire at the campers, killing at least 86 attendees,[8][9][10] including personal friends of Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg.[11] The Norwegian Police Service arrested Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian man, for the shootings on Utøya[12] and subsequently charged him with both attacks.[13] The European UnionNATO and several countries around the world expressed their supportfor Norway and condemned the attacks.

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Oslo bombing

Map of the area of the explosion. Red building: Government building. Orange area:Position of a destroyed car, not the site of the explosion. Blue building: Oil Ministry building.

On 22 July 2011 at 15:22 (CEST)[6] a bomb placed in a Volkswagen Crafter[6] went off inGrubbegata, between H-blokka and R4 in Regjeringskvartalet, downtown Oslo, near the offices of the Prime Minister of Norway (H-blokka) and several other governmental buildings, such as the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (R4) and Ministry of Finance.[1][14]The explosion started fires in H-blokka and R4, and the shock wave blew out the windows on all floors as well as in the VG house and other buildings on the other side of the square.[6] The streets in the area were filled with glass and debris following the explosion. The wreckage of a car was sighted near one of the affected buildings. A giant cloud of white smoke was reported as a fire continued to burn at the Ministry of Petroleum. The blast was heard at least 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) away.[14] At 15:26 the police received the first message about the explosion,[6] and at 15:28 the first police patrol reported that it had arrived at the scene.[6] At the same time, news agency NTB is told that the Prime Minister is unhurt and in safety.[6] Following the explosion, police cleared the area and searched for any additional explosive devices.[15] Through media outlets, police urged citizens to evacuate central Oslo.[16] Police later announced that the bomb was composed of a mixture of fertiliser and fuel, similar to that used in the Oklahoma City bombing.[17][18]

Casualties

Office of the Norwegian Prime Minister with blown-out windows shortly after the explosion.

Seven people have been confirmed to have been killed in the explosion,[19] with fifteen injured,[20][21] eleven seriously.[22] A doctor at the Oslo University Hospital said the hospital staff were treating head, chest and abdominal injuries.[23] Prime Minister Jens Stoltenbergwas unharmed in the blast.[19] Norway’s finance minister, Sigbjørn Johnsen, was on holiday in Denmark at the time.[24] Fewer people than usual were in the area because the bombing took place during July, the main vacation month for Norwegians,[25]which may have averted a higher death toll.

Impact on transportation

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy shortly after the explosion

All roads into Oslo’s downtown area were closed as security officials evacuated people from the area and warned Oslo residents to stay away from the city center and limit their usage of mobile phones due to concerns of another potential terrorist attack.[26] Public transport into and out of the city was also halted.[27] An e-mail communication with the BBC from a traveller indicated that police were conducting searches in cars on the road to Oslo airport,[28], which remained open.[29][30] The Gardermoen railway line between Lillestrøm and Oslo airport was also shut down after a suspicious package was found close to the tracks.[31] The same happened at the offices of TV 2 which were evacuated after a suspicious package was found outside the building.[32]

Utøya shooting

Approximately one and a half hours after the Oslo explosion,[19] a gunman in police uniform, later confirmed to be Anders Behring Breivik,[33] boarded a ferry at lakeTyrifjorden, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Oslo, to the the island of Utøya,[34]the location of the Norwegian Labour Party’s annual AUF youth summer camp, which has been organised there every summer since the island was given to AUF by the Oslo faglige samorganisasjon (Oslo Trade Union Confederation) in August 1950.[35] When he arrived on the island, the gunman presented himself as a police officer, who had come over for a routine check following the bombing event in Oslo. He signalled and asked people to gather around him[36] before indiscriminately firing his weapons,[37][38] killing and injuring numerous people. He first shot people on the island and later started shooting at people who were trying to escape by swimming across the lake.[39] A spokesman for the National Police Directorate under the Ministry of Justice and Police reported that most of the casualties were youths of about 15 and 16 years old.[40] Some witnesses on the island were reported to have hidden in lavatories or undergrowth, communicating by text message to avoid giving their positions away to the gunman.[41] The shooting reportedly lasted for around an hour and a half.[42] At 17:27 the local police district learned about the shooting, and two minutes later the police in Oslo were informed.[6] By 17:38, the Norwegian centralSWAT unit Beredskapstroppen was dispatched to Utøya from their headquarters in Oslo.[6] They reached the ferry crossing at 18:09, but had to wait a few minutes for a boat to take them across. They reached Utøya at 18:25, and two minutes later they arrested the gunman.[6] When the police arrived at the scene, they were met by survivors begging the officers to throw away their weapons, as they were afraid that the men in uniforms would again open fire on them.[43] At approximately 03:50 (CEST) on 23 July 2011, NRK and TV2, the two primary Norwegian television networks, broadcast a live press conference from the Sentrum politistasjon in Oslo where Norway’s National Police Commissioner Øystein Mæland confirmed the number of fatalities at Utøya to have reached “at least 80” with the count expected to increase.[1][44][45][46]

Suspected perpetrator

Main article: Anders Behring Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik

Public broadcaster NRK and several other Norwegian media outlets identified the suspected attacker as Anders Behring Breivik. He was arrested on Utøya for the shootings and also linked to the Oslo bombings.[47][48][49] He has been charged with terrorism for both attacks.[13] According to his attorney, Breivik has acknowledged that he is responsible for both the bomb and the shooting during interrogation but denies being guilty.[50]

Political and religious views

Acting national police chief Sveinung Sponheim said that the suspected gunman’s Internetpostings “suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views, but whether that was a motivation for the actual act remains to be seen”.[51][52] After being apprehended, Breivik was characterized by officials as being a right-wing extremist.[53] Breivik is described by the newspaper Verdens Gang as considering himself a conservative nationalist.[49] He has been described as a Christian fundamentalist[54][13][55] and has written many posts on the website document.no,[52]described by Aftenposten as “Islam-critical and Israel-friendly”.[56] He attended meetings of “Documents venner” (Friends of Document), affiliated with the website.[57] He is a former member of the conservative Progress Party (FrP) and its youth wing FpU. According to the current FpU leader Ove Vanebo, Breivik was active early in the 2000s, but he left the party as his viewpoints became more extreme.[58] He identifies himself insocial media services as an admirer of Winston Churchill and Max Manus,[59][60] and also of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, whose political party, the Party for Freedom, he describes as “the only true party for conservatives”.[61] Breivik has also identified himself as “pro-gayand pro-Israel”.[62] On Twitter he paraphrased utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”[49]According to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Breivik published a 1518-page manifesto, on his militant right-wing and anti-multicultural ideologies, on the day of the attacks.[63] Among other things, in the manifesto he identified the Beneš Decrees, which led to the Expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia after the Second World War, as an example for dealing with the Muslims on a European level.[64] Breivik wrote that it was essential to “fight” for a “Judeo-Christian Europe”, praised the rejection of “anti-Jewish views” and stated that “the new Conservatist ‘new right’ is rapidly developing into a pro-Israel, anti-Jihad alliance.”[65] He applauds Israel, and considers Israel to be a victim of alleged “cultural Marxists” who “see Israel as a ‘racist’ state”.[66] His anti-multiculturalistand right-wing militant ideologies were outlined in an online 1518-page manifesto titled,2083 – A European Declaration of Independence,[67] published the day of the attacks[68].

Preparations for the attacks

Breivik was preparing for the attacks from at least as early as the autumn of 2009. According to his manifesto, he spent five days in Prague in late August and early September of 2010. He chose the Czech Republic, because the country has one of the mostrelaxed laws regarding guns and drugs in Europe. Following his Internet inquiry, Breivik noted that “Prague is known in Europe as possibly the most famous transit point for illegal guns and drugs.” Despite the fact that Prague has one of the lowest crime rates[69] among European capitals, Breivik observed that he was not looking forward to his trip to the Central European capital, because he has “heard that there are many cruel and cynical criminals”.[70] He hollowed out the rear seats of his Hyundai Atos in order to have enough space for the firearms he hoped to buy. After two days, he bought professional materials about mining, which were supposed to give him an alibi in case someone suspected him of preparing a terrorist attack.[70] He wanted to buy an AK-47 assault rifle (this firearm is however not common in the country, unlike Vz. 58), a Glock pistol, grenades and a Rocket-propelled grenade, stating that getting the latter two would be a “bonus”. Contrary to his expectations, he was completely unable to get any firearms in the Czech Republic, and noted that it would likely be easier to buy illegal weapons in Western European cities. Following this failure, he decided to obtain a semi-automatic rifle and a Glock pistol legally in Norway, noting that he had a “clean criminal record, hunting license, and a pump actionshotgun Benelli Nova already for seven years”, and thus obtaining the guns legally should not be a problem.[71] Back in Norway, Breivik obtained a legal permit for Ruger Mini semi-automatic carbine, ostensibly for the purpose of hunting deer. He bought it in autumn 2010 for € 1,400. Getting a permit for the pistol proved more difficult, as he had to demonstrate a regular attendance at a sport shooting club.[70] He was able to acquire a silencer for the Ruger, and bought a 30 magazine clips from a US supplier. In November, December and January he went through 15 training sessions at the Oslo Pistol Club, and by mid-January his application to purchase a Glock 16 pistol was approved.[72] Breivik had paid for prostitutes in Prague. Following this, he decided to save  2,000 for obtaining a “luxury prostitute” before the attacks, which was supposed to help him with morale and motivation. He had also planned a last martyr service in a Frogner church before the attack.[70] According to his manifesto, Breivik ordered the fertilizers for makingexplosives on April 14. He started making the explosives in early May, noting how ironic it is that he dwells near the largest army compound in the country, and that “borrowing” explosives from the army would “save him a lot of trouble”. On June 13, 2011, he made the first experimental explosion at an unspecified desolate location. On July 15 he rented a car; on July 18 he rigged a car with explosives. His last note from July 22 states that he has enough material for at least 20 explosions.[73]

Attorney

The police initially kept the choice of counsel secret after request from the attorney. Attorney Geir Lippestad elected to act on behalf of Breivik’s defence, confirming to theDagbladet newspaper that Breivik had requested him personally.[74] Lippestad said “I thought carefully about it. Everyone is entitled to a lawyer, even in a case like this, and I decided to accept.”[50]

Possible accomplices

Several witnesses at the youth camp expressed doubt that there was only one shooter[citation needed]. The police have received descriptions of a second gunman, and are currently working to confirm or deny the accuracy of this new information. Due to the uncertainty surrounding these witness descriptions and the chaotic nature of the events the police have, as a matter of precaution, yet to make an official comment on the matter.[75][76] Acting Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim has said that “It’s very difficult at this point to say whether he was acting alone or whether he was acting as part of a larger network”.[77] Breivik has claimed that he acted alone and that he had no accomplices.[78] On 24 July, six more people were arrested in Oslo in connection with the attacks.[79]

Reactions

Flowers laid in front of Oslo Cathedral the day after the attacks

Domestic

At a press conference on the morning after the attacks, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenbergand Justice Minister Knut Storberget addressed the country. Stoltenberg called the attack a “national tragedy” and the worst atrocity in Norway since World War II.[80] Stoltenberg further vowed that the attack would not hurt the Norwegian democracy, and said the proper answer to the violence was “more democracy, more openness, but not naivety”.[81]Eskil Pedersen of the Workers’ Youth League vowed to “return to Utøya” and urged Norway to continue its tradition of openness and tolerance.[82] King Harald sent his condolences to the victims and their families, and urged unity.[83]

International

The European Union, NATO and governments around the world expressed their condemnation of the attacks, condolences, and solidarity with Norway.

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Norway suspect seeks anti-Muslim crusade in Europe

By BJOERN AMLAND and SARAH DiLORENZO Associated Press © 2011 The Associated Press

July 24, 2011, 2:26PM

OSLO, Norway — The man blamed for killing at least 93 people during terrorist attacks on Norway’s government headquarters and an island retreat for young people wanted to trigger an anti-Muslim revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday. A chief surgeon treating the wounded from Friday’s mass shooting, meanwhile, said he believes the attacker used special “dum-dum” bullets that cause massive internal injuries. The doctor told The Associated Press that the killer’s chosen ammo “exploded inside the body.” The manifesto that 32-year-old suspect Anders Behring Breivik published online ranted against Muslim immigration to Europe and vowed revenge on those “indigenous Europeans” whom he deemed had betrayed their heritage. The document said they would be punished for their “treasonous acts.” Police said they were analyzing the approximately 1,500-page document. They said it was published Friday shortly before the back-to-back bomb and gun attacks. Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said his client wrote the document alone. While police said they were investigating reports of a second assailant on the island, the lawyer said Breivik claims no one helped him. The treatise detailed plans to acquire firearms and explosives, and even appeared to describe a test explosion: “BOOM! The detonation was successful!!!” It ends with a note dated 12:51 p.m. on July 22: “I believe this will be my last entry.” That day, a bomb killed seven people in downtown Oslo and, about 90 minutes later, a gunman began opening fire on about 600 young people at a retreat on Utoya Island. Police said the death toll in the shooting rose by one Sunday to 86. That brings total fatalities to 93, with more than 90 wounded. People remain missing at both scenes. Police have not released the names of any victims. Authorities revealed Sunday that one of the attacker’s first victims on the island was an off-duty police officer who had been hired by the camp directors to provide private security in his spare time. Oslo Police Union Chairman Sigve Bolstad declined to identify the victim. That detail sheds new light on the confusion many survivors described during the 90-minute massacre. The attacker arrived dressed as a policeman, and some campers were killed when they approached the killer thinking he was there to save them. Dr. Colin Poole, head of surgery at Ringriket Hospital in Honefoss northwest of Oslo, told The Associated Press the gunman used special bullets designed to disintegrate inside the body and cause maximum internal damage. Poole said surgeons treating 16 gunshot victims have recovered no full bullets. “These bullets more or less exploded inside the body,” Poole said. “It’s caused us all kinds of extra problems in dealing with the wounds they cause, with very strange trajectories.” Ballistics experts say the so-called “dum-dum” bullets also are lighter in weight and can be fired with greater accuracy over varying distances. They commonly are used by air marshals and hunters of small animals. Such characteristics potentially would have allowed the gunman to carry more ammunition and fire his weapons at varying targets without adjusting his sights. Officials at the lakeside scene of the island shooting spent Sunday continuing to account for the dead. Six hearses pulled up at the shoreline as orange-jacketed Red Cross searchers on small boats slowly explored the extensive shoreline. Body parts remain inside the Oslo building, which housed the prime minister’s office. In a chilling allusion to the fact that the tragedy could have even been greater, police said Sunday that Breivik still had “a considerable amount” of ammunition for both his guns — a pistol and an automatic rifle — when he surrendered. Police and his lawyer have said that Breivik confessed to the twin attacks, but denied criminal responsibility for a day that shook peaceful Norway to its core and was the deadliest ever in peacetime. Breivik has been charged with terrorism and will be arraigned Monday. Lippestad said his client has asked for an open court hearing “because he wants to explain himself.” Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said a forensics expert from Interpol was joining the investigation Sunday. European security officials said they were aware of increased Internet chatter from individuals claiming they belonged to the Knights Templar group that Breivik describes, in fantastical terms, in the manifesto. They said they were still investigating claims that Breivik, and other far-right individuals, attended a London meeting of the group in 2002. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation. The officials would not confirm whether they had identified Breivik as a potential threat. As authorities pursued the suspect’s motives, Oslo mourned the victims. Norway’s King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg crowded into Oslo Cathedral, where the pews were packed, and people spilled into the plaza outside. The area was strewn with flowers and candles, and people who could not fit inside the grand church huddled under umbrellas amid drizzling rain. The king and queen both wiped tears from their eyes during the service themed on “sorrow and hope.” Afterward, people sobbed and hugged one another in the streets. Many lingered over the flowers and candles. The royal couple and prime minister later visited the site of the bombing in Oslo. The royals then visited shooting survivors at Ringriket Hospital. The attacker picked targets linked to Norway’s left-wing Labor Party. Breivik’s manifesto pilloried the political correctness of liberals and warned that their work would end in the colonization of Europe by Muslims. Such fears may derive, at least in part, from the fact that Norway has grown increasingly multicultural in recent years as the prosperous Nordic nation has opened its arms to thousands of conflict refugees from Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia. The annual Labor Party retreat — which the prime minister, Stoltenberg, fondly remembers attending in his own youth — reflected the country’s changing demographics as the children of immigrants have grown increasingly involved in Labor politics. The assaults have rattled Norway, home to the Nobel Prize for Peace and where the average policeman patrolling in the streets doesn’t carry a firearm. Norwegians pride themselves on the openness of their society and cherish the idea of free expression. “He wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution,” Lippestad, the lawyer, told public broadcaster NRK. “He wished to attack society and the structure of society.” Lippestad said Breivik spent years writing the manifesto titled “2083 — A European Declaration of Independence.” It was signed “Andrew Berwick.” The document later explained that 2083 was to be the year when European government would be overthrown en masse. Sponheim, the police chief, said there was no indication whether Breivik had selected his targets or fired randomly on the island. The manifesto vowed revenge on those it accused of betraying Europe. “We, the free indigenous peoples of Europe, hereby declare a pre-emptive war on all cultural Marxist/multiculturalist elites of Western Europe. … We know who you are, where you live and we are coming for you,” the document said. “We are in the process of flagging every single multculturalist traitor in Western Europe. You will be punished for your treasonous acts against Europe and Europeans.” The use of an anglicized pseudonym could be explained by a passage in the manifesto describing the founding, in April 2002 in London, of a group he calls a new Knights Templar. The Knights Templar was a medieval order created to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land after the First Crusade in the 11th century. A 12-minute video clip posted on YouTube with the same title as the manifesto featured symbolic imagery of the Knights Templar and crusader kings as well as slides suggesting Europe is being overrun by Muslims. Police could not confirm whether Breivik posted the video, which also featured photographs of him dressed in a formal military uniform and in a wet suit pointing an assault rifle. The video contained a series of slides that accused left-wing politicians in Europe of allowing Muslims to overrun the continent. One image showed the BBC’s logo with the “C” changed into an Islamic crescent. Another referenced the former Soviet Union, declaring that the end result of the left’s actions would be an “EUSSR.” In London, the leader of Ramadhan Foundation, one of Britain’s largest Muslim groups, said mosques are being extra vigilant in the wake of the attacks. Mohammed Shafiq told The AP he was talking to European Muslim leaders and British police about the need to increase security. The last 100 pages of the manifesto apparently lay out details of Breivik’s social and personal life, including his steroid use and an intention to solicit prostitutes in the days before the attack. Also Sunday, police carried out raids in an Oslo neighborhood seeking explosives. Police spokesman Henning Holtaas said no explosives were found and no one was arrested. Police said the bomb used in the Oslo blast was a mixture of fertilizer and fuel similar to what home-grown U.S. terrorists used to blow up a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. A farm supply store said Saturday they had alerted police that Breivik bought six metric tons of fertilizer, a popular terrorist component for car bombs. ___ DiLorenzo reported from Stockholm. Associated Press writers Ian MacDougall and Derl McCrudden in Oslo, Louise Nordstrom and Karl Ritter in Stockholm, Shawn Pogatchnik in Honefoss, Norway, and Paisley Dodds in London contributed to this report.


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ULY 24, 2011, 2:26 P.M. ET

Norway Gunman Tells Lawyer Killings Were ‘Necessary’

By SVEN GRUNDBERG And VANESSA FUHRMANS

Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesAn undated image on Facebook shows the 32-year-old suspected attacker, whom local media identified as Anders Behring Breivik.

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OSLO—Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man accused of carrying out one of the worst massacres in Europe since World War II, has taken responsibility for the rampage, telling his lawyer that the killings were “atrocious” but “necessary.” The Friday attacks, including the bombing of a government building in Oslo and a shooting spree at a political youth camp on a nearby island, left at least 93 people dead in what authorities describe as a deranged attempt to declare war on the forces of multiculturalism and pluralism that have taken hold in this small Scandinavian country. Norway’s ruling center-left Labor Party, which has long championed the benefits of immigration and multiculturalism, appeared to be the primary target of the attack. Norway, a rural country of 4.6 million roughly the size of New Mexico, has little recent history of political extremism, much less violence, and the attacks are fueling concern across Europe that swelling anti-immigrant sentiment that has swept the Continent in recent years could metastasize into violence, suddenly and unexpectedly. Unlike other Scandinavian countries, including Sweden and Denmark, Norway doesn’t have a mainstream far-right party. Mr. Breivik was once a member of Norway’s conservative Progress Party, the country’s second largest political party after the Labor Party. The Progress Party, which has sought to distance itself from Mr. Breivik, has taken a hard line on immigration in the past, but is less extreme than the populist anti-foreigner parties that have taken hold elsewhere in Scandinavia.

ReutersSurvivors of the shooting rampage on Utoya island broke out in tears following a memorial service on Sunday in the Oslo cathedral.

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Mr. Breivik has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary,” Geir Lippestad, Mr. Breivik’s lawyer, told independent TV2 news. A self-described anti-immigrant extremist, Mr. Breivik published a 1,500-page manifesto online on Friday in which he detailed his preparations for the attacks and his xenophobic motivations. “Muslims must be considered as wild animals,” he writes in the manifesto, the authenticity of which was confirmed by his lawyer. “Do not blame the wild animals but rather the multiculturalist category A and B traitors who allowed these animals to enter our lands, and continue to facilitate them,” Mr. Breivik writes, adding that “category A and B traitors” include politicians and journalists. Vigils and church services were held across Norway on Sunday as the shocked country tried to come to terms with the tragedy.

Police said at least 85 people, many of them teenagers, were killed in the Friday afternoon shooting at a summer camp for the youth wing of the Labor Party. About 600 people were present at the time of the attack, which occurred on the island of Utoya north of Oslo. The rampage followed a bombing that ripped through government offices in the Norwegian capital, killing at least seven people.

Norway’s Prime Minister tours the site of a massacre where at least 85 people were gunned down after seven died in a bomb blast in Oslo. Video courtesy of Reuters.

The mass shooting, which went on for more than an hour before a swat team arrived on the island, was among the deadliest yet by a lone gunman. Police were continuing to search for victims and said the death toll could rise to at least 98 when several people still missing on the island are accounted for. Mr. Breivik, a 32-year-old Oslo resident and Norwegian citizen, was charged in the attacks on Saturday.

ReutersNorway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg hugs Labor Youth Wing leader Eskil Pedersen (R) in Sunvold on July 23.

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A police spokesman said Mr. Breivik likely traveled by car to Utoya after setting off a car bomb in central Oslo. He then used two weapons, a handgun and an automatic weapon, to shoot indiscriminately at people—most of them teens—for more than an hour before an Oslo SWAT team arrived at the scene. The idyllic, woodsy lake island upon which Mr. Breivik descended has for decades been the site of a summer camp for the ruling Labor Party’s next generation of leaders, a place that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg described over the weekend as “the paradise of my youth.” In his online writings, Mr. Breivik saw the party youth movement and its campaigns to bring the country’s immigrant youth into its fold as a manifestation of multiculturalism gone wrong and the “terrorizing of political conservatives.” With no bridges or ferries to aid the island campers’ escape, Mr. Breivik had the time to wander the tiny island’s woods and rocky shore to methodically hunt and shoot down his prey. As initial shots and screams were heard on one part of the island, eyewitnesses said many teens hid in the woods until a man wearing a policeman’s uniform arrived, telling them it was okay to come out. When they did, he mowed them down. Adrian Pracon, a 21-year-old former camper who had returned this summer to work in its information booth, recalls running through the woods and jumping in the water with dozens of others to escape to the mainland. But his clothes grew too heavy with water and forced him back to shore, where Mr. Breivik was. “I begged him not to shoot me, and he didn’t,” Mr. Pracon said in a telephone interview from his bed in a nearby hospital. “He wanted to shoot the people still in the water first.” By then, he said Mr. Breivik had switched to firing single rounds, presumably to save bullets. “He was so cold and concentrated,” as he continued to walk and shoot the fleeing teens, Mr. Pracon said. When the gunman returned an hour later to where he and nearly 20 others remained lying behind rocks along the shore, Mr. Pracon said he played dead while the shooter killed nearly everyone around him, turning the water red with blood. The shooter put a bullet in Mr. Pracon’s shoulder to see if he was still alive, “but I didn’t move,” the 21-year-old said. “It was just one 11-year-old boy he spared,” he said. “The boy was crying because his father had already been killed and said, ‘You’ve already done enough,’ to the man. That’s the only thing that stopped him.” Police said that when they found him on the island, Mr. Breivik surrendered immediately to authorities and was answering questions, adding that the interrogation was likely to continue for several days. The initial alarm of an explosion in Oslo came in at 3:26 p.m. local time, while the shooting was first reported to Oslo police at 5:38 p.m. It took police 40 minutes to arrive at the mainland dock to the island and about another 50 minutes before the suspect was apprehended. The 90-minute response time has opened the police to accusations that their slow reaction cost more lives.

Associated PressEmergency workers attended the scene as a building burned after an explosion in Oslo, Norway, Friday.

In a threat-assessment report in March, the Norwegian Police Security Service warned of increasing activity in right-wing extremist circles but concluded that right-wing fringe groups or individuals wouldn’t constitute a major threat to Norwegian society. Though police said Mr. Breivik had told them he acted alone, they continued to follow leads that others might have been involved in the attacks. On Sunday, a SWAT team raided a house in eastern Oslo and briefly detained several people before announcing they had found no link to the attacks.

European Pressphoto AgencyMegan Will (right) from the U.S. and Santina Crolla (left) from Norway visit the Oslo cathedral to light candles to show respect to those killed at the July 22 shooting spree at Utoya island.

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In May, Mr. Breivik bought a large amount of fertilizer in southeastern Norway from a cooperative that provides agricultural equipment and police were investigating whether the fertilizer was used to make Friday’s bomb.

Norway’s capital was shaken Friday by a powerful explosion at the government headquarters that left at least seven dead and several injured, an incident that was followed by an attack at a youth camp outside the city. Charles Duxbury has the latest.

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At least two people are dead after a massive bomb shatters Norway’s main government building in Oslo.

Write to Sven Grundbergat sven.grundberg@dowjones.com and Vanessa Fuhrmans atvanessa.fuhrmans@wsj.com

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The Norway Massacre and the nexus of Islamophobia and Right-wing Zionism

Alex Kane
Sun 24 Jul 2011

Details on the culprit behind yesterday’s massacre in Norway, which saw car bombings in Oslo and a mass shooting attack on the island of Utoya that caused the deaths of at least 91 people, have begun to emerge.  While it is still too early for a complete portrait of the killer, Anders Behring Breivik, there are enough details to begin to piece together what’s behind the attack.

Although initial media reports, spurred on by the tweets of former State Department adviser on violent extremism Will McCantslinked the attacks to Islamist extremists, it was in fact an anti-Muslim zealot who committed the murders.  An examination of Breivik’s views, and his support for far-right European political movements, makes it clear that only by interrogating the nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing Zionism can one understand the political beliefs behind the terrorist attack.

Breivik is apparently an avid fan of U.S.-based anti-Muslim activists such as Pamela GellerRobert Spencer and Daniel Pipes, and has repeatedly professed his ardent support for Israel.  Breivik’s political ideology is illuminated by looking at comments he posted to the right-wing site document.no, which author and journalist Doug Sanders put up.

Here’s a sampling of some of Breivik’s comments:

And then we have the relationship between conservative Muslims and so-called “moderate Muslims”.

There is moderate Nazis, too, that does not support fumigation of rooms and Jews. But they’re still Nazis and will only sit and watch as the conservatives Nazis strike (if it ever happens). If we accept the moderate Nazis as long as they distance themselves from the fumigation of rooms and Jews?

Now it unfortunately already cut himself with Marxists who have already infiltrated-culture, media and educational organizations. These individuals will be tolerated and will even work asprofessors and lecturers at colleges / universities and are thus able to spread their propaganda.

For me it is very hypocritical to treat Muslims, Nazis and Marxists differ. They are all supporters of hate-ideologies…(page 2-3)

What is globalization and modernity to do with mass Muslim immigration?

And you may not have heard and Japan and South Korea? These are successful and modern regimes even if they rejected multiculturalism in the 70’s. Are Japanese and South Koreans goblins?

Can you name ONE country where multiculturalism is successful where Islam is involved? The only historical example is the society without a welfare state with only non-Muslim minorities (U.S.)…(page 7)

We have selected the Vienna School of Thought as the ideological basis. This implies opposition to multiculturalism and Islamization (on cultural grounds). All ideological arguments based on anti-racism. This has proven to be very successful which explains why the modern cultural conservative movement / parties that use the Vienna School of Thought is so successful: the Progress Party,Geert Wilders, document and many others…(page 13)

I consider the future consolidation of the cultural conservative forces on all seven fronts as the most important in Norway and in all Western European countries. It is essential that we work to ensure that all these 7 fronts using the Vienna school of thought, or at least parts of the grunlag for 20-70 year-struggle that lies in front of us.

The book is called, by the way 2083 and is in English, 1100 pages).

To sums up the Vienna school of thought:

-Cultural Conservatism (anti-multiculturalism)

-Against Islamization

-Anti-racist

-Anti-authoritarian (resistance to all authoritarian ideologies of hate)

-Pro-Israel/forsvarer of non-Muslim minorities in Muslim countries

– Defender of the cultural aspects of Christianity

– To reveal the Eurabia project and the Frankfurt School (ny-marxisme/kulturmarxisme/multikulturalisme)

– Is not an economic policy and can collect everything from socialists to capitalists…(page 20)

Daniel Pipes: Leftism and Islam. Muslims, the warriors Marxists Have Been praying for.

link to www.youtube.com

The following summarizes the agenda of many kulturmarxister with Islam, it explains also why those on death and life protecting them. It explains so well why we, the cultural conservatives,are against Islamization and the implementation of these agendas… (page 27)

We must therefore make sure to influence other cultural conservatives to come to our anti-rasistiske/pro-homser/pro-Israel line. When they reach this line, one can take it to the next level…(page 41)

Breivik’s right-wing pro-Israel line, combined with his antipathy to Muslims, is just one example of the European far-right’s ideology, exemplified by groups such as the English Defense League (EDL).  The EDL, a group Breivik praisesalong with the anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders, share with Breivik an admiration for Israel.

Anti-Muslim activists and right-wing Zionists share a political narrative that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a “clash of civilizations,” one in which Judeo-Christian culture is under attack by Islam.  Israel, in this narrative, is the West’s bulwark against the threat that Islam is posing to Europe and the United States.  The nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing Zionism was clearly on display during last summer’s“Ground Zero mosque” hysteria, which culminated in a rally where Geller and Wilders addressed a crowd that included members of the EDL waving Israeli flags.  

This comment by Breivik is one example of the twisted way in which Islamophobia and a militant pro-Israel ideology fit together:

Cultural conservatives disagree when they believe the conflict is based on Islamic imperialism,that Islam is a political ideology and not a race.

Cultural conservatives believe Israel has a right to protect themselves against the Jihad.

Kulturmarxistene refuses to recognize the fact that Islam’s political doctrine is relevant and essential. They can never admit to or support this because they believe that this is primarily about a race war – that Israel hates Arabs (breed).

As long as you can not agree on the fundamental perceptions of reality are too naive to expect that one to come to any conclusion.Before one at all can begin to discuss this conflict must first agree on the fundamental truths of Islam’s political doctrine.

Most people here have great insight in key Muslim concepts that al-taqiiya (political deceit), naskh (Quranic abrogation) and Jihad. The problem is that kulturmarxister refuses to recognizet hese concepts.They can not recognize these key Muslim concepts. For if they do so erodes the primary argument that Israel is a “racist state” and that this is a race war (Israelis vs. Arabs) and not defense against Jihad (Kafr vs. Ummah)

Breivik’s admiration for the likes of Daniel Pipes is also telling, and should serve as a warning that, while it would be extremely unfair and wrong to link Pipes in any way to the massacre in Norway, Breivik’s views are not so far off from some establishment neoconservative voices in the U.S.  For instance, both Pipes and Breivik share a concern with Muslim demographics in Europe.  In 1990, Pipes wrotein the National Review that “Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene…All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.”

Pipes was appointed by the Bush administration to the U.S. Institute of Peace, andsits on the same board than none other than the Obama administration’s point man on the Middle East, Dennis Ross.

Pipes’ and Breivik’s concern about Muslim and Arab demographics also recall the remarks of Harvard Fellow Martin Kramer, who infamously told the Herzliya Conference in Israel last year that the West should “stop providing pro-natal subsidies for Palestinians with refugee status…Israel’s present sanctions on Gaza have a political aim, undermine the Hamas regime, but they also break Gaza’s runaway population growth and there is some evidence that they have.”

Adding to the Israel/Palestine angle here is the fact that the day before the attack on the island of Utoya, a Palestine solidarity event was held there.

Why Breivik, and his accomplices if he had any, would attack young Norwegians remains unclear.  But it probably had something to do with Breivik’s belief that European governments, and the Norwegian government, were run by “Marxists” allied with Islamist extremists who were bent on destroying Europe through “multiculturalism.”

Of course, support for Israel and its current right-wing policies do not automatically translate into support for extremist right-wing violence.  But Palestinians, and the larger Arab and Muslim world, know far too well the consequences of Islamophobia and far right-wing Zionism.  Now, it seems that Norwegians do too.  While much remains to be learned about the attacks in Norway, it has exposed the dangerous nexus of Islamophobia, neoconservatism and right-wing Zionism, and what could happen when the wrong person subscribes to those toxic beliefs.

