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Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 08:25 AM PDT

....and there was LOVE

by Mariken

Reposted from Mariken by Mariken

Norway´s current prime minister Jens Stoltenberg with former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland at Utøya several years ago. I believe Stoltenberg was leader of AUF at the time, and Harlem Brundtland the prime minister. Many AUF´s go on to hold prominent position in the Labour Party and other part of the society.

The prime minister visiting AUF at Utøya a few years ago. Slogans obviously inspired by Obama: We can be the great generation. /  Jens, you can. They are campaigning against oil drilling in Northern Norway.

Norway´s foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre visiting the camp July 21st. 2011.

I recommend you to see at least the first part of this television documentary showing Utøya July 22nd, the hours Click CC for English text. It was a rainy day, but the atmosphere is amazing.

The video shows Gro Harlem Brundtland arriving and spending time at Utøya; after that the attack bomb attack at the primeministers officebuilding in central Oslo is shown. At that time the youth at Utøya thought themselves to be perfectly safe there. Breivik would later be carried over by the ferry, disguised as a policeman.

She had left shortly before Anders Behring Breivik arrived. One of his initial plans was to specifically target Gro Harlem Brundtland, make her kneel and apologize for having promoted multiculturalism and cultural marxism, then decapicate her and send video of it to news media or post directly to internet. He gave up this idea of posting it to intenet for practial reasons, but had Breivik not been delayed by a traffic accident and other things on July 22nd, she would still have been on the island when he came there to kill, and she was a special goal of his. Harlem Brundtland was Norway´s first and only female prime minister, and it seems like Breivik like many other right wing extremists not only fear immigrants but also strong women.

Harlem Brundtland had with her a grown-up granddaughter Julie who initially had planned to stay on at Utøya, but changed her mind. Julie is the daughter of Harlem Brundtlands son Jørgen who committed suicide before Julie was born. A nephew of Brundtland was at Utøya when Breivik came but survived.

What was revealed during the trial was also that Breivik´s plan and hope was that practially all the young at Utøya would die. He calculated that the young would not be able to swim into the mainland in the cold water, and thus that the lake should become a mass grave. Luckily he was wrong there, to a large degree because of camping tourists who came to rescue in their small boats (even when being shot at).

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If you've been following the sanity trial of Anders Behring Breivik in Norway, you have been reading the ramblings of a man man. Someone so focused on hate he doesn't seem to understand acceptance or tolerance.

Recently, in his testimony, he spoke of a song called Children of the Rainbow as being an example of "Marxist influence on Norwegian culture". The song is the Norweigan version of Pete Seeger's My Rainbow Race.

His words lit a spark....

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Earlier today 40 000 Norwegians gathered in Oslo to sing the Pete Seeger song "Rainbow race". Similar arrangement were in many other Norwegian cities, as well as in many schools and other institutions.

This was a reaction to statements Anders Behring Breivik made in court last Thursdag, roughly translated.

Lillebjørn Nilsen is one example of a self-declared marxist who infiltrates the culture with pedagogic songs like "Children of the rainbow". These songs are so used to brainwash children in school. Nilsen has said straight out that he wants to influence society, not through laws, but through songs.

While Lillebjørn Nilsen is clearly on the left, he isn´t a declared marxist. And while he has written many songs,  the rainbow song Breivik is referring to is actually an American song, written by Pete Seeger: The rainbow race and then covered in Norwegian by Nilsen.

I suspect one reason Breivik is upset by this song being sung in Norwegian schoold, is that he probably has interpreted the Norwegian title "Children of rainbow" as a reference to children of different races and etnicities, a way that title is probably interpreted also by others. I think however the song ; it´s basically about a song about humans taking care of each other and the earth, and living peacefully together.

Singing at Youngstorget, in front of the headquater to the Labour Party:

One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I'll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It's too soon to die.

Some folks want to be like an ostrich,
Bury their heads in the sand.
Some hope that plastic dreams
Can unclench all those greedy hands.
Some hope to take the easy way:
Poisons, bombs. They think we need 'em.
Don't you know you can't kill all the unbelievers?
There's no shortcut to freedom.

Go tell, go tell all the little children.
Tell all the mothers and fathers too.
Now's our last chance to learn to share
What's been given to me and you.

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(Not a good diary, just a diary to express some feelings and random thoughts, and I may write more such diaries during the trial).

As a Norwegian the massacres July 22nd. 2011 were so shocking and surreal, in addition to totally heartbreaking of course.

Today the trial started, and many feelings came back. The television was broadcasting all day, as well as several media were livestreaming.