Alex Kane, a freelance journalist currently based in Amman, Jordan, blogs on Israel/Palestine athttp://alexbkane.wordpress.com/ July 23, 2011, Mondoweiss

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Jihad Against Islam – The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle

Robert Steinback
Sun 24 Jul 2011

Activists attacking Muslims and Islam are springing up around the country. But there’s a core group of 10 hard-liners Rarely has the United States seen a more reckless and bare-knuckled campaign to vilify a distinct class of people and compromise their fundamental civil and human rights than the recent rhetoric against Muslims. It would also be hard to imagine a more successful campaign. In the span of the two years since the start of Barack Obama’s presidency in early 2009, an astonishing number of people have turned into a kind of political wolf pack, convinced that 0.6% of the U.S. population is on the verge of trampling the Constitution and imposing an Islamic, Shariah-guided caliphate in its place. Like the communists that an earlier generation believed to be hiding behind every rock, infiltrated “Islamist” operatives today are said to be diabolically preparing for a forcible takeover. Ironically, the Constitution seems more threatened by certain Americans who, prodded into paranoia by clever activists, opportunistic politicians and guileful media players, seem downright eager to deny Muslims the guarantees of religious freedom and the presumption of innocence. “As an American Muslim, what is of most concern to me is that it is no longer only a small cadre of dedicated Islamophobes who are expressing bigotry and even hatred towards the American Muslim community — but sadly, also many among our elected representatives and government officials,” Sheila Musaji, moderator of the website The American Muslim, wrote in an E-mail to theIntelligence Report. “It provides a veneer of respectability and reasonableness to what would otherwise be more easily perceived to be outright bigotry.” And that bigotry has consequences. Recent news reports strongly suggest a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes. In May 2010, for example, a bomb exploded at an Islamic center in Jacksonville, Fla. In August, a man slashed the neck and face of a New York taxi driver after finding out he was a Muslim. Four days later, someone set fire to construction equipment at the future site of an Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. This March, a radical Christian pastor burned a Koran in Gainesville, Fla., leading to deadly riots in Afghanistan that left at least 20 people dead. Hate crime statistics for 2010 won’t be released by the FBI until the fall, but it appears certain they will show increasing violence against Muslims. The American public psyche has undergone a subtle but profound metamorphosis since 2001, moving from initial rage at the 9/11 mass murder to fear of another devastating attack by Muslim extremists to, most recently, a more generalized fear of Islam itself. That evolution from specific concerns to general stereotyping is the customary track of racism and xenophobia — and in Muslims, those inclined to bigotry may have found their perfect bogeyman. Muslims are predominantly non-white. They practice an unfamiliar religion with unusual rituals. They are a small population in this land with a largely inconspicuous history here. They are regarded by many as a military enemy of the United States. They are perceived as a threat to the American social and cultural fabric. They have few ideological allies outside their own number. Never before has an American minority group had all of these factors arrayed against them. And Muslims have one uniquely debilitating additional characteristic: a sliver of global Muslim society willing to resort to terrorism. It’s a small sliver, but it doesn’t need to be large. If 99.9% of the world’s Muslims were firmly dedicated to peace and nonviolence, that would still leave hundreds of thousands posing a legitimate and very significant public danger. It took only 19 jihadist terrorists, after all, to kill 2,977 innocent people on 9/11. Ginning Up Anger Earlier this year, on Feb. 13, scores of middle-class Americans who could easily populate any pastoral suburban America tableau turned out in Yorba Linda, Calif., to protest the scheduled appearance of two highly controversial Muslim speakers at a dinner to raise money for local charitable projects. The speakers were Imam Abdul Malik Ali, who has made a series of undeniably anti-Semitic comments, and Imam Siraj Wahhah, who was a character witness for a blind New York City sheikh convicted of seditious conspiracy in a 1993 terrorist plot. Although there may have been a reasonable basis for the initial protest, things got out of hand quickly. As attendees arrived, many with small children in tow, a breakaway group of the protesters hurled scathing taunts, boos and hoots at them: “Go back home!” they chanted. Individuals yelled, “No shariah! Muhammad was a child molester! Muhammad was a pervert! You beat your women and you rape your children! Why don’t you go have sex with a 9-year-old! Get out of here! Eat sand! Take your Shariah and go home, you terrorist lovers!” It was an ugly scene, made all the uglier by comments offered earlier from the podium of the main rally by Villa Park, Calif., Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, who described the fundraiser as “pure, unadulterated evil” and said she knew “quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.” While such insinuations of violence from public officials have not yet become commonplace, consider just a little of what hashappened since 2009: • U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) — who has said there are “too many mosques” in America and asserted, without providing any evidence, that 80-85% were controlled by fanatical extremists — on March 10 held the first round of hearings into the “radicalization” of American Muslims. To most Muslims, the hearings seemed to be little more than an exercise in demonizing their communities and religion. Even many non-Muslims wondered how the public would react if congressional hearings were held into the radicalization of fundamentalist Christians because it is, after all, mainly fundamentalists who have attacked women’s clinics and doctors who provide abortions. • Oklahoma voters last November passed a state constitutional amendment prohibiting judges from making rulings based on Shariah — the Islamic religious code of law and moral conduct — rather than U.S. law. The measure was legally pointless — no American judge can override U.S. law — but critics said it could hurt local companies doing business internationally. A federal judge indefinitely stayed implementation of the referendum, but at least 20 states have considered similar legislation recently to confront the feared Shariah takeover plot. • Two Tennessee legislators in February introduced a bill that would establish certain Shariah practices as prima facie evidence of an intent to overthrow the Constitution. It would virtually criminalize Islam, theoretically subjecting Muslims who weren’t careful in their prayer practices to prison terms of up to 15 years. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, firing off an attack on Muslims during a controversy last summer over a planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York City, said approving the center would be akin to allowing Nazis to erect a monument outside the U.S. Holocaust Museum. • U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) took to the floor of Congress last August to warn of a plot to bring pregnant Muslim women to the Unites States to have babies — later lampooned as “terror babies” — who could then return here in 20 to 30 years as terrorists with American citizenship and passports. Challenged by the news media later, Gohmert could produce no evidence of any plot. • Two elderly, turban-wearing Sikh men were shot to death on an Elk Grove, Calif., street this March 4 in what police suspect was a hate crime committed by assailants who mistook their victims for Muslims. At least one Sikh was murdered shortly after 9/11 by a man who thought his victim was Muslim, and many others were attacked. Citizen protests have challenged perfectly legal mosque or Islamic center construction projects in New York City, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Temecula, Calif., Sheboygan, Wis., and elsewhere. Fox News host and conspiracist-in-chief Glenn Beck claimed that 10% of all Muslims — that is, about 157 million people worldwide, more than the entire population of Russia — were terrorists. The crackpot leader of a tiny fringe church in Florida generated a global controversy last fall with a proposed stunt he called “International Burn a Koran Day.” This March, Terry Jones followed through on the threat, burning a Koran and sparking riots in Afghanistan that left at least 20 people, seven of them foreigners, dead. A columnist for a Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood webzine wrote: “[W]here there are mosques, there are Muslims, and where there are Muslims, there are problems.” Of course, there has been serious terrorism from homegrown Muslims in this country. The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security reported earlier this year that there had been 161 terrorist plots involving Muslim Americans since 9/11, with 69 contemplating domestic targets. Eleven of those 69 actually carried out their attacks, killing 33 people — 13 at the hands of U.S. Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, in late 2009, and 11 by “Beltway Snipers” John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. (It’s questionable whether or not Muhammad and Malvo are rightly seen as having been motivated by Islam, although some comments they made suggested that may have been the case.) In addition, a 2007 Pew Research Center survey found that 15% of American Muslims under the age of 30 believed that suicide bombing could be justified. But the Triangle study found something else, too. Of the 120 suspected plots it said were foiled before execution, 48 — 40% — were brought to the attention of the authorities by other Muslims. Similarly, the Pew study found that 76% of American Muslims were very or somewhat concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, and a similar proportion opposed suicide bombing in all cases. At the same time, many law enforcement organizations have rejected the claim, made by Peter King in his hearings, that most Muslims don’t cooperate with police. All of this, especially the attacks on Muslims by public figures, is having a real effect. In an April 2009 Washington Post-ABC News poll, 29% of Americans said they felt mainstream Islam advocated violence against non-Muslims (it also found that 48% had an unfavorable view of Islam, the highest proportion since 2001). Sixteen months later, in August 2010, a Pew Forum survey found that 35% of Americans now felt Islam encouraged violence more than other religions. Finally, just this March, a Gallup poll found 36% of Americans believed that Muslims in the United States are too extreme in their religious beliefs. The latest poll also revealed that 28% of Americans— that works out to almost 90 million people — felt that Muslims who live in the United States are sympathetic to Al Qaeda. Behind the AttacksThis apparently growing movement was not a case of spontaneous public-opinion combustion. In the decade since 9/11, a coterie of core activists — most importantly, hard-liners Robert Spencer, Brigitte Gabriel, Frank Gaffney, David Horowitz and David Yerushalmi, along with the more moderate Daniel Pipes and Steve Emerson — has been warning that the Islamic sky was falling. Independent journalist Max Blumenthal in December 2010 called it “the Great Islamophobic Crusade.” “Erupting so many years after the September 11th trauma, this spasm of anti-Muslim bigotry might seem oddly timed and unexpectedly spontaneous,” Blumenthal wrote. “But think again: it’s the fruit of an organized, long-term campaign by a tight confederation of right-wing activists and operatives who first focused on Islamophobia soon after the September 11th attacks, but only attained critical mass during the Obama era. … This network is obsessively fixated on the supposed spread of Muslim influence in America.” This stalwart core of activists labored to find traction through the decade after 9/11. They created a slate of organizations dedicated to exposing and combating various aspects of the Muslim threat they perceived. Two factors largely neutralized their efforts: The U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, which many Americans may have considered an adequate response to 9/11, and a conservative president, George W. Bush, who consistently argued that terrorism, not Islam or Muslims in general, was the nation’s enemy. During that post-9/11 lull, the activists, many of them bankrolled by deep-pocket organizations including Aubrey Chernick’s Fairbrook Foundation, began to hone strategies to take on what they saw as the spread of Muslim influence in mainstream America, Blumenthal reported. In 2004, they tried but failed to block the tenure application of Palestinian-born Columbia University professor of Middle East studies, Joseph Massad. Then they engineered a protest of a community center planned by the Islamic Society of Boston. That effort failed, too, and the center was approved in 2007. The activists got their first taste of success when they contested the planned opening of a secular Arabic-English elementary public school in Brooklyn, N.Y. Its intended principal, educator Debbie Almontaser, was widely known as a politically moderate Muslim, but opponents, under the banner Stop the Madrassa, succeeded in recasting her as a dangerous extremist. Though the school was ultimately approved, the opposition compelled Almontaser to resign when she lost the support of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The New York Times described the effort that ruined Almontaser “the work of a growing and organized movement to stop Muslim citizens who are seeking an expanded role in American public life.” “The fight against the school… was only an early skirmish in a broader, national struggle,” the Times reported. Daniel Pipes, one of the leaders of Stop the Madrassa, told the Times, “It’s a battle that has really just begun.” A Star is Born Pipes was right. Circumstances turned favorable for this corps of anti-Muslim activists beginning in late 2008. A black man with an Arabic middle name — Hussein, also the name of an infamous American enemy in Iraq — had just won the presidency, exacerbating many whites’ fears about the demographic “browning” of America. The public began to weary of protracted U.S. military involvement in the Middle East, realizing it might never yield triumphantly pro-Western results. The economy tanked. Conservatives began casting about for issues to emotionally fire up their temporarily staggered base, seizing first upon immigration. At the same time, much conservative and right-wing opposition to Obama came to be framed in the simplest terms, even though they were false: The president was a secret Muslim, a man with allegiances to people who weren’t like real Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, 11% of Americans believed Obama was a Muslim in March 2009. By last August, it was 18%. Then, in early 2010, a fortuitous gift arrived: An innocuous proposal by a New York City imam and his financier partner to renovate an abandoned building in lower Manhattan into a 13-story mosque and community center came to light. The gift was its address: 45-51 Park Place — two blocks from the site of the former World Trade Center. Just then, a dazzling new anti-Muslim activist burst onto the scene: Pamela Geller, the well-to-do ex-wife of a Long Island used-car mogul who previously busied herself rearing her four children, writing blogs and posting slam poetry-style videos trashing all things liberal on her YouTube channel. Geller had joined Stop the Madrassa and blogged often about the matter on her website, Atlas Shrugs. Blessed with sultry Hollywood sex appeal and a sassy, scythe-like wit — a personable Ann Coulter and articulate Sarah Palin rolled into one — Geller would ride the Park51 project protest to superstardom. She first blogged against Park51 in December 2009. Four months later, she and Robert Spencer joined forces to take control of the organization Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), then an insipid adjunct of a Denmark-based group called Stop Islamisation of Europe. Geller’s charisma and Spencer’s savvy blended to create a propaganda powerhouse. One of their first projects was buying controversial bus ads in New York and Miami that invited Muslims to reject Islam. The ad campaign created virtually instant notoriety for SIOA. That June, Geller and Spencer staged a protest in Lower Manhattan to oppose Park51. The rally drew thousands, and plenty of media coverage. Drawing on tactics used against Almontaser, Massad and the Boston community center, SIOA strove to depict the American-born project leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf — a man who had quietly led a small mosque in lower Manhattan for many years prior and worked with the FBI for years— as an anti-American “radical Islamist.” They insinuated, with scant evidence, that the project’s financing might be tied to terrorists. They absurdly described it as an Islamic “victory mosque” celebrating the 9/11 attacks, modeled after Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock, though no Muslim had ever suggested such a thing. It wasn’t long before prominent conservatives including Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and then-New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio had embraced and rebroadcast much of SIOA’s rhetorical fire.Shariah as Pariah The Park51 project secured all of its needed approvals and is currently moving ahead despite the opposition. (This time, Mayor Bloomberg took a different tack, coming out strongly in favor of the mosque’s construction in the name of religious tolerance.) But despite Park51’s apparent advances, anti-Muslim animosity in America has continued to grow, a brakeless bandwagon of hostility. Brigitte Gabriel’s ACT! for America, the core group’s effort at creating a grassroots-mobilization movement, sought to derail the appointment of University of North Florida professor Parvez Ahmed to the Human Rights Commission of Jacksonville, Fla. But the video that ACT released in December 2010 supposedly proving that he, too, was a clandestine extremist, fell flat. ACT, which claims 155,000 members and 500 chapters nationwide, also was instrumental in spurring protestors to go to the Yorba Linda community center, although a defensive Gabriel later argued that ACT had not “organized” the protest. Perhaps the most bewildering “success” story of the anti-Muslim campaign has been the public panic over the feared imposition of Shariah law in America. Shariah is hardly a fixed concept; virtually every Muslim-majority country utilizes a different variant of it, from extreme, as in Saudi Arabia, to almost imperceptible, as in Turkey. It seems laughable to think it could ever take hold in the United States, a nation with 300 million non-Muslims and a Constitution that hasn’t wobbled in 220 years. Still, legislators across the country are scrambling to be the first in their state to file anti-Shariah legislation — purposeless but propagandistic laws that inevitably will be challenged as unconstitutional and almost certainly thrown out. Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy helped set off the Shariah panic with the September 2010 release of its report, “Shariah, the Threat to America,” which depicted Islamic Shariah law as a global threat comparable to Soviet communism a generation ago. “Shariah’s pursuit in the United States,” the report asserted, “is tantamount to sedition.” Even observers with deep concerns about radical Islam balked at endorsing such loopy paranoia. “This report makes this good point in a seriously bad way, which, if allowed to guide policy, will continue the discrimination against Muslims who are also good Americans,” observed John G. Stackhouse, professor of theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. The report is noteworthy, however, because so many legislators have bought into its extremism. One of its principal authors is attorney David Yerushalmi, who used virtually identical reasoning in drafting the astonishingly harsh anti-Shariah bill filed in Tennessee. Two Key Tactics This coordinated anti-Muslim movement relies heavily on two key tactics. The first is arguing that the most radical Muslims — men like Osama bin Laden — are properly interpreting the Koran, while peaceful, moderate Muslims either don’t understand their own holy book or are strategically faking their moderation. The primary architect of this theory is SIOA co-founder Robert Spencer, who has researched Islam outside academia for more than three decades. He says the Koran itself is innately violent and calls for the utter subjugation of non-believers. Critics charge that Spencer ignores other passages and centuries of interpretive scholarship that mitigate the Koran’s occasional violent verses. Some also point out that the many violent admonitions of other holy books, including the Bible, are not usually taken literally by believers. The second key tactic is to relentlessly attack individuals and organizations who purport to represent moderate Islam in America, painting them as secret operatives in the grand Muslim scheme (typically attributed to a conspiracy led by the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood) to destroy the West. One doesn’t have to probe very deeply to find the fingerprints of the eight central activists — Spencer, Pipes, Horowitz, Gaffney, Emerson, Gabriel, Geller and Yerushalmi — on almost every aspect of the recent surge in anti-Muslim fervor in America. The conservative media, led by FOX News personalities Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Eric Bolling and including the upstart Pajamas Media online network, evangelist Franklin Graham, and a contingent of sympathetic right-wing bloggers and commentators, have joined in to help construct a “movement” that 9/11 itself didn’t generate. It is particularly perplexing trying to discern the ultimate goal of this corps of activists. If their aim is to isolate and destroy the violence-prone fanatical Muslim fringe, then it doesn’t make sense to undermine moderate Muslims and argue that only confirmed terrorists are interpreting the Koran correctly. But both tactics make perfect sense if the aim is to build a widespread, irrational fear and hostility against Islam in general — encouraging, rather than helping defuse, an eventual global confrontation between East and West. © 2011. Southern Poverty Law Center. July 23, 2011, SPLC

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Killer personifies rise of new far-right

By Robin Wigglesworth in Oslo and Quentin Peel in Berlin

Experts and Norwegian politicians say Anders Behring Breivikin many respects typifies a new breed of conservative extremists who have risen in prominence in recent years, in Norway and across Europe, supplanting longer-established but often withering groups of mostly white supremacists. “He’s representative of a new type of rightwing extremism. Rather than the old neo-Nazis they are pro-Israel and driven by radical anti-Islam,” says a senior Norwegian Conservative politician. “This is a clear trend across Europe, which has been gaining ground and becoming more mainstream in many countries.”

In addition to Norway’s Progress party – of which Mr Breivik was a member – the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples’ party, the rehabilitated neo-Nazi Sweden Democrats, the True Finns, Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and France’s National Front have become electoral forces in recent years. Norway and the Nordic countries have in the past had relatively large neo-Nazi movements. While the Sweden Democrats have been able to enter national politics, most other groups have faded over time. The most infamous far-right group in Norway was Nasjonal Samling, Vidkun Quisling’s party that ruled Norway during the German occupation in the second world war. The party disappeared after liberation – and overtly neo-Nazi groups have often struggled to gain mass support due to an association with the occupation – but several similar homegrown movements have since sprung up. Chief among these is Vigrid, a white supremacist group that venerated Norse gods, and White Choice Alliance, which unsuccessfully contested parliamentary elections in 1997. Vigrid was closed down in 2009 after the retirement of chief ideologue Tore Tvedt, and White Choice faded in the late 1990s, to be replaced by smaller groups. While Mr Breivik dismisses the larger anti-immigration parties’ prospects for change through democratic means – and neo-Nazi parties, which he groups in communists and Muslims – he frequently lauds fringe groups in his manifesto. These groups include Stop Islamisation of America and Stop Islamisation of Europe, websites such as JihadWatch and Gates of Vienna, and the True Finns, some of whose members were sent the manifesto shortly before his killing spree started. Mr Breivik also talks of his links to and friendship with members of the UK’s English Defence League. But he chides the EDL for being “dangerously naive” in pursuing a democratic path, and instead advises it to attack a nuclear plant to “cripple the British economy, contributing to creating an optimal climate for significant political change”. Groups cited in Mr Breivik’s screed rushed to condemn the attacks and disavow any links to him. Experts are uncertain if the attacks are part of, or could trigger, a wider phenomenon of rightwing violence in Europe. “The nationalist, anti-immigration movement has first and foremost been an internet phenomenon,” says Tore Bjorgo, an expert on rightwing extremism and professor at the Norwegian Police University College. “It was pretty unexpected that the movement would breed terrorism of this kind.” Mr Breivik is thought to have operated alone, and experts say allusions to a larger pan-European organisation may be a figment of his imagination. But it is much harder to detect radicalisation among the new strain of conservative extremists because of the movement’s lack of cohesion and its online nature, Mr Bjorgo warns. Hans-Peter Friedrich, Germany’s interior minister, called for an early warning system for European security services to alert each other to potential threats, including from extreme rightwing radicals. He said the German security services were already watching far-right political activists “intensively”, but the “dreadful” events in Norway proved the dangers that still existed from the acts of fanatical individuals. “Security precautions in Germany are already at a very high level,” he told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “They are constantly reviewed. Current developments and events are always taken into account.” Meanwhile Europol, the European police agency based in The Hague, announced it was setting up a task force of more than 50 experts to help investigate non-Islamist threats in Scandinavian countries. Soeren Pedersen, an agency spokesman, said “there have actually been warnings that [rightwing groups] are getting more professional, more aggressive in the way they attract others to their cause”. It is clear from Mr Breivik’s manifesto – for which the bloody attacks were partially a marketing ploy – that he fully expects to have fired the first shots in a civilisational conflict. “The first raindrop marks the coming of a great and unstoppable cultural conservative tidal wave. This tidal wave will release western Europe of cultural Marxism and will result in the banishment of Islam for the third time,” he wrote. “Celebrate us, the martyrs of the conservative revolution, for we will soon dine in the kingdom of heaven.”

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Norway Terror Suspect’s Motive Revealed: He Wanted a Revolution

By Nathan Black | Christian Post Reporter

The suspect behind the slaughter of dozens in Norway wanted to force a revolution in the country, his lawyer said Sunday.

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“He wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution,” Geir Lippestad told public broadcaster NRK, as reported by The Associated Press. “He wished to attack society and the structure of society.” Anders Behring Breivik, 32, confessed to Friday’s bombing and mass shooting that killed at least 93 people but denied criminal responsibility, saying his actions were necessary. He claimed he acted alone though authorities are investigating whether others were involved. “He says that he was alone but the police must verify everything that he said,” police chief Sveinung Sponheim said, according to the BBC. “Some of the witness statements from the island have made us unsure of whether there was one or more shooters.” Breivik, who has been reported to have “Christian fundamentalist” and anti-Muslim views, had been planning the attack for some time, according to his lawyer. A 1,500-page manifesto signed by “Andrew Berwick” and posted online just before the attacks is believed to have been written by the suspect. His lawyer said Breivik spent years writing it. Like us on Facebook According to AP, part of the document stated, “We, the free indigenous peoples of Europe, hereby declare a pre-emptive war on all cultural Marxist/multiculturalist elites of Western Europe. … We know who you are, where you live and we are coming for you. We are in the process of flagging every single multiculturalist traitor in Western Europe. You will be punished for your treasonous acts against Europe and Europeans.” In the document, the author claimed to be a follower of the Knights Templar – a medieval Christian organization involved in the Crusades, as reported by BBC. He also detailed the deadly plot in the manifesto. On Friday, a car bomb went off at government headquarters in Oslo. Hour later, dozens of young people were shot at Utoya Island where about 600 people were attending the Norwegian Labor Party’s annual summer camp. The death toll may rise as police are still searching for more victims. The massacre has shocked the country and the rest of the world. Condolences were being sent from church leaders and national leaders, including PresidentBarack Obama. Oslo Cathedral drew a full house on Sunday, including Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Elsewhere, mourners have been gathering at churches for prayers and comfort amid what many are calling an incomprehensible tragedy. “This experience of terror is bringing innocent human beings and their families into trauma and death that is horrible,” said World Council of Churches General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, a Norwegian pastor. “The dimensions of the events are impossible to comprehend. In times like this, we see how important our values of justice and peaceare for our nation as Norwegians and for our fellowship of churches. “Let us share the burdens of the victims and their families. We share our sorrow, and confirm together our commitment to overcome violence and any attempt to attack our values of the kingdom of God, the values of ‘righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.'”

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Killer’s Manifesto: The Politics behind the Norway Slaughter

By William BostonSunday, July 24, 2011 A picture of Anders Behring Breivik taken from a book downloaded from a link posted on the Norwegian discussion website, http://www.freak.no. Reuters

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Shortly before his deadly rampage on July 22, Anders Behring Breivik did something millions of people do today — he checked in one last time with his friends on Facebook. The farewell message he posted was just as much a part of his murderous plan as the carnage he was about to unleash in Oslo and at a tranquil island retreat that left at least 93 people dead in the bloodiest act of terror in Norway since World War Two. Breivik’s final Facebook entry was a massive 1,516-page document and a video link to YouTube. He created the manifesto and the video long before the attacks in order to control what would be said about him in the media after he had committed his slaughter and was free to post no more. He also encouraged his more than 7,000 Facebook friends to use his manifesto as a blueprint for action. (See Breivik’s interview with himself.) The document, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” is something of a template for right-wing terror, a rambling manifesto that at times rails at “cultural Marxists” and “multiculturalism” and blames them for destroying western culture. At other times he offers detailed instructions on Web-based self-publishing, comments on his TV habits, and provides tips for building a successful terror cell. With the exception of some highly personal moments in which he describes growing up and his pain over the divorce of his parents, the document is eerily reminiscent of the Jihadist instruction manuals that have been widely distributed over the Internet since the September 11, 2001 attacks. “It is a complete mirroring of Al Qaeda, a cut-and-paste image of a jihadist manifesto,” Magnus Ranstorp, a terror expert at the Swedish National Defense College, told TIME.com. As Norway begins the process of mourning the victims of Friday’s attacks and police continue to question Breivik, a picture of the dark subterranean world of European nationalists that spawned him is emerging. But even as investigators learn more about the milieau out of which Breivik arose, it is unclear whether he represents a first fighter in what will prove to be a Christian jihad or is merely a deranged loner who created a real-world version of his favorite video game, World of Warcraft. In many places, Breivik’s writings are less a true manifesto than a straight-up diary in which he documents the months of planning that led up to his attacks. He describes being part of a secret society that is getting ready to take control of Europe and expel all Muslims. “The time for dialogue is over. We gave peace a chance. The time for armed resistance has come,” he wrote. (See pictures of Norway recovering after the dual tradegies.) Apparently skilled at public relations, Breivik even interviewed himself. In a series of questions and answers, he reveals that the trigger for his actions was Norway’s involvement in the NATO bombings of Serbia during the Kosovo war in 1999. He also despised Norway’s “cowardly handling of the Muhammad cartoons.” In another question, Breivik asks how he would describe his ideology, and he says he is part of an indigenous rights movement whose ideology is cultural conservatism. “I am very proud of my Viking heritage. My name, Breivik, is a place name from Northern Norway, dating back to before the Viking era,” he wrote. The secret society that Breivik describes aims to recreate the Knights Templar. Known by their trademark white mantles with a red cross, the Knights Templar were skilled fighters during the Crusades and wielded enormous political and economic influence during the Middle Ages. Breivik writes that there was a secret meeting in London in April 2002 to rebuild the order and that nine people representing eight European countries attended. Maybe all that happened — or maybe it didn’t. “It could all be in his head,” Thomas Hegghammer, a terrorism expert at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, told TIME.com. “The document mirrors Al Qaeda ideology in a few important ways. The principle aim is to expel Muslims from Europe, just as Al Qaeda wants to expel westerners from the holy lands.” See the 25 crimes of the century. But in one very important respect, Breivik is proving to be a different sort of terror suspect from the Islamists he both loathes and emulates: He clearly had no intention of becoming a martyr. Instead of fighting it out to the death with police on Friday, he surrendered immediately and has since been more than willing to talk about his motives. “He has admitted to the facts of both the bombing and the shooting, although he’s not admitting criminal guilt,” said Sveinung Sponheim, Oslo’s acting police chief, at a news conference, Reuters reported. According to his lawyer Geir Lippestad, Breivik “believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary.” It will take some time before police can determine whether Breivik represents the avant garde of a new right-wing in Europe or whether his actions are just political theater — deadly, tragic, well-rehearsed, yes, but just the one-off act of an unhinged man. Maybe Breivik is simply trying to secure a place in history. In his interview with himself, he urges his followers to “build your network on Facebook. Follow the guidelines in this book and you will succeed!” Then, dressed to kill and perhaps savoring a last quiet moment, he closed the manifesto with a final, chilling thought: “I believe this will be my last entry. It is now Fri July 22nd, 12.51.” See TIME’s Pictures of the Week. See TIME’s 140 best Twitter feeds. Read more:http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2084901,00.html#ixzz1T7Y9y2cm

An Interview with a Madman: Breivik Asks and Answers His Own Questions

By Beau FriedlanderSunday, July 24, 2011 A picture of Anders Behring Breivik taken from a book downloaded from a link posted on the Norwegian discussion website, http://www.freak.no. Reuters

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Murderers don’t always fold under questioning. Even the most deranged killer can often remain implacable in the face of interrogators. But what if you’re both asking and answering the questions? After Friday’s dual attacks in Norway, more than 1,500 pages of the writings of the shooter Anders Behring Breivik have emerged — a manifesto of madness if ever there was one. The 32-year-old gunman — with his blond hair, green eyes and a six-foot build — is a Nordic ideal, and for at least nine years, he meticulously crafted his plan to root out anyone different. Breivik’s rambling writings, grandly titled 2083: A European Declaration of Independence, present him as a right-wing nationalist fueled by a combined hatred of Muslims, Marxists and multiculturalists. His beliefs recall neo-Nazi politics that continue to linger throughout Europe, but freshened with a new, 21st century toxicity. As part of the manifesto, Breivik interviews himself, offering a highly personal Q&A in which he throws himself admiring questions and answers them with disturbing calm. There is a singular creepiness to a person who will conduct and publish a conversation with himself — but one perfectly in keeping with the horrors he would eventually cause. This abridged version of Breivik’s interview is translated from Norwegian newspaper Bergens TidendeWhat tipped the scales for you? What particular things pushed you to plan the attack? For me personally it was our government’s involvement (engagement) with/in the attack on Serbia (NATO bombing in 1999) several years ago. It was completely unacceptable the way the U.S. and Western European regimes bombed our Serbian brothers. There have been many other cases that have strengthened my resolve. Among them, my government’s cowardly handling of the Muhammed cartoons, and their decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to an Islamic terrorist (Arafat). There have been dozens of other questions. My government and our media capitulated to Islam years ago, after the Rushdie incident. Since then it has snowballed. Thousands of Muslims stream in each year through the asylum, institutions, or family connections in Norway. What would you say to your European brothers and sisters? Know that you are not alone in this fight. We have tens of millions of European sympathizers and tens of thousands of brothers and sisters who support us fully and are willing to fight beside us. Hopefully I will be able to help and inspire others. Build your network on Facebook. Follow the guidelines in this book and you will succeed! (See the horrific scenes after the twin bombing and shooting.) Name one living person you want to meet? Pope or Vladimir Putin. Putin seems like a fair and resolute leader worthy of respect. I’m not sure at this point if he has the potential to be our best friend or our worst enemy. He is very difficult to psychoanalyze. I would not want to be his enemy, that’s for sure. Obviously, he will have to condemn this [attack]. It’s understandable. If you were to use a word for the ideology or movement that you represent, what would it be? Cultural conservatism, or a nationalist/conservative orientation known as the Vienna school of thought. As for the political movement, I would describe it as a National Resistance Movement, an Indigenous Rights Movement or even a Right-revolutionary movement. (See a timeline of the attacks in Norway.) Are you optimistic?I am very optimistic. Cultural Marxism/multiculturalism, especially in combination with Islam, will defeat itself. The justification for this claim is that the cultural Marxist and Islamic alliance will not last. When the window of opportunity comes, we must be ready to seize the political and military control of all funds. When the time comes, we must not hesitate. We must risk everything for the chance to get our freedom and secure freedom for our relatives again. I have prepared myself mentally for a very long time and I would like to sacrifice my life for the benefit of my European brothers and sisters. You said you have pure genealogy? I am very proud of my Viking heritage. My name, Breivik, is a place name from Northern Norway, dating back to before the Viking era. Behring is a pre-Christian Germanic name derived from Behr, the Germanic word for Bear (or “those who are protected by the bear”). I suppose you wanted to tell your friends about this. Has it been difficult to live a “double life”? First it was extremely difficult to avoid the temptation to tell your closest friends. I decided however to retain all relevant information. Revealing sensitive information to any of them would put them in a difficult spot, because they would be required by law to report this information to the authorities. It would also pose a serious threat to me if they decided to tell anyone. (Read “Is Europe Marching Toward the Far-Right?”) What motivates you? How have you managed to stay focused and motivated for more than 8 years? Is it bitterness and hatred against the so-called “cultural Marxist/the multiculturalism wonderful elites,” or maybe towards Islam? No, not at all. If they (the cultural Marxists) against all odds, gave up on multiculturalism tomorrow, if they stopped all Muslim immigration and started the deportation of all Muslims, I would forgive them for their past crimes. If they refuse to surrender until 2020, there will be no turning back. We will eventually wipe out every single one of them. I do not hate Muslims at all. I acknowledge that there are magnificent Muslim individuals in Europe. In fact, I have had several Muslim friends over the years, some who I still respect. This does not mean that I will accept an Islamic presence in Europe. Muslim individuals who are not assimilated 100% by 2020, will be deported as soon as we manage to seize power. Although I admit that I am sick of the current development, I would say I’m driven by my love for Europe, European culture and Europeans. This does not mean I’m against diversity. But valuing diversity does not mean you support the genocide of your own culture and people. How did you first involved in your current activities? When I was around 16-17 years old, I joined the Progressive Party’s youth organization (FPU), which was anti-immigration and pro-free market. Every journalist in the country considered the party’s members to be racist because of their anti-immigration platform. The Progress Party was under constant attack from every media organization, from NGOs and all other political parties. They were called racists and Nazis, and were generally labeled “fascist pigs.” The Progress Party appealed to me because I had seen the hypocrisy in society, and I knew even then that they were the only party that opposed multiculturalism. Around 2000, I realized that the democratic struggle against the Islamization of Europe, and European multiculturalism, was lost. It is simply not possible to compete with democratic regimes that import millions of voters. 40 years of dialogue with the cultural Marxists / multiculturalists had ended up as a disaster. It would now only take 50-70 years before we, Europeans, were the minority. So I decided to explore alternative forms of opposition. But the biggest problem then was that there were no options for me at all. There was no known armed culturally conservative, or Christian, anti-Jihad movement. Read more:http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2084895,00.html#ixzz1T7cF98Oa

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Euro officials report increased far-right chatter

APBy PAISLEY DODDS – Associated Press | AP – 16 hrs ago

LONDON (AP) — European security officials say they are aware of increased Internet chatter from individuals claiming they belonged to a group called the new Knights Templar, that has been allegedly linked to the suspect in Norway’s deadly attacks.

Two European security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation, said they were still investigating claims that 32-year-old Norwegian suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, and other far-right individuals attended a London meeting of the group in 2002.

They would also not immediately confirm that Breivik had come on to their radar as a potential threat.

The English Defense League, which opposes what it calls the spread of Islam, released a statement Sunday distancing itself from Breivik. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below. OSLO, Norway (AP) — The man blamed for attacks on Norway’s government headquarters and a youth retreat that left at least 92 dead said he was motivated by a desire to bring about a revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday. A manifesto that he is believed to have written ranted against Muslim immigration to Europe and vowed revenge on “indigenous Europeans” who he accused of betraying their heritage. Although lawyer for the 32-year-old Norwegian suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, said his client acted alone, police conducted raids on a garage and sheds in an industrial neighborhood of eastern Oslo, said police officer Kjell Bjerklund.

Survivors of the mass shooting on Utoya island that killed at least 85 young people reported seeing two assailants, and police have said they were looking into those accounts and had not ruled out a second suspect. Another seven people were killed in Friday’s bombing in an Oslo government building.

In all, 92 people were killed and 97 wounded. There are still people missing at both scenes. Six hearses pulled up at the shore of the lake surrounding the island on Sunday, as rescuers on boats continued to search for bodies in the water. Body parts remain inside the Oslo building, which housed the prime minister’s office.

A manifesto published online — which police are poring over and said was posted the day of the attack — ranted that the European elite, “multiculturalists” and “enablers of Islamization” would be punished for their “treasonous acts.” Police have not confirmed that Breivik wrote the document, but his lawyer referred to it and said Breivik had been working on it for years.

The treatise ends with a detailed description of the plot, ending with a note dated 12:51 p.m. on July 22: “I believe this will be my last entry.”

Police and his lawyer have said that Breivik confessed to the twin attacks, but denied criminal responsibility for a day that shook peaceful Norway to its core and was the deadliest ever in peacetime. He has been charged with terrorism and will be arraigned on Monday.

Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said a forensics expert from Interpol would join the investigation on Sunday. Other offers of international assistance have been turned down.

Norway’s King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg joined mourners on Sunday at Oslo Cathedral, where the pews were packed, and the crowd spilled into the plaza outside the building. The area was strewn with flowers and candles, and people who could not fit in the grand church huddled under umbrellas in a drizzle. The king and queen both wiped tears from their eyes during the service for “sorrow and hope.” After the service, people sobbed and hugged one another in the streets as they streamed out of the cathedral. Many lingered over the memorial of flowers and candles. More was coming to light Sunday about the man who police say confessed to a car bomb at government headquarters in Oslo and then, hours later, opening fire on young people at an island political retreat. Both targets were linked to Norway’s left-leaning Labor Party, and authorities have said Breivik held anti-Muslim views and posted on Christian fundamentalist websites. “He wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution,” Geir Lippestad, his lawyer, told public broadcaster NRK. “He wished to attack society and the structure of society.” Lippestad said Breivik spent years writing the 1,500-page manifesto entitled, “2083 – A European Declaration of Independence,” that police were examining. It was signed “Andrew Berwick.” The date was referred to later in the document as the year that coups d’etat would engulf Europe and overthrow the elite he maligns. Sponheim, the police chief, said there was no indication whether Breivik had selected his targets or fired randomly on the island. The manifesto vowed revenge on those who it accused of betraying Europe. “We, the free indigenous peoples of Europe, hereby declare a pre-emptive war on all cultural Marxist/multiculturalist elites of Western Europe. … We know who you are, where you live and we are coming for you,” the document said. “We are in the process of flagging every single multculturalist traitor in Western Europe. You will be punished for your treasonous acts against Europe and Europeans.” The use of an anglicized pseudonym could be explained by a passage in the manifesto describing the founding, in April 2002 in London, of a group he calls a new Knights Templar. The Knights Templar was a medieval order founded to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land after the First Crusade. A 12-minute video clip posted on YouTube with the same title as the manifesto featured symbolic imagery of the Knights Templar and crusader kings as well as slides suggesting Europe is being overrun by Muslims. Police could not confirm that Breivik had posted the video, which also featured photographs of him dressed in a formal military uniform and in a wet suit pointing an assault rifle. The video was a series of slides that accused the left in Europe of allowing Muslims to overrun the continent: One image showed the BBC’s logo with the “C” changed into an Islamic crescent. Another declared that the end result of the left’s actions would be an “EUSSR.” Police spokesman John Fredriksen confirmed that the essay was posted the day of the attacks. The document signaled an attack was imminent: “In order to successfully penetrate the cultural Marxist/multiculturalist media censorship, we are forced to employ significantly more brutal and breathtaking operations, which will result in casualties.” In the last 100 pages, the manifesto apparently lays out details of the author’s social and personal life, including steroid use and an intention to solicit prostitutes in the days before the attack. Witnesses at the island youth retreat described the way Breivik lured them close by saying he was a police officer before raising his weapons. People hid and fled into the water to escape the rampage; some played dead. While some on the island reported that there was a second assailant and police said they were looking into that, Lippestad, the lawyer, said his client claims to have acted alone. Police took 90 minutes from the first shot to reach the island — delayed because they did not have quick access to a helicopter and struggled to find a boat once they reached the lake. Breivik surrendered when they reached him, but before 85 people died. Another seven were killed in the bombing. Divers continued to comb the lake waters around Utoya Island where some 600 young people were attending a Labor Party summer retreat when it came under attack, amid fears people may have drowned while trying to swim to safety.

Police said the bomb used in the Oslo blast was a mixture of fertilizer and fuel used to blow up a federal building in the U.S. in 1995. A farm supply store said Saturday they had alerted police that Breivik bought six metric tons of fertilizer, which can be used in homemade bombs.

The twin attacks have rattled largely peaceful Norway, home to the Nobel Prize for Peace and where the average policeman patrolling in the streets doesn’t carry a firearm.

Norwegians pride themselves on the openness of their society and cherish the idea of free expression. In recent years, the prosperous Nordic nation has opened its arms to thousands of conflict refugees from Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia.

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DiLorenzo reported from Stockholm. Associated Press writers Ian MacDougall and Derl McCrudden in Oslo, and Louise Nordstrom and Karl Ritter in Stockholm contributed.

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Breivik had alleged links with Far Right-Wing British extremists

Published on Monday, 25th July2011 at 14:24 under the news category, by John Price. Accused insurgent Anders Behring Breivik allegedly wrote his 1,500-page manifest detailing his plans with help from the English Defence League (EDL).


According to The Daily Telegraph, the 32-year-old, who disguised himself as “Andrew Berwick” wrote this work with an Englishman man anonymously named Richard, branded as the ‘perfect knight’. It was titled “London, 2011”. His detailed plans took nine years to complete. In this document, he continuously accused former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for making London a “global hub of Islamic terrorism”. He also claimed he wished to create a nuclear weapon to hold Western governments at ransom, with the potential of killing two million people. “The order is to serve as an armed Indigenous Rights Organisation and as a Crusader Movement”, he wrote, saying an English Protestant hosted the session. Another English extremist was also present as well as French, German, Greek, Dutch and Russian delegates.” Mr Breivik, the man responsible for killing over 90 people has allegedly visited London in the past meeting with Far Right-Wing extremists, but Scotland Yard are investigating further to confirm this. Officers have announced Breivik has not visited the UK this year. The EDL has issued an official statement denying any contact with the killer. “We can categorically state that there has never been any official contact between him and the EDL,” it read. Breivik’s father was said to be in “absolute horror” that his son would do something as destructive as this. The lawyer representing the killer said his client reveals hi actions were both “atrocious, but necessary”.

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Alleged Norway Shooter Considered WMD Attack, Jihadi Alliance

PHOTO: This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011. Breivik is a suspect in a bombing in Oslo and a shooting on a nearby island which occurred on Friday, July 22, 2011.
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The man suspected of killing more than 90 people in a bombing and separate shooting spree in Norway had considered a plan to obtain a weapon of mass destruction through a truce with extreme Islamists, despite his online anti-Muslim rants. “We both share one common goal. They want control over their own countries in the Middle East and we want control of our own countries in Western Europe,” reads part of a 1,500-page manifestoreportedly posted online by Anders Behring Breivik, apparently identifying himself with other right wing extremists. “An Islamic Caliphate is a useful enemy to all Europeans as it will ensure European unity under Christian cultural conservative leadership.” READ: Norway Shooting and Explosion Suspect Admits Firing Weapons on Youth Camp IslandThe manifesto said it would be possible to obtain “one million USD worth of anthrax” and describes the necessary steps to convince Islamic terrorist groups to cooperate.

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“Hamas and several Jihadi groups have labs and they have the potential to provide such substances. Their problem is finding suitable martyrs who can pass ‘screenings’ in Western Europe. This is where we come in,” the manifesto says. WATCH: Norway Terror Suspect’s Video Manifesto “Cultural conservatives” in Europe would carry out the attack, possibly in England, the manifesto says, claiming, “Both groups win if the attacks are successful.” However, Breivik eventually discounts the plan because he says the attacks would be extremely difficult and might be seen by Europeans as “traitorous and hypocritical,” considering that cultural conservatives already criticize other groups for “cooperating with Muslims.” “An alliance with the Jihadists might prove beneficial to both parties but will simply be too dangerous (and might prove to be ideologically counter-productive),” the manifesto says. National Security Director James Clapper told a Senate hearing in 2010 that at the time there was no information that any nations were providing assistance to terrorist groups in obtaining WMDs, but said “terrorists or insurgent organizations acting alone or through middlemen may acquire nuclear, chemical and/or biological weapons and may seek opportunistic networks as service providers.” According to the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, the U.S. intelligence community considers a chemical attack to be the most likely future “WMD scenario.” “Brevik’s WMD idea is not realistic,” former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said. “Plus it’s not something that he can control. Obviously in his horrendous act on Friday, he acted alone. It’s pretty easy for him to control when it’s just him…Of course it would not work.” > >

Breivik had alleged links with Far Right-Wing British extremists

Published on Monday, 25th July2011 at 14:24 under the news category, by John Price.

Accused insurgent Anders Behring Breivik allegedly wrote his 1,500-page manifest detailing his plans with help from the English Defence League (EDL).


According to The Daily Telegraph, the 32-year-old, who disguised himself as “Andrew Berwick” wrote this work with an Englishman man anonymously named Richard, branded as the ‘perfect knight’. It was titled “London, 2011”. His detailed plans took nine years to complete. In this document, he continuously accused former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for making London a “global hub of Islamic terrorism”. He also claimed he wished to create a nuclear weapon to hold Western governments at ransom, with the potential of killing two million people. “The order is to serve as an armed Indigenous Rights Organisation and as a Crusader Movement”, he wrote, saying an English Protestant hosted the session. Another English extremist was also present as well as French, German, Greek, Dutch and Russian delegates.” Mr Breivik, the man responsible for killing over 90 people has allegedly visited London in the past meeting with Far Right-Wing extremists, but Scotland Yard are investigating further to confirm this. Officers have announced Breivik has not visited the UK this year. The EDL has issued an official statement denying any contact with the killer. “We can categorically state that there has never been any official contact between him and the EDL,” it read. Breivik’s father was said to be in “absolute horror” that his son would do something as destructive as this. The lawyer representing the killer said his client reveals hi actions were both “atrocious, but necessary”.

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Alleged Norway Shooter Considered WMD Attack, Jihadi Alliance

PHOTO: This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011. Breivik is a suspect in a bombing in Oslo and a shooting on a nearby island which occurred on Friday, July 22, 2011.
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The man suspected of killing more than 90 people in a bombing and separate shooting spree in Norway had considered a plan to obtain a weapon of mass destruction through a truce with extreme Islamists, despite his online anti-Muslim rants. “We both share one common goal. They want control over their own countries in the Middle East and we want control of our own countries in Western Europe,” reads part of a 1,500-page manifestoreportedly posted online by Anders Behring Breivik, apparently identifying himself with other right wing extremists. “An Islamic Caliphate is a useful enemy to all Europeans as it will ensure European unity under Christian cultural conservative leadership.” READ: Norway Shooting and Explosion Suspect Admits Firing Weapons on Youth Camp IslandThe manifesto said it would be possible to obtain “one million USD worth of anthrax” and describes the necessary steps to convince Islamic terrorist groups to cooperate.

 PHOTO: This image shows Anders Behring Breivik from a manifesto attributed to him that was discovered Saturday, July 23, 2011. Breivik is a suspect in a bombing in Oslo and a shooting on a nearby island which occurred on Friday, July 22, 2011.
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“Hamas and several Jihadi groups have labs and they have the potential to provide such substances. Their problem is finding suitable martyrs who can pass ‘screenings’ in Western Europe. This is where we come in,” the manifesto says. WATCH: Norway Terror Suspect’s Video Manifesto “Cultural conservatives” in Europe would carry out the attack, possibly in England, the manifesto says, claiming, “Both groups win if the attacks are successful.” However, Breivik eventually discounts the plan because he says the attacks would be extremely difficult and might be seen by Europeans as “traitorous and hypocritical,” considering that cultural conservatives already criticize other groups for “cooperating with Muslims.” “An alliance with the Jihadists might prove beneficial to both parties but will simply be too dangerous (and might prove to be ideologically counter-productive),” the manifesto says. National Security Director James Clapper told a Senate hearing in 2010 that at the time there was no information that any nations were providing assistance to terrorist groups in obtaining WMDs, but said “terrorists or insurgent organizations acting alone or through middlemen may acquire nuclear, chemical and/or biological weapons and may seek opportunistic networks as service providers.” According to the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, the U.S. intelligence community considers a chemical attack to be the most likely future “WMD scenario.” “Brevik’s WMD idea is not realistic,” former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said. “Plus it’s not something that he can control. Obviously in his horrendous act on Friday, he acted alone. It’s pretty easy for him to control when it’s just him…Of course it would not work.” >

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Norway Suspect Used Activision’s Call of Duty to Train for Massacre

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It’s been awhile since video games have been blamed on a tragedy. But the recent terrorist attack in Oslo, Norway that killed at least 93 people has been directly linked to a pair of Activision Blizzard video games by the killer, himself. In his 1,500 page manifesto, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik writes in detail about how he used Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game and Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft game to help him prepare for the attack. Eighty-five people were killed when Breivik allegedly gunned down campers at an island retreat disguised as a law enforcement officer and an additional seven were killed from a bomb he allegedly set off at a government building in the capital.“I just bought Modern Warfare 2, the game. It is probably the best military simulator out there and it’s one of the hottest games this year. … I see MW2 more as a part of my training-simulation than anything else. I’ve still learned to love it though and especially the multiplayer part is amazing. You can more or less completely simulate actual operations.” The 32 year-old Breivik also wrote that he used World of Warcraft as a “cover story” to explain the time away from friends and family that he used to help plot the attacks against Muslims and European “agents of multiculturalism” that he believed are helping Muslim immigration overrun Europe. “For example, tell them that you have started to play World of Warcraft or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year. This “new project” can justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods. Tell them that you are completely hooked on the game (raiding dungeons, etc.).”Breivik also used World of Warcraft as a cover to travel to nearby countries to train with real weapons. He told friends and family that he was visiting guild members from the game. “You will be amazed on how much you can do undetected while blaming this game. If your planning requires you to travel, say that you are visiting one of your WoW friends, or better yet, a girl from your “guild” (who lives in another country). No further questions will be raised if you present these arguments.” The terror suspect said he spent three years writing the manifesto, some of which has been recently revealed to have been plagiarized by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. During the first year of writing, Breivik said he immersed himself in World of Warcraft as a way to isolate himself from the “consumerist” world in preparation for his attacks. Up until about months ago, he played World of Warcraftextensively under the handles “Conservatism” and “Conservative.” Over the years, violent video games have been used by the mainstream media to place blame on why people attack others. One of the most famous cases of media run rampant was the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado back in 1999. Because the two teenage killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, had played violent games like Doom and Quake, debate raged about what role video games played in the tragedy that killed 12 students and a teacher. Because the two killers committed suicide, there was never any explanation from the sources. Columbine ultimately paved the way for the media, as well as those who live for stirring controversy and business as a “talking head,” for video games to be blamed for many other tragedies – including those with no links to video games whatsoever. Case in point is the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007. The deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history resulted in 32 students killed and 25 injured. Killer Seung-Hui Cho committed suicide after the spree. Although there were no video games found in his home and no writings or any evidence around Cho being a gamer, Florida attorney Jack Thompson blamed Valve’s popular online multiplayer Counter-Strike game for the tragedy. And the media gave him plenty of air time to stir up debate, even though no evidence was ever found to connect Cho with games of any kind. Unfortunately, this time, the killer has written about the role video games played in his plot. And he remains alive, and in custody, to further discuss his gaming moving forward. But one thing to keep in mind is that video games are now entrenched as part of popular culture. Blizzard has over 11.5 million people playing World of Warcraft. Activision sold over 22 million copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. That means there are a lot of people out there playing these games. And the overwhelming majority of these gamers live normal lives without ever harming so much as a fly. Unfortunately, Breivik was one bad apple in this crowd. >

‘Vlad the Impaler was a genius’: The crazed and hate-filled ‘manifesto’ of the mass murderer

By Neil SearsLast updated at 10:52 AM on 25th July 2011

  • Breivik claimed he was member of secret Knights Templar society
  • Planned to hire ‘two high class whores’ the week before massacre
  • Believed women should be home-makers and not go out to work
  • Told followers to pretend that they were gay to avoid suspicion

It explains why attractive women must be murdered, hails Vlad the Impaler as a hero – and claims the massacre in Norway is only the beginning of a long war. This is the astonishingly detailed 1,500-page manifesto published on the internet by Anders Behring Breivik on Friday, hours before he carried out his attacks which would leave at least 93 dead. The document, named 2083 – A European Declaration of Independence because he believes the war to rescue Europe from multiculturalism will last another 72 years, is published under the anglicised name ‘Andrew Berwick – London, England, 2011’.

Face of a maniac: Anders Behring Breivik's manifesto was full of hate and hailed Vlad the Impaler as a hero
VLAD THE IMPALER

Killers: Gunman Anders Behring Breivik (left) hailed Vlad the Impaler (right) as a hero in his ‘manifesto’

The multiple London references have raised concerns about his UK links – and the risk that he could have deluded British followers. Chillingly, it features a claim that Breivik is just one of 12 members of a secret right-wing anti-multicultural, anti-Marxist, anti-feminist, anti-Islamic society, the ‘Knights Templar’ founded in London in April 2002.

The other 11 Knights Templar, he believes, are plotting similar attacks. Breivik’s manifesto reveals how he had reserved 2,000 euros from his operations budget to hire two ‘high-class model whores’ in the lead-up to his killing spree. He planned to open the remainder of his three bottles of 1979 Chateau Kirwan, a Margaux grand cru to drink with them. ‘My thought was to save the last flask for my last martyrdom celebration and enjoy it with the two high-class model whores I intend to rent prior to the mission,’ he wrote online. ‘My interpretation of being a “Perfect Knight” does not and should not include celibacy.’ ‘I will probably arrange that just before or after I attend my final martyr’s mass in Frogner Church. It will contribute to ease my mind as I imagine I will get tense and very nervous. It is easier to face death if you know you are biologically, mentally and spiritually at ease.’ Breivik also planned to visit a solarium ‘to look fresher.’

The Knights Templar

Breivik claims: ‘The Knights Templar was re-founded in London in April 2002 by representatives from eight European countries, for the purpose of serving the interests of the free indigenous peoples of Europe and to fight against the ongoing European Jihad.’ He says the founding session (two meetings consisting of four founding members and host as a security precaution) was held in London in April 2002. Its founding members are said to range from the English Protestant host to a  French Catholic and representatives of the Serbian Greek Orthodox churches. No names are given and it is impossible to verify if this meeting took place. Breivik says that he was the youngest person to attend the meeting and he had been present at two additional sessions in northern Europe. The gunman also refers to a ‘mentor’ called Richard – who is English. Richard, Breivik claims, wrote a tract which founded the modern Knights Templar movement. He claims that his actions are part of a wide campaign which will lead to ‘indigenous Europeans’ taking over Western Europe. ‘A large successful attack every five to 12 years is optimal,’ he says.

The ‘traitor’ targets

Chilling: Breivik's online statementChilling: Breivik’s online statement

He says ‘Category A’ traitors are heads of state, ministers and directors. ‘Category B’ are politicians, journalists, teachers, cartoonists, doctors and even church leaders. Category C are less influential but have ‘facilitated’ A and B traitors.  The number of ‘A and B’ traitors in the UK is put at 62,216. He dismisses previous terror attacks as ‘poop in mailbox’ operations. The only way, he says to ‘successfully penetrate the cultural Marxist/multiculturalist media censorship’ is to ‘employ significantly more brutal and breathtaking operations’ which will result in casualties. Cruelty is necessary, he argues, – and you should kill too many, not too few. ‘In order to wake up the masses, the only rational approach will be to make sure the current system implodes,’  he insists. ‘As a Knight you are operating as a jury, judge and executioner on behalf of all free Europeans. There are situations in which cruelty is necessary, and refusing to apply necessary cruelty is a betrayal of the people whom you wish to protect.

‘Pretend you’re gay’

Breivik says potential recruits should use an apparent obsession with the role-playing computer game World of Warcraft as an excuse for reclusive behaviour. Other credible covers include ‘going abroad for a weekend’ say you are going to a massage parlour or brothel abroad. Or say you think you are gay and are  in the process of discovering your  new self. He adds: ‘Your ego is likely to take a dent unless you are secure in your own heterosexuality, however, it’s an extremely effective strategy for stopping questions’

Women, the enemy

He argues women should be killed, saying: ‘You will face women in battle and they will not hesitate to kill you. To them, you are just another armed criminal nut. You must therefore embrace and familiarise yourself  with the concept of killing women, even very attractive women.’ In a bizarre suggestion, he says: ‘Those who would defy political correctness must behave according to the old rules of our culture. Ladies should be wives and homemakers, not cops or soldiers, and men should still hold doors open for ladies. Children should not be born out of wedlock. Glorification of homosexuality should be shunned. Breivik also reveals he has been avoiding relationships as he did not want to ‘jeopardise his operation’ by getting involved with long-term girlfriends.’ He writes: ‘As for girlfriends, I do get the occasional lead, or the occasional girl making a move, especially nowadays as I’m fit like hell and feel great. ‘But I’m trying to avoid relationships as it would only complicated my plans any more into one night stands. I am not that person anymore.’

Chilling: A picture of Breivik taken from his manifesto posted just a few hours before he went on a killing spree in NorwayChilling: A picture of Breivik taken from his manifesto posted just a few hours before he went on a killing spree in Norway

Keep your spirits up

‘I have managed to stay focused and highly motivated for more than nine years,’ Breivik writes. ‘I do a mental check almost every day through meditation and philosophising. ‘I go for a walk, playing music ideal for maintaining motivation.’

Terror shopping list

Terrorists should expect to fork out  up to 30,000 euros for ‘armour, weapons and ammo’. Explosives will cost between 5,000 and 100,000 euros while other expenses add 20,000 euros to the bill. Breivik claims that compiling his book cost him 140,000 euros, and he spent the same again on his attack He suggests funding an attack with a job in sales – or get a credit card. ‘As you collect fertiliser you should have a business plan and a credible cover which will pass the scrutiny for any fertiliser-store clerk.’ He recommends the HK416 assault rifle, or alternatively any assault rifle. Glock handgun with silencer and laser, grenades, gas masks and vests.

His family

The manifesto also includes a detailed description of Breivik’s upbringing. His father Jens Breivik, a diplomat, already had three children from a former marriage when he met Breivik’s mother Wenche Behring, a nurse  – who also had a daughter from a past relationship, Elisabeth. The family lived in London as Mr Breivik was a diplomat for the Norwegian Embassy at the time. After his parents’ divorced when he was one year old, Anders was then brought back to Oslo with his half-sister and mother after she married a captain in the Norwegian Army. Jens Breivik also married again, this time to a colleague who also worked in the Norwegian Embassy. Breivik mentions that his stepmother rose to the position of Vice Consul and his father became  commercial counsellor for the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – first in London and then in Paris. Breivik explains in the manifesto that his parents were not politically active but supported the policies of the Norwegian Labour Party, common for those working in the public sector. He adds that his stepfather was moderately Right-wing. Both his mother and stepmother are described as feminists.

Killer: Anders Behring BreivikKiller: Anders Behring Breivik

There are indications of an unsettled childhood where his father and stepmother entered a custody battle for Anders with his mother and stepfather which they lost. However it was a privileged upbringing with frequent trips to Paris to visit his father and his wife, with summers spent at holiday homes in Normandy and Notodden, a headland popular with Norwegian tourists. Breivik says he had a good relationship with his father until he was 15 and began to commit petty crime like graffiti. He writes that his father had cut contact with all his children: ‘He has four children but has cut contact with all of them so it is pretty clear whose fault that was. ‘I don’t carry any grudge but a couple of my half siblings do. The thing is that he is just not very good with people. I tried contacting him five years ago but he said he was not mentally prepared for a reunion due to various factors, his poor health being one.’ Anders also writes in the online manifesto  about his relationship with his stepfather who was a major in the Norwegian army but has since retired before adding: ‘I still have contact with him although now he spends most his time (retirement) with prostitutes in Thailand. ‘He is a very primitive sexual beast, but at the same time a very likable and good guy. I can’t say I approve of that lifestyle although I can’t really blame him when I see today’s Marxist social structures.’ Breivik is critical of the influence of women in his life saying: ‘I do not approve of the super-liberal, matriarchal upbringing though as it completely lacked discipline and has contributed to feminise me to a certain degree.’ Breivik describes his childhood as a happy one with no ‘economical troubles’ – although he does complain that he was given too much freedom. He says he had a good relationship with his half-siblings but in particular, Elisabeth who moved to Los Angeles 14 years ago, married and has two children. He describes disagreements with his half-brother’s girlfriend about feminism when ‘she almost physically strangled me’.

Muslim gangs – and why he could not be a skinhead

Breivik goes into lengthy detail about his experience of Muslim gangs when he was a teenager. He writes: ‘Even at that time, the Muslim gangs were very dominating in Oslo East and in inner city Oslo. They even arranged “raids” in Oslo West occasionally, subduing the native youths (kuffars) and collecting Jizya from them (in the form of cell phones, cash, sunglasses etc). ‘I remember they systematically harassed, robbed and beat ethnic Norwegian youngsters who were unfortunate enough to not have the right affiliations. ‘Muslim youths called the ethnic Norwegians “poteter” (potatoes, a derogatory term used by Muslims to describe ethnic Norwegians). ‘These people occasionally raped the so called “potato whores”.’ Despite openly discussing being anti-Islam throughout, being a skinhead ‘was never an option’. He added: ‘Their dress codes and taste of music was unappealing and I thought they were too extreme. I hated rock then and I still do.’

Poses: Breivik wore military style uniforms in photos included in the 12-minute YouTube video
Poses: Breivik wore military style uniforms in photos included in the 12-minute YouTube video

Poses: Breivik wore military style uniforms in photos included in his manifesto

The most prolific graffiti tagger in Oslo

Breivik appears to have spent much of his teenage years daubing the walls of the Norwegian capital with graffiti. He used the tag Mord (murderer) and was heavily involved in the hip hop scene. His actions led to a major fall out with his father.

Knitting and sewing

‘During my early youth I remember being forced to complete mandatory knitting and sewing courses. ‘These courses were implemented as a result of Marxist revolution with the goal of feminising European boys in their insane quest to create the Marxist utopia consisting of ‘true equality between the sexes’. I  dreaded these courses as it felt very unnatural – in retrospect, however this knowledge is an essential skill when constructing and assembling modern ballistic armour. It is quite ironic and even hilarious when reflecting on the fact that a skill which was intended to feminise European boys can and will in fact be used to reimplement the patriarchy by overthrowing the Western European cultural Marxist/multiculturalist regimes.

Wear police uniform

‘Create and wear a police combat uniform replica. Make serious efforts in recreating credible insignias, ID and marks. This should buy you at least 1-2 extra seconds giving you the edge you need to neutralise any potential threat (2 head shots).’

Vlad the Impaler

‘Romanian crusader Vlad the Impaler was a genius of psychological warfare. Like any other ruler, he had two enemies: internal disorder or treason  and external Islamic agressors  threatening his country. He was a real master of  STAGING cruelty to obtain maximum effect.’

Friday, July 22: I think this will be my last entry

Chemical warfare suit: Anders Behring Breivik wore the garment for a photo in his manifestoChemical warfare suit: Anders Behring Breivik wore the garment for a photo in his manifesto

Breivik kept a diary within his rambling manifesto called the Knights Templar Log – in which he outlines how it took him 82 days to build the bomb he detonated in central Oslo. The manifesto and diary was posted online on the day of the attacks. July 2010: Breivik buries a suit of body armour, as well as police insignia in a crate in the forest. Complains about being bitten by mosquitos. October: An application to own a rifle is approved. He buys a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle, thought to have been used in the attacks, for 1,400 euros. December: Breivik says he has stored three bottles of Chateau Kirwan 1979 red wine bought at auction ten years ago. ‘My thought was to save the last flask for my last martyrdom celebration and enjoy it with two high-class model whores I intend to rent prior to the mission.’ December- February: To keep his morale up, Breivik listens to trance music and plays World of Warcraft 3. Among bomb ingredients he orders are 190 boxes of aspirin. His cover story is that his company needs them to deal with hangovers of his staff during the Christmas season. March 1: He raises 2,000 euros by selling his Breitling watch and Montblanc fountain pen. April 27: Orders fertiliser for the bomb. He then parties with friends in Oslo before setting up his bomb factory in a remote rented farm house two and a half hours from Oslo. May 2: Breivik begins making his bombs out of fertiliser.

Escape: This footage apparently shows three people swimming away from the island of Utoya which was targeted by BreivikEscape: This footage apparently shows three people swimming away from the island of Utoya which was targeted by Breivik

May 14: Taking time out from bombmaking he writes: ‘It’s the Eurovision finale today. I  just love Eurovision…!:-)’ Writes Norway’s entry is a ‘crap, politically correct contribution … an asylum seeker from Kenya performing a bongo song’. June 3: He complains he is exhausted grinding fertiliser and preparing the explosive mix. He adds: ‘Surely, I’m going to die from cancer within 12 months as I must have gotten a lot of this crap into my lungs’ June 13: He sets off a test device at a remote location. ‘I lit the fuse, went out of range and waited. It was probably the longest ten seconds I have ever endured … BOOM! The detonation was successful!!!:-) June 17: Desperately short of cash, Breivik decides to withdraw funds ‘aggressively’ on his ten credit cards and postpones payment to the fertiliser supplier. June 22: Visits a Chinese takeaway. ‘I bought three portions. Beef with noodles and fried  rice, yummy!’

Teenagers on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya had to 'swim for their lives' and hide in trees when the gunman fired indiscriminately at themTeenagers on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya had to ‘swim for their lives’ and hide in trees when Breivik fired indiscriminately at them

June 25: He says he attracts female attention in the rural town. ‘Refined individuals like myself are a rare commodity here so I notice I do get a lot of attention. It’s the way I dress … mostly very expensive brand clothing, Lacoste sweaters … people can see from a mile away that I’m not from around here.’ June 30: Complains the farmhouse is infested with beetles. July 2: Goes over travel route for plan A (bombing Oslo) and Plan B (the island massacre). July 3: Takes a day off, downloads some trance music and notices his ‘increased aggressiveness’. He wonders if a combination of steroids and pills could turn him ‘into a superhuman one-man-army for 2 hours!’ July 4: Spends two-and-a-half hours digging up his armour cache in the forest. Breivik has also been linked to an earlier car bomb blast in Oslo city centre which killed seven peopleBreivik has also been linked to an earlier car bomb blast in Oslo city centre which killed seven people July 18: Loads up his VW van with explosives. Has a ‘good workout’ and drinks three protein shakes. July 22: Breivik writes he will ‘initiate blasting sequences at pre-determined sites’ and adds: ‘This is going to be an all-or-nothing scenario.’ He also writes in a possible cryptic reference to his massacre plans: ‘First coming costume party this autumn, dress up as a police officer. Arrive with insignias:-)

Plan of attack: The manifesto includes detail plans of the horrific killingsPlan of attack: The manifesto includes detail plans of the horrific killings

‘Will be awesome as people will be very astonished.’ He signs off: ‘I believe this will be my last entry. It is now Fri July 22, 12.51. Sincere regards, Andrew Berwick, Justiciar Knight Commander, Knights Templar Europe, Knights Templar Norway. Final words: Breivik signed off the document hours before the bomb went off in OsloFinal words: Breivik signed off the document hours before the bomb went off in Oslo

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Blue-Eyed Terrorism: The New Knights Templar of the Right Wage War Against Diversity

In 2011ChristianityCorporatocracyFaithsFox NewsIdeologiesInternationalIslamMediaNeo ConservativesPatriotismRacismReligious RightRoger AilesTea PartyTotalitarianism on July 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm Over 90 people were killed by a Right-wing terrorist in Oslo, Norway, and CNN played a rerun of a special with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on celebrity crime. No live coverage. No tight-t-shirt-clad Anderson Cooper actually blending in with his news subjects for a change. Fox News stopped screaming headlines once the rumor that it was Muslim extremism proved to be unfounded.  The man captured had ties to a European or global white Right-wing extremist organization.  He is not alone.  White fear of multiculturalism is not only driving our gridlock, it is arming itself for battle.  If these unyielding, dogmatic radicals do not get their way in Congress, could we see another Timothy McVeigh here in the U.S.? Count on it. Anders Behring Breivik, 32, whom friends described as a Right-wing gun-loving fundamentalist Christian, obsessed with multiculturalism and Muslim immigration to Norway, planned his attack on a Norwegian liberal party summer camp last Friday for months.  Hours before the attack, he published his 1500+ page manifesto, and set up accounts under the Anglicized version of his name, Andrew Berwick, to put forward both his story and the method and reason of his act of terror.  The New York Times reports:

“In a 1,500-page manifesto, posted on the Web hours before the attacks, Mr. Breivik recorded a day-by-day diary of months of planning for the attacks, and claimed to be part of a small group that intended to ‘seize political and military control of Western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda…’ “The manifesto, entitled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” equates liberalism and multiculturalism with “cultural Marxism,” which the document says is destroying European Christian civilization.” [1]

The document also describes a secret meeting in London in 2002 to reconstitute the Knights Templar, a Medieval organization committed to driving the Muslims out of Europe and restoring Christian order in Europe. Breivik signs his document here and there as a “Justiciar Knight Commander for Knights Templar Europe.”  They are apparently the extreme Right’s new Al-Qaeda, an organization of revolutionary terrorists with principal agents in several countries.

“Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici – PCCTS (the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon), the Knights Templar was re-founded in London in 2002 by representatives from eight European countries, for the purpose of serving the interests of the free indigenous peoples of Europe and to fight against the ongoing European Jihad (referred to as the “third Jihad”). The Knights Templar was re-founded as a pan-European nationalist military order and a military/criminal tribunal with two primary objectives. The order is to serve as an armed Indigenous Rights Organisation and as a Crusader Movement (anti-Jihad movement). The founding session (two meetings consisting of 4 founding members and host as a security precaution) was held in London, United Kingdom – Apr, 2002. Founding (re-founding) members: Anonymous 1 – Nationality: English Protestant (Host) Anonymous 2 – Nationality: English Christian atheist Anonymous 3 – Nationality: French Catholic Anonymous 4 – Nationality: German Christian atheist Anonymous 5 – Nationality: Dutch Christian agnostic Anonymous 6 – Nationality: Greek Orthodox Anonymous 7 – Nationality: Russian Christian atheist Anonymous 8 – Nationality: Norwegian Protestant (member and proxy for 9) Anonymous 9 – Nationality: Serbian Orthodox (by proxy, location: Monrovia, Liberia) Unable to attend: Anonymous 10 – Nationality: Swedish Anonymous 11 – Nationality: Belgian Anonymous 12 – Nationality: European-American”

Anonymous 12 should catch Americans attention.  It is possible that a cell of this raving Right Dungeons & Dragons cult is here in the United States.  They have, apparently, declared war on European countries after NATO engaged Christian Serbs:

“PCCTS, Knights Templar on behalf of the free peoples of Europe, hereby declare a pre-emptive war against the cultural Marxist/ multiculturalist regimes of Western Europe. We acknowledge that Europe has been in a technical state of civil war since 1999 when European and US cultural Marxists/multiculturalists, through NATO, decided to attack Christian Serb forces and thus disallowing them their right to repel Islam from their ancestral lands.”

There are numerous articles within the document defining the “Cultural Marxism” and political correctness which Breivk sees as the destruction of European cultures.

“But what happens today to Europeans who suggest that there are differences among ethnic groups, or that the traditional social roles of men and women reflect their different natures, or that homosexuality is morally wrong? If they are public figures, they must grovel in the dirt in endless, canting apologies. If they are university students, they face star chamber courts and possible expulsion. If they are employees of private corporations, they may face loss of their jobs. What was their crime? Contradicting the new EUSSR ideology of “Political Correctness.””

He draws a parallel between the horrors of the Muslim invasion of Europe and today’s legal immigration by Muslims and others that imperils the moral and social fabric of Europe that is as unrealistically utopian as it is wrong. His murderous rampage was his version of the Boston Tea Party.  A start to the cultural war which he sees ending in 2083.

“Until the day you decide to act; we, the free peoples of Western Europe will have no choice but to take matters into our own hands and act accordingly. The PCCTS, Knights Templar is a manifestation of this initial struggle, phase 1 of the Western European civil war. [4]

He lays out how that hypothetical civil war might roll out.  He includes amnesty in 2020 for any of the European nations, which are most all of them, identified as multiculturalist traitors:

“You are to immediately order the national police and military forces in the respective countries to stop persecuting any and all armed National Resistance Movements/Indigenous Rights Movements and allow us to create a tribunal consisting of 20 cultural conservative/nationalist intellectuals/political leaders per country. These individuals must oppose Islamisation, multiculturalism and have a long and credible track record in patriotic oriented political activism. All selected individuals must be staunch supporters of nationalistic ideological principles.” [4]

Breivik’s war will require all Muslims to convert to Christianity, change their names to baptized given names, speak only the mother tongue of their country of residence, destroy all Muslim imagery, limit correspondence to Muslim countries, and forbid travel back and forth to those countries. Yep. That ludicrous. Unlike the rambling pages of the Unibomber, the most chilling thing while skimming Breivik’s lengthy tome, which is reminiscent of Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf”, is the calm, literate, intelligent, and rationally reasoned manner in which it is written. His attack, and his non-violent surrender was to a purpose. It was a wake-up call for other blue-eyed jihadis not just in Northern Europe, but to those like him who are threatened by multiculturalism and a challenge to the perceived purity of Caucasian Christian living. Radical terrorist bombers and gunmen are nothing new.  Timothy McVeigh launched an attack on the U.S. Government and killed 168 and injured hundreds more in his attack of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. We see him as the face of white trash ignorance in America.  The question is, with people like Brevik, who can’t be as easily marginalized, do they  connect the dots to an even scarier bunch, the often well-funded movements of white Christians that include some of the most powerful people in the world working inside government. Jeff Sharlet, in his book, “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power” exposed a major global Christian white power cult that includes disgraced U.S. Senator John Ensign:

“They are the Family—fundamentalism’s avant-garde, waging spiritual war in the halls of American power and around the globe. They consider themselves the new chosen, congressmen, generals, and foreign dictators who meet in confidential cells, to pray and plan for a ‘leadership led by God,’ to be won not by force but through ‘quiet diplomacy.’” [2]

Why this should concern you, and why it deserves more than two minutes of CNN’s time, amongst others, is that there are millions of average white Americans in this country who have been so primed for extremism by years of Roger Ailes, Sarah Palin, and their ilk, that the “war” on multiculturalism might find a lot of takers, particularly when voiced, as Mr. Breivik has, in ways that many of these people consume their misinformation and build their hate. How many times did we hear Righties here talk about exercising their “Second Amendment Rights” if they didn’t get their way at the ballot box in 2010? What happens if Mr. Obama prevails again, and is re-elected in 2012?  Will the Palin-primed racists of the 2008 election, the disaffected Tea Party zealots, and some of the political closet cases come together to find a different way to bring their world view to power?   Breivik is a mass-murderer.  Do not let, as the news media is apt to do over the coming days, anyone marginalize the danger of who he is socially and politically though.  He is a symptom of a much larger and scarier cancer afflicting the world. The confluences of the different Right-wing extremist groups inside and outside the system should always remain a cause for concern.

“With the 1,500-page manifesto, which he said took three years to complete, Mr. Breivik endeavored to find common cause with xenophobic right-wing groups around the world, particularly in the United States. He quoted extensively from the anti-Islam writings of American bloggers, and cut and pasted a whole section of the manifesto written by Theodore J. Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, into his own, replacing “leftism” with “multiculturalism” as the object of aspersion.” [5]

Even as we have to fight for the specifics of social justice, maintaining the social safety net, and a more inclusive America for all, we need to always remember that it doesn’t take much to connect a few mad-men to the propagandists like Ailes and the political subversives of the Family to create a more radical group of regressives. For every Renaissance, hopefully there is not an equal Dark Age.  The signs of it building are everywhere. My shiny two. Footnote 4 – Berwick, Andrew “2083: A European Declaration of  Independence,” PDF, 2011. – This is the full manifesto converted from original .docx form to PDFhttp://truth2powerdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/2083-aeuropeandeclarationofindependence.pdf http://truth-2-power.com/2011/07/24/blue-eyed-terrorism-the-new-knights-templar-of-the-right-wage-war-against-diversity/>

Is Anders Behring Breivik just the first of a new wave of Knights Templar terrorists?

Posted by  ⋅ July 25, 2011 ⋅ Leave a Comment

There are growing concerns that Anders Behring Breivik might be just the first of a series of people across Europe who seek to destabilise the continent’s move towards multi-culturalism. In particular, there is interest in the possibility of a new terror group possibly modelled and named after the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar were the most famous of the old Christian military orders. They existed for approximately 200 years until the early 14th century and were heavily involved in the Crusades in Arab lands. But by the 18th century, there were rumours of new groups adopting the name of the Knights Templar. And in his manifesto and videos, Anders Behring Breivik clearly seems to be attempting to revive the name as the focus of a new wave of nationalist, anti-Arab terrorism. Some people even believe that the original Knights Templar never actually disbanded, and that the organisation has remained active – but hidden – for nearly a thousand years. This is considered unlikely, and is seen by many as simply part of an attempt to foster the legendary status of the group. But if Anders Behring Breivik really does hope to inspire a new generation of Knights Templar attacks, it’s likely that across the great expanse of Europe he will find at least a few willing followers. There must be great concern that others, not only in Norway but in all other European nations, will see what Breivik has done and set out to do the same. There are also concerns that Breivik has links to other European extremists. There has been speculation that he attended a meeting of a far-right group, styled after the Knights Templar, in London in the early 2000′s. If that’s the case, there must be a great danger that Breivik is not the only individual to have set out to carry out a terrorist attack in Europe in the name of white anti-Arab nationalism >

Anders Behring Breivick’s Dream of a “Knights Templar Europe”

Posted on 23 July 2011 by Garibaldi

Oslo Bombing Anders Behring BreivickOslo Bombing Anders Behring Breivick

Breivick sick twisted dream. This video that he originally created sums up his 1400 page manifesto titled, “European Declaration of Independence.”

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http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/07/anders-behring-breivicks-dream-of-a-knights-templar-europe/Many informative material here at

http://www.loonwatch.com

Below I will present some of the thread on the conservative website{{{ http://www.freerepublic.com }}}  about the movie of this CHRISTIAN TERRORIST, and note that some of them say that they agree with some parts of the movie, analysis,  and then they observe that this fact must make them a terrorist also. Movie by Anders Behring Breivik – Knights Templar 2083 (alleged Oslo terrorist).http://geraldcelentechannel.blogspot.com/ ^ | Saturday, July 23, 2011 | Gerald Celente Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:26:26 PM by jacknhoo This ia a Movie by Anders Behring Breivik – Knights Templar 2083 The man behind explosion in Oslo who killed 7 people, and about 90 youth people at Utøya island outside Oslo July 22th . Anders Behring Breivik is A 32-year-old Norwegian he has been arrested over two terror attacks in Norway as 92 are confirmed dead . Police have said the Norwegian man arrested after the twin attacks in Norway is a right-winger with anti-Muslim views, but they do not know whether that was a factor in the attacks. His views are very clear from this video of his production it is also said that he admired of the Dutch far right politician Geert Wilders and he is also described as “Christian fundamentalist” and a Freemason.Officers are continuing to search Breivik’s property – a flat and farmhouse – in a wealthy suburb west of Oslo. It has emerged that he is a former member of a populist anti-immigration party who wrote blogs attacking multiculturalism and Islam. Website entries under Breivik’s name criticised European politicians for trying to accommodate the cultures of different ethic groups, and claimed a significant minority of young British Muslims backed radical Islamic militancy. “When did multiculturalism cease to be an ideology designed to deconstruct European culture, traditions, identity and nation-states?” said one entry, posted on February 2, 2010 on the right-wing website http://www.document.no. “According to two studies, 13% of young British Muslims aged between 15 and 25 support al Qaeda ideology,” said another entry dated February 16 last year. He described himself on his Facebook page as leaning towards right-wing Christianity. Breivik had also been a member of the Progress Party, the second largest in parliament and a rival to the Labour Party.