The prosecutors went through the case in a formal, neutral, judicial way. I got a more specific picture of how the murders at Utøya happened. Who is killed where and when. When the names are read, I recognize most of them from different news articles and memorials. I know how they looked, a little about how they life was, who their family is.

Two telephone calls Breivik made to the police during the horror are played. He is quite calm and formal. And after those calls, he goes back to killing more youths.

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The trial of Anders Breivik has begun. Here is the self defense argument taken to its absurdist conclusion: self defense against Muslims taking over white nations. He appears to have modified Hitler's salute by closing his fist instead.


With a defiant closed-fist salute, a right-wing fanatic admitted Monday to a bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defense.

On the first day of his long-awaited trial, Anders Behring Breivik rejected the authority of the court as it sought to assign responsibility for the July 22 attacks that shocked Norway and jolted the image of terrorism in Europe.

Eight people were killed in Breivik's bombing of Oslo's government district and 69 were slain in his shooting massacre at the left-leaning Labor Party's youth camp on Utoya island outside the capital. Breivik has said the attacks were necessary to protect Norway from being taken over by Muslims.

"I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt," he told the court, insisting he had acted in self-defense.

And he does not recognize the authority of the Norwegian government or courts.
I don't recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism," Breivik said in his first comments to the court.
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Recently, the accused Norwegian "Christian" terrorist Anders Behring Breivik underwent another psychiatric evaluation and it was determined that he is indeed mentally able to stand trial for murdering 77 (mostly teenage) people.  Apparently, Breivik is not psychotic or schizophrenic.  Rather, his views and subsequent actions are the result of ideology, not delusion.  

Rosenqvist [The psychiatrist] asked the 32-year-old whether it was not immoral to kill so many people. "He answered the question by saying that it was immoral to do nothing against the threat posed against Norway and Europe," Rosenqvist writes in the previously unpublished notes.

In Breivik's view, the alleged threat is an imminent takeover by Islamists. He saw himself as a "Knight Templar" standing up to Muslim forces, and regards himself as a martyr. "He says that Norway is different after July 22 and he hopes the differences in society are now clearer," writes Rosenqvist. "He seems very detached from his actions. It seems as if he regarded them simply as something that was necessary."

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Norway held local elections all over the country yesterday, less than two months after the terror attacks in Oslo and at Utøya.

The anti-immigrant Progress Party once favoured by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik has lost a third of its vote in local elections in Norway.

With nearly all votes counted, the opposition Conservatives had the biggest gains, taking 28% compared to 19% in 2007.

The governing Labour Party - targeted by Mr Breivik - made smaller gains.

It increased its vote share by two points, to reach nearly 32%.

However, it saw its coalition ally the Socialist Left Party (SV) drop from 6% to 4%, compared to the 2007 local election results.


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(This is Part Three of a Four Part Essay exploring the Norway Terror Attacks in  Utøya and Olso by Anders Behring Breivik, and the sources of his Islamophobic ideology:  Part One was published on Monday What Norway's Terror Teaches us about Islamophobia and Online Hate and yesterday Part Two: A Brief History of Islamophobia)

In the comment section of the last diary, readers made some very astute points about the relative lack of marginalisation of Muslims in the US. Indeed, by coincidence, a Gallup poll came out yesterday to say that American Muslims were the most optimistic of all the American faith groups when it come to others. So, while I'm fascinated by the vocal evidence of Islamophobia on the far right in the US and the real experiences on the ground, bear with me while I concentrate on the European dimension: because this is where Anti Islamist parties about, and where Breivik drew succour and support - particularly from members of the English defence league

Mohammad Atta: A European Problem

I've got a confession to make. My uncle taught the leader of the 9/11 attacks. Mohammed Atta was part of the notorious Hamburg circle of Al Qaeda terrorists, and was a student at the Hamburg Technical institute where my Uncle, German by birth but commuting between London and Hamburg, taught him urban planning for several years. According to my uncle he was a serious, quiet, dedicated but socially unprepossessing student. (This has been documented in a biography of the 9/11 attackers). Apart from the personal connection, I (like many) became fascinated by the character and psychology of the 19 or so men who carried out the biggest terror attack on US soil, and who basically changed the world in 2001.

One thing is salient about all of them:

The intellectuals and leaders were radicalised by their experiences of living in Europe

Of course, the intelligence services could have been more alert at the kind of things going on the Hamburg Mosque or our own Finsbury Park Mosque. But that's not enough to explain the radicalisation of so many young men in Europe.