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1 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:26:31 PM by jacknhoo

To: jacknhoo
I wonder if this will hold up under investigation. If there is a real investigation. Why didn’t this maniac attack a mosque if he’s such a wingnut Muslim hater? Why did he attack the PM’s office and massacre lily-white kids? Maybe he’s another Timothy James McVeigh or maybe we’re looking at a Reichstag fire moment. I’ll be withholding judgement but I’m betting this man gets Jack Ruby’d shortly.
2 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:34:57 PM by sinanju

To: jacknhoo
I agree with some of his presentation…I guess I’m a terrorist…
3 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:35:48 PM by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)

To: jacknhoo
You can’t be a “Christian fundamentalist” (or a Catholic) and a Freemason in Europe. European Masons are deists with a “progressive agenda” that destroyed European unity and contributed to people like Napoleon. The Knights Templars started off quite laudably, but ended up being suppressed by the Church because they had gone way out of line. There probably was some immorality, but that certainly wasn’t unusual; what was not good was that the Knights were forming their own religion, basically, an Esoteric cult. The Templar myth is a fundamental part of Masonry, btw. Stop looking at Christianity and look at Freemasonry.
4 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:40:45 PM by livius

To: sinanju
The only difference between this guy and Bill Ayers is that Ayers didn’t succeed in killing that many people. IMO
5 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:53:59 PM by TribalPrincess2U (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.. VOTE out the RATS!)

To: livius
You can be anything you want to be if you’re crazier than an outhouse rat.
6 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 6:57:24 PM by TigersEye (Wranglers not Levis. Levi Strauss is anti-2nd Amendment.)

To: jacknhoo
Too bad, they’ve taken the video down for copyright reasons. I hope someone grabbed it.
7 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:00:58 PM by Yardstick

To: jacknhoo
Dude sounds like a Scandinavian Unabomber.
8 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:02:33 PM by Chi-townChief

To: Yardstick
I did, but don’t know where to put it.
9 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:07:20 PM by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)

To: Yardstick
10 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:12:49 PM by WackySam (Obama got Osama just like Nixon landed on the moon.)

To: jacknhoo
His ManifestoBEWARE…..He does promote terrorists acts.
11 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:14:08 PM by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)

To: jacknhoo
I was in agreement with everything he was saying except for the “martyrdom” stuff, but it turns out he didn’t believe it either. P.S. I couldn’t read any of the superfine print though.

12 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:18:43 PM by Gumption

To: jacknhoo
No death penalty for him.
13 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:19:09 PM by jennychase

To: WackySam
Thanks, I watched the whole thing. We have definitely entered a new era here, where mass murder is accompanied by a well produced multi-media package.
14 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:38:21 PM by Yardstick

To: Dallas59
Those structural feminists are the life of every party!
15 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:47:30 PM by alstewartfan (“I’ll just go back to the dream I was having, before love went astray.” Al Stewart)

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To: jacknhoo
‘When did multiculturalism *cease* to be…’ etc. That sentence doesn’t make sense.
17 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:02:42 PM by squarebarb

To: Dallas59
Looks like liveleak’s got it.
18 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:08:09 PM by Yardstick

To: jacknhoo
bump for record
19 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:10:13 PM by XHogPilot

To: livius
Boy, you don’t know the first thing about Masonry – or, by the sounds of it, much about the Templars, either. Perhaps you need to put away the conspiracy websites and learn the truth – both about who and what Freemasons really are, and why Pope Clement V and King Philip of France criminally conspired to do away with the Templars. Hint, it wasn’t because they were perverts or getting out of hand. It was for money. Nothing about what this disgusting yahoo in Norway did has anything to do with Freemasonry. In fact, it runs completely opposed to the concept of brotherhood that Masonry espouses.
20 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:13:24 PM by Magnatron

To: Yardstick
Here is another Youtube link for as long as it lasts.Knights Templar 2083 by Anders Behring Breivik – Oslo killer
21 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:22:29 PM by TigersEye (Wranglers not Levis. Levi Strauss is anti-2nd Amendment.)

To: jacknhoo
http://www.frimurer.no/(translated with GoogleTranslate)The Norwegian Masonic Order of expressing compassion and careFrom the Norwegian Order of FreemasonsI am appalled by the terrible crime has been committed in the government quarter and the Utøya, says the Norwegian-order Masonic Grand Master, Ivar A. Skar.We think with sorrow and compassion for those who have been affected and their relatives.It has emerged in the media that the accused has been a member of the Norwegian Order of Freemasons. He is now excluded with immediate effect.Exclusion is an expression of the acts he is accused of having carried out and the values ​​that appear to have motivated them is completely incompatible with what we stand for that order.We build our business on the Christian and humanist values ​​and want our members to contribute to the promotion of charity, peace and goodness in people.The police will of course get all the help and information we can help with.–The Norwegian Order of FreemasonsLower Vollgt. 19, 0158 Oslo.PO Box 506 Sentrum, N-0105 Oslo.
22 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:22:58 PM by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)

To: jacknhoo
NO Freemason is a True Christian. You are either a believer in the Occult, or you are a Christian. Period.
23 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:35:24 PM by BereanBrain

To: jacknhoo
This is garbage. I know Masons of the right and left persuasion. This filth isn’t fit to lick their boots.
24 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:38:41 PM by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again…so what’s the problem…….? Embrace a ruler today.)

To: WackySam
Thanks for the link, the video explains a lot.
25 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 8:59:10 PM by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)

To: BereanBrain
I’m a Freemason – and a true Christian. Who are you to tell me I’m not? I’m always amazed to hear people’s opinions about things they know absolutely nothing about – except what they read from the tin foil crowd.
26 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:00:04 PM by Magnatron

To: Magnatron
It had nothing to do with the money but was a matter of power and orthodoxy. Also, check into the difference between Scottish Rite Masons (the US version) and the European variety. Masons have always been a huge political power in Europe, and it is one generally directed against the Catholic Church and also against Christians who won’t accept deism. US Masons are basically a fraternal order with a few funny customs. As for the Templars, they were setting up their own fiefdoms. The Masons believe they have a close connection with the Templars, as you probably know, and therefore it is not at all unbelievable to me that this man would be both a Mason and a wanna-be Templar.
27 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:01:14 PM by livius

To: Magnatron
Don’t imagine I don’t know about Freemasonry. Have you read Morals and Dogma, or did you join the cult without reading it because your “buddy” was in it?
28 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:03:42 PM by BereanBrain

To: Magnatron
One more thing. A true Mason has a “Masonic” burial. WIll you have a masonic burial, or a Christian burial? Why not choose NOW while you are alive, which master you will serve? Oh, and sure, I am not “privy” to all the “secrets” aka Occult knowledge.
29 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:07:42 PM by BereanBrain

To: BereanBrain
The interpretation of Morals and Dogma is BS propaganda. Lucifer is recognized by a small fragment of all members..only because those few that do believe Lucifer is important do not believe Lucifer is the same as Satan..but a fregin’ moon god.And no I’m not a Mason so I have every right tell whatever info I know..while others who are good people will stay silent. I know great men and women of every religion and non-religion who are Masons and I find it extremely offensive when great people are dissed on phoney information from decades old BS.The Masons I know are principled people of the left and the right and this murderer had an agenda to discredit them…makes you go hmmmm…doesn’t it? Or does it?
30 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:15:02 PM by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again…so what’s the problem…….? Embrace a ruler today.)

To: squarebarb
How so?
31 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:24:26 PM by ngat

To: livius
Livius, I won’t argue the friction between Masons and the Catholic church. There’s a lot of history there – some of it going back to the purge of the Templars (whether or not there’s a true connection, there are many Masons – myself included – who feel there is). I do, however, disagree with you on why the Templars were purged, and I think history bears me out. King Philip desperately needed money after his disastrous wars with England. His government was all but broke. He was convinced that the Templars – through their banking system and their many years managing the trade routes between the Holy Land and Europe, as well as their years of occupation of the Holy Land – had enormous wealth and treasure. While Pope Clement V was concerned about the power that the Templars wielded, it was not enough for him to take action against what was well known as a solidly Catholic army with a nice income for the church. Unfortunately, King Philip had the pope tied around his little finger. Philip started a whisper campaign against the Templars that ultimately led to Clement V’s distrust of the order, and it got to a point where, when King Philip told the pope it was time to move on them, Clement V went along and ordered the purge. Philip allowed his army to perform the treachery, and on Friday the 13th, 1307, his men simultaneously attacked, killed, and captured Templars all over Europe. Philip discovered after the purge that there was no treasure – or at least it was missing. Furious, he tortured – with the pope’s blessing – the captured Templars to force them to divulge the location of the treasure. None would confess, or perhaps there was nothing to confess, and ultimately the remaining members, including Jaques De Molay, then the head of the order, were killed. You are correct that the Masons do wield more influence in Europe than they do here in the States, but they certainly do not control the governments, or even have a controlling interest in their rule. In fact, to demonstrate the fallacy of this “right wing” meme that is going around, Hitler had Freemasons rounded up in Europe the same as Gypsies and Jews, and many of them went to the ovens as well. It’s dreadful this idiot was a Mason, but Freemasonry or it’s edicts had absolutely nothing to do with this guy’s behavior. In fact, if he had listened to the customs of Masonry at all, he would have never committed such an atrocity.
32 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:34:11 PM by Magnatron

To: BereanBrain
I have a first edition copy of Morals and Dogma signed by Albert Pike sitting on the shelf right next to me as I write this reply – passed down to me by my great-great-grandfather, who was a Grandmaster when the book was first published. As to Pike’s work, I challenge any two people to read his ponderous musings and come to the same conclusion about what he meant. The work is esoteric, and meant to be so, but it’s also so vague and tenuous, that – like the writings of Nostradamus – it can be interpreted in any way a reader wishes to fit preconceived biases and notions. It is for this reason that the book is held up to such fanfare by conspiracy theorists as proof of Freemasonry’s evil intentions. Albert Pike’s views of Freemasonry were never accepted by the Northern Jurisdiction, and even the Southern Jurisdiction stopped issuing complimentary copies of Morals and Dogma in 1974. And as to why I joined, I joined because my father joined, and his father, and his father before that. In fact, we have family records of an unbroken line in Freemasonry that goes back well before the emergence of the Grand Lodge in 1717. As to Masonic funerals, they take place in conjunction with the Christian funeral. They are not separate. I know where I’m going when I die, and I’m comfortable with my choice – both in my faith, and in the brotherhood. But it’s obvious you are not to be convinced. You are a conspiracy theorist of the highest order. It’s a shame that you won’t take the time to understand the other – much less breathless – version of the brotherhood. The one even Dan Brown discovered when he wrote The Lost Symbol: That the biggest secret of Freemasonry is… …that there is no secret. But that would be too easy, and much less exciting to believe.
33 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:48:51 PM by Magnatron

To: Magnatron
Great information in your post there. The thread is based on an article that seems to me to be trying to at least obfuscate the real motives if the killer. Does not look like it is a religious motive. Does not look like his motives had anything to do with hid membership in a lodge either. How about the last sentence in the story: “Breivik had also been a member of the Progress Party, the second largest in parliament and a rival to the Labour Party.” Could the motive be POLITICAL?
34 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:49:25 PM by ngat

To: Magnatron
I’ve been treated badly by a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, a Muslim, a Mormon and an Atheist. I’ve been treated badly by a man, a woman, a gay and a straight a black and a white. And I’ve been treated badly by the right and the left..but I have never, ever, been treated badly by a real Mason.This monster is an abomination…not a Mason.
35 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:53:51 PM by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again…so what’s the problem…….? Embrace a ruler today.)

To: Magnatron
Is that your final answer? Enjoy your eternity. Sounds like you will have company. What fellowship does darkness have with light? You cannot have a *Christian* funeral and a *Masonic* one. Choose this day who you will serve.
36 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:54:45 PM by BereanBrain

To: Magnatron
Some people will just never believe in any sort of brotherhood. They say on this forum that they believe in the principles of Freedom..freedom of religion and thought and yet they continue to condemn and cause strife. Don’t waste your pearls. I’m moving on to higher ground. Have a good one.
37 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:02:55 PM by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again…so what’s the problem…….? Embrace a ruler today.)

To: WackySam
I watched the whole thing too. He made some very good points about what is happening to Western Culture. But then he took a SICK turn. Killing 100 innocent kids, attacking his government violently -— all he succeeded in doing is to turn most heads AWAY from the important things he believed in, such as the Islamification of Europe. He hurt his cause and broke the heart of the Almighty as well. What he did is the OPPOSITE of serving G-d.
38 posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:09:49 PM by Yaelle

To: jacknhoo
Just an observation while lurking here at the comments. The level of discussion so far hasn’t made any fatuous links to well-known liberals. There has been no easy slander. I don’t remember any swear words. People have written about politics with intelligence and sourcing. Just pointing it out. Carry on.
39 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 12:07:45 AM by redpoll

To: Texas Fossil
This massacre is going to have repercussions for sure…for real Christians. The man responsible was a Knights Templar Mason, but I don’t expect Masons to catch much heat, Christians will. I expect the Masonic politicians and Masons in the media to deflect away this man’s Masonic motivation. The “Christianity” the media is going to make as his motive is bogus, he is a Knights Templar Mason for heavens sake, that’s his supposed “Christianity. True Christianity not. Blood oaths and secret occultic rites have nothing to do with true Christianity.
40 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 2:26:46 AM by sasportas

To: sasportas
There are a lot of Free Masons here on FR and I would be cautious about questioning their Christianity. I’ve been one since I was 21 (will be 64 in December). The young man in Oslo is a nutcase. Here is the Norwegian Grand Lodge’s response to this: The Norwegian Masonic Order of expressing compassion and care (for victims of Breivik murders) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2752992/posts — At this point, I am not sure there is anything further they could do.
41 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 2:49:39 AM by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)

To: Texas Fossil
Free Masons here on FR and I would be cautious about questioning their Christianity.Odd that you would identify yourself as a Mason Most do not do so on a public forum.However, I will say that I won’t be cautious about what Masons are about and their non-Christian rituals depicting a counterfeit Christ and their oaths to him. Which Christ warned us not to do. The mock death and burial of themselves as they take oaths to a man they claim those oaths to. etc. etc. etc.No Masons is not a Christian organization…in fact Masons has no specific religious affiliation..they accept all faiths. As one progresses thru the rank and file he is indoctrinated deeper and deeper into the Masonic “faith”…as you know.
42 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:00:36 AM by caww

To: sasportas
I expect the Masonic politicians and Masons in the media to deflect away this man’s Masonic motivation.You are exactly correct…they will indeed dis-associate from Breiviki in every respect..and waste no time doing so.And yet throughout his video we see the Knights Templar representation many times….as well as himself in his Masonic garb. Additionally he references these often in his manifesto.
43 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:05:29 AM by caww

To: Magnatron
If you are a Christian then how could you make an oath to Herman? Christ says we are not to do that. Furthermore how can you worship those that you do or accept the positions given which are contrary to Christian teaching?
44 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:10:36 AM by caww

To: Yardstick
Since he mailed it out to friends and acquaintances I suspect this is intended as a recruitment video to his cause of rising up another Crusade. This would explain why he stated, while killing people..”This is only the beginning”.
45 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:14:31 AM by caww

To: Texas Fossil
Granted, the Norwegian Grand Lodge had nothing to do with this, and I’m sure they were sincere in expressing their compassion for the victims and their families. And I agree with you, the man was a nutcase. However, it is obvious from the video he made his Knights Templar Masonry must have been his primary motivation. I lost count of how many times he flashed pictures of so called “Christian” Knights Templars with swords raised “in the name of the cross of Christ.” The real Knights Templars were not shy about killing “in the name of Christ.” You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to connect the dots with what happened in Norway. Were this man a real Christian he would have let this be his motivation and not Knights Templar Masonry: 2Cor. 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.
46 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:14:39 AM by sasportas

To: Earthdweller
but I have never, ever, been treated badly by a real Mason.Have you opposed them? And that face to face or in print?
47 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:16:30 AM by caww

To: caww
You may have read some things, but you don’t know anything about what you are talking about.
48 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:17:09 AM by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)

To: sasportas
The real Knights TemplarsHmmm Interesting subject. Do you know how they were disbanded? Beginning on Friday October 13th 1307.I am a Blue Lodge Free Mason. Nothing more, but anything more is a matter of more recent things.Membership? That is no secret in the U.S. In England that is another matter. There were reasons for secrecy of membership at a time. Those times could come again, but in the U.S. it has been a long time since that was an issue.
49 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:34:32 AM by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)

To: Texas Fossil
Whatever might be said about the historical Knights Templars, how they were disbanded, etc., I think is irrelevant here, it is Breivik’s perception of them that is at issue here. What he did shows his perception. He obviously saw himself a knight in shining armor (Knights Templar, with a big cross across his chest) wielding a very literal sword. A nutcase? Yes, a Knights Templar Mason nutcase.
50 posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:45:47 AM by sasportas

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Oslo Terrorist Anders Behring Breivik Manifesto
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Christian Terrorism

If Muslims are responsible for Islamic terrorism, are Muslim-bashers responsible for the massacre in Norway?

By William SaletanPosted Monday, July 25, 2011, at 8:53 AM ET Blogger Pamela Geller. Blogger Pamela GellerOn Friday, anti-Islamist blogger Pamela Geller pounced on news of a massacre in Oslo. “Jihad in Norway?” she asked. She posted a second item—”You cannot avoid the consequences of ignoring jihad“—and linked to a previous one: “Norway: ALL Rapes in Past 5 Years Committed by Muslims.” As the Oslo body count grew, she piled on: “if I hear another television or radio reporter refer to muhammad as ‘the Prophet Muhammad,’ I think I am going to puke. He’s not your prophet, assclowns.” Then things went horribly wrong. It turned out that the suspected terrorist in Norway wasn’t a Muslim. He hated Muslims. And he admired Geller.

In a manifesto posted online, the admitted killer, Anders Behring Breivik, praised Geller. He cited her blog, Atlas Shrugs, and the writings of her friends, allies, and collaborators—Robert SpencerJihad WatchIslam Watch, and Front Page magazine—more than 250 times. And he echoed their tactics, tarring peaceful Muslims with the crimes of violent Muslims. He wrote that all Muslims sought to impose “sharia laws” and that “there are no important theological differences between jihadists and so-called ‘peaceful’ or ‘moderate’ Muslims.” He reprinted, as part of the manifesto, a 2006 essay by “Fjordman”—a blogger whose work appears frequently on Geller’s site—which argued that “radical Muslims and moderate Muslims are allies” and that because Islam teaches deception, no Muslim who claims to be moderate can be trusted. Scan Geller’s blog and her friends’ sites, and you’ll see how thickly these ideas pervaded Breivik’s online world. Jihad Watch says “Islam is intrinsically violent.” Islam Watch asserts that “terrorism … is the real Islam,” that “Islam is beyond alteration,” and that “it needs to be emasculated, marginalized or eliminated altogether.” Geller has published Fjordman’s views—”I do not believe that there is such a thing as a moderate Islam“—with her own proud note that “I have long derided the ‘moderate Islam’ meme as a theory with no basis in reality or history.” Four days before Breivik opened fire, she posted an item headlined, “Moderates vs. Radicals—What’s the Difference?” She joked that “one straps one on, and the other covers for jihad.” She concluded that “there really is no difference between muslims and radical muslims.” Geller has pursued this line of attack most aggressively against Faisal Abdul Rauf, the imam whowants to build an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks. Abdul Rauf, accused of radicalism by Geller and Republican politicians, has done everything possible to refute the charge. He has denounced al-Qaida as un-Islamic. He has said, “I condemn everyone and anyone who commits acts of terrorism. And Hamas has committed acts of terrorism.” He has invited the U.S. government to vet potential fundersof his center. He has rejected the idea that Sharia overrides civil laws. And when U.S. forces killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, the imam declared: “I applaud President Obama for his resolute efforts in the war against terror, including bringing Bin Laden to justice.” Despite these statements, Geller continues to depict Abdul Rauf as a terrorist sympathizer. Her evidence is a series of secondhand, thirdhand, and nonexistent connections. “Rauf is an open proponent of Islamic law, Sharia, with its oppression of women, stonings, and amputations,” she asserts, falsely. He “was a prominent member of the Perdana organization, a leading funder of the jihad flotilla launched against Israel in 2010 by the genocidal Islamic terror group, IHH.” One of his books was supported by the International Institute of Islamic Thought and the Islamic Society of North America, which are “Muslim Brotherhood fronts,” and ISNA “was named an unindicted co-conspirator” in a “Hamas terror funding case.” Another Abdul Rauf book was promoted in Malaysia at a meeting of an organization that’s been banned in some countries. You can use this guilt-by-association tactic against anybody. To take the simplest case: President George W. Bushsent Abdul Rauf to the Muslim worldas an informal ambassador. That makes Bush a supporter of a supporter of terrorism. But the new poster child for guilt by association is Geller herself. She has been implicated in the Norwegian massacre.

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On Friday, Charles Johnson, an anti-Jihadist blogger, posted a headline calling Breivik a “Pamela Geller fan.” He cited evidence that Breivik was influenced by Geller and Spencer and had given “a great deal of money to the far right ‘counter-jihad’ movement.” Next came an item titled, “Oslo Terrorist Linked to … European Branch of Pamela Geller’s Hate Group.” Then a sharper accusation: “Breivik is a product of the groups and causes Pamela Geller continues to promote.” Johnson concluded that “in the Norway atrocities, the responsibility is far more evident and direct. People like Fjordman and Pamela Geller and the right wing blogosphere who spew apocalyptic rhetoric and refuse to denounce the extremists among them now have the very real blood of children on their hands.” Geller is outraged. “Attempts to link us to these murders on the basis of alleged postings by the murderer mentioning us are absurd and offensive,” she writes. Breivik “is responsible for his actions. He and only he.” She adds: “Watching CNN and BBC coverage about Norway, I found very disturbing to hear the number of times they use the word ‘Christian.’ They would never dare refer to religion when it is jihad, and this attack had nothing to do with Christianity.” Now you know how it feels, Ms. Geller. When the terrorist is a Christian—in his own words, a “Crusader” for “Christendom”—and when the preacher to whom he has been linked is you, you suddenly discover the injustice of group blame and guilt by association. The citations you didn’t create, the intermediaries you didn’t recognize, the transactions you didn’t know about, the violent interpretations you didn’t condone—these exonerating facts suddenly matter. And the hypocrisy doesn’t end with Geller. It permeates the Republican presidential field. Mitt RomneyTim Pawlenty, and Newt Gingrich agree with Geller that no mosque should be built near Ground Zero. Herman Cain, in the style of George Wallace, just went to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to support local bigots who want to stop the construction of a mosque there. Rick Santorum told a Christian school audience: “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical.” And Michele Bachmanndefended a congressional inquiry into Muslim violenceby pointing out that recently,

Two of our soldiers were gunned down in Germany, and the fellow who shot them shouted “Allah Akhbar” before he did that. And just the week before that, we had a 20-year-old from Saudi Arabia, here on a student visa in Dallas, who had accumulated all of the chemicals necessary to create a bomb on the order of the Oklahoma City federal building bombing. … If we don’t understand that there are Sharia-compliant terrorists in our midst … we will make ourselves more vulnerable.

Well, now we have a Crusade-compliant terrorist who has accumulated explosive chemicals, blown up a federal building with a bomb on the order of Oklahoma City, and gunned down scores of civilians. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Bachmann or anyone else in Congress to investigate the Christian angle. The vindictive part of me wants to blame Geller and her ilk for what happened in Oslo. But then I remember something Abdul Rauf said: “The Quran explicitly states that no soul shall be responsible for the sins of another. Terrorism, which targets innocents who had no part in a crime, fundamentally violates this Quranic commandment.” That principle—that no one should be held responsible for another person’s sins—is the moral core of the struggle against terrorism. It’s the reason I can’t pin the slaughter in Norway on bloggers who never advocated sectarian violence. I just wish those bloggers, and the politicians who echo them, would show Muslims the same courtesy. Like Slate on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. William Saletan’s latest short takes on the news, via Twitter>

A Ridiculous Rapid Response

Why did so many “experts” declare the Oslo attacks to be the work of Islamic terrorists?

By Christopher HitchensPosted Sunday, July 24, 2011, at 6:36 PM ET Firefighters work at the site of an explosion near government buildings in Norway's capital Oslo on July 22, 2011. Click image to expand.Firefighters work at the site of an explosion near government buildings in Norway’s capital Oslo on July 22, 2011Having had 16 years to reflect since Oklahoma City, we should really have become a little more refined in our rapid-response diagnoses of anti-civilian mass murder. Rather than make it more difficult, the number of contrasting features in the most recent case of Norwayactually makes this task fractionally easier. The fruit bat and troll population of the recent scenery of catastrophe, enriched with Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell characters, permits a wider view of the various fields of fire and a greater variety of arguable motives for analysis.

Here is a secular Scandinavian social democracy, which is currently contributing forces to Western military efforts in Afghanistan and Libya. This consideration was what originally led some more orthodox conservatives to descry a “link.” (Even though, for example, it is unclear whether the jihadist groups in Norway identify with Muammar Qaddafi or hisrecent calls for suicide efforts against NATO.) Moreover, the lethal attacks were launched against the youth movement of Norway’s ruling party, that stout bulwark of multi-culti good feelings and outreach to Muslim immigrants. This might not have been the first objective of a terror faction striving to take Norway off the military chessboard. Then again, the prime suspect in the pogrom, Anders Behring Breivik, seems to come complete with a Jared Loughner reading list of his own, as well as a background in white power Nordic enthusiasm. I was touched to see that a flirtation of his with Freemasonry was counted as “right wing” in some quarters. In the old days, Catholic fascism hated Masons almost as much as it did Jews. (Chilean President Salvador Allende was a Freemason, for example, in a tradition of leftist anti-clericalism that I am sad to see dying out.) And finally—though in this wilderness of mirrors it probably isn’t finally—Breivik has apparentlydeclared himself a passionate pro-Zionist as well as a sworn foe of all sorts of Islamization. More attention should be paid to that last aspect: The true “neo-Nazi” gangs in Europe have violent anti-Semitism in common with their ostensibly deadliest Islamist foes, whereas anti-immigrant populists of the Geert Wildersstripe in Holland seek respectability by standing up for Israel, very often against criticism from the multi-culti left.

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The misreading of these and similar indicators has led to more intellectual chaos than the anti-Islamic witch hunt that followed Oklahoma City. The ruling Spanish conservatives, making the opposite mistake, falsely accused a home-grown Iberian gangster group of committing one of the most politically and militarily lethal actions of jihad on European soil: an “operation” that affected the outcome of a general election in a NATO state and also gravely damaged the coalition in Iraq. That week probably marked the high point of Bin Laden’s coordination of a serious terror nexus in Europe. One way of phrasing the question is this: Do the extreme jihadists and their most virulent opponents really have a symbiotic relationship? In tapes and sermons from mosques in London and Hamburg, you may find whole manifestos about the need to keep women as chattel, to eradicate the disease of homosexuality, to thwart the Jewish design over international finance, and other fantasies of the Third Reich mentality. Pushed to its logical or pathological conclusion, this would involve something that Europeans and Americans have never seen before: a conflict between different forms of fascism in order to see which assault on multi-ethnic democracy was the most effective. There were signs of this mentality at work in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, when Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other demagogues saw Osama Bin Laden being used to trace the finger of God. And some of the descendant fans of Timothy McVeigh, through the medium of “9/11 Truth” and other arcana, have also tried to confect an overarching theory of illegitimate global power as it was exposed and challenged on that day. Again, though, one notices that the CIA and Mossad drew the plush assignment of actually choosing and rigging the target and organizing collusion and coordination, while leaving lesser rank-and-filers of al-Qaida to perform the lowly tasks of detonation. This sad, self-hating world view dissolves in freeze frame in the Abbottabad villa, with the chief guest wistfully flicking the channel changer and musing on the dear dead days when he was “the strong horse.” It also culminates in the wretched spectacle of the jihadist websites in Oslo, which had been getting ready with their original posts of joy when they, too, thought that their own holy cause might be involved—and then ceasing and desisting when it became clear that the perpetrator was some loser who had quite different reasons for wanting to slaughter a crowd of young people that day. Headline writers and newscasters should have waited before making any pronouncements, and thereby committing the indecency of suggesting that the killers were being selective, even choosy. So-called “experts” should have been ashamed to reverse-engineer the motive from the modus operandi, rather as Steve Emerson had done in Oklahoma by stating that the maximization of violence was “a Middle Eastern trait.” A pale Christian rider from ultima Thule with a private view of the Book of Revelation may also be said to be infected with “Middle Eastern traits” of the sort that hell has not hitherto boasted. Meanwhile, the streets and squares of Syria and the committees of the Libyan civic opposition fill up with eager and anxious people who want to know if they have been naive to place their bets—in some cases to wager their lives—on democratic transition, peaceful tactics, the transparent allocation of previously stolen funds for long-overdue reconstruction, and the removal of a parasitic military and police caste. Having long entreated Middle Easterners to phrase their demands in this way, we then go all hesitant when they agree to do so. This last month of Western and U.N. dithering has been one of the most unprincipled interludes of recent history, with even one ambassadorial overnight stay in the city of Hama apparently regarded as a red badge of courage on our part. If it turns out to be the best we could do, then the condemnation must be fierce. Become a fan of Slate on Facebook. Follow Slateand the Slate Foreign Desk on Twitter.>

‘Christian terrorism’

Published: Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 5:30 AM

pitts.jpgLeonard Pitts Jr.By Leonard Pitts Jr. A few words about Christian terrorism. And I suppose the first words should be about those words: “Christian terrorism.” The term will seem jarring to those who’ve grown comfortable regarding terrorism as something exclusive to Islam. That this is a self-deluding fallacy should have long since been apparent to anyone who’s been paying attention. From Eric Rudolph’s bombing of the Atlanta Olympics, a gay nightclub and two abortion clinics to the so-called Phineas Priests who bombed banks, a newspaper and a Planned Parenthood Office in Spokane, from Matt Hale soliciting the murder of a federal judge in Chicago to Scott Roeder’s assassination of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, from brothers Matthew and Tyler Williams murdering a gay couple near Redding, Calif., to Timothy McVeigh destroying a federal building and 168 lives in Oklahoma City, we have seen no shortage of “Christians” who believe Jesus requires — or at least allows — them to commit murder. If federal officials are correct, we now have one more name to add to the dishonor roll. That name would be Hutaree, a self-styled Christian militia in Michigan, nine members of which have been arrested and accused of plotting to kill police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government uprising. Many of us would doubtless resist referring to plots like this as Christian terrorism, feeling it unfair to tar the great body of Christendom with the actions of its fringe radicals. And here, we will pause for Muslim readers to clear their throats loudly. While they do, let the rest of us note that there is a larger moral to this story and it has less to do with terminologies than similarities. We are conditioned to think of terror wrought by Islamic fundamentalists as something strange and alien and other. It is the violence of men with long beards who jabber in weird languages and kill for mysterious reasons while worshiping God in ways that seem outlandish to Middle-American sensibilities. And whatever quirk of nature or deficiency of humanity it is that allows them to do what they do, is, we think, unique. There is, we are pleased to believe, a hard, immutable line between us and them. Then you consider Hutaree and its alleged plan to kill in the name of God, and the idea of some innate, saving difference between us and those bearded others in other places begins to feel like a fiction we conjured to help us sleep at night. “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive,” it says on Hutaree’s Web site. And you wonder: Who is this Jesus they worship and in what Bible is he found? Why does he bear so little resemblance to the Jesus others find in their Bibles, the one who said that if someone hits you on your right cheek, offer him your left, the one who said if someone forces you to go one mile with him, go two, the one who said love your enemies. Why does their Jesus need the help of men in camo fatigues with guns and bombs? In this, he is much like the Allah for whom certain Muslims blow up marketplaces and crowded buses. Muslim and American terrorists, it seems, both apparently serve a puny and impotent God who can’t do anything without their help. Sometimes, I think the only thing that keeps us from becoming, say, Afghanistan, is a strong central government and a diverse population with a robust tradition of free speech. The idea that there is something more is a conceit that blows apart like confetti every time there is, as there is now, a sense of cultural dislocation and economic uncertainty. That combination unfailingly moves people out to the fringes where they seek out scapegoats and embrace that feeble God. And watching, you can’t help but realize the troubling truth about that line between “us” and “them.” It’s thinner than you think. Leonard Pitts writes for the Miami Herald.>

Christian Terrorism, Dominion Theology, Theonomy, Reconstruction Theology, and Tea Parties

17 April 2010
The Return of Christian Terrorism Mark Jurgensmeyer 15 April 2010 “… terrorism has returned to America with a vengeance… When members of the Hutaree militia in Michigan and Ohio recently were arrested with plans to kill a random policeman and then plant Improvised Explosive Devices in the area where the funeral would be held to kill hundreds more, this was a terrorist plot of the sort that would impress Shi’ite militia and al Qaeda activists in Iraq. The Southern Poverty Law Center, founded by Morris Dees, which has closely watched the rise of right-wing extremism in this country for many decades, declares that threats and incidents of right-wing violence have risen 200% in this past year—unfortunately coinciding with the tenure of the first African-American president in US history…” “… In 1994, [Rev Paul] Hill, a Presbyterian pastor at the extreme fringe of the anti-abortion activist movement, came armed to a clinic in Pensacola, Florida. He aimed at Dr. John Britton, who was entering the clinic along with his bodyguard, James Barrett. The shots killed both men and wounded Barrett’s wife, Joan. Hill immediately put down his weapon and was arrested; presenting an image of someone who knew that he would be arrested, convicted, and executed by the State of Florida for his actions, which he was in 2003. This would make Hill something of a Christian suicide attacker… Hill framed his actions as those of a Christian warrior engaged in sacred battle. “My eyes were opened to the enormous impact” such an event would have, he wrote, adding that “the effect would be incalculable.” Hill said that he opened his Bible and found sustenance in Psalms 91: “You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day.” Hill interpreted this as an affirmation that his act was biblically approved. “One of the supporters that Paul Hill had written these words to was Rev. Michael Bray, a Lutheran pastor in Bowie, Maryland, who had served prison time for his conviction of fire-bombing abortion-related clinics on the Eastern seaboard. … [H]e provided a theological defense of this kind of violence from two different Christian perspectives… “The more significant Christian position that Bray and Hill advanced is related to the End-Time theology of the Rapture as thought to be envisaged by the New Testament book of Revelation. These are ideas related, in turn, to Dominion Theology, the position that Christianity must reassert the dominion of God over all things, including secular politics and society. This point of view, articulated by such right-wing Protestant spokespersons as Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, have been part of the ideology of the Christian Right since at least the 1980s and 1990s…. “The Christian anti-abortion movement is permeated with ideas from Dominion Theology. Randall Terry (founder of the militant anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue and a writer for the Dominion magazine Crosswinds) signed the magazine’s “Manifesto for the Christian Church,” which asserted that America should “function as a Christian nation.” The Manifesto said that America should therefore oppose “social moral evils” of secular society such as “abortion on demand, fornication, homosexuality, sexual entertainment, state usurpation of parental rights and God-given liberties, statist-collectivist theft from citizens through devaluation of their money and redistribution of their wealth, and evolutionism taught as a monopoly viewpoint in the public schools.” “At the extreme right wing of Dominion Theology is a relatively obscure theological movement that Mike Bray found particularly appealing: Reconstruction Theology, whose exponents long to create a Christian theocratic state. Bray had studied their writings extensively and possessed a shelf of books written by Reconstruction authors. The convicted anti-abortion killer Paul Hill cited Reconstruction theologians in his own writings and once studied with a founder of the movement, Greg Bahnsen, at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. “Leaders of the Reconstruction movement trace their ideas, which they sometimes called “theonomy,” to Cornelius Van Til, a twentieth-century Presbyterian professor of theology at Princeton Seminary who took seriously the sixteenth-century ideas of the Reformation theologian John Calvin regarding the necessity for presupposing the authority of God in all worldly matters. Followers of Van Til (including his former students Bahnsen and Rousas John Rushdoony, and Rushdoony’s son-in-law, Gary North) adopted this “presuppositionalism” as a doctrine, with all its implications for the role of religion in political life. “Reconstruction writers regard the history of Protestant politics since the early years of the Reformation as having taken a bad turn, and they are especially unhappy with the Enlightenment formulation of church-state separation. They feel it necessary to “reconstruct” Christian society by turning to the Bible as the basis for a nation’s law and social order. To propagate these views, the Reconstructionists established the Institute for Christian Economics in Tyler, Texas, and the Chalcedon Foundation in Vallecito, California. They have published a journal and a steady stream of books and booklets on the theological justification for interjecting Christian ideas into economic, legal, and political life. “According to the most prolific Reconstruction writer, Gary North, it is “the moral obligation of Christians to recapture every institution for Jesus Christ.” He feels this to be especially so in the United States, where secular law as construed by the Supreme Court and defended by liberal politicians is moving in what Rushdoony and others regard as a decidedly un-Christian direction; particularly in matters regarding abortion and homosexuality. What the Reconstructionists ultimately want, however, is more than the rejection of secularism. Like other theologians who utilize the biblical concept of “dominion,” they reason that Christians, as the new chosen people of God, are destined to dominate the world. “Not all Reconstruction thinkers have endorsed the  use of violence, especially the kind that Bray and Hill have justified. As Reconstruction author Gary North admitted, “there is a division in the theonomic camp” over violence, especially with regard to anti-abortion activities. Some months before Paul Hill killed Dr. Britton and his escort, Hill (apparently hoping for Gary North’s approval in advance) sent a letter to North along with a draft of an essay he had written justifying the possibility of such killings in part on theonomic grounds. North ultimately responded, but only after the murders had been committed. North regretted that he was too late to deter Hill from his “terrible direction” and chastised Hill in an open letter, published as a booklet, denouncing Hill’s views as “vigilante theology.” According to North, biblical law provides exceptions to the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” (Ex 20:13), but in terms similar to just-war doctrine: when one is authorized to do so by “a covenantal agent” in wartime, to defend one’s household, to execute a convicted criminal, to avenge the death of one’s kin, to save an entire nation, or to stop moral transgressors from bringing bloodguilt on an entire community. “Hill, joined by Bray, responded to North’s letter. They argued that many of those conditions applied to the abortion situation in the United States. Writing from his prison cell in Starke, Florida, Paul Hill said that the biblical commandment against murder also “requires using the means necessary to defend against murder—including lethal force.” He went on to say that he regarded “the cutting edge of Satan’s current attack” to be “the abortionist’s knife,” and therefore his actions had ultimate theological significance. “Bray, in his book, A Time to Kill, spoke to North’s concern about the authorization of violence by a legitimate authority or “a covenental agent,” as North put it. Bray raised the possibility of a “righteous rebellion.” Just as liberation theologians justify the use of unauthorized force for the sake of their vision of a moral order, Bray saw the legitimacy of using violence not only to resist what he regarded as murder—abortion—but also to help bring about the Christian political order envisioned by the radical dominion theology thinkers. In Bray’s mind, a little violence was a small price to pay for the possibility of fulfilling God’s law and establishing His kingdom on earth.” ‘Christian Warriors’: Who Are The Hutaree Militia And Where Did They Come From?Chip Berlet 31 March 2010 “On Monday, the nine members of the Hutaree Militia were charged with, among other things, ‘seditious conspiracy’… The incident has raised concerns over domestic terrorism and left many confused about Christian apocalyptic belief, which requires some basic history to sort out.  The Hutaree [hoo-TAR-ee]—which means “Christian warrior” in the group’s secret language—were preparing “for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.” They believed that “one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Antichrist. All Christians must know this and prepare, just as Christ commanded.” And they obliged by forming a citizens’ militia underground cell and arming themselves. Their plans, according federal officials, began in August 2008. “… Some 20-40 percent of the population of the United States tell pollsters that the biblical prophecies about an End Times battle between Godly Christians and the evil forces of Satan predict actual future history. About 10-15 percent of our neighbors say they hope to see the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in their lifetime… Brenda E. Brasher notes that apocalypticism can be constructive or destructive, pointing to the sustaining “role of apocalyptic Christianity among African slaves brought to the United States,” and in the “anti-slavery abolition movements and the Civil Rights movement.” However, if the scapegoated “other” is “constructed as wholly evil, then the ramifications are really horrendous,” warns Brasher. “This is not a disagreement, but a struggle with evil incarnate, so there is no structure for a peaceful reconciliation” in which “people are cast in their roles as either enemy or friend and there is no such thing as middle ground,” Brasher explains, “In the battle with evil, can you really say you are neutral?”… “I have a shelf of books published in the past 20 years in which right-wing fundamentalists warn of an impending apocalyptic battle pitting Godly Christians against sinful secular elites, those in favor of government social welfare programs, Muslims, New World Order internationalists seeking global cooperation, people working for peace, abortion providers, sinful homosexuals, and many more named scapegoats… “Why are there so many angry people? The Tea Parties are part of a broad Patriot Movement in the United States cobbled together from several preexisting formations on the political right:

  • Economic libertarians who worry about big government collectivist tyranny.
  • Christian Right Conservatives who oppose liberal government social policies
  • Right-wing apocalyptic Christians who fear a Satanic New World Order
  • Nebulous conspiracy theorists who fear a secular New World Order
  • Nationalistic ultra-patriots concerned that US sovereignty is eroding.
  • Xenophobic anti-immigrant white nationalists who worry about preserving the “real” America.

“These grievances are interacting in a global economy often eager to accommodate corporate interests. And now we add in the fact that an economic downturn that has left millions unemployed or underemployed leaving the largely white, middle-class, Republican Tea Party activists scared that they may be kicked down the socioeconomic ladder next; the election of a “mixed-race” self-identified black man as president at a time when the demographics of the country reflect a growing percentage of people of color, all in the context of the unfinished conversation about race in America; and the disquiet among social conservatives who see abortion and gay rights through the lens of sin and immorality and anguish over the future of the family and traditional gender roles sometimes seen as mandated by God…”

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Sharlet, Jeff (2008), “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power” and (2010), “C Street: The Threat to American Democracy.” Amazon.com.

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The Ku Klux Klan with a fiery cross

The Ku Klux Klan with a fiery cross

Christian terrorism can be defined in legal terms as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”[1], “motivated in whole or part by an offender’s bias,”[2] specifically, Christian bias. “Although religion is not a single, simple causal factor in terrorist violence, religious elements often feature strongly in the belief systems associated with terrorist violence, and can also feature in other important fostering factors for terrorist violence, such as the use of rhetoric.”[3] In recent periods, examples of Christian terrorism are overwhelmingly tied to individuals and small groups, drawing condemnation from various institutional church bodies.[4] Incidents involving hate groups and hate crimes motivated by religious bias directed at the U.S. government or the American population may be investigated as acts of domestic terrorism.[5] “The victim of a hate crime may be an individual, a business, an institution, or society as a whole.”[6]

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Lynchings, Cross Burnings, & the Noose

Lynch mobs, “the assemblage of two or more persons, without color or authority of law, for the premeditated purpose and with the premeditated intent of committing an act of violence upon the person of another,”[7] can be considered vigilante terrorists,[8] and during the late nineteenth century in the United States, Great Britain and colonies, lynching as a form of terrorism coincided with a period of high imperialism violence and organized religious inspired protest which denied people participation in white dominated society on the basis of race or gender after the Emancipation Act of 1833.[9] In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Mob: Violence against Religious Outsiders in the U.S. South, 1865-1910”, Patrick Q Mason describes a wide range of activities involving lynching, including murder,attempted murderrapebeatingtar-and-feathering, and whipping. In addition, mob violence took the form of property destruction, such as when vigilantes burned or ransacked homes, businesses, and churches.[10] Cross burnings and nooses are two well known emblems of terror and primary symbols of the Ku Klux Klan made infamous during lynching in the late nineteenth century and still in use today. “A noose is a symbol of America’s oldest form of domestic terrorism.”[11] A rash of noose incidents reported in the months after three white students were suspended from school for hanging nooses in a tree in 2006 and the arrests later of six black students on attempted murder charges in the related beating of a white student in Jena, Louisiana have reintroduced the frightening and offensive symbol of segregation-era lynchings to the US. Some of the publicized incidents include nooses left in a black Coast Guard cadet’s bag, on the office floor of a white officer who had conducted race-relations training in response to the incident, in the locker room at a Long Island police station which recently touted its efforts to recruit minorities, in a tree near a building on a Maryland college campus housing several black campus groups, and on the office door of a black professor at Columbia University in New York. “The noose is replacing the burning cross in the mind of much of the public as the leading symbol of the Klan.”[12] Cross burnings, while not that common compared to overall crime, still take place in the US today and have a huge impact on the victim and the entire community. Cross burnings are generally covert acts performed in rural areas where there are scarce witnesses and bonds between conspirators, especially if part of an organized hate group, are strong. “They are a poisonous kind of hatred and can increase racial tension that may already exist in the area.”[13] Neal Chapman Coombs, 50, of Hastings, Fla., was charged with knowingly and willfully intimidating and interfering with right to fair housing[14] by threat of force and the use of fire and pleaded guilty to a racially-motivated civil rights crime involving a cross burning to prevent the purchase of a house by an African-American family. Coombs was sentenced to 14 months in prison in January, 2007.[15] “Cross burning remains a vicious symbol of hatred.”[16] 

Inter-religious violence in Poso, Indonesia

On July 262007, 17 Christians were convicted of religion-inspired terrorism underIndonesian law. A Christian mob attacked, murdered, and beheaded two Muslim fishermen in September 2006, reportedly as retaliation for the execution in 2006 of three Christian farmers, who were convicted of leading a militant group which killed hundreds of Muslims in Poso in 2000, an execution that attracted a plea for clemency from the pope, and accusations from Amnesty International that the trial was unfair.[17][22] The convictions come in the context of seven years of violence between Christian and Muslim groups in the province, including the beheading of three Christian schoolgirls on the way to school [23]and the deaths of hundreds of Muslims and Christians, and campaigns of religious cleansing on each side. As part of the conflict numerous individual acts of terror have been perpetrated by both sides. 

Christian terrorist organizations

National Liberation Front of Tripura

The National Liberation Front of Tripura is a Fundamentalist Christian militant group inIndia, demanding a separate Christian state. Allegedly funded by the Baptist Church of Tripura, it is accused of ethnic cleansing[18] and bombings that have killed hundreds, as well as forcing gunpoint conversions. They were declared a terrorist organization under thePrevention of Terrorism Act in 2002.[19] 

Freedomites

Freedomites (also Svobodniki or Sons of Freedom, Canada, 1902-present)[20] 

Christian Identity, White Supremacy, and the ARA

Peter Kevin McGregor Langan and Richard “Wild Bill” Guthrie, founders of the Aryan Republican Army (ARA) and their paramilitary gang have been connected to hate fueled terrorist attacks involving train derailments, assassinations, bombings and a string of professionally executed armed bank robberies planned to finance an overthrow of the US Federal government. Similar social, cultural, and personal motivations have linked the ARA to a loose network of extreme radical right paramilitary cells including the White Supremacy movement and Christian Identity, a theology that supports a racist cause.[21]Brothers Jacob Albert Laskey, age 25, and Gabriel Doyle Laskey, age 21, both self-avowed white supremacists, pleaded guilty in United States District Court in a Federal hate crime case to charges of conspiracy to deprive individuals of their civil rights and intentionally damaging religious property for an attack on October 25, 2002 in which a group of men threw stones etched with swastikas through a Jewish synagogue’s windows during religious services in Eugene, Oregon. Defendants admitted to intent to commit acts of violence and destruction against Jews, African-Americans, and members of other ethnic and racial groups. Jacob Laskey also pled guilty to solicitation to murder witnesses, soliciting a bomb threat against a federal courthouse, two counts of obstruction of justice, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.[22] 

Christian Patriots

The anti-federalist, extremist tax-resistance movements, seditious beliefs, religious and racial hatred of the American militia movement and other contemporary white supremacist organizations in association with the broader Christian Patriot movement actively incorporate Christian scripture and biblical liturgy to justify and support violent activities.[23] Timothy McVeigh who, along with his accomplice Terry L. Nichols, was involved in the Oklahoma City terrorist attack on April 19, 1995, has admitted to a belief in Christian Patriotism and involvement in Patriot activities.[24] 

Protests against the term “Christian Terrorism”

Some people who protest against use of the term “Christian Terrorism” have maintained that the moniker is a false pretext used by the radical left and radical secularists to discredit Christianity with those that have little affiliation with or are not really motivated by Christianity, much like many who oppose the term Islamic terrorism[25] As one commentator put it: “Watch closely and see how the Leftist media raises up the image of Rudolph as a ‘Christian terrorist’ as its latest tactic to damage and discredit Christianity.”[26] An expert on extremist groups, James A. Aho, of Idaho State University, said he is reluctant to apply “Christian terrorist” to Eric Rudolph because he considers it to be an oxymoron. Instead he prefers “religiously inspired terrorist” because most mainstream Christians consider Christian Identity a heresy.[27] U.S. State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations does not categorize terrorist organizations by specific ideologies. However, “crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, including the crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter; forcible rape; robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; larceny-theft; motor vehicle theft; arson; simple assault; intimidation; and destruction, damage or vandalism of property”[28]directed at the U.S. government involving hate groups and hate crimes may be investigated as acts of domestic terrorism[29] including hate crimes targeting any segment of the American population, an individual, a business, or institution[30] “whether or not the offender’s perception of the victim as a member or supporter of a protected group is correct.”[31] 

See also

References

  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85)[1]
  2. ^ Federal Bureau of Investigation – Civil Rights – Hate Crimes – Hate Crime Overview [2]
  3. ^ The role of religious fundamentalism in terrorist violence: a social psychological analysis; Rogers MB, Loewenthal KM, Lewis CA, Amlôt R, Cinnirella M, Ansari H.[3]
  4. ^ On Crusades: Tyerman 2006; On small networks tied to Christian anti-abortion terrorism: Mason 2002; On Christian terrorism and violence: Juergensmeyer 2000; On small, marginal, fragmented nature of Christian Identity: Barkun 1994, pp. viii-xi; On condemnation of Christian Identity and terrorism by National Council of Churches: Zeskind 1987; On Inquisition: Lea 1961.
  5. ^ Federal Bureau of Investigation – Civil Rights – Hate Crime Overview [4]
  6. ^ Hate Crime Statistics, 2006 [5]
  7. ^ S.C. Code of Laws Title 16 Chapter 3 Offenses Against the Person [6]
  8. ^ “Exploring Roots of Terrorism” Dipak K. Gupta, Department of Political Science & Fed J. Hansen, Institute for World Peace San Diego State University[7]
  9. ^ The Discourse of Violence: Transatlantic Narratives of Lynching during High Imperialism, Smith, Thomas E., Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History – Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2007 [8]
  10. ^ Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Mob: Violence against Religious Outsiders in the U.S. South, 1865-1910 [9]
  11. ^ Noose: ‘Shameful’ sign makes ominous return, by Darryl Fears, Washington Post [10]
  12. ^ Rash of noose incidents reported across country in wake of Jena, La., case; International Herald Tribune, October 10, 2007 [11]
  13. ^ DECIDELY UNCIVIL: Cross Burnings in the 21st Century [12]
  14. ^ Title 42, U.S.C., Section 3631 [13]
  15. ^ HASTINGS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CROSS BURNING [14]
  16. ^ TWO MEN PLEAD GUILTY IN KENTUCKY CROSS BURNING CASE [15]
  17. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSJAK25548520070726?pageNumber=2&sp=true
  18. ^ http://www.stephen-knapp.com/christian_terrorists_kill_44.htm
  19. ^http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/india/states/tripura/terrorist_outfits/nlft.htm
  20. ^ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,842462-1,00.html
  21. ^ In Bad Company: America’s Terrorist Underground, By Mark S. Hamm [16]
  22. ^ Guilty Pleas In Federal Hate Crime Case White supremacists guilty of attacking a Jewish synagogue [17]
  23. ^ Inside Terrorism; B. Hoffman; pp. 105–120
  24. ^ “The Oklahoma suspect awaits day of reckoning,” The Sunday Times (London), Tim Kelsey, April 21, 1996
  25. ^ Christian Terrorism? By Lowell Ponte, FrontPageMagazine.com, June 4, 2003
  26. ^ Christian Terrorism? By Lowell Ponte, FrontPageMagazine.com, June 4, 2003
  27. ^ Is Terrorism Tied To Christian Sect? By Alan Cooperman, Washington Post, June 2, 2003
  28. ^ The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program – Data Quality Guidelines for Statistics – APPENDIX III—A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HATE CRIME PROGRAM [18]
  29. ^ Federal Bureau of Investigation – Civil Rights – Hate Crime Overview [19]
  30. ^ Hate Crime Statistics, 2006 [20]
  31. ^ 1999 Developing Hate Crime Questions for the National Crime Victim Survey (NCVS) Pg. 1 [21]
  • Barkun, Michael. 1994. Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement, revised. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Hedges, Chris. 2007. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. Free Press.
  • Juergensmeyer, Mark. 2000. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence. Berkeley: University of California.

Lea, Henry Charles. 1961. The Inquisition of the Middle Ages. Abridged. New York: Macmillan.

  • Mason, Carol. 2002. Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-Life Politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Tyerman, Christopher. 2006. God’s War: A New History of the Crusades.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, Belknap.
  • Zeskind, Leonard. 1987. The ‘Christian Identity’ Movement, [booklet]. Atlanta, Georgia: Center for Democratic Renewal/Division of Church and Society, National Council of Churches.

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White Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism in Norway

Posted on 07/23/2011 by Juan That the horrible terrorist attacks in Oslo on Friday that left some 90 persons or more dead– a bombing of the prime minister’s office and shootings at a Labor Party youth camp– were allegedly committed by a blonde, far right wing Norwegian fundamentalist Christian rather than by a radical Muslim group is being treated as a matter of surprise in some quarters. But if those journalists and analysts had been paying attention, they would not be surprised at all. And in fact, kudos to Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store (a Labor Party member), who refused to speculate about who was behind the attacks before some evidence was gathered: “We’ve seen in Europe in recent years that politicians have been jumping to conclusions about suspects before investigations have been conducted, and we will not commit that error.” Give that man a medal! Europol reports have long made it clear that the biggest threat of terrorism in Europe comes from separatist movements, then from the fringe left, then from the far right. In 2008, only one terrorist attack out of hundreds in Europe was committed by radical Muslims. In 2010, according to Europol [pdf], 7 persons were killed in terrorist attacks. Some 160 of these attacks that year were carried out by separatists. The number launched by people of Muslim heritage? 3. It would be silly to maintain that Muslim radicals do not pose a threat of terrorism; indeed, many plots were broken up by European police. But as an actually-existing phenomenon, terrorism in Europe is mainly the work of Christian-heritage people. For more on the Norwegian far right, see Firstpost.com. Bill Maher and other public figures often say that while few Muslims are terrorists, terrorists are disproportionately Muslim. But this way of putting the matter is extremely misleading. The suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, is anti-multiculturalist and believes that the Qur’an commands Muslims to be extremists. His attack on the Labour Party appears to have derived in part from its insufficient hate of people of other cultures. Breivik’s discourse, about Islam and the Qur’an being *essentially* evil, is part of the Islamophobia promotedby some right wing forces in the west; and his actions show where that kind of thinking can lead. I wrote in 2006:

“The hatemongers are well known. Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Cable News, Rush Limbaugh’s radio program and its many clones, telebimbos like Ann Coulter, Evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham, Congressmen like Tom Tancredo, and a slew of far rightwing Zionists who would vote for Netanyahu (or Kach) if they lived in Israel– Frank Gaffney, Daniel Pipes, Michael Rubin, David Horowitz, etc., etc.”

As anyone who studies the Old South in the US will tell you, turning some people into exemplars of the N-word requires that you punish in various ways the N-lovers. Foreign Minister Store said it well (h/t CNN), defending liberty of belief and association against the Far Right attacks on them:

‘ “Today, free government was attacked, freedom of association was attacked, the spirit of youth was attacked. But we will kick back and say that these are values that are dear to us, and we intend to defend them and Norway will be recognizable tomorrow as the Norway our friends and partners around the world have known so far.”

Aljazeera English has a video report on theattacks: The proponents of racial profiling who want to target some Orientalist imagination of the Muslim are extremely dangerous to our security, since they want to let European separatists, far leftists, and neo-Nazis off the hook while targeting Muslims, who commit little terrorism in Europe. Today’s events remind us that we cannot profile evil and that terrorists come in all sizes, heritages, shapes and skin colors. >

White Christian Terrorist” Still an Oxymoron in 2010

by Channing Kennedy ShareThis | Print | Comment (0) Wednesday, June 2 2010, 2:29 PM EST Tags: national security
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hutaree-wedding2.jpg This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the nation’s new National Security Strategy. There’s a lot improved over the previous version from 2006 (the one that used the word “preemption”), and a lot to praise. The Obama version doesn’t use the phrase the “War on Terror” or “radical Islam,” and it reiterates the administration’s intentions to close Gitmo; it’s not afraid of a “multipolar” world power structure. And it’s not every National Security Strategy that calls to “Promote Dignity by Meeting Basic Needs” via cooperative efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and childhood illness in Africa. That said, what’s up with administration counterterrorism advisor John Brennan? Here he isspeaking at a Washington thinktank last week:

The president’s national security strategy explicitly recognises the threat to the United States posed by individuals radicalised here at home.We’ve seen individuals, including US citizens, armed with their US passport, travel easily to terrorist safe havens and return to America, their deadly plans disrupted by coordinated intelligence and law enforcement.

Brennan then goes on to name seven acts or attempted acts of terrorism from the last yearby U.S.-based Muslims with international ties (not all of whom are of Middle-Eastern descent). The deadliest by far is Nidal Hasan’s Fort Hood shooting; some of Brennan’s offenders, like Faisal Shahzad, were hoisted on their own poorly constructed petards, and even cooperated with questioners. In other words, it’s a group united by the presence of extranational ties, not by extraordinary threat. The problem? The absence of any “homegrown” terrorist attacks from the last year by white non-Muslims who actually know how to make bombs. Explosives expert Robert Joos Jr., the Hutaree family militia,Dr. Tiller’s killer, and the still-not-identified guy who bombed a Florida mosque three weeks ago don’t count as terrorists in the letter or the spirit of Brennan’s directive, despite getting infinitely closer to killing Americans than his frequent flyers. Allison Kilkennyties it to the bigger picture:

In the U.S., having ties to a foreign land is slowly becoming a crime. Those individuals, who are innocent of having ties to extremism, are simply guilty for looking foreign (as in the case of the Arizona racial profiling law.) Recently, this frenzied pandemic of nationalist paranoia almost resulted in a legal citizen being deported to Mexico.Instead of developing a uniform definition for “terrorism,” the government has adopted the two-tier Newsweek strategy and directed the “terrorist” label only at dangerous “others.” Domestic, white attacks are…something else. The enemy must be clearly defined as living outside U.S. borders, or things would get terribly muddied. … It seems a silly strategy, or at least a misguided emphasis, considering some right wing recruits have received far superior training from the military than the average Middle East terrorist receives in al Qaeda camps.

Meanwhile, conservative leaders like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann have gleefully invoked images of ‘real Americans’ rising up against the oppressive United States government and ‘taking the country back’ from the elected Black president with the suspicious name — while mocking Homeland Security’s reports on the recruitment of veterans by right-wing hate groups. No word yet on which talk show hosts encouraged Shahzad to ruin a used Pathfinder. It’s worth pointing out that law enforcement obviously recognizes the threat of white militia and hate groups — after all, they knew about and stopped the Hutaree. Which is why it’s so frustrating that the administration won’t use the T-word against these people. Along with recent rollbacks and exceptions in Miranda rights, we’re seeing a blatantly racialized Bush-era double standard in justice evolve into a blatantly racialized Obama-era double standard in justice.

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Terrorist or Christian Fundamentalist? Is There A Difference?

How the media controls the message.

By Dallyon Stymien, Contributor
July 24, 2011 10:40 AM 9

On Friday, July 22, 2011 an explosive device detonated near a government building in the quiet city of Oslo, Norway. A few hours later, on the island of Utoya at a youth summer camp, a lone gunman began a shooting rampage that left at least 84 people dead. As soon as American television news agencies picked up on the story, they began parading their officious sounding “expert commentators” before the camera to let the world know who was to blame for these heinous acts. Before there were any facts released or investigation by the Norwegian authorities, the collective American media had the culprits pegged. Of course, it had to be some sleeper cell of al Qaeda or another Muslim terrorist group bent on the destruction of our wonderful happy little white Christian world. But wait a moment! The Norwegian police have a man in custody and have released a photo of suspect Anders Behring Breivik, and something is really wrong with this picture. “OMG, where is the black hair and beard?” “This can’t be right. He’s white and Christian.” “No, this can’t be the terrorist.” Are we really safe from terrorist harm once again? Breivik is a white Christian terrorist. Pardon my mistake; he’s a white European, so he is a right-wing Christian fundamentalist. Apparently in America only non-white Muslims are terrorists. Since 9/11, every time there is an explosion or unexplained negative event it is always non-white Muslims who are to blame. These so-called experts that news organizations like CNN or FOX (not really a news organization, but that is a different article) put on camera seem to be reading from the same myopic, xenophobic, racist bull***t page that Dubya made popular as he tumbled the world into a place of hatred and chaos. We have become so blind to truth that we cannot and will not accept the fact that the world is full of bad people who wish to cause harm to others. What color are these people? Hate, disenfranchisement, and despair are experienced by persons of every color. What religion do they believe in? Every religion. More wars have been fought due to religious beliefs than anything else. The media is calling the events in Norway the “European Oklahoma City,” referring to Timothy McVeigh’s 1995 truck bombing at a federal building which killed 168 men, women, and children. This too was planned and carried out by a white right wing militant group, and once again the perpetrator was called a “fundamentalist,” not a “terrorist.” Of course, before 9/11 the “T” word wasn’t used quite so freely. Whenever the news media comes out with their experts who know it all, about everything, we reallyhave to listen to what they are saying. We have to listen carefully and critically because these experts have an agenda and many times that agenda is to instill fear and hatred of someone who prays differently than they do. America and the rest of the world needs to wake up and take a stand – not against Muslims, but against hatred and lies. >

What is a Christian Terrorist?

So, this isn’t our normal fare here at RiAH, but I couldn’t help but draw attention to the concern over the language of Christian terrorism in the American media coverage/speculation about the recent terrorist actions in Norway. What is it about the label “Christian terrorism/terrorist” that bothers so? And how does domestic terror in the U.S. also get coded? (Hat tips to Paul Harvey, Matt Hedstrom, John Koyles, Jeremy Russell, and Mike Altman for links and Facebook conversations that lead to this post.) Kelly Baker“We now live in an age of unprecedented violence….Reliance on coercive power as the primary method of convincing others corrodes the moral fiber of society, creating a world shorn of human sensitivity, justice and a stable order….The penchant for stereotyping the other is frequent, true self-examination is uncommon. ”—Deepak TripathiOn July 22, 76 people died in a bombing in Oslo and an attack on a Labor Party summer camp on the island of Utoya in Norway. The Guardian labeled the event “one of the worst atrocities in recent European history.” The Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik stands accused of both attacks, and yes, he admittedcommitting both crimes while also labeling them “atrocious” and “necessary.” Though media speculationsuggested early on that the bombing in Oslo was an act of Muslim terrorism, the accused Breivik is not a Muslim. Rather the “terrorist” in question is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white guy with reported ties to both the European Far Right and Christian fundamentalism. At Religion Dispatches, Mark Juergensmeyer pushes the analysis furtherby pointing out that Breivik, like Timothy McVeigh, is not just a terrorist but a Christian terrorist. He writes poignantly:If bin Laden is a Muslim terrorist, Breivik and McVeigh are surely Christian ones. Breivik was fascinated with the Crusades and imagined himself to be a member of the Knights Templar, the crusader army of a thousand years ago. But in an imagined cosmic warfare time is suspended, and history is transcended as the activists imagine themselves to be acting out timeless roles in a sacred drama. For Juergensmeyer, both young, white, “self-enlisted soldiers” believed that their acts would “triggers a great battle to rescue society from the liberal forces of multiculturalism that allowed non-Christians and non-Whites positions of acceptability.” Both were the opening salvo in a battle to save their respective societies from the lethal grip of leftist politics/policies that they believed prevented white Christian men from attaining their rightful places of power and dominance. While Juergensmeyer and the European news outlets have no problem identifying Breivik with Christianity, specifically Christian fundamentalism, there is a hesitation, a slip even, in some American news coverage. What does it mean that he might be a Christian terrorist? Why would we associate Christianity with a “madman”, “a “lone gun man”, or a deranged individual? What is at stake in associating Christianity with terror? At USA Today, Cathy Lynn Grossman queries:Who here knows exactly what’s meant by Norwegian Christian fundamentalist?…Is he a terrorist because he’s Christian or a Christian who happens to be a terrorist or, if he’s a terrorist, can he really be a Christian at all? And isn’t that exactly the same points Muslims make about terrorists who claim to be Islamic?The desire to separate Breivik’s terrorist actions from his religious affiliation is telling. Note Grossman’s central question: can a terrorist really be Christian? These questions assume that terrorism and Christianity can easily be parsed out. They are separate becomes a statement of fact. This “fact” then obscures that religion and terror can be intimately bound, informed, constructed, and embodied. The desire to separate says more than the separation. The rhetorical move suggests the clear hesitation in binding Christianity to a powerful word such as terrorism. (I’ve written on why we need to focus on this before here and here.) What emerges as more important, however, is the desire to ignore Breivik and the tragedy he created. Separation leads the way to obfuscation.On his radio show, Glenn Beck labeled Breivik a “mad man” while also making it clear to listeners that the European Right and the American Right are not comparable (to which I say, what?). Moreover, Beck uses the tragedy to make larger claims about the threat of Islam, multi-culturalism, and the Left in general. “Multi-culturalism and political correctness are killing Europe” rather than the hostility and anger about such that pushed Breivik into defensive action. Beck further claims that the summer camp was a political camp akin to the “Hitler Youth.” His quick reference to Hitler shifts the focus from the massacre of teenagers to the so-called dangerous politics of the camp. He further asks, “Who would do political camps for kids?” The answer seems to be only liberals, who thus endanger their own children. (For the entirety of Beck’s opinions on Oslo and Utoya, click here.)TheWall Street Journal ran an editorial about how the Oslo bombing was committed by extremist Muslims. Today, they provide an opinion piece by Bruce Bawer, who writes about the threat of “radical Islam” for Europe. Breivik reportedly admired his writings on the Islamic threat. Bawer begins by stating that he, like “pretty much everyone,” imagined that the “Islamic terrorists” bombed Olso. Importantly, he shifts gears to argue that Europe’s multiculturalism is to blame for Breivik’s actions. If Europe continues down the path to “Islamization,” then Bawer assures the reader that extremists like Breivik will continue to act. After all, Europe isn’t protecting citizens from the “rise of Islam.” For both Beck and Bawer, the accused terrorist is not the most important component of a tragedy that claimed 76 lives. Rather, these actions (while “atrocious” and “necessary” in Breivik’s own terms) become the stepping stones to critique Islam’s so-called threat to both Europe and America as well as a way to bash the despised political correctness that supposedly suffocates modern culture. The realtragedy is the larger fragmentation of society because of dreaded multi-culturalism’s attachment to diversity and difference, not the loss of life. A white Norwegian man killing fellow Norwegians to defend the nation (and even a continent) from its citizens gets lost in the translation. A white Christian extremist becomes an outlier, and there is no articulation of the possibility of Christian terrorism. It doesn’t exist in this rhetorical overindulgence.Obscuring the obvious questions becomes part of a certain nationalist agenda, in which Muslims remain deeply wed to terrorism. In the case of Oslo and Utoya, Muslims and terror were invoked (and continue to be invoked) in spite of the fact that no Muslims were involved. Ignoring even the possibility of Christian terror ignores the way in which terrorism has political, racial, and religious baggage. By making Breivik simply a crazy individual, we avoid not only his act of Christian terrorism but also the daisy chain of white Christian (male) terrorism in Europe and the U.S. We should quit labeling these events as sporadic, random, and loosely connected, and instead, wonder what connects McVeigh, Eric Rudolph, the Hutaree (white Christian militia), Breivik, and the Ku Klux Klan. The answer might be a potent imagining of white Christian nationalism that assumes only white men can defend, save, and destroy us. Thus, they act, retaliate, and harm to recreate/fight for a fabled white Christian nation (or continent), free from the troubling demands of diversity. The yearning to get back to a moment of power and dominance (even though, in many instances, white men are still the folks in power) leads to not only inflamed and insensitive rhetoric but also violence and brutality. Perhaps, we should find the connections in their imaginings to understand why they fight/maim for a “cosmic battle” between good and evil. Perhaps, we should rid ourselves of the assumptions about Muslims and terrorism because with these casual assumptions we might never be able to reckon with the possibility, much less the reality of Christian terrorists.

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April 14, 2005

White, Christian, . . . Terrorist?

I’ve been surprised by the epithets used to describe Eric Rudolph, the man behind the Atlanta Olympics bombing, as well as the bombings of abortion clinics and a lesbian nightclub, who has recently avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty and helping the police find his caches of explosives. NPR calls him a “serial bomber,” the New York Times doesn’t use any epithets, Fox News calls him a “confessed murderer.” I don’t understand why the press doesn’t label him as a terrorist. He did, after all, admit to wanting to scare people. This is a textbook case of domestic terrorism. CJR thinks misusing the label of “terrorist” doesn’t matter much, beyond reducing the utility of the adjective, but I disagree. I think it is very important that we recognize that terrorism is an American phenomenon, too, that you don’t need brown skin and a funny accent to be a terrorist, that Islam doesn’t cause terrorism — extremism, of any kind, does. All to often the “terrorist” label becomes a rhetorical device, used to associate negative imagery with whoever the speaker disagrees with. Witness Bush Education Secretary calling the National Education Association a “terrorist organization,” or the standard practice of calling the Earth Liberation Front eco-terrorists. ELF isn’t interested in causing terror, or even killing people; they want to cause property damage. They’re criminals, to be sure, but not terrorists.
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A friendly reminder about acts of so-called “Christian terrorism”

As Norway tries to pick up the pieces from yesterday’s horrific terrorist attacks that have left at least 91 dead, many of them young people from a youth camp in Utoya, the mainstream media has turned its attention to the suspect the Norwegian authorities have in custody: 32 year-old Anders Behring Breivik.   Of Breivik, CNN reports:

(CNN) — As Norway struggles to come to terms with its greatest loss of life in decades, all eyes are on the man charged in the explosion in central Oslo and the deadly shooting rampage at a youth camp. While police have not officially named him, Norwegian television and newspaper reports have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, of Norwegian origin. A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway’s multi-cultural society. Norwegian and international news outlets have run photographs of a blond man with blue-green eyes and chiseled features, dressed in a preppy style.

The caption on the picture CNN has of him reads, “A picture is emerging of Norway attacks suspect Anders Behring Breivik as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist.”  Is he really? That remains to be seen.  But for purposes of discussion, let’s assume this is a fact. We all know where this is going.  After the widespread speculation yesterday that the attacks might have been carried out by Islamofascists – and as many pointed out, the speculation was entirely justifiable considering the growing Muslim fundamentalist problem in Norway – as soon as the news media started reporting about an alleged connection between Breivik and “right-wing Christian fundamentalists”, the left – fresh from lecturing people on not jumping to conclusions – smelled blood.   Anytime the left can make any type of parallel between extremist Christians and terrorism, they foolishly believe that negates any valid arguments conservatives have made against radical Islam and the routine deadly attacks that we hear reported about in the media almost as often as we hear about disagreements between Republicans and Democrats.   The common comment is, “Hey, Christians are terrorists, too!” Unfortunately for them, the reality is quite different. As I’ve explained before:

There is no issue that brings out the blatant hypocrisy, illogic, stupidity, and duplicitous nature of activist liberals more than when it comes to Christianity and the left’s outrageousattempts at equating rare and isolated incidents of extremism committed because of the mistaken belief by a tiny few wackos that the Bible promotes violence against non-believers, to the routine, worldwide Islamofascistic terrorismthat is both promoted and mandated by the Koranitself.

I expanded on that in a later post:

Isolated acts of “Christian” extremism are typically committed by loner types or small groups of disturbed individuals who have grossly perverted the word of God into something it is not: A call to arms against non-believers. In the Christian faith, there is no “punisher” of non-believers here on earth.  ”The decider” – so to speak – is God Himself.  There is no growing global, thriving network of Christian extremists plotting, scheming, recruiting by the thousands, intimidating, terrorizing, killing so-called “infidels.” On the other hand, the decades-old organized Islamofascism network has a number of “leaders” worldwide – the most infamous of course being Osama bin Laden, and their bases are scattered throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and most anywhere else the Islamic faith prevails, because the Koran specifically gives the green light to Muslim believers to take up arms against non-believers, usingany means necessary.

Also:

What global white/Christian terrorist network trained Tim McVeigh?  How many instances can you point to where white Christians have trained to only fly but not land a plane?  How many white Christian terror cells/plots have been busted up worldwide?  What white Christian churches across the US and other countries provide safe havens and planning areas for white Christian terrorists? Who is the OBL equivalent amongst white Christian terrorists around the world?

Moral relativist liberals won’t answer that question  because they can’t.  There is no global organized Christian terrorist network anywhere remotely near close to being on par with the Al Qaedas, Hamas’, Hezbollahs, Talibans, etc of the world.   There just isn’t.  No matter how hard they try to justify in their tiny minds their strained, incredible moral equations between mainstream Christianity and these mainstream Islamofascistic groups, they can’t.  This is something we all need to keep in mind in the coming weeks as hardcore left, in concert with the mainstream media, double down on their efforts to paint the Norway terrorist as representative of Christian beliefs worldwide – something they would never do if the suspect was connected to Islamofascism in any way, shape or form.  We’d be hearing lots of tempered “Let’s not rush to judgment” and “this isn’t representative of mainstream Islam” from mainstream media networks, pundits, commentators, etc.   Yet, oddly enough, when the perp is suspected of having Christian ties, the exact opposite rule applies, as I have written about before:

You read reprehensible [Islamic oppression] stories like this, and you scream out in outrage – yet at the first sound you make about how this is just one more example of the type of “acceptable” behavior that is prevelant amongst Islamists, someone on the left will jump in angrily and demand that you “acknowledge” that morally repulsive behavior like this is not characteristic of Islam on the whole – that acts like these are committed “only by a militant few.” Which is a lie. Yet, you have a few isolated incidents of extremist “Christian/right wing” (or whatever they’re calling it today) violence here in the US this year, and all of a sudden it’s a “widespread problem,” and one that “proves” what “they’ve” been saying all along about us crazy right-wingers, and as a result, we must be “watched a little closer” by DHS. That the left can’t see the differences between a few acts of radical extremist fringe violence here in the US committed by lone, depraved sociopaths, and the worldwide, almost weekly incidents of Islamofascism committed against innocent civilians – some that are terrorist acts against the west, while others “acceptable” acts of “punishment” for Muslim men and women who allegedly have “broken” Islamic “law” – says a hell of a lot more about the left in this country than it does the right in terms of perspective and the ability to distinguish between good and evil and isolated versus epidemic.

I pray for the families of the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attacks.  I cannot even imagine the horror of thinking your child is safe at a youth camp and then finding out later that they’d been viciously murdered alongside many of their fellow campgoers at a place any person would have naturally assumed was reasonably safe.    I also can’t imagine thinking that when you go to work you have a reasonable expectation of being safe in your place of employment only to cruelly realize later that you were not.   Even if terrorism doesn’t claim your body, it can claim your mind as you are never quite the same once you’ve experienced it – whether directly or indirectly. At the same time, I also pray for the people whose heads are buried so deeply into the sand that they either can’t recognize or refuse to admit the difference between isolated acts of terrorism by lone extremists and routine acts of terrorism commited not by “fringe” groups but by mainstream terror groups like Al Qaeda who are getting their direction on terrorism straight from their “holy book” itself.   There really is no moral equation here, and the sooner the left realizes that the more we can work together at combatting the real problem. I won’t hold my breath on that happening anytime soon, however.  After all, these are the same group of folks whostill believe that Jared Loughner was some radical Tea Partier, in spite of the fact that the evidence suggests quite the contrary.  This a group of people who steadfastly refuse to open their eyes and see the light when the facts have interrupted the little narratives they’ve created about conservatives in attempts to marginalize and demonize the political opposition.  Why? Because misleading the American people, winning elections as a result, and getting your agenda shoved through state legislatures and the US Congress is something that must happen at any cost – including, sadly, at the expense of the truth and common sense. No, Virginia.  Ignorance is most certainly NOT bliss.

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“God Sent the Shooter”: White Christian terrorism and the assassination of Dr. George Tiller

By Sikivu Hutchinson Guest Contributor “God sent the shooter,” the signs wielded by anti-abortion protestors at the funeral of slain doctor George Tiller proclaimed.  Last week’s assassination of abortion provider and feminist George Tiller in a Kansas church on the so-called holy seventh day was not only a barbaric act of religious cowardice but a terrorist assault on the rights of women.  Tragically similar to the 1998 murder of New York doctor Bernard Slepian, Tiller’s murder was the culmination of years of attempted murders, death threats, bombings and arson attacks waged against abortion providers by white Christian terrorists. Despite the scope of this orchestrated campaign mainstream media rarely identify these acts or those who commit them as “terrorist.”  Those who invoke Christian fundamentalism as justification for their barbaric incursions against women and their allies are dismissed as aberrations, even though the profiles of the killers are always the same, the suspects—generally disaffected white middle aged males, aligned with a crackpot anti-government militia and/or fundamentalist ethos steeped in the bloody retribution of the Old Testament—virtually plucked from central casting. These spasms of Christian fundamentalist violence are largely peculiar to the United States.  Anti-abortion activism in Western European countries such as Great Britain, France and Italy doesn’t inspire anywhere near the level of militant resistance seen here.  This virulent strain of fundamentalism was nourished by three theocratic Republican administrations that dismembered the Constitution and effectively sanctioned criminal campaigns against abortion providers.  So while the U.S. condemns Muslim religious fundamentalism and trumpets itself as a beacon for individual and civil liberties unbridled by theocratic intolerance it has become a breeding ground for the most dangerous Christian fundamentalist terrorist movement in the world. Christian fundamentalism has always objectified women’s bodies as patriarchal property and territory for reproductive control.  It’s no surprise then that white men deem themselves to be Christian soldiers in the war over the wombs of Middle American and Southern white women.  It’s also no surprise that the Bible Belt, fount of hyper-religious public policy that demonizes sex education and contraception, has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country. Christian fundamentalist dogma is about keeping ‘em barefoot, knocked up and in obeisance to a God that would rather see an impoverished 12 year-old incest victim carry her rapist father’s baby to term and suffer lifelong psychological trauma than undergo a safe legal abortion and have a reasonable expectation for a future.  And it is immoral, radically anti-woman positions like these which make the “pro-life” misnomer appropriated by the anti-abortion movement so infuriating. In the militant anti-choice universe the lives of real babies living in poverty and their real mothers and real families are of no consequence next to protection of the religiously decreed “rights” of the unborn.  White male anti-abortion terrorists can’t get similarly exorcised about cuts to women’s health care benefits and pre- and post-natal care to mothers in real time because it would mean ceding control to flesh and blood women. Tiller’s assassination also dovetails with a dangerous shift in public opinion regarding the future of choice for American women imperiled by unwanted pregnancies.  Influenced by a decade of unrelenting right wing propaganda that equates abortion with murder and abortion providers with Nazi eugenicists, polls indicate that a growing majority of the American public has adopted a “pro-life” stance and is willfully ignorant about the life-giving and life-saving potential of legal abortion.  Dispatching shooters from “God,” the anti-abortion movement must accept responsibility for the murderous religious rhetoric that led to the assassination of George Tiller and the terrorist assault on the rights and lives of American women. Sikivu Hutchinson is the editor of BlackFemLens.org and a commentator for KPFK 90.7FM.

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Loonwatch Has Been Warning about an Anders Behring Breivik for Years

Posted on 25 July 2011 by Garibaldi

Robert Spencer and his biggest fan: Anders Behring Breivik

Robert Spencer and his biggest fan:

Anders Behring Breivik

Anders Behring Breivik is by all accounts an intelligent individual, wealthy and from a privileged background. He believes Europe is under assault, that it is being colonized by the hordes of the evil “green” menace known as ‘Islam’ and that Europe’s leaders are responsible for the onslaught. He believes this despite the fact that there are no Muslim Armies occupying ANY European nation, there are no Muslim Armies that have set up bases in ANY European nation. How did he come to the irrational conclusion that his very way of life was under imminent threat? His inspiration can be gleaned from the words of his manifesto, 2083: A European Declaration of Independence. In his own words he was inspired by Andrew Bostom, Robert Spencer, Bat Ye’or, Pamela Geller, Geert Wilders, Ibn Warraq, Serge Trifkovic, the so-called “Vienna School” and a plethora of other Islamophobes and anti-Muslims. LoonWatch since its inception has been warning about the ever increasing radicalization of the anti-Muslim Movement, its trans-atlantic nature, as well as the eventuality of violence. We documented numerous instances of “inciting violence,” both in the speech of the leading Islamophobes as well as in the conduct and speech of their followers. One only needs to look at our piece on Pamela Geller, “The Looniest Blogger Ever,” in which Geller engages in all of the well worn conspiracies that we are used to and which Breivik shared, as well as her pronouncements of genocide against Muslims and the “political elites” who enable them. Robert Spencer’sinfluence on Breivik’s ideas about Islam, Muslims and the West seems to be greater than anyone else. He cites Spencer numerous times (64) in his manifesto, always glowingly, for instance he writes on p. 754,

About Islam I recommend essentially everything written by Robert Spencer. Bat Ye’or’s books are groundbreaking and important, though admittedly not always easy to read. The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew Bostom should be considered required reading for all those interested in Islam. It is the best and most complete book available on the subject in English, and possibly in any language. Ibn Warraq’s books are excellent, starting with his Defending the West . Understanding Muhammad by the Iranian ex-Muslim Ali Sina is also worth reading, as is Defeating Jihad by Serge Trifkovic.

Like Spencer, Breivik believes in waging a Crusade against Muslims. Spencer declared in his book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), “God Wills it!,” that was the battle cry of the Crusaders. There is more in Danios’ series rebutting The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).We have been trying to prevent the grisly terrorist attacks that rocked Norway by making people aware of the serious threat from radicals who in the guise of freedom and under the mantle of liberty wish to impose their truly destructive, exclusivist ideology upon the masses. However, our protestations were generally unheeded. It resulted in the Beslan of Norway and now we have a manifesto from a killer inspired by the extremists who we have been exposing for years. Anders Behring Breivik is the polo sweater wearing anti-Muslim Right-wing nationalist Crusader icon of Islamophobes worldwide, he is their Che Guevara and he will inspire more copycats in his wake.

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58 Comments For This Post

  1.  Chris Says: July 25th, 2011 at 1:57 pm You’re absolutely right. What Spencer is running over at Jihad Watch is nothing other than a cult, and an extremely dangerous one at that. As I am sure you are aware, if one tries to say anything that even slightly demurs from The Spencer Doctrine in the comments section of Jihad Watch one is immediately accused of being motivated by the forces of evil, being a debauched enemy of “Judeo-Christian civilization”, and suspected of being either a savage “koranimal”/ “mudslime” / “Mahound” pushing sharia under the cloak of “taqiyya”, or else an equally despicable “leftard” in cahoots with jihadists.This kind of hysterical paranoia and irrational hatred has been fomenting in the comments sections of Jihad Watch (and similar sites, such as Geller’s Atlas Shrugs) for years now, where all Muslims and the entire political left are regularly demonised and dehumanised in the most appalling fashion. This hatred and paranoia regularly reaches fever pitch, with calls for the mass deportation of all Muslims, and calls for violence against both Muslims and leftists often being openly expressed.While Spencer is quick to point out that he does not himself openly advocate violence (unless it is carried out by Western or Israeli governments against Muslims, of course), there is no doubt that his books and website incite extreme pro-Christian/pro-conservative fanaticism and irrational hatred of both Muslims and anyone with left-wing leanings – and irrationality and hatred, especially when incited by fear-mongering propaganda, soon beget violence.Spencer himself has many times argued that the “most determined and implacable enemies” of what he calls “Judeo-Christian civilisation” are not the jihadists but rather those on the left who “facilitate” the “Islamisation of the West” via their pernicious doctrine of multiculturalism and their supposed hatred of “Judeo-Christian values”. According to Spencer, there is a leftist/jihadist conspiracy to destroy the “Judeo-Christian civilisation” of the West, and what is needed is a Christian/conservative “Crusade” against such “traitors”. Indeed, Spencer has published reams of material attempting to justify the Crusades as having been absolutely necessary for the preservation of Christendom, and this material by Spencer is reproduced at great length in Breivik’s manifesto.Spencer would have us all believe that we are now living in a time markedly similar to that of the original Crusades, and that just as the latter were necessary to defend Judaeo-Christian civilisation from the Muslim hordes, so now it is imperative to start a “new Crusade” for precisely the same reason. As you point out, one of Spencer’s best-selling books even has the words “DEUS VULT!” (the war-cry of the original Crusaders) as its epigraph. Spencer also regularly states that we are all “at war with Islam”, and that anyone who disagrees is ipso facto a “dhimmi” and a “traitor”. Is it really surprising, in view of all this, that one of Spencer’s many fanatical followers would go one step further, setting up an elaborate neo-Crusader cult (hundreds of pages are devoted to this in Breivik’s manifesto), fantasising about himself as a modern-day “Knight Templar” who will one day be revered as a Saint for his courage, and then and go out shooting the people whom the likes of Spencer have singled out as “the most determined and implacable enemy” of “Judeo-Christian civilisation”?
  2.  mp11 Says: July 25th, 2011 at 2:02 pm Somebody should add “I tried to tell you” as a subtitle…btw anyone notice hugh fitzgerald is also referenced in the manifesto?
  3.  Webdawah Says: July 25th, 2011 at 2:04 pm You guys are doing a great job here on LoonWatch. You are the people we had been waiting for since anti-Islamic bigots started cashing in on anti-Muslim conspiracies/diatribes/misinformation since 9/11.Keep letting the world know what they are- Loons.
  4.  anj Says: July 25th, 2011 at 2:07 pm Hopefully people will begin to wake up and realise MEK linked spencer or should i say oslo massacre related spencer and his ilk are full of hatred and that “hatred will only beget hatred” On his now discredited website he has called in his right wing zionist paymaster david horowitz to defend him. Oh the irony!
  5.  JD Says: July 25th, 2011 at 2:14 pm Anders Behring Breivik claims two more terror cells remain at largeThe man who confessed to killing more than 70 people in a bomb and gun massacre on Friday has claimed he belonged to an organisation with two more cells who remain at large.At a closed hearing in Oslo, Anders Behring Breivik admitted carrying out the attacks but pleaded not guilty to one of the worst mass killings in peacetime Europe, and told the court he had acted to “save Europe” from Islam.Breivik, 32, will be detained in complete isolation for four weeks, with no incoming letters or visitors except for his lawyer, while police investigate his claims to have accomplices. Breivik has previously said he acted alone in the attacks.“The accused has made statements today that require further investigation, including that ‘there are two more cells in our organisation’,” said the judge, Kim Heger, who warned that Breivik could tamper with vital evidence if released. He will be held for at least another month after the court-ordered solitary confinement. Breivik arrived at court on Monday morning to jeering from a crowd of around 400 people. As a police convoy approached the rear of Oslo’s central court, someone shouted then the crowd surged forward. Bystanders screamed “traitor” and banged on the windows of a police car after one man said he’d spotted Breivik in the back seathttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/25/anders-behring-breivik-terror-cells
  6.  JD Says: July 25th, 2011 at 2:16 pm and 1000′s of people brainwased by Geller Spencer who have read this guys manifesto and have then it to heart. It also contains blue prints to body armer and Bomb makeing and avalible online by simple searching for it on google. I am sure they are dont hitting there 2nd hand targets and will prob try there main Muslims. Scared yet
  7.  mindy1 Says: July 25th, 2011 at 2:24 pm This is truly frightening :( how does anyone of any belief system get to such a state, that they think killing the “enemy” is acceptable??? Let’s hope he is lying about the second cell, or it could get worse :(
  8.  JD Says: July 25th, 2011 at 2:31 pm INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -An Independence man faced a stunning discovery when he walked out to his car Friday morning. The vandalism he saw done to his car prompted him to call the police.Imagine you’re getting ready for a job interview. You head out the door and are greeted with bad news. For Fred Soltani and his wife Stacy, Friday was just an ordinary day until Soltani’s wife walked out the door.“We were getting ready for work, my wife was getting ready for work and she was about to pull out of the driveway and noticed my car’s windshield had something wrong with it,” said Soltani.What she saw included a shattered windshield and a swastika and racial slur aimed at those in the Hispanic community written in white paint on the hood. “First reaction was ‘oh my god, this can’t be happening,’” said Soltani. Soltani is a first generation Iranian-American and has lived in his Independence neighborhood for several years. He says he hasn’t ever seen this type of activity in the area before. “In the neighborhood that we’ve lived here, for about four years, almost four years come November, nothing’s happened that we know about – that is racial profiling like this,” said Soltani. After the surprise wore off, Soltani told KCTV5′s Nima Shaffe he felt a combination of emotions. “I feel violated at the same time because this is a random act of aggressiveness in that it’s, in my terms, a cowardly act,” said Soltani. Now he says it’s time to move on. “Whoever done it, I forgive you. That’s one thing about being a good Christian,” said Soltani. Soltani tells KCTV5′s Nima Shaffe he filed a police report. Independence Police are now investigating. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OOPS HE CHRISTIAN REALLY RACIEST PEOPLE BECAUSE HIS NAME IS SOLTANI AND PARENTS FROM ME DOES NOT MEAN HE IS A MOSLEM JUST LIKE SHEIKS ARE ALSO NOT MUSLIM…. IF YOUR GOING TO BEA BIGOT BE A BIGOT TOWARDS THE RIGHT PERSON….
  9.  al Says: July 25th, 2011 at 2:59 pm We see from the dance that lil spency is doing that no amount of distancing and chastisement the Islamophobes have regarding Breivik, will change the fact that theirs is a sinking ship-
  10.  Imagine2050 Says: July 25th, 2011 at 3:03 pm Let’s not leave the John Tanton Network of anti-immigrant groups out of this discussion. Center for Immigration Studies, after all, gets a citing in his manifesto: http://bit.ly/n2ZbBw
  11.  Noor Says: July 25th, 2011 at 3:12 pm check this guy he hits the nail on the head! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeoRqZ6mWzQ&NR=1
  12.  Mosizzle Says: July 25th, 2011 at 3:40 pm Anders Behring Breivik has collected and compiled every piece of Islamophobic garbage about the non-existent “Leftist-Muslim Alliance” in his book, including articles from the Islamophobes that have been exposed here on Loonwatch many times. After his massacre, people around the world will read this book and Breivik hopes some moron will read it and follow his example. He has laid out an entire plan — even how to create more terrorist groups and forge “alliances” with different religious communities to isolate Muslims.Spencer, Geller and others have contributed to that book. Their life’s work made that book possible. Every lie about taqiyya, abrogation, dhimmitude and stealth jihad has led up to this and now forms part of that manual that will inspire more morons. It is now more important than ever for Loonwatch to refute the nonsense about Leftists and Muslims that is out there.Bat Yeor, who started this Eurabia nonsense, should feel very ashamed now.
  13.  Jacob Says: July 25th, 2011 at 3:46 pm Ali Sina huh? I knew his views would lead to anti-Muslim violence. This whole situation is tragic and disgusting.
  14.  Dane Bargeld Says: July 25th, 2011 at 3:55 pm Okay, but as I pointed out in a comment to the previous article, Breiviks main source of inspiration is anonymous Norwegian blogger “Fjordman”, who Breivik praises in his book. Most of the references to Spencer are via Fjordman’s essays. This is Breivik about Fjordman:At that time I had researched most of the primary and secondary topics for my book. To my great surprise I found that Fjordman had written about many of the same topics I was writing about. The only difference being that he was a professional essay writer and I was not. Our views are quite similar with the exception of me being an actual armed resistance fighter.
  15.  eslaporte Says: July 25th, 2011 at 4:04 pm Have you heard that Glenn Beck has likened the teens killed in the shooting as “Hitler Youth?”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/8660986/Norway-shooting-Glenn-Beck-compares-dead-teenagers-to-Hitler-youth.html
  16.  NassirH Says: July 25th, 2011 at 4:04 pm Well said @Chris, although I would like to add something to the following.“While Spencer is quick to point out that he does not himself openly advocate violence (unless it is carried out by Western or Israeli governments against Muslims, of course), there is no doubt that his books and website incite extreme pro-Christian/pro-conservative fanaticism and irrational hatred of both Muslims and anyone with left-wing leanings – and irrationality and hatred, especially when incited by fear-mongering propaganda, soon beget violence.”While Spencer is keen on claiming that he doesn’t advocate vigilantism (although he does explicitly support a new “crusade” against Islam), his fellow Jihad Watch writers Hugh Fitzgerald and Roland Shirk don’t seem to have any qualms about supporting violence. For example, during the Egyptian protests earlier this year (when Spencer et al. were claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood would replace Mubarak), Roland Shirk called for a “Tiananmen square” style massacre in Egypt — and then invoked Suharto’s purges in the comments section. It lingered on Jihad Watch for some time and then Spencer quietly deleted Roland’s words. However, unfortunately for Spencer, the Internet has a long memory.http://www.realcourage.org/2011/01/anti-islam-calls-for-shooting/Hugh Fitzgerald is even worse, in my opinion. We gathered a few of his more bigoted articles on Spencerwatch (see the comments section under the article about him). He openly calls for people to rejoice at the news of Muslim civilians dying, calls Iraqis a “hideous people,” calls for a ban on education for Muslims, etc. It seems that those articles are still on Jihad Watch, as far as I’m aware.
  17.  eslaporte Says: July 25th, 2011 at 4:32 pm We all know just how dangerous Geert Wilders is … before the Norway carnage.It is an outrage that it takes this kind of carnage to wake people up to this threat.We now have reports that confirm that Anders Behring Breivik not only had links to the EDL — he used a visit to London by Geert Wilders to meet with EDL radicals:QUOTE: Breivik was understood to have met leaders of the EDL in March last year when he came to London for the visit of Geert Wilders, the Dutch Right-wing politician. Daryl Hobson, who organises EDL demonstrations, said Breivik, who told police there were “two more cells” ready to follow him, had met members of the group.Breivik told his Facebook friends he would be coming to London for Wilders’s visit. “I remember he [Breivik] was on Facebook saying that he felt he had to come over. Maybe he thought it was the only chance he’d get to come to a big demo,” said the source. “Geert Wilders was a high-profile anti-Islamic politician, coming to Britain. Every­one was raving about it. “He [Breivik] was obviously in contact with some of us. If this bloke was coming all the way from Norway the leadership would have wanted to meet him. “If there is someone who can put themselves across in an articulate way about the radicalisation and Islamisation of Europe then people at the top of the EDL are very welcoming.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/8661139/Norway-killer-Anders-Behring-Breivik-had-extensive-links-to-English-Defence-League.html No matter what Geert Wilders says about his “disgust” about these terrorist attacks in Norway, he cannot distance himself far enough away from this …
  18.  Hopper Says: July 25th, 2011 at 4:37 pm During the years Loonwatch has been warning of an impending attack by a creature such as Breivik, how many Islamic-inspired atrocities have been committed? The answer is thousands; why haven’t the esteemed writers at Loonwatch been warning us of these daily events? Further, along with Spencer, Geller, et al, this despicable demon mentions Churchill, Locke, Ghandi, and Jefferson in support of his cause; were all those men intolerant, ignorant, Islamopobes? Finally, as far as authorities know at this moment, not a single Muslim was targeted, shot at, or killed during this monster’s rampage; yet Islam, as is customary, is claiming that its glorious Religion of Peace is the main victim. Does this strike anyone as strange? Oh, and Garibaldi, please give us the links where we can go to read of Geller’s, “pronouncements of genocide against Muslims and the “political elites” who enable them.” That should make for a fascinating read.
  19.  How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.comSays: July 25th, 2011 at 5:30 pm Hopper get your ugly ass out of here
  20.  Ismail Says: July 25th, 2011 at 5:38 pm @ HooperWe both know the truth of that matter is the people advocating violence aren’t going to say so publicly unless it is legal and safe to do so. For instance a “we should bomb mecca” when “we” means the US armed forces is a legal voicing of support for mass murder and bigotry by Tancredo and commentators on Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs. You will not however see them attend a rally and say “you guys in the audience should go plant bombs in mecca”. I am not saying he supports terror, but I know he isn’t stupid enough to support it openly if he did. It would open him up to investigation and prison. The lunatics aren’t going to tell you unless they feel reasonably safe doing so.
  21.  How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.comSays: July 25th, 2011 at 5:41 pm Loon Watch,Juan Cole’s piece below which he links to islamophobia watch, has a good rebuttal to the lie that Daniel Pipes spread about Norwegian rapes being mostly Muslim.It’s high time you did an article on Daniel Pipes, I think this one would be a good one.———————————-White Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism in Norway The Irrelevance of the Knights in a Global Society Posted on 07/25/2011 by Juan Norwegian right wing Christian terrorist Anders Breivik spoke of being a member of the “Knights Templar,” and if anything is further terrorizing about Friday’s attacks beyond their own horror, it is the possibility that an organization was behind them or that there are other members of it as looney and violent as Breivik himself. Update: : Breivik warned Monday that 2 more cells of “our organization” were organized for further attacks. Is this his “Templars”? The name, of course, refers to the medieval order coming out of the Crusades. Breivik visited Malta, where the remnants of the real Knights Templar, having turned their resources over to the Knights of St. John the Hospitaller, had run a pirate mini-state for a few hundred years in the early modern period. Breivik, from a Protestant background, advocated a return to Catholicism, but not to the really-existing current church, rather to a pan-Christian revival of a Crusade theocracy. The Crusade, he insisted, was necessary because in ten years Muslims would be a majority in most of Europe and they were raping Christian girls. The fear of brown men raping Norwegian women is of course the ultimate in iconic racism, redolent of Jim Crow in the Old South. The myth about rape in Oslo is debunked here. The argument has the form of bad statistics. It is alleged that Muslims are only 4% of the population in Norway but are responsible for almost all the rapes. First of all, the allegation is untrue. But consider this: most rapes happen in big cities, where anonymity affords more opportunity for subsequent escape. Immigrants are mostly in cities and are a bigger proportion of the urban population than they are of the general population. Then, rapists tend to be young, and recent immigrants groups are disproportionately young. Then, rape is more common in low-income areas, and, you guessed it, immigrants are poorer. So if you studied rape among poor urban youth, it may well be that Muslims commit fewer rapes than would be statistically expected, in that demographic group (the relevant one). Moreover, a lot of the victims of rape would also be poor, urban, young immigrant women. This wicked fantasy that most European rapists are Muslim immigrants is a staple of the far right, and it has contributed to hatred and violence toward European Muslims. This theme, like many Muslim-hating canards, appears to have been started by McCarthyite Daniel Pipes, a far right Zionist who “watches” American academics that do not toe Breivik’s sort of line at an invasion-of-privacy enterprise ominously called ‘Campus Watch’; and given the turn to violence among people of Breivik’s stripe, it is only a matter of time until Pipes’s organization whips some kindred looney into a homocidal frenzy against those liberal, multi-cultural, Muslim-coddling professors– so like the people at the Labor Party meet on Utoya. And why would Pipes be writing about rape in Scandinavia anyway? It is because people who want to steal more Palestinian land think that they can run cover for the often fanatical and violent West Bank settlers by scaring white people into thinking Muslims in general are a threat and should be discounted, and that if they get kicked out of their homes they’re just getting what they deserve. read more here http://www.juancole.com/2011/07/the-irrelevance-of-the-knights-in-a-global-society.html
  22.  eslaporte Says: July 25th, 2011 at 5:58 pm While Hopper cites “thousands of attacks,” bet he cannot tell us how many were in Europe?We all know about the promotion of the so-called “Leftist/Muslim alliance” to rip up Western Christian civilization and the “land of dhimmitude.” Well – “knitting the threads together” was (well) done by Batty Bat Ye’or who makes accusations against the EC/EU’s relationship with the Arab world which is NOT mainstream and well outside of standard theory for EU relations. When mainstream authors get around to reading Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, this book will be the new “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and is in the league.I did my master’s paper on the how EU foreign policy and am well aware of how it got established in 1973 and the oil crisis. Ye’or’s ideas are outside of mainstream and quite kooky!This outrageous theory is present in Anders Behring Breivik 1500 page manifesto, which I too have a copy of. This theory of “Lestist/Muslim alliance for dhimmitude” is present in Breivik’s writings and “enabling Muslims and Islam in Norway” is the reason why he attacked the democracy camp …
  23.  NassirH Says: July 25th, 2011 at 6:27 pm Hopper:Oh, and Garibaldi, please give us the links where we can go to read of Geller’s, “pronouncements of genocide against Muslims and the “political elites” who enable them.” That should make for a fascinating read.The article “Looniest Blogger Ever” has some links to Geller calling for the nuclear destruction of majority Muslim cities: Mecca, Medina, and Tehran. There are also other examples, including her support for Stalin’s anti-Chechen pogroms or her “denial” (i.e. support) of the Bosnian genocide. (Breivik also “denied” the Bosnian genocide.)Anyways, I think it’s quite funny how many posts you’ve made attempting to defend your precious Islamophobia after Breivik did what can only be considered the logical “next step” if one actually believes what Robert Spencer et al. claim (remember that at first you thought a Muslim was behind the attacks in Norway). In that sense you’re no different from the loons who inspired Breivik in the first place.Finally, as far as authorities know at this moment, not a single Muslim was targeted, shot at, or killed during this monster’s rampage; yet Islam, as is customary, is claiming that its glorious Religion of Peace is the main victim. Does this strike anyone as strange? More lies?http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/07/25/20110725norway-survivor-afghan-war-zone0725.html
  24.  Johnny Knocks Says: July 25th, 2011 at 6:33 pm I DO NOT attribute the attacks to Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer. Their idealogy was certainly behind the mindset of this terrorist, but in no way have they expressed their undenying support to these attacks. Regardless, this should make people around them think twice about even considering their hate filled speech as legitimate rhetoric. What they have done is dangerous, and they should really try to reevaluate their goals.On a final note, look at one thing Pamela said earlier today – “No dealings, no emails, no nothing,” Geller said. “He mentions me once in a 1,500 page ‘manifesto,’ and this is the tie? Does anyone see how completely ridiculous this whole thing is?”Although putting all the blame on Pamela is a bit over the top, her connections cannot be ignored. Then again, it wasn’t her who pulled the final trigger. What I find most funny however is how she thinks that its ridiculous to tie her to the massacre from just ONE mention. This is the same person who called Imam Rauf a Hamas and terrorist sympathizer because his 3rd cousins teachers son was caught in the same photo as some no-name Radical Imam. She is the worst of all hypocrites.
  25.  Rob Says: July 25th, 2011 at 7:14 pm ApolloReaks and Popper are spinning themselves in circles. Just like the rest of the proud internet bigots, they’re in full damage control trying to salvage their already decrepit ship. But it’s entertaining to watch these idiots trying to create new excuses and find different angles to differentiate themselves from this murderer. But they’re all the same right-wing extremist loons who use violence and deception to get their point through.
  26.  corey Says: July 25th, 2011 at 7:31 pm @rob don’t worry about those two they’re pissed that the shooter didn’t turn out to be a muslim as jw embarrassingly jumped the gun on and are just trying to save face and also wasn’t jefferson supportive of islam?
  27.  Hopper Says: July 25th, 2011 at 7:31 pm NassirHYou may be a person I can deal with. You’re absolutely right-Geller does indeed call for the nuclear destruction of Mecca and Medina in the event of an Iranian first strike, and such sentiments are monstrous. Geller should be damned for writing that sentence, and I do damn her without reservation. It would be, as you point out, genocide against people who had nothing to do with the events taking place.I apologize.That said, can you admit that Hussein Kazemi just happened to be on the island and was in no way targeted? That he was simply in the wrong place, at the wrong time? If you can admit that, it might be a step towards you, me, and others raising the level of discourse on this forum above the level it now resides. I am not Muslim, I think you may be, but I’m not sure…can we question and probe each other’s beliefs in a coherent, rational way?
  28.  eslaporte Says: July 25th, 2011 at 7:33 pm Breivik also said that the Bosnian Serbs were ridding their country of Islam. the same for the 1999 atrocities in Kosovo. He also had an ‘indictment’ of NATO leaders for the “crimes” in the 1999 action against Yugoslavia (Serbia).This is a manual that instructs and encourages others to take further violent action against Europe and European leaders who are “enabling Islam.” There are also tacit threats against European leaders and even a form threat letter to send to your local national leaders to “warn them that a Knight Templar was coming to carry out a death sentence.”Sites like Loonwatch have done a exemplary job in trying to warn against this type of violent extremism and terrorism. We now have to see these horrible murders before European leaders get up off their lard butts to do anything about it. Too little, too late.
  29.  Skhan Says: July 25th, 2011 at 7:47 pm Geehad Bob and Halal Dork, I still haven’t heard anything from you. Evil Mooslim terrorists got your tongue?
  30.  corey Says: July 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm @skahn yeah why haven’t they said anything on this cause I could use a good laugh, especially halals comments can be comedy gold from thinking robert morey is an intellectual genius, to his cop out responses when he is beaten in a debate.
  31.  Jack Cope Says: July 25th, 2011 at 10:23 pm Loonwatch and others:I would strongly advise you *not* to promote this guys book as it contains pages upon pages of very detailed bomb making techniques to say the least. While bomb making guides are readily available online the guides provided in this ‘book’ are very different in that they actually worked and detail his ‘trail and error’ techniques and modifications of the methods you can find online to make the more potent and reliable. There is even a day by day log of how to carry out an attack such as his. As a person with a basic grasp of such things I can tell you that this is a major development from chemists and college kids posting their pyrotechnics recipies online.However, we cannot just brush this ‘book’ under the carpet and not let it be read, upon reading it a lot of things become clear regarding the whole ‘Islamaphobia’ thing and the links to mainstream figures such as Spencer.With this in mind I have produced a ‘cleaner version’ of the book; deleting bomb making techniques and other such material from the document for use by persons such as yourself. This means that people can study this madman’s thoughts and see how dangerous they are *without* the danger of propagating bomb making manuals.A copy is available upon request from jackcope@bandofstrangers.comand I hope to provide an online copy in the next week. Jack
  32.  NassirH Says: July 25th, 2011 at 10:49 pm Hopper:Geller is not only one who thinks that nuking majority Muslim countries is perfectly acceptable. The list of Islamophobes who agree with her sentiments is long (Walid Shoebat, Michael Savage, Joe Kaufman, etc.). Spencer has nevercondemned any of these Islamophobes for holding such genocidal beliefs; rather, he claims he opposes nuking Mecca on the grounds that it would give Muslims something to “complain about.” (How dare those Mooslims whine about having bombs dropped on them!) He couldn’t care less about all the civilians who would be killed.“That said, can you admit that Hussein Kazemi just happened to be on the island and was in no way targeted? That he was simply in the wrong place, at the wrong time?”I doubt Breivik was “targeting” a specific person; it seems clear that he attempted to kill anyone he could find on the island. What is also clear are his motives and deeply held beliefs, both significantly influenced by the usual loons. By his own admittance, he massacred about 90 people to save Europe from the “Marxist-Islamic threat.” And he used the life’s work of Spencer, Bostom, Geller, Fjordman, etc. to buttress his beliefs and justify his actions.
  33.  Jack Cope Says: July 25th, 2011 at 11:08 pm Hopper; where is ‘Islam’, that great monolith that we Muslims seem to be somehow wired into, claiming it was ‘attacked’?However I would suggest that you read this guys little (well it’s quite big) ‘book’ for an interesting insight into how things like this will keep happening as long as the hate is spread. Nuking Mecca is just part of it… anyone reading some of these forums or the comments section or websites of people like Mr Spencer and Ms. Geller will find sentiments of this ‘book’ echoed whole heatedly in there, often word for word. Joy, now we get a ‘Christian Al-Queda’…
  34.  I have one! Says: July 25th, 2011 at 11:23 pm Ali Sina, you troll.! Remember the days when Solomon Yedidiyah Tulbure (Sol Tulbure) copied your book and you used to cry like infant in yahoo groups?. ((Same goes to you Spencer.))It all started from http://www.faithfreedom.org http://www.nazarene.nethttp://www.secularislam.org/ .. RAWA.org and humanists.net… All working together in the late 90s and still working.. One thing has changed for assho%$#s like them. Your hate has backfired on you and all the blame for the killings is on YOU now.
  35.  khan4 Says: July 25th, 2011 at 11:30 pm Loonwatch and its members warned us for years what the consequences of Geller’s, Spencer’s, etc’s rhetoric would lead to. Preaching hate can lead to dire consequences. It’s too bad you guys were right.I guess it’s time to keep an eye on those Christian fundamentalists. If they have funny sounding Christian names, search them excessively. We need to make sure they are the good Christians and not the bad ones. Let’s pass the Citizen Act and destroy our democracy more.BTW, that jerk Bill Maher didn’t even mention the Norway shooting on his show until his overtime segment, which doesn’t air on HBO. If it was a Muslim who did this heinous act, Maher would have gone on a nasty diatribe about Islam and talked about how great Israel is.
  36.  How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.comSays: July 26th, 2011 at 12:07 am ElsaporteWe all know about the promotion of the so-called “Leftist/Muslim alliance” to rip up Western Christian civilization This makes you part of the plot too :)This is why Brievik targeted Norwegians, or rather didn’t distinquish between Muslims and what he described as “marxists”. That is the code word that extreme rightwingers use for the left wing and for liberals.Yup, you’re all part of the conspiracy too. It’s sad to see the bereaved families of those killed. May God help them.
  37.  How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.comSays: July 26th, 2011 at 12:15 am Loon Watch, you got another mention here at this Canadian site,Loonwatch warned about the dangerous fools who inspired Anders Behring Breivik http://www.straight.com/article-406271/vancouver/loonwatch-warned-about-dangerous-fools-who-inspired-anders-behring-breivik by Charlie Smith on July 25,The appropriately named loonwatch.com website has offered some insights into why a Norwegian nutbar named Anders Behring Breivik became a mass murderer.Part of the reason that this “intelligent individual, wealthy and from a privileged background” acted this way because he was inspired by other nutbars that Europe is being taken over by Muslims.“He believes this despite the fact that there are no Muslim Armies occupying ANY European nation, there are no Muslim Armies that have set up bases in ANY European nation,” the website states. In his 1,500-page manifesto, Brievik states that he was inspired by various Islamophobes, notably Andrew Bostom, Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, and Geert Wilders. The loonwatch site has been warning about them for quite some time. Here’s just a tiny slice of what Brievik wrote: “Unfortunately for us, more than 95% of today’s Journalists, editors, publishers are pro-Eurabians (support European multiculturalism). The same goes for 85% of Western European politicians and more than 90% of EU parliamentarians.” So therefore, in his twisted world, they must be executed. Loonwatch.com predicts that he’ll spawn copycats.
  38.  How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.comSays: July 26th, 2011 at 12:23 am Loon Watch,Juan Cole from Informed Comment, has written some good pieces about Briekvik. He also unravelled how Daniel Pipes lied about the Norwegian rapes being comitted by Muslims mainly. This has been propogated by the likes of Robert Spencer. He links to a site (Islamophobia Watch) which has the figures and shows how Daniel Pipes twisted them. It was also a lie that Pat Condell propogated.It’s about time you did a piece on Daniel Pipes too. Could you follow this up with an article?———————–The Irrelevance of the Knights in a Global Society Posted on 07/25/2011 by Juan The myth about rape in Oslo is debunked here. The argument has the form of bad statistics. It is alleged that Muslims are only 4% of the population in Norway but are responsible for almost all the rapes. First of all, the allegation is untrue. But consider this: most rapes happen in big cities, where anonymity affords more opportunity for subsequent escape. Immigrants are mostly in cities and are a bigger proportion of the urban population than they are of the general population. Then, rapists tend to be young, and recent immigrants groups are disproportionately young. Then, rape is more common in low-income areas, and, you guessed it, immigrants are poorer. So if you studied rape among poor urban youth, it may well be that Muslims commit fewer rapes than would be statistically expected, in that demographic group (the relevant one). Moreover, a lot of the victims of rape would also be poor, urban, young immigrant women. This wicked fantasy that most European rapists are Muslim immigrants is a staple of the far right, and it has contributed to hatred and violence toward European Muslims.This theme, like many Muslim-hating canards, appears to have been started by McCarthyite Daniel Pipes, a far right Zionist who “watches” American academics that do not toe Breivik’s sort of line at an invasion-of-privacy enterprise ominously called ‘Campus Watch’ and given the turn to violence among people of Breivik’s stripe, it is only a matter of time until Pipes’s organization whips some kindred looney into a homocidal frenzy against those liberal, multi-cultural, Muslim-coddling professors– so like the people at the Labor Party meet on Utoya. And why would Pipes be writing about rape in Scandinavia anyway? It is because people who want to steal more Palestinian land think that they can run cover for the often fanatical and violent West Bank settlers by scaring white people into thinking Muslims in general are a threat and should be discounted, and that if they get kicked out of their homes they’re just getting what they deserve. read more herehttp://www.juancole.com/2011/07/the-irrelevance-of-the-knights-in-a-global-society.html
  39.  safak Says: July 26th, 2011 at 1:57 am “Anders Behring Breivik is the polo sweater wearing anti-Muslim Right-wing nationalist Crusader icon of Islamophobes worldwide, he is their Che Guevara and he will inspire more copycats in his wake.”Well now that Spencer and Geller and other loons have worked overtime to distance themselves from Breivik and strongly condemned him and called him all sorts of names, do you think those other cells Breivik alluded to (if they exist, and I hope to God they don’t) will start calling Spencer and Wilders sell-outs and traitors if they surface in the near future, and maybe even target them eventually if they’re allowed to grow to Europe’s version of Al Qaeda proportions?
  40.  marco Says: July 26th, 2011 at 2:26 am @HopperPam Geller supports genocide. 1stly, she has defended the likes of Milosvic & Radovan Karadic. She denies they did anything wrong, their only crime according to her was fighting war with war. She supports the Bosnian genocide.She supports the genocide Stalin committed against Chechan muslims shortly after WW2, when he mass deported them to Siberia – and many died.She called for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa mosque and later deleted the page and denied she ever said such a thing ( thank God for Webarchive)No where has it been claimed Islam or Muslims are the victims here. Its being pointed out, hatred of Islam & leftists that defend Muslims – as preached by these loons is 1 of the major reasons why this happenned. The fact is, i personally believe – such an attack like this will happen again, and this time It’ll be against muslims. Last year, a Jacksonville, Florida mosque was spared such carnage when a pipe bomb was set off just outside – when people inside were praying. It could have been castrophic had it gone off inside. Luckily, no one was hurt and it never even amde the news. If the Park-51 islamic center gets built, taht will be a definite target – because of the hatred and hysteria Pam Geller & Spencer have whipped up against Imam Rauf, his wife and the people behind it. Other mosques will be targetted, and more and more muslims will be violently attacked, and eventually there will be a massacre. All it’ll take is 1 massacre done by a nutjob, that read Geller or Spencer’s websites or books and those 2 are done for.
  41.  marco Says: July 26th, 2011 at 2:46 am Oh this is just perfect. This is going mainstream media.In The New York Times, Rob Spencer and his co-scumbags are all being citedhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/us/25debate.html?_r=2&hpPam Geller is complaining about how she and Spencer have been swamped by phone calls“eedless to say, I have been fielding calls from an agenda-driven media hellbent on destroying the freedom-loving voices on the right with the acts of a lone psychopath. NBC Nightly News is calling (that’s a first). And Robert Spencer is besieged with media requests. NY Times, “Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S.” Instead of mourning the 91 victims of this horrible tragedy, the media is wielding it like a club to bludgeon the voices of freedom.” Couldn’t happen to anyone better. Serves that evil Harpy right. As time goes on, she and her buddy Spencer will be linked to more people who carry out acts of violence against Muslims – and then the heat will really be on these 2 scumbags.
  42.  Link182 Says: July 26th, 2011 at 2:56 am Beivik explictly stated that his actions were motivated by a desire to save Europe the Muslims and that slaughtering Labour party recruits was necessary to stop Muslim immigration. Where did he get this kind of nonsense into his head? From reading Geller, Spencer and co.Given that this atrocity was clearly islamaphobically motivated, and given that Islamaphobes clearly influenced this man, I think it’s reasonable that Geller, Spencer etc be arrested to prevent them doing further harm.
  43.  Farlowe Says: July 26th, 2011 at 3:39 am I disagree. Spencer has never said to kill anyone. Neither has Mohammed in his Quran. It is the same type of logic to blame Spencer for the deaths of innocents and to blame Mohammed for the deaths of innocents. Mohammed never endorsed bombings yet there are people who say they are following Mohammed’s Quran. Mohammed was never a fan of unbelievers. Spencer was never a fan of believers. But neither of them endorsed killing of innocents.
  44.  safak Says: July 26th, 2011 at 4:25 am @FarloweSo why does Spencer blame Mohammed for the deaths of innocents?
  45.  safak Says: July 26th, 2011 at 4:29 am @FarloweOr rather, why is that distinction not being made when it comes to Islamic terrorists? Islamophobia has become part of the mainstream, just look at how several GOP presedential candidates freely engage in bigotry when it comes to Islam in order to push their campaigns. Why are we now drawing a line when its anti-Islam personalities that are the source of the inspiration? Would the same courtesy be extended to Muslims if this had been an attack by Islamic terrorist groups, quoting out of Islamic texts or the works of current Islamic writers/personalities?
  46.  banglapaddy Says: July 26th, 2011 at 7:04 am So have we heard from this fjordman character?The american loons interest me less at the moment. It’s clear that fjordman has quite the ego-stroking (and possibly lucrative) niche as a “yurpean who gets it” among the americans writing the 21st century protocols. But someone who’s practically a neighbour, who has everything in common with you, spending years citing you and your fellow travellers and going out and massacring 80-odd people in your home town must be a massive, massive shock to the system. Imagine stress and worry comparable to that endured by those of us who lived in NYC after 11 Sept combined with the knowledge that your writings inspired the perpetrator? Plus his anonymity must be at risk.This is real what-is-the-man-made-of time for fjordman and co and I’m creepily interested to see how he emerges. I mean, I understand that they’re not going to accept a share of the blame – I sure as hell wouldn’t either and the knowledge that someone in their circle isn’t “all blowhard” like 99.9% of those “brave” keyboard warriors must be shocking! But if it’s with the conspiracy theories and childish defensiveness and the “yeah, but mulsims are worse!” that the american bloggers are coming out with and no change in tone it will prove for sure he’s just a bad, bad person. If it’s with honesty, reflectiveness and some measure of changing the language and what’s acceptable in comments etc he will have a certain amount of my respect.
  47.  JD Says: July 26th, 2011 at 7:25 am /\really all you have to do is go thru his archive 2003 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11The Mafia don also does not call directly for violence also but when he says Go handle john what do you think that means
  48.  GreatSentinel Says: July 26th, 2011 at 7:36 am It looks the Western Evangelicals are getting obsessed with Islam or Muslims, no wonder why they always claim this stupid myth “Islam will take over Europe” which in fact the more they talk about Islam, the more obsessed they become, then more they will naturally convert to Islam. At the same time, the Arabs and the Muslims in the Middle East are now struggle to wage war against Salafists and the Islamists who are targeting their religion and their new democracy.Although I show condolences to the people of Norway, but this terrorist attack will show two things to the Islamophobe Westerners:1) Do not just focus on Islamists extremists, but also focus on homegrown Christian extremists. I have also warn many people in the West not to support the far-right Christian extremists, but yet they won’t listen to me, as if they believe “It’s better to side with the Christian extremists than siding with the Muslim extremists”. I can’t tell how many of them were brainwashed but almost all these people believe the Evangelicals are “protecting white beautiful and hot Christian European girls” from being “raped by degenerated Muslims and immigrants”. And look now what happen when you side the Evangelicals, your girl ‘guardian’ has killed more Christians than Muslims!!! After this attack, this will debunk the stupid statement “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly ALL terrorists are Muslims”2) That how it feels like if a Christian commits a terrorist attack, will the whole religion Christianity is to be blamed? Today many Muslims (I’m not Muslim) has suffered many Muslim deception from the people like al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden who hijacks their religion, and those stupid Islamophobe who blames “Allah the Satan”, “Mohammad the ‘sick evil pedophile homosexual’” or “Shit Quran teaching believers to kill infidels” all these nonsense. Thank God, most Muslims ain’t stupid (except the radicalized Pakistanis and the Afghans) enough to criticise Christianity as the ‘root cause’ of the terrorism.Muslims should stay out of Salafism, Wahhabism or Qutbism, while Christians must stay out of Evangelicalism, if the followers wants to save their image of religion from these hijackers or politicians.
  49.  How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.comSays: July 26th, 2011 at 10:18 am Did anti-Muslim U.S. bloggers inspire the Oslo massacre?A Norwegian who allegedly murdered nearly 100 people cited several American writers in his lengthy anti-Muslim, anti-immigration manifestoread more here http://theweek.com/article/index/217611/did-anti-muslim-us-bloggers-inspire-the-oslo-massacre
  50.  How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.comSays: July 26th, 2011 at 10:22 am Oslo Killer Posted On My Site Nils August AndresenHow did this worldview of war, death and destruction arise in my peaceful, my beloved country of Norway? What is the relationship between a demonizing political debate and violence? Are regulations, laws or a stricter editorial policies part of the solution?After the excruciating, but ultimately unanswerable, questions that all Norwegians have asked themselves over the last few days, about an evil that we cannot understand, these thoughts have plagued my mind since Friday. I have asked myself these questions because they are of importance to us these days; but also, more personally, because I, as editor of the conservative Norwegian website Minerva, have been forced to confront the fact that Anders Behring Breivik, the mass murderer of my countrymen, has visited our website, and posted comments in our forum.=========We know that, among the websites Breivik expressed some admiration for, Document.no was by far the most moderate. He mainly sought what he thought to be likeminded people outside Norway, in websites such as JihadWatch, Gates of Vienna and The Brussels Journal. Absent global Internet censorship, the consequences of pushing these views out of the daylight, might be dark indeed. For some, retaining some minimal level of engagement with the lamestream media might give useful alternative input. Furthermore, reading postings of extremists might sometimes be useful. As editor of Minerva, I have frequently despaired reading posts in our forum. However, in some regard, it is also useful. It is useful because when we discuss immigration, culture and religion, it is necessary to remember that we speak to many who share at least some of the narratives. Though it often feels exceedingly futile to try to debate these people on the Internet, the effort of learning to debate immigration and religion in a way that addresses a broad range of legitimate concerns while remaining tolerant is necessary, and will become increasingly so in the years to come. read more herehttp://www.frumforum.com/oslo-killer-posted-on-my-site
  51.  Mosizzle Says: July 26th, 2011 at 10:44 am Bat Ye’or claims the attacks are “suspicious” because the authors mentioned in the document are those that the “Norwegian Leftist Government” wants to “silence” and is seriously considering the possibility that the document was faked.In other words, there is a “Leftist-Muslim Alliance” trying to silence Islamophobes. Is anyone surprised that Breivik was inspired by her? Well, somehow, she is:“This sudden smear campaign and accusations against authors who live in different countries miles away from Norway, authors that governments want to silence, is very suspicious. Now more things are known: the text of the man could be a fabrication put together at the last minute; the police knew the criminal, yet he could buy all this ammunition and do this massive massacre by himself. And now, authors, writers and politicians disliked by the Norwegian Leftist government are accused of having inspired, by their democratic criticism, this massive crime that the police should have prevented, because this is their duty to do so. Something smells in all that. Is this a new tactic to suppress free thinking and free culture? Universities? Books that displease the regime? Are we going back to dictatorial Nazi or communist regimes, burning books and fabricating proofs to label people?”Although she doesn’t directly say it, it’s clear she is suspecting the Norwegian government of involvement and the police of deliberately letting this happen — just because those pesky Leftists want to silence her.This is exactly the kind of thinking that led to this massacre.
  52.  Perseveranze Says: July 26th, 2011 at 11:07 am Norway killing then EDL leader being arrested… This has been such a horrible week for Islamaphobes LOL.
  53.  Khushboo Says: July 26th, 2011 at 11:26 am Why are we comparing out beloved prophet to hideous Spencer?! Spencer is full of hate and obsessed with demonizing Muslims which has influenced crazies to verbally and physically attack innocent Muslims and innocent non-Muslims (i.e. Norway).Our beloved prophet (pbuh) has spread Islam peacefully and never hated anyone but instead forgave those enemies who attempted to kill him and asked for forgiveness. The Quran mentions how those enemies broke their treaties and then, only then, were they killed which happens in this country as well. It’s called Treason! Also, any enemy who tries to kill you should be killed, no? Does that really make you a warrior?Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was against oppression, but after 13 years of aggression from his brutal enemies, he finally learned to fight.
  54.  Peakofelephants Says: July 26th, 2011 at 11:51 am Since the send-a-tip section of the site seems to be continuously broken…Great piece from the SPLC here:American Anti-Muslim Activists Throw Devoted Follower Breivik Under Bushttp://www.splcenter.org/blog/2011/07/26/american-anti-muslim-activists-throw-devoted-follower-breivik-under-bus/
  55.  Khushboo Says: July 26th, 2011 at 11:59 am ^hilarious! However, if he killed innocent Muslims instead, these Islamophobes would be cheering him on!
  56.  Dawood Says: July 26th, 2011 at 3:29 pm I seem to remember an interview (well, so-called “debate”) that Spencer did a while ago with one of his teachers regarding Islam, where both basically agreed that it was modernity and its associated attitudes, politics and views that were the greatest enemy to Christianity rather than Islam per se, in other words “leftism”. Does anyone else remember this? It was covered on Spencer Watch if I remember correctly.
  57.  corey Says: July 26th, 2011 at 4:18 pm @dawoodhttp://spencerwatch.com/2010/11/09/robert-spencer-v-peter-kreeft-the-only-good-muslim-is-a-bad-muslim/ talking about this one were it looked like it was just a setup to make himself look good to his fans hell his fans bought it if you read the comments on jw were you can find it there.
  58.  corey Says: July 26th, 2011 at 4:34 pm @kushboo actually as I have said before they are completely indifferent to anything bad that happens to muslims because they think its either an act or they somehow think they deserve it if you remember how jw reacted during orange county they with the exception of one “kingdom key” were on board with it, then there was the incident with the two imams kicked off a plane http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/05/us-airways-captain-on-flying-imams-incident-i-can-promise-you-the-captain-didnt-throw-those-people-o.html they made the pilot a hero and made the two imams public enemy for daring to board a flight at all, so with that they will probably say somthing along the lines of “now those mooslims have something to whine about even though there co religionists slaughter Christians in the middle east everyday” just a guess but I don’t think its far off.

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Bomb and terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik (red top) leaves the courthouse in a police car in Oslo on July 25, 2011, after the hearing to decide his further detention. (Photo: Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen / AFP / Getty Images)

There was a time when a blond, blue-eyed nationalist looking to violently rid Europe of its “alien” immigrant population could be reliably assumed to hate Jews. It’s no longer quite that simple. Anders Behring Breivik insists, in his rambling 1,500-page manifesto released on the day of his confessed rampage that killed 76 Norwegians,  that he’s no Nazi, despite expressing some sympathy for what Hitler had been trying to achieve. Instead he styles himself a latter-day warrior of the Knights Templar, vanguard force of the medieaval Christian Crusades that briefly claimed the Holy Land for Christendom and made Jerusalem’s streets run ankle deep with the blood of those they saw as usurpers. Even then, it’s worth remembering that the blood spilled by the Crusaders was both Muslim and Jewish. Despite the Crusader lineage to which he aspires, however, Breivik has no intention of driving Jews from Europe,  much less from the Holy Land. On the contrary, his manifesto hails Zionist Jews as a crucial ally in his battle between Christendom and Islam, proclaiming Israel as the frontline citadel in that war. Breivik’s Crusade would have Jews on board for an existential fight against Islam; the mirror image of the “Crusader-Jewish” alliance that Osama bin Laden vowed to drive out of what he defined as Muslim lands.In his rambling history drawn from a range of Islamophobic sources, Breivik paints a picture of Christians and Jews (and also Hindus) as fellow sufferers under Muslim oppression through the ages. He soft-pedals around the uncomfortable fact of Crusaders killing Jews, insisting that in the limited instances where such events occurred, they were the work of renegade bad apples. Nor does he evade Hitler’s Holocaust; he simply says the Fuhrer was wrong about the Jews:

“Were the majority of the German and European Jews disloyal? Yes, at least the so called liberal Jews, similar to the liberal Jews today that opposes nationalism/Zionism and supports multiculturalism. Jews that support multiculturalism today are as much of athreat to Israel and Zionism (Israeli nationalism) as they are to us. So let us fight together with Israel, with our Zionist brothers against all anti-Zionists, against all culturalMarxists/multiculturalists. Conservative Jews were loyal to Europe and should have been rewarded. Instead, [Hitler] just targeted them all…”

Instead of trying to exterminate Europe’s Jews, Breivik suggests Hitler ought to have enforced Zionism: “He could have easily worked out an agreement with the UK and France to liberate the ancient Jewish Christian lands with the purpose of giving the Jews back their ancestral lands,” Breivik writes. “The UK and France would perhaps even contribute to such a campaign in an effort to support European reconciliation. The deportation of the Jews from Germany wouldn’t be popular but eventually, the Jewish people would regard Hitler as a hero because he returned the Holy land to them.” Clearly, though, Breivik confines his philo-Semitism to Zionists, who he sees as fellow conservative nationalists in the war against Islam. As for the rest, adherents of multiculturalism, their fate should be the same as any other “traitors” to his Judeo-Christian Crusade. “Never target a jew because he is a Jew,” Breivik writes, “but rather because he is a … traitor.” So Breivik doesn’t hate all Jews. But he certainly hates most of us:

 “So, are the current Jews in Europe and US disloyal? The multiculturalist (nation-wrecking) Jews ARE while the conservative Jews ARE NOT. Aprox. 75% of European/US Jews support multiculturalism while aprox. 50% of Israeli Jews does the same. This shows very clearly that we must embrace the remainingloyal Jews as brothers rather than repeating the mistake of the [Nazis].”

Some of Israel’s more liberal supporters branded Breivik’s enthusiasm for Zionism a sham, and scoffed at his professed friendship. And they may have a point, at least in respect of the movement Breivik is trying to build. In a revealing passage, he warns that those still prone to anti-Semitic and Nazi ideologies should do their best to conceal their swastika tattoos:

“DO NOT make this war about race or ethnicity. You have to keep in mind that most people in Western Europe have been systematically indoctrinated for the last 4-5 decades… Many people would rather commit suicide or live under slavery/harsh dhimmitude [the status he says non-Muslims will hold under Islamic rule] than to become a Nazi or fight for the Nazi cause… Demonising Nazism has through 6 decades of indoctrination … developed into an unconscious established truth. As such, and due to the actual negative and evil aspects of this ideology, it is pointless to try to resurrect it in any way or form… In order to connect with the ordinary man you must understand that he is a modern man who has travelled a several decade long journey through multiculturalist institutions. He is completely brainwashed so tread carefully and take the required precautions… The fear of Islamisation is themost pressing concern for most Europeans and Islam is NOT a race. So avoid talking about race. It is a cultural war, not a race war! If you do believe it is a race war, then keep it to yourself as it is un-doubtfully counterproductive to flag those views.”

Of course, many right-wing Jews, while abhorring the terrorist violence used by the Breivik, nonetheless share his aversion to Islam and to multiculturalism. In his manifesto, Breivik expresses support for Pamela Geller, a leading voice of last year’s movement to stop the construction of a mosque near the World Trade Center site in Manhattan. Geller has made common cause against Islam with such far-right European groups as the English Defense League and Dutch anti-immigration champion Geert Wilders — groups also admired by Breivik. And some Zionist conservatives, while unreservedly condemning Breivik’s action, were also concerned to prevent it from obscuring an underlying message they support. The Jerusalem Post, a mainstream pro-government Israeli daily, wrote in an editorial, “the fact that this terrible tragedy was perpetrated by a right-wing extremist [should not] detract attention from the underlying problems faced not only by Norway, but by many Western European nations… While there is absolutely no justification for the sort of heinous act perpetrated this weekend in Norway, discontent with multiculturalism’s failure must not be delegitimatized or mistakenly portrayed as an opinion held by only the most extremist elements of the Right.” On the contrary, Islamophobic and xenophobic attitudes to immigration have moved from being the exclusive preserve of the extremist right to being increasingly common in the mainstream right, which is why Breivik’s actions pose a challenge. Still, Breivik seems to acknowledge that his struggle against multiculturalism, whether among Jews or in the West more generally, is unlikely to be won through persuasion. His manifesto calls for violence precisely because he can’t see anti-immigrant nationalist parties prevailing through the ballot box — “the democratical (sic) struggle through dialogue has been lost.” The very reason that the majority of American Jews embrace multiculturalism, of course, is because they are its beneficiaries. Only the victory of American multiculturalism over American anti-Semitism made the United States safe for Jews. And, as Breivik himself tacitly admits,  the reason there’s a taboo in the European mainstream on advocating open hostility to immigrants is precisely because the Holocaust taught the continent a brutal lesson in the horrific consequences that can flow from demonizing the “other”. Similarly, the revulsion prompted by Breivik’s acts of terrorism is hardly likely to rally Western citizenry behind his Crusade — any more successfully than Bin Laden’s terrorism managed to rally the Muslim world to war against the West. Breivik and Bin Laden may seem like polar opposites, but in the end they’re reading off the same “clash of cultures” script. It’s a script in which, Breivik acknowledges, the majority of Jews — and of Europeans — want no part.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Norwegian ambassador to Israel justifies ‘Palestinian’ terrorism

If you love Israel, then I guarantee you that after you read this post, you won’t feel sorry for Norway anymore.

Svein Sevje said in an Israeli newspaper interview Tuesday that while the Norwergian bomb and gun rampages that killed 76 people and Palestinian attacks should both be considered morally unacceptable, he wanted to “outline the similarity and the difference in the two cases.” Palestinians, the ambassador told Maariv, “are doing this because of a defined goal that is related to the Israeli occupation. There are elements of revenge against Israel and hatred of Israel. To this you can add the religious element to their actions.” “In the case of the terror attack in Norway, the murderer had an ideology that says that Norway, particularly the Labor Party, is forgoing Norwegian culture,” Sevje said, referring to suspect Anders Breivik, a Christian nativist who is opently anti-Islam and anti-immigration. Unlike European Union states, Norway has engaged Hamas and often been fiercely critical of Israel, to Jerusalem’s dismay. While Sevje voiced sympathy for Israeli terror victims, having experienced “the inferno” of such attacks during his posting, he saw little chance of Norway reviewing its Middle East policies. “We Norwegians consider the occupation to be the cause of the terror against Israel,” he said. “Those who believe this will not change their mind because of the attack in Oslo.” He added, “Can Israel and the Palestinians solve the problems without Hamas? I don’t think so.”

Norway’s ambassador to Israel justifies ‘Palestinian’ terrorism and we’re supposed to cry for the Norwegian Laborites? If the opposition Progress party ever manages to depose the scummy Norwegian Labor party, I will – bli neder (without taking a vow) – stand in the streets to hand out sweets to everyone.Labels: ,   posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 10:15 PM

4 comments:

At 10:58 PMBlogger Chrysler 300M said…
sure, Breivik has been exaggerating a little, but basically he is a good guy am yisrael chai
At 11:04 PMBlogger booklover54 said…
Seems to me that the ambassador needs to be summoned to the foreign ministry and asked to explain why he supports the murder of Jews. Then, he should either be tossed out of the country or the Norwegian embassy moved to Sderot.
At 12:46 AMBlogger Ashan said…
The Israeli Foreign Ministry should send this vile apologist for terror against Jews, Sevje, home. He shouldn’t be a guest in our country while advocating, in essence, genocide.
At 1:41 AMBlogger Sparky the Wonder Dog said…
Chrysler, ha ha. And the Altalena is still under water.

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BREIVIK, RIGHTIST MASS MURDERER, HATES MUSLIMS, LOVES PAM GELLER

Anders Behring Beivik, far-right terrorist accused of killing 80

A far-right Norwegian nationalist with ardent anti-Muslim viewslevelled savage blows at the mainstream political culture of his countrywith massive attacks on the government building housing the prime minister’s office and a summer camp at which young followers of the ruling Labor Party played.  He killed 80 people.  There are many questions raised by the savagery of this attack.  How could Norwegian security allow such a thing to happen in the heart of Oslo, in a government facility housing the nation’s leader and political heart?  How do we apprehend the enormity of the devastation and the fact that it was wrought by a far-right terrorist targeting the country’s liberal political leadership?  But for me, another important question which no one, so far is asking is why did most of the world first think the terrorist/s responsible were Muslim, when the actual killer hates Muslims? In fact, this is what the New York Times wrote in its story which did report the political affiliation of the killer:

Initial reports focused on the possibility of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks. American officials said the group was previously unknown and might not even exist.

There was ample reason for concern that terrorists might be responsible.

How’s that again?  Are the only terrorists in the world Muslim?    If so, what do we call a right-wing nationalist capable of planting major bombs and mowing down scores of people for the sake of the greater glory of his cause?  If even a liberal newspaper like the Times can’t call this guy a terrorist, what does that say about the mindset of the western world?

It’s absolutely imperative for the world to face the fact that for every Islamist willing to resort to violence there is a right-wing nationalist willing to do the same.  We can see that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Equally important to note that while there may be some on the left who have resorted to violence (in this country in the 1960s for example), the overwhelming share of mayhem comes from the political right.  We can see that in Israel, where the extreme settler movement assassinated a prime minister and murdered fellow Israeli Jews.  The same holds true here in the U.S., where a white supremacist, Jared Loughner, recently murdered a federal judge and several others in addition to nearly assassinating Gabrielle Giffords, a Jewish member of Congress.

UPDATE: Pam Geller is denying the statement below that Fjordman and Breivik are the same.  And readers have noted that Breivik refers in his own name online favorably to Fjordman in the third person.  Which either means that they are two separate individuals, or else Breivik is playing a double game.  But even if Geller is right, Breivik clearly admires the work of Fjordman, Geller, Spencer and the other anti-jihadi bloggers and says so in his own name.  If there are any Norwegian speakers who can help research Breivik’s writings and translate selected ones, please contact me.

Norwegian bloggers are reporting that Breivik is the author of a blog called Fjordman and that he’s guest blogged for Atlas Shrugs, Jihad Watch and Gates of Vienna “for years.”  As Breivik, he publicly praised one of her posts.  Elise Hendrick has translated a passage from Realisten which confirms that Fjordman and Breivik are one and the same:

According to his own statements, Anders Behring Breivik previously operated the blog ‘Fjordman’, and later wrote for many years under the pseudonym Fjordman for the anti-Muslim and Zionist blogs Gates of Vienna and Jihad Watch.

In fact, an intrepid friend of Elise’s has created a web page with the “collected works” of the miraculous Fjordman.  Pretty soon there’ll be a Festschrift in his honor.  And did you know he’s written a book (of course he has, he’s an articulate mass-murderer), Defeating Eurabia.  It’ll only set you back 50 bucks to get a glimpse into the mind of an anti-jihadi terrorist.  Here’s a favorable review of Geert Wilders magnum opus, Fitna penned by Fjordman.  And don’t ya know that feminism leads to the oppression of women, natch.  And Caucasophobia is racism, of course.

I was curious about the views of such an individual would be regarding Israel.  And lo and behold, the educated terrorist doesn’t disappoint.  Here is his Why Europeans Should Support Israel.  With friends like this does Israel need enemies?

There may be people out there more knowledgeable about the minds of assassins, but I’ve rarely heard of articulate mass murderers.  The most recent one that comes to mind is the Unabomber who wrote long treatises which were published unwillingly by several major newspapers.  Perhaps readers can think of others.  But generally, it appears that our man Breivik is a paragon of the pathological literary mindset.

I don’t think we can blame Robert Spencer or Pam Geller specifically for not being able to predict that one of their political allies would be a homicidal killer and terrorist.  But still, if you lie down with dogs you’ll wake up with fleas.  The brand of hate peddled by Geller and Spencer naturally attracts such a following.  H/t Loonwatch.

Breivik’s Twitter account contains a single tweet:

One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests.

To which I’ve replied in a tweet of my own:

One person with homicidal right wing beliefs is equal to the force of 100,000 who think only Muslims can be terrorists.

My strong hunch is that there must be a substantial group which participated in this conspiracy.  One man doesn’t make and plant two bombs and then travel to an island and kill 70 people alone.

Whether it is Israel, the U.S., or Norway, if we wear blinders which prevent us from seeing that Muslims are NOT the only people capable of mass political violence, then we have left ourselves vulnerable to the ascendancy of a violent far-right political culture.  If you examine what happened in 1995, when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, the Israeli political liberal-centrist mainstream basically imploded after a series of Palestinian bombings and the onset of the second Intifada.  All of which enabled the ascendancy of settler extremists and their Likud fellow travellers who have now taken control of Israel’s political discourse.  People now forget that one of the most savage acts of political incitement was a speech delivered by Bibi Netanyahu from a Jerusalem balcony while members of the crowd brayed for blood vengeance against Rabin.  The assassination followed shortly thereafter.  Bibi, the Likud and the settlers have been the ones who gained the most politically from the murder.

I would never hold that the political left is wholly pure and virtuous, but when it comes to an impulse to violence those on the far-right largely have the market cornered.

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The Norway Shooter’s Zionist Streak

Anders Breivik’s embrace of Israel is the latest sign of a shift among reactionaries in Europe—with fascism and Zionism going hand in hand, fueled by Islamophobia, says Michelle Goldberg.

Jul 25, 2011 9:44 PM EDT

Anders Breivik is a Christian nationalist terrorist obsessed with preserving the “Nordic/Germanic” people. He is also an ardent Zionist. Though he finds elements of Nazi ideology appealing, his 1,500-page manifesto condemns anti-Semitism. He argues that Hitler should have used his “military capabilities…to liberate Jerusalem and the nearby provinces from Islamic occupation” and give them to the Jews. Breivik calls on his imaginary comrades: “So let us fight together with Israel, with our Zionist brothers against all anti-Zionists, against all cultural Marxists/multiculturalists.”

Coming from a Scandinavian fascist, this is a remarkable sentiment. The European far right has long been rooted in Nazism, and for decades, anti-Semitism was its hallmark. But Breivik’s embrace of Israel, far from being unique, is just the latest sign of a great shift among the continent’s reactionaries. Indeed, in European politics, fascism and an aggressive sort of Zionism increasingly go together.

You can see it in country after country. While Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France’s ultraright Front National, is a Holocaust denier, his daughter and successor, Marine Le Pen, is working to cleanse the party of its reputation for Jew hatred, telling the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that it “has always been Zionistic.” In the early 1990s, the British National Party organized a violent neo-Nazi gang called Combat 18. In 2009, the party’s leader, Nick Griffin, boasted that his was the only British party to support Israel’s war “against the terrorists” in Gaza.

Norway Suspect Hints That He Did Not Act Alone

 

Anders Behring Breivik, left, the suspect in the mass killing in Oslo on July 22, sits in an armored police vehicle after leaving the courthouse following a hearing on July 25., Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen, Aftenposten / AP Photo
 

Earlier this year, Newsweek ran a story about this phenomenon titled “Europe’s Extreme Righteous: Far-right European politicians find love—and common cause—in Israel.” It opened with three politicians, “a Belgian politician known for his contacts with SS veterans, an Austrian with neo-Nazi ties, and a Swede whose political party has deep roots in Swedish fascism,” visiting the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem. They met with members of the Knesset and signed something called the Jerusalem declaration, which affirmed, “We stand at the vanguard in the fight for the Western, democratic community” against the “totalitarian threat” of Islamic fundamentalism.

Obviously, Islamophobia is responsible for the bizarre alliance between Israel and European white nationalists. Muslims have come to occupy the place Jews once held in the reactionary European imagination; they’re seen as agents of an apocalyptic conspiracy that threatens Europe’s very survival. The specter of the coming caliphate has crowded out the old myth of the scheming elders of Zion. Naturally, the self-described agents of the counter-jihad see the enemy of their enemy as an ally. It’s the inverse of the anti-Semitic alliance between Hitler and Haj Amin el-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem.

“The specter of the coming caliphate has crowded out the old myth of the scheming elders of Zion.

But alliances are necessarily two-way. If the European far right is increasingly cozy with Israel, it’s in part because Israel itself has lurched to the right and now shows increasing tolerance for fascism. Israeli politicians warmly welcomed the delegation that signed the Jerusalem Declaration. Last year, MK Aryeh Eldad of the far-right National Union party invited the Dutch anti-Islamist Geert Wilders, who lived in Israel as a teenager, back to the country. While there, he gave a speech urging Jews to take over all of Palestine and had a friendly meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. And, of course, Glenn Beck, who has a history of both anti-Semitism and wild anti-Muslim demagoguery, received a rapturous reception when he addressed the Israeli Knesset in June and is planning a huge rally in Jerusalem in August. (Incidentally, on his radio show on Monday, Beck compared Breivik’s victims to “Hitler youth.”)

There are even hints that some Israelis sympathize with Breivik. Wrote J.J. Goldberg in The Forward on Monday, “Judging by the comments sections on the main Hebrew websites, the main questions under debate seem to be whether Norwegians deserve any sympathy from Israelis given the country’s pro-Palestinian policies, whether the killer deserves any sympathy given his self-declared intention of fighting Islamic extremism and, perhaps ironically, whether calling attention to this debate is in itself an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic act.”

In response to the massacre, the Jerusalem Post ran a shocking column urging Norway to take the murder’s demands seriously. “Perhaps Breivik’s inexcusable act of vicious terror should serve not only as a warning that there may be more elements on the extreme Right willing to use violence to further their goals, but also as an opportunity to seriously reevaluate policies for immigrant integration in Norway and elsewhere,” it said. “While there is absolutely no justification for the sort of heinous act perpetrated this weekend in Norway, discontent with multiculturalism’s failure must not be delegitimatized or mistakenly portrayed as an opinion held by only the most extremist elements of the Right.”

Like most of Israel’s new far-right friends, Breivik has nothing but contempt for the majority of Jewish people, who tend to be overwhelmingly liberal. Addressing his fellow violent European nationalists, he urges, “[P]lease learn the difference between a nation-wrecking multiculturalist Jew and a conservative Jew…Never target a Jew because he is a Jew, but rather because he is a category A or B traitor.” Nevertheless, he’s very clear that he views the Jewish right as a partner. “We expect the support of all cultural conservative Jews in our future consolidation efforts,” he writes. It’s not hard to see where he got this idea, or to suspect that the loss of the hatred of a man like Breivik is something to mourn.

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Monday, Jul 25, 2011 14:01 ET

Right-wingers blame multiculturalism, abortion for Norway massacre

Anders Breivik’s favorite American pundits show no shame in blaming liberals, Muslims for right-wing terror

Right-wingers blame multiculturalism, abortion for Norway massacre
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Anders Breivik and Pamela Geller

After just about every professional conservative chatterer with a blog or a Twitter account rushed to blame Islamic jihadists for the bombing and gun massacre in Norway last Friday, it was revealed that the actual killer was, in fact, a white, Christian, Norwegian-born man, named Anders Breivik. It was further revealed that Breivik is, politically, more or less a Scandinavian Tea Partyer, obsessed with the imagined threat of the Islamification of Europe, and an avowed opponent of “multiculturalism.”

Breivik is a psychopath, but he is a psychopath whose politics are indistinguishable from Pamela Geller’s, to name one American right-winger whose work was approvingly cited by Breivik in his extensive writings.

While I don’t expect a bunch of Islamophobic pundits to take responsibility for a massacre committed in their name, it would be nice if people maybe apologized a little bit for blaming Muslims, first?

Eh, no. Jennifer Rubin, whose initial post on the attack is a monument to complete, colossal wrongness, followed up with a post in which she absolved herself of responsibility (those damn “early reports” are to blame) and blamed generic “evil” for the attack instead of a specific, dangerous ideology. And, she added, we should still totally be afraid of Muslims: “There are many more jihadists than blond Norwegians out to kill Americans[.].” Since then it’s been all debt ceilings and 2012 horse-race bullshit — I imagine if this crime had been perpretrated by a Muslim, Rubin would’ve had a lot more to say about it.

Mark Steyn wrote the stupidest thing I’ve read in at least a month. See, Breivik quoted Steyn, and a bunch of Steyn’s friends and peers, in his “manifesto” — because these conservative writers influenced his thinking — but Steyn says Breivik doesn’t count as Islamophobic because he didn’t specifically kill Muslims. Steyn’s argument is that because Breivik plagiarized portions of his manifesto, he … didn’t actually mean it? And quoting his writing to explain his motivation is apparently the irresponsible work of the liberal media, looking, as always, to smear conservatives:

So, if a blonde blue-eyed Aryan Scandinavian kills dozens of other blonde blue-eyed Aryan Scandinavians, that’s now an “Islamophobic” mass murder? As far as we know, not a single Muslim was among the victims. Islamophobia seems an eccentric perspective to apply to this atrocity, and comes close to making the actual dead mere bit players in their own murder.

Opposition to Islam was the killer’s stated motivation. He targeted other white Scandinavians because he considered them race traitors. He wrote all of this down, too, so we don’t even have to make guesses about it! He blamed liberals for enabling jihad by supporting “multiculturalism.” (Funnily enough, that is also exactly what Mark Steyn thinks.)

If Steyn’s intentionally obtuse response is the dumbest I’ve read, the Jerusalem Post’s editorial is the most shocking. Because it basically says Breivik is right. He probably shouldn’t have murdered almost 100 people, JPost says, but now is a good opportunity for politicians to enact Breivik’s preferred policies.

Perhaps Brievik’s inexcusable act of vicious terror should serve not only as a warning that there may be more elements on the extreme Right willing to use violence to further their goals, but also as an opportunity to seriously reevaluate policies for immigrant integration in Norway and elsewhere. While there is absolutely no justification for the sort of heinous act perpetrated this weekend in Norway, discontent with multiculturalism’s failure must not be delegitimatized or mistakenly portrayed as an opinion held by only the most extremist elements of the Right.

They want this act of politically motivated violence to … work.

If there’s any humor in this miserable news, it is to be found at Pamela Geller’s place,where she compares herself to the Beatles and Jodie Foster. The comparison isn’t quite apt, though, as Charles Manson and John Hinkley were notorious for misinterpretingharmless pop cultural artifacts. The Beatles song was about a fair ride, it was not actually titled “There Is a Race War Coming.” Breivik seems to have interpreted Ms. Geller’s writing correctly — he just decided to address the “problem” through horrible, violent means.

But right-wingers generally agree that no one should blame right-wing beliefs for Breivik’s horrible crime. Instead, as one RedState contributor argues, we should blame the pro-choice movement. And euthanasia. And `… Al Gore. Is it any wonder that people kill people in a world where Al Gore something something overpopulation? No, no it isn’t. Ye gods.

To sum up: This tragedy can obviously be blamed solely on one truly evil, insane person, and nothing else. Besides multiculturalism. And abortion. It is disgusting to pin responsibility for this massacre on anything besides one crazy person and multiculturalism and abortion. And Al Gore.

I can understand how the self-preservation instinct would make sober reflection among the professional hate-mongering Islamophobia crowd unlikely, but I didn’t really expect everyone to be blaming the liberals for getting shot by a fucking Norwegian Freeper.

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Norwegian terrorist stirs multiculturalism opponents

Some commentary points to sympathy for the views of the Norwegian man alleged to have murdered 76 people last Friday in a terrorist attack that has stunned Norway.

This is an undated image obtained from the Twitter page of Anders Behring Breivik, 32, who was arrested Friday in connection to the twin attacks on a youth camp and a government building in Oslo, Norway.

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By Dan Murphy, Staff writer / July 25, 2011

Anders Behring Breivik’s admission that he planted the car bomb at the Oslo prime minister’s office and stalked a nearby island, killing 76, had led to speculation about the potential for more mass violence from Europe‘s radical right.

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But some commentators argue that despite his deplorable methods, Mr. Breivik has a point: “Multiculturalism” has failed and Europe should turn back toward the narrower, traditional national cultures of the region.

They argue, Breivik’s attacks – among the largest mass murders carried out by a single person in history – should push Europe to redouble its opposition to both Muslim immigration and to Islam itself.

Exhibit A this morning is a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Bruce Bawer, an Oslo-based American critic of the role of Islam in Europe, whose book “While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within” was admiringly quoted by Breivik in the rambling 1,500 page manifesto he published online before his rampage.

Breivik – a self-described Christian nationalist opposed to the “Islamic colonization” of Europe abetted by mainstream European politicians (“a corrupt class of abject traitors”) – argues that modern Europeans have been “indoctrinated” by a “multicultural orthodoxy.” Both Bawer and Breivik appear to be of the belief that members of the European political elite are ignoring general public opposition to immigration and a growing threat to nations like Norway.

But while Bawer condemns Breivik’s “unspeakably evil” approach to addressing such concerns, he appears far more concerned about the likelihood that Breivik’s violent methods will detract from a cause they both care deeply about.

In a column at the Pajamas Media blog last Friday, Bawers worried “that legitimate criticism of Islam, which remains a very real threat to freedom in Norway and the West, has been profoundly discredited, in the eyes of many Norwegians, by association with this murderous lunatic.”

Bawer has not been alone in worrying about the need to criticize Islam. Yesterday, a Jerusalem Post editorial made much the same point. “Europe’s fringe right-wing extremists present a real danger to society. But Oslo’s devastating tragedy should not be allowed to be manipulated by those who would cover up the abject failure of multiculturalism,” goes the summary at the start of the editorial.

Norwegian terrorist stirs multiculturalism opponents

Some commentary points to sympathy for the views of the Norwegian man alleged to have murdered 76 people last Friday in a terrorist attack that has stunned Norway.

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“As Israelis, a people that is sadly all too familiar with the horrors of indiscriminate, murderous terrorism, our hearts go out with empathy to the Norwegian people, who perhaps more than any other nation symbolize the unswerving – and sometimes naïve – pursuit of peace.

Oslo is the namesake of one of the most ambitious – and misguided – attempts by Israel, under the mediation of the Norwegians, to reach a peace accord with our Palestinian neighbors. …

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Perhaps Brievik’s inexcusable act of vicious terror should serve not only as a warning that there may be more elements on the extreme Right willing to use violence to further their goals, but also as an opportunity to seriously reevaluate policies for immigrant integration in Norway and elsewhere. While there is absolutely no justification for the sort of heinous act perpetrated this weekend in Norway, discontent with multiculturalism’s failure must not be delegitimatized or mistakenly portrayed as an opinion held by only the most extremist elements of the Right.”

Pamela Gellar, an influential right-wing blogger who runs an organization called “Stop Islamization of America,” wrote, “The Islamic supremacists are having a field day with the Norway mass murderer. No mourning for the children, no; only accusations, obfuscations and cries of victimhood,” she wrote, while launching an attack on a plan to build a mosque in Brooklyn.

There are of course strong points to be made about the large pockets of Muslim immigrants in Europe who have failed to integrate and who pose challenges for society – particularly when socially liberal values appear under threat by highly conservative newcomers. But it’s an odd choice to focus on that question in light of the 76 bodies laid out by Breivik.

Conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin took the opportunity to remind Americans that jihadis are still the main threat. “There are many more jihadists than blond Norwegians out to kill Americans, and we should keep our eye on the systemic and far more potent threats that stem from an ideological war with the West,” she wrote.

July 24, 2011, 7:58pm

Israelis Debate on the Web: Did Norway Get What It Deserved?

By J.J. Goldberg

The Norway massacre has touched off a nasty war of words on the Israeli Internet over the meaning of the event and its implications for Israel. And I do mean nasty: Judging by the comments sections on the main Hebrew websites, the main questions under debate seem to be whether Norwegians deserve any sympathy from Israelis given the country’s pro-Palestinian policies, whether the killer deserves any sympathy given his self-declared intention of fighting Islamic extremism and, perhaps ironically, whether calling attention to this debate is in itself an anti-Israel or anti-Semitic act.

The debate seems to be taking place almost entirely on Hebrew websites. There’s a bit of bile popping up on the English-language Jerusalem Post site as well (for example, there are a handful of choice comments of a now-they’ll-know-what-it-feels-like variety followingthis Post news article reporting on Israel’s official offer of sympathy and aid). In Hebrew, though, no holds are barred. I’ve translated some of the back-and-forth from the Ynet and Maariv websites below, to give you taste.

The debate exploded aboveground on Saturday in an opinion essay at Ynet (in Hebrew only) by Ziv Lenchner, a left-leaning Tel Aviv artist and one of Ynet’s large, bipartisan stable of columnists. It’s called “Dancing the Hora on Norwegian Blood.” He argues that the comment sections on news websites are a fair barometer of public sentiment (a questionable premise) and that the overwhelming response is schadenfreude, pleasure at Norway’s pain. As I’ll show below, that judgment seems pretty accurate.

He goes on to blame the Netanyahu government, which he accuses of whipping up a constant mood of “the whole world is against us.” Again, a stretch—a government can exacerbate a mood, but it can’t create it out of whole cloth. Israelis have been scared and angry since long before this government came in two and a half years ago, for a whole variety of reasons. The government isn’t working overtime to dispel the mood, but it can’t be blamed for creating it. Finally, Lenchner argues, on very solid ground, that the vindictive mood reflected on the Web is immoral and un-Jewish, citing the biblical injunction “do not rejoice in the fall of your enemy.”

His article has drawn hundreds of responses—more than any of the articles he complains about. They fall into four basic categories in roughly equal proportions: 1.) Hurray, the Norwegians had it coming; 2.) What happened is horrible but maybe now they’ll understand what we’re up against; 3.) What happened is horrible and the celebrations here are appalling; 4.) This article is a bunch of lies, Ziv Lenchner invented this whole schadenfreude thing because he’s a lying leftist who wants to destroy Israel.

It’s worth noting that at some point late on Saturday several readers found links to Norwegian news sites showing that some kids at the campground where the shooting took place had been brandishing signs a day or two earlier calling for a boycott of Israel. These links were posted (here and here) and the mood quickly got darker—sympathy for the shooting victims dropped fast.

The background to this, as Ynet reported in a news article, is that Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Store had visited the campsite on Wednesday, two days before the shootings, as he does every year (he was a camper there as a kid) and addressed the group. He was asked from the audience about Palestinian statehood, and he said Norway was looking forward to the Palestinians’ U.N. bid, but he wouldn’t recognize a Palestinian state before that. He was also asked about boycotting Israel. He said it was a bad idea and would make the conflict worse rather than help bring peace. At some point during the day, some of the campers held up the signs that appear in the photos. Israeli readers seem to have concluded that the pictures show the camp program was anti-Israel and therefore fair game.

Here are some of the responses to Lenchner’s article:

15. Almog, Beer Sheva: they have it coming, period. Your article is pointless. Anyone who acts without mercy towards us, there’s no reason I should pity them!!!! Let them continue to respect and honor Muslims.

16. Gidon: I never enjoyed any support from Norway all these years when there were terror attacks in Israel just the opposite you bent, corrupt person let them understand that terror is not a solution to anything you self-righteous Jew

54. Roi, Bet Shemesh: Ziv Lenchner you’re a leftist!! If you haven’t noticed you’re a leftist like the rest of the media!!! Enough with the leftist incitement!!! There’s no getting away from it Norway was always against the state of Israel it’s not new and never will be!! We’re not in favor of the attack but to say that maybe they’ll understand us better after what happened is entirely legitimate!!!

103. Yossi, the north: Oslo … Maybe they’ll learn in Oslo that they’re not immune they’ll feel what many Israelis have felt and some of them can no longer feel because of the activity of Israelis and Norwegians in Oslo.

104. Ilan, on the stoning of gays [sic]: Anti-Jewish? Have you ever heard of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth? Suddenly a few little Jew-boys have popped up and “invented” a new Torah! Before the Torah is moral it is first of all for survival and the destruction of all enemies! Sing to the Lord for He is highly exalted the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea [Exodus 17:21, after the drowning of Pharaoh’s army—JJG]

303. Effie: I feel no sorrow about it!!!! Anyone who doesn’t feel the no pain of my people shouldn’t ask sympathy for his own pain.

392. We’re more unfortunate: Enough demagoguery! The Norwegians and Europe generally are super-anti-Semitic. So 100 people were killed there are 7 billion more people in the world. I don’t pity them they’re my enemies they hate Israel so they have it coming!!!

393. The whole world dances on Jewish blood. Europe is the same Europe and even more anti-Semitic. The killer is right!!! Europe is defeated, Norwegians are becoming a minority.

458. Very sorry: With all due sorrow they were waving a sign on the island the day before calling to boycott us. So I really don’t feeling like showing empathy. Very sorry. If you don’t believe me here the link to the lovely picture:

When the first news report appeared Friday on Ynet, the Yediot Ahronot website and Israel’s most trafficked news site, comments seemed to run about 3- or 4-to-1 (at a rough eyeball guess) hostile rather than sympathetic. The reported death toll at this point was 11, and the perpetrators were assumed to be Islamic extremists. Here are a few typical comments:

181. Noam: Ha Ha Ha! Europeans, this is your “liberalism”

240. D.A.: Bring the Oslo criminals to justice?

242. Radical Dreamer: Let them eat what they cooked.

243. Just a Person: Speedy recovery to the wounded and condolences to the families.

260. Shai, Tel Aviv: Give Norway back to the Arabs! End the occupation of Norway!

268. Shimon: Good news for Shabbat. So may they increase and learn the hard way.

285. Nir, Hasela Ha’adom: Allow me a few moments of pleasure.

315. Moshe, Haifa: I’m sorry, it doesn’t move me. From my point of view, let them drown in blood.

Ynetnews, the English website, carried an English translation of the story. The comments are far more moderate: almost none express outright pleasure, and there’s a rough balance between sympathy and sarcasm.

When the news came out on Saturday that the killer was not a Muslim but a right-wing Norwegian nationalist angered at multiculturalism, liberalism and tolerance of Islam, the tone sharpened. Suddenly there was a rush of comments claiming the killer was right and the victims had it coming. Here is Maariv’s report on the killer’s 1,500 page manifesto, calling for a European-wide uprising to “reclaim” the continent (here, for you English-language readers, is NPR’s report on the same document). Maariv’s readers piled on.

1. Y.: The best thing to come out of this is that Norway will be divided.

12. Gandi: the boy wanted to send a message. Extreme, yes, but they don’t understand anything else.

13. Yossi: To commenter no. 1: You’re mentally ill. How can you see anything good the depraved murder of boys and girls think for a minute (if you’re capable) what if some of them were your relatives

  • To self-righteous Yossi: Coming soon to all the Norwegians. And all the Europeans.
  • Y.: My relatives aren’t Muslims. It’s time for Europe to deal with these Arabs. From my point of view they could kill 1,000,000 of them here too.
  • AA: You leftists have to be wiped out too. And it will happen soon. When the economic house of cards comes down, even your shoes won’t be left (unlike last time)…

18. Anti-Left: Of course I condemn this terrible murder but in a larger sense he was right!

19. Ron: A freedom fighter for Norway cleared of foreigners…!!! But this time it won’t be easy for you … Muslims aren’t Jews — who go willingly to death!

  • Horrifying but correct, Muslims will teach them a few lessons. They won’t go like sheep to the slaughter, but today neither will we!
  • We also let them piss on us
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Exploiting a Tragedy

Stephen M. Walt
Tue 26 Jul 2011
As soon as the shocking and tragic news from Norway hit the airwaves, it was entirely predictable that various right-wing Islamophobes would type first and think later. They were so eager to exploit the tragedy to peddle their pre-existing policy preferences that they blindly assumed the acts had to have been perpetrated by al Qaeda, by its various clones, or by some other radical Muslim group.This is the sort of bias one expects from an ideologue like Jennifer Rubin (who gets taken to task for her rush-to-judgment by James Fallows here). Sadly, it is also not out of character for the supposedly respectable Wall Street Journal, whose editorial page has been a reliable source of threat-mongering and distortion for years. Even as Norwegian officials were cautioning that they had no reason to suspect Islamist groups, the Journal was plunging ahead with an editorial entitled “Terror in Oslo,” which drew the following utterly bogus conclusion:

Norway certainly did not buy itself much grace from the jihadis for staying out of the Iraq war, or for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s demand that Israel open its borders with Gaza, or for his calls for a Palestinian unity government between Fatah and its terrorist cousin Hamas.

Norway can do all this and more, but in jihadist eyes it will forever remain guilty of being what it is: a liberal nation committed to freedom of speech and conscience, equality between the sexes, representative democracy and every other freedom that still defines the West.  For being true to these ideals Norwegians have now been made to pay a terrible price.”

Given that remarkable statement, the Journal’s editors must have been deeply disappointed to learn that the person who was actually charged in the case, Anders Behring Breivik, was not in fact a jihadi, a critic of Israel, or even a Muslim. Instead, he is a right-wing Norwegian Islamophobe who is reportedly obsessed with the dangers of multi-culturalism and a contributor to extremist websites like Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs.  In other words, he’s the sort of person who might well subscribe to the Wall Street Journal not for its coverage of the business world, but for its predictably hardline editorial “insight.”

As I write this (Saturday noon EDT), the editorial has still not been removed from the WSJ website and no apology or retraction has been issued.  The Journal and its editors are obviously free to continue to sow the seeds of hatred and paranoia, but the rest of us are equally free to view them with appropriate contempt.   And let us also take time to reflect on Norway’s sorrow, and to remember that hatred and violence can erupt from many directions.

UPDATE:  Obviously aware of the egg on its face, the Journal has posted a rewritten version of the editorial on its website here.Note the marked absence of any apology for its initial rush-to-judgment. You can find a fascimile of the original editorial here. And for an interesting commentary suggesting that right-wing hate-mongering websites might have contributed to the murderous mind-set behind the attack, see Paul Woodward’s War in Context here.

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Seeing ‘Islamic Terror’ in Norway

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
Tue 26 Jul 2011

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Learning No Lessons From Oklahoma City Mistakes

WASHINGTON – July 25 – Right-wing terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik reportedly killed 76 people in Norway on Friday, by all accounts driven by far-right anti-immigrant politics and fervent Islamophobia. But many early media accounts assumed that the perpetrator of the attacks was Muslim.

On news of the first round of attacks–the bombs in Oslo–CNN‘s Tom Lister (7/22/11) didn’t know who did it, but knew they were Muslims: “It could be a whole range of groups. But the point is that Al-Qaeda is not so much an organization now. It’s more a spirit for these people. It’s a mobilizing factor.” And he speculated confidently about their motives:

You’ve only got to look at the target–prime minister’s office, the headquarters of the major newspaper group next door. Why would that be relevant? Because the Norwegian newspapers republished the cartoons of Prophet Mohammad that caused such offense in the Muslim world…. That is an issue that still rankles amongst Islamist militants the world over.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank (7/22/11) took to the airwaves to declare that “Norway has been in Al-Qaeda’s crosshairs for quite some time.” He added that the bombing “bears all the hallmarks of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization at the moment,” before adding, almost as an afterthought, that “we don’t know at this point who was responsible.”

On Fox News Channel‘s O’Reilly Factor (7/22/11), guest host Laura Ingraham declared, “Deadly terror attacks in Norway, in what appears to be the work, once again, of Muslim extremists.” Even after Norwegian authorities arrested Breivik, former Bush administration U.N. ambassador John Bolton was in disbelief. “There is a kind of political correctness that comes up when these tragic events occur,” he explained on Fox‘s On the Record (7/22/11). “This kind of behavior is very un-Norwegian. The speculation that it is part of right-wing extremism, I think that has less of a foundation at this point than the concern that there’s a broader political threat here.”

Earlier in the day on Fox (7/22/11), Bolton had explained that “the odds of it coming from someone other than a native Norwegian are extremely high.” While he admitted there was no evidence, Bolton concluded that “it sure looks like Islamic terrorism,” adding that “there is a substantial immigrant population from the Middle East in particular in Norway.”

An early Wall Street Journal editorial (7/22/11) dwelled on the “explanations furnished by jihadist groups to justify their periodic slaughters,” before concluding that because of Norway’s commitment to tolerance and freedom, “Norwegians have now been made to pay a terrible price.”

Once the alleged perpetrator’s identity did not conform to the Journal‘s prejudice, the editorial was modified, but it continued to argue that Al-Qaeda was an inspiration: “Coordinated terrorist attacks are an Al-Qaeda signature. But copycats with different agendas are surely capable of duplicating its methods.”

Many pundits and outlets had to scramble to justify their ideological presumptions in the wake of the unexpected suspect. Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin (7/22/11) had called the Norwegian violence “a sobering reminder for those who think it’s too expensive to wage a war against jihadists,” citing Thomas Joscelyn of theWeekly Standard‘s assertion that “in all likelihood the attack was launched by part of the jihadist hydra.” In a follow-up post (7/23/11), Rubin insisted that even though she was wrong, she was right, because “there are many more jihadists than blond Norwegians out to kill Americans, and we should keep our eye on the systemic and far more potent threats that stem from an ideological war with the West.”

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat (7/25/11) likewise argued that we should respond to the horror in Norway by paying more attention to the alleged perpetrator’s point of view:

On the big picture, Europe’s cultural conservatives are right: Mass immigration really has left the Continent more divided than enriched, Islam and liberal democracy have not yet proven natural bedfellows and the dream of a postnational, postpatriotic European Union governed by a benevolent ruling elite looks more like a folly every day…. Conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic have an obligation to acknowledge that Anders Behring Breivik is a distinctively right-wing kind of monster. But they also have an obligation to the realities that this monster’s terrible atrocity threatens to obscure.

The New York Times‘ July 23 report explained that while early speculation about Muslim terrorists was incorrect,

there was ample reason for concern that terrorists might be responsible. In 2004 and again in 2008, the No. 2 leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, who took over after the death of Osama bin Laden, threatened Norway because of its support of the American-led NATO military operation in Afghanistan.

Of course, anyone who kills scores of civilians for political motives is a “terrorist”; the language of the Times, though, suggested that a “terrorist” would have to be Islamic.

The Times went on:

Terrorism specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled out Islamic terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking Al-Qaeda’s brutality and multiple attacks.”If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations, it shows these groups are learning from what they see from Al-Qaeda,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington.

It is unclear why any of Breivik’s actions would be considered connected in any way to terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, which certainly did not invent the idea of brutal mass murder. But the Times was able to turn up another expert the following day who saw an Islamist inspiration for Islamophobic terrorism (7/24/11):

Thomas Hegghammer, a terrorism specialist at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, said the manifesto bears an eerie resemblance to those of Osama bin Laden and other Al-Qaeda leaders, though from a Christian rather than a Muslim point of view. Like Mr. Breivik’s manuscript, the major Qaeda declarations have detailed accounts of the Crusades, a pronounced sense of historical grievance and calls for apocalyptic warfare to defeat the religious and cultural enemy.”It seems to be an attempt to mirror Al-Qaeda, exactly in reverse,” Mr. Hegghammer said.

To the paper’s credit, the Times‘ Scott Shane wrote a strong second-day piece (7/25/11) documenting the influence of Islamophobic bloggers on Breivik’s manifesto:

His manifesto, which denounced Norwegian politicians as failing to defend the country from Islamic influence, quoted Robert Spencer, who operates the Jihad Watch website, 64 times, and cited other Western writers who shared his view that Muslim immigrants pose a grave danger to Western culture…. Mr. Breivik frequently cited another blog,Atlas Shrugs, and recommended the Gates of Vienna among websites.

(Spencer was one of the anti-Muslim pundits profiled in FAIR’s 2008 report, “Meet the Smearcasters: Islamophobia’s Dirty Dozen.”)

Shane’s piece noted that the document, rather than being an Al-Qaeda “mirror,” actually copied large sections of Ted Kaczynski’s 1995 Unabomber manifesto, “in which the Norwegian substituted ‘multiculturalists’ or ‘cultural Marxists’ for Mr. Kaczynski’s ‘leftists’ and made other small wording changes.”

It is not new for media to jump to the conclusion that Muslims are responsible for any given terrorist attack; the same thing was widespread after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings (Extra!, 7-8/95). “It has every single earmark of the Islamic car-bombers of the Middle East,” syndicated columnist Georgie Anne Geyer (Chicago Tribune, 4/21/95) asserted. “Whatever we are doing to destroy Mideast terrorism, the chief terrorist threat against Americans, has not been working,” wrote New York Times columnist A.M. Rosenthal (4/21/95). “Knowing that the car bomb indicates Middle Eastern terrorists at work, it’s safe to assume that their goal is to promote free-floating fear,” editorialized the New York Post (4/20/95). It is unfortunate that so many outlets have failed to learn any practical lessons from such mistakes–or question the beliefs that drive them.

FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.

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The Greater Threat: Christian Extremism From Timothy McVeigh to Anders Breivik

Pierre Tristam
Wed 27 Jul 2011

Timothy McVeigh, meet Anders Behring Breivik. Those two jihadists—two right-wing reactionaries, two terrorists, two anti-government white supremacists, two Christians—have a lot in common, down to the way the massacres they carried out were first mistaken for the work of Islamists by an American press rich in zealotry of its own. And they have a lot more in common with the fundamentalist politicians and ideologues among us who pretend to have nothing to do with the demons they inspire.

After the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995, speculation flew on television news stations about Arab terrorists seen in the vicinity of the federal building. The thought that a home-grown, Midwestern Army veteran of the first Gulf war could possibly murder 168 people, including 19 children at a day care center, seemed as foreign as those Islamic lands that were then inspiring so much of bigotry’s latest American mutant. McVeigh turned out to be as all-American as he could possibly be, with extras. His paradoxical worship of the Second Amendment was the faith that fueled his hatred of a government he felt had betrayed American ideals by enabling what he called “Socialist wannabe slaves.” His idealism of a golden-age white America was the Christian translation of al-Qaeda’s idealized caliphate.

It became quickly evident that the bombing in Oslo and the massacre on Utoya Island on Friday had been carried out by Anders Breivik, who surrendered to police 40 minutes after beginning his killing spree on the island. Yet the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial on Saturday putting the blame for the attack on Islamist extremists, because “in jihadist eyes,” the paper said, “it will forever remain guilty of being what it is: a liberal nation committed to freedom of speech and conscience, equality between the sexes, representative democracy and every other freedom that still defines the West.”

The paper subsequently amended its editorial to concede that Breivik “was an ethnic Norwegian with no previously known ties to Islamist groups.” But the rest of the piece still framed the attack in the context of Islamist terrorism. It’s a common tactic at the Journal and Fox News—co-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s scandal-riddled News Corp.—where facts are incidental to ideology. It is enough for the Journal to insinuate a connection for its Foxified audience to catch the drift and run with it. Breivik may be Norwegian. But he wouldn’t be doing what he did if it weren’t for the pollution of white, Christian European blood by Muslims and multiculturalists, by leftists, by Socialist wannabe slaves.

McVeigh and Breivik are bloody reminders that Western culture’s original sin—the presumption of supremacy—is alive and well and clenching many a trigger. It’ll be easy in coming days, as it was in 1995, to categorize the demons as exceptions unrepresentative of their societies. Easy, but false. Norway, like much of Europe, like the United States, is in the grips of a disturbing resurgence of right-wing fanaticism.  “The success of populist parties appealing to a sense of lost national identity,” The Times reports, “has brought criticism of minorities, immigrants and in particular Muslims out of the beer halls and Internet chat rooms and into mainstream politics. While the parties themselves generally do not condone violence, some experts say a climate of hatred in the political discourse has encouraged violent individuals.”

It’s convenient duplicity. The parties don’t explicitly condone violence. But they would have no appeal without explicitly endorsing beliefs of supremacy and projecting the sort of scorn and hatred for those who fall outside the tribe that cannot but lead to violence or the sort of fractured society we’ve become so familiar with. Those “Take Back America” bumper stickers share most of their DNA with the same strain of rejectionist white Europeans who think their culture is being bankrupted by Socialism and immigrants. Those idiotic anti-Sharia laws creeping up in Oklahoma, Arizona and Florida take their cues from the likes of Geert Wilder, the Dutch People’s Party leader who compares the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Florida’s own Koran-burning Terry Jones or theRev. Franklin Graham’s velvety crusade against Islam are Wilder’s American clones.

Timothy McVeigh’s rhetoric may have been more extreme, but it was indistinguishable from the more college-polished and aged rhetoric of anti-government reactionaries now pretending to speak for American ideals under the banner of patriots, tea parties, Fox News’s hacking of the “fair and balanced” parody, or more establishment oriented zealots in Congress. The common denominator is exclusion and heresy: those who supposedly belong to “true” American values, and those who don’t. Al-Qaeda’s loyalty oath is identical: those who belong to “true” Islamic values and those who don’t. Either way, the inclusive, tolerant, broad-minded, and yes, multicultural outlook is under siege by fundamentalism in virtually every part of society as we know it: cultural, political, economic, religious. Timothy McVeigh and Anders Breivik used bombs and rifles. More seasoned zealots use rhetoric and policies. The ongoing march of folly over the national debt is merely one example among many.

“We tend to think of national security narrowly as the risk of a military or terrorist attack,” the columnist Nicholas Kristof writes today. “But national security is about protecting our people and our national strength — and the blunt truth is that the biggest threat to America’s national security this summer doesn’t come from China, Iran or any other foreign power. It comes from budget machinations, and budget maniacs, at home.”

Islamists who may want us harm need only sit back and enjoy the view. They might as well have outsourced the job to their Christian brethren, with plenty of assists from mainstream conservatives. There’s no segregating these demons and maniacs. They’re an integral part of western culture. They’re us.

Pierre Tristam is the editor at FlaglerLive.com. Reach him at ptristam@att.net :

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The Omnipotence of Al Qaeda and Meaninglessness of “Terrorism”

Glenn Greenwald
Wed 27 Jul 2011

For much of the day yesterday, the featured headline on The New York Times online front page strongly suggested that Muslims were responsible for the attacks on Oslo; that led to definitive statements on the BBCand elsewhere that Muslims were the culprits.  The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin wrote a whole column based on the assertion that Muslims were responsible, one that, as James Fallows notes, remains at the Post with no corrections or updates.  The morning statement issued by President Obama — “It’s a reminder that the entire international community holds a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring” and “we have to work cooperatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks” — appeared to assume, though (to its credit) did not overtly state, that the perpetrator was an international terrorist group.

But now it turns out that the alleged perpetrator wasn’t from an international Muslim extremist group at all, but was rather a right-wing Norwegian nationalist with a history of anti-Muslim commentary and an affection for Muslim-hating blogs such as Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugged, Daniel Pipes, and Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch.  Despite that, The New York Times is still working hard to pin some form of blame, even ultimate blame, on Muslim radicals (h/t sysprog):

Terrorism specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled out Islamic terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking Al Qaeda’s brutality and multiple attacks.

“If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations, it shows these groups are learning from what they see from Al Qaeda,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington.

Al Qaeda is always to blame, even when it isn’t, even when it’s allegedly the work of a Nordic, Muslim-hating, right-wing European nationalist.  Of course, before Al Qaeda, nobody ever thought to detonate bombs in government buildings or go on indiscriminate,politically motivated shooting rampages.  The NYT speculates that amonium nitrate fertilizer may have been used to make the bomb because the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, owned a farming-related business and thus could have access to that material; of course nobody would have ever thought of using that substance to make a massive bomb had it not been for Al Qaeda.  So all this proves once again what a menacing threat radical Islam is.

Then there’s this extraordinarily revealing passage from the NYT — first noticed by Richard Silverstein — explaining why the paper originally reported what it did:

Initial reports focused on the possibility of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks. American officials said the group was previously unknown and might not even exist.

There was ample reason for concern that terrorists might be responsible.

In other words, now that we know the alleged perpetrator is not Muslim, we know — by definition — that Terrorists are not responsible; conversely, when we thought Muslims were responsible, that meant — also by definition — that it was an act of Terrorism.  As Silverstein put it:

How’s that again? Are the only terrorists in the world Muslim? If so, what do we call a right-wing nationalist capable of planting major bombs and mowing down scores of people for the sake of the greater glory of his cause? If even a liberal newspaper like the Times can’t call this guy a terrorist, what does that say about the mindset of the western world?

What it says is what we’ve seen repeatedly: that Terrorism has no objective meaning and, at least in American political discourse, has come functionally to mean: violence committed by Muslims whom the West dislikes, no matter the cause or the target.  Indeed, in many (though not all) media circles, discussion of the Oslo attack quickly morphed from this is Terrorism (when it was believed Muslims did it) to no, this isn’t Terrorism, just extremism (once it became likely that Muslims didn’t).  As Maz Hussain — whose lengthy Twitter commentary on this event yesterday was superb and well worth reading — put it:

That Terrorism means nothing more than violence committed by Muslims whom the West dislikes has been proven repeatedly.  When an airplane was flown into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, it was immediately proclaimed to be Terrorism, until it was revealed that the attacker was a white, non-Muslim, American anti-tax advocate with a series of domestic political grievances.  The U.S. and its allies can, by definition, never commit Terrorism even when it is beyond question that the purpose of their violence is to terrorize civilian populations into submission.  Conversely, Muslims who attack purely military targets  — even if the target is an invading army in their own countries — are, by definition, Terrorists.  That is why, as NYU’s Remi Brulin has extensively documented, Terrorism is the most meaningless, and therefore the most manipulated, word in the English language.  Yesterday provided yet another sterling example.

One last question: if, as preliminary evidence suggests, it turns out that Breivik was “inspired” by the extremist hatemongering rantings of Geller, Pipes and friends, will their groups be deemed Terrorist organizations such that any involvement with them could constitute the criminal offense of material support to Terrorism?  Will those extremist polemicists inspiring Terrorist violence receive the Anwar Awlaki treatment of being put on an assassination hit list without due process?  Will tall, blond, Nordic-looking males now receive extra scrutiny at airports and other locales, and will those having any involvement with those right-wing, Muslim-hating groups be secretly placed on no-fly lists?  Or are those oppressive, extremist, lawless measures — like the word Terrorism — also reserved exclusively for Muslims?

UPDATE:  The original version of the NYT article was even worse in this regard.  As several people noted, here is what the article originally said (papers that carry NYT articles still have the original version):

Terrorism specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled out terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking al-Qaida’s signature brutality and multiple attacks.

“If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations, it shows these groups are learning from what they see from al-Qaida,” said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism researcher at the New America Foundation in Washington.

Thus: if it turns out that the perpetrators weren’t Muslim (but rather “someone with more political motivations” — whatever that means: it presumably rests on the inane notion that Islamic radicals are motivated by religion, not political grievances), then it means that Terrorism, by definition, would be “ruled out” (one might think that the more politically-motivated an act of violence is, themore deserving it is of the Terrorism label, but this just proves that the defining feature of the word Terrorism is Muslim violence).  The final version of the NYT article inserted the word “Islamic” before “terrorism” (“even if the authorities ultimately ruled out Islamic terrorism as the cause”), but — as demonstrated above — still preserved the necessary inference that only Muslims can be Terrorists.  Meanwhile, in the world of reality, of 294 Terrorist attacks attempted or executed on European soil in 2009 as counted by the EU, a grand total of one — 1 out of 294 — was perpetrated by “Islamists.” 

UPDATE II:  This article expertly traces and sets forth exactly how the “Muslims-did-it” myth was manufactured and then disseminated yesterday to the worldwide media, which predictably repeated it with little skepticism.  What makes the article so valuable is that it names names: it points to the incestuous, self-regarding network of self-proclaimed U.S. Terrorism and foreign policy “experts” — what the article accurately describes as “almost always white men and very often with military or government backgrounds,” in this instance driven by “a case of an elite fanboy wanting to be the first to pass on leaked gadget specs” — who so often shape these media stories and are uncritically presented as experts, even though they’re drowning in bias, nationalism, ignorance, and shallow credentialism.

July 25, 2011, Salon

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The Norway Terrorist Attack: “News without Facts”. “Experts” on Jihad and “Muslim Terrorism”
What Pushed Anders Behring Breivik Over the Edge?
by Edward Teller
Global Research, July 24, 2011
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Watching the international media on the web and TV change gears Friday, as information started to fasten to the fact that the worst terrorist act in Scandinavia since the 3rd Reich was perpetrated by a right-wing Christian zealot, was fascinating. This, rather than what Pam Geller, Steve Emerson, Daniel Pipes, Dennis Prager, David Horowitz, CNN, Fox News and many others were touting for hours as most likely an act of Muslim Jihad in a country that is way, way too liberal.

I was keyed into paying attention to how this meme might have to morph fairly early in the afternoon, by an item carried by Michael Rivero at What Really Happened, about the major event at the youth camp the day before the massacre:

During the second day of Labour Youth League summer camp at Utøya got the Labour Party’s young hopefuls visit by Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.Together with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent Sidsel Wold and Norwegian People’s Aid Kirsten Belck-Olsen, discussed the Foreign Minister of the deadlock between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

As foreign minister arrived Utøya he was met with a demand from the AUF that Norway must recognize a Palestinian state.

– The Palestinians must have their own state, the occupation must end, the wall must be demolished and it must happen now, said the Foreign Minister to cheers from the audience. [automatically translated from Norwegian by Google translate]

That was an event held Thursday at the summer camp for the children of Norwegian liberals.

As the story developed Friday, almost every news outlet was quick to provide experts on Muslim terrorism and how that might have a growing negative impact on Norway and Europe.  On Anderson Cooper, Friday afternoon, as he had his experts on Jihadism on camera, he was being told by another person – a CNN reporter – that the shooter, possibly the bomber, was a blond Norwegian.  Cooper seemed to be taken aback, turning back to his Jihad experts, who were dismissive of the new information.

The bombing-shootings took up enormous bandwidth in our media machine until it came out that the alleged perpetrator has more in common with Sarah Palin and Alan Dershowitz than with Rachel Corrie or Furkan Doğan, both of whom have been labelled terrorists by Dershowitz.

As the end-of-the-week-in-midsummer stupor overtakes the media on a hot Friday evening in the USA, will they get around to trying to find out what set Anders Behring off?

The bombing had to be pre-planned, probably for some time.  Was the pro-Palestinian event Thursday at the camp where over 70 were killed published on the web, facebook, twitter or somewhere else?  Most likely.  That may be what pushed this guy’s last button.

And just who created the group that fictitiously took credit for the massacres early Friday?

The ‘Helpers of Global Jihad’ group, of which al-Nasser is a member, made the claims in an email circular issued to various sources. The group does not appear to have any past history.It is thought that the bombings are a belated response to Norwegian newspapers and magazines republishing cartoons of Mohammed originally published by Jyllands-Posten of Denmark.

I’m not about to go all conspiracy theory on this story.  I am bothered, though, that the media was extremely rapid to ramp up the radical Islam run amok meme, yet so unready to deal with what is increasingly appearing to be possible – that the Christian gunman was impelled to kill liberals he may have felt were too sympathetic to Palestinians.

Update – Saturday, 12:30 p.m. PDT:

This diary questions what pushed Breivik over the edge.  Phoenix Woman’s diary this morning, He’s Not a Terrorist – He’s a Freedom Fighter! touches upon some of the more pathetic errors in the media on Friday, as accurate information on the shooter-bomber became available.  David Dayen’s front page fdl diary, takes this subject further – Norway Terror Reveals Disturbing Assumptions About Muslims.

Glenn Greenwald devoted his Saturday column to yesterday’s pathetic media coverage.  His second update links to an Electronic Intifada article that shows how the false meme developed soon after the bomb went off in downtown Oslo.  Essentially, it appears one dubious “expert” pushed the global media “over the edge”:

The source is Will McCants, adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. On his website he describes himself as formerly “Senior Adviser for Countering Violent Extremism at the U.S. Department of State, program manager of the Minerva Initiative at the Department of Defense, and fellow at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.” This morning, he posted “Alleged Claim for Oslo Attacks” on his blog Jihadica:

This was posted by Abu Sulayman al-Nasir to the Arabic jihadi forum, Shmukh, around 10:30am EST (thread 118187). Shmukh is the main forum for Arabic-speaking jihadis who support al-Qaeda. Since the thread is now inaccessible (either locked or taken down), I am posting it here. I don’t have time at the moment to translate the whole thing but I translated the most important bits on twitter.

The Shmukh web site is not accessible to just anyone, so he is the primary source for this claim. McCants stated from the beginning that the claim had been removed or hidden, and on Twitter he even cast doubt on whether it was a claim of responsibility at all.

snip – EI posted screenshots of several tweets by McCants, then this:

McCants later reported that the claim of responsibility was retracted by the author “Abu Sulayman al-Nasir.” Furthermore, according to McCants, the moderator of this forum declared that speculation about the attack would be prohibited because the contents of the forum were appearing in mainstream media. It does seem more than a little bit odd that genuine “jihadis” would post on a closed forum that a former US official and “counterterrorism expert” openly writes about infiltrating.

EI is highly critical about how easily McCants’ dubious information was spread:

The media also failed. They reported on the claims McCants disseminated because his position and perceived expertise gave these claims credibility. Would The New York Timeshave required multiple sources and independent confirmation of the existence of the posting and its contents if it had not come from someone with McCants’ supposedly solid credentials?For hours after McCants posted the update that the claim of responsibility was retracted, BBCthe New York TimesThe GuardianThe Washington Post were still promoting information originally sourced from him. The news was carried around the world and became the main story line in much of the initial coverage.

The threshold for a terrorism expert must be very low. This whole rush to disseminate a false, unverifiable and flimsily sourced claim strikes me as a case of an elite fanboy wanting to be the first to pass on leaked gadget specs.

Update – 4:30 pm PDT:  Here is what is being purported as his farewell video, posted before the downtown bomb went off:

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