The foot soldiers were Saudis and Yemenis, but the organisers, pilots and leaders were well acquainted with the 'western' society they wanted to destroy. And all of them - Egyptian, Jordanian, Saudi - had lived for a number of years not in the US, but Europe.

One can only conclude that something about Europe - it's lack of mobility, it's suspicion of immigrants and asylum seekers, it's fear of invasion and conquest and otherness, had a radical impact on these men, enough to turn them into Salafist multi murderers.

You would have thought such an example would encourage European politicians to examine the integration in their society, their attitude to foreigners and their understanding of the alienation that many migrants, forced by economic or political necessity, feel when they arrive on the continent

But no: rather than questioning are own intolerance, most European politicians are wondering if they're too tolerant.

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Fri Aug 05, 2011 at 03:15 AM PDT

Jerusalem Post apologizes to Norway

by Mariken

for several of their articles posted after 22/7.

We hope that the Norwegian government and people will accept the 'Post’s apology and forgive us for any offense or hurt caused at this sensitive time
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Reposted from AuroraDawn by Mariken Editor's Note: A list of domestic/right wing terrorism in the US. I publish it to this group even if it doesn´t say anything about the terror attacks in Norway. -- Mariken
This was designed to be a mass casualty event. The bomb was situated on a bench that was surrounded on three sides by brick walls…so the blast would be focused outwards into the street, and it was a shrapnel bomb. It was meant to kill a lot of people. And the cop who I talked to, I spent a lot of time talking to the cop who disarmed it, he …told me, “Look, what I was looking at was an IED. That’s what it was. Exactly the kind of thing you’d find in Baghdad.” – Charlie Pierce being interviewed on the Stephanie Miller Show, July 26, 2011

Only that IED wasn’t placed on a bench in Baghdad. This happened in Spokane, Washington. My home state. It was set to explode during the annual Martin Luther King Day parade this past January. Kevin Harpman, the man who allegedly set the bomb, isn’t an Islamic Fundamentalist or one of those "radical revolutionary Socialists" Glenn Beck warned his audience about. Harpman is a thirty-six-year-old army veteran and a member of the Neo-Nazi group National Alliance. Thankfully, the bomb he created was spotted by three parade workers before it detonated.

In April, Glenn Beck lambasted Howard Dean for suggesting that right-wing extremism has become a significant problem.

After airing a clip of Dean's remarks, Beck stated that he hasn't seen anyone on the right "burning down buildings and targeting cops like [Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn] did in the 1960s." Beck later added: "In fact, I haven't even seen as much as a potato chip bag left at a rally let alone some shrapnel or dead bodies or burning buildings.

And it isn't just Beck. This has become the standard response of all right-wingers to violent right-wing extremism. When forced to confront it they either pretend that it doesn't exist or they dismiss it as a series of rare and "isolated incidents". They fall back on that old canard that most (if not all) acts of domestic terrorism are perpetrated by "radical liberals." While it's true that acts of domestic terrorism have been committed by left-wingers, to the best of my knowledge, in recent years their actions have not resulted in serious injuries or fatalities. The Justice Department will back me up on that, too.

Single Issue Terrorists...Of these Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal Liberation Front (ALF) have been the most active in recent years. Neither of these groups has caused the death of any individual, although they have caused considerable property damage.

"Policing Terrorism: An Executive's Guide." U.S. Department of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. (2007)

The right-wing may not have received the memo, but the Symbionese Liberation Army closed-up shop thirty-six years ago. These days, ELF and ALF are about as radical as the left gets. While I certainly don't condone their actions, one must admit, damaging property, however illegal and misguided, isn't the same as raping someone or murdering them in cold blood. And that is precisely what right-wing domestic terrorists are doing. You can repair property. You can't bring back the dead.

Earlier this year, David Neiwert at Crooks & Liars compiled a list of domestic terrorist attacks (and attempted attacks) involving physical violence that occurred between July 2008 and March 2011. There were twenty-four in all during that two-and-half-year period. Nearly all of them were perpetrated by individuals who were undeniably right-wing. I'm tired of the meme that these are just "isolated incidents." They aren't. Kevin Harpman isn't an anomaly. The recent terrorist attack in Norway should serve as a wake up call not only to Europeans, but to Americans, regarding the danger posed by right-wing extremism.

Unlike Norway, the United States has a lengthy history of domestic terrorism. Rather than speculate about the threat right-wing extremists pose in the future, I’d prefer to review the damage that’s already been done by highlighting some of the domestic terrorist attacks, and attempted attacks, committed during the last twenty years. Sadly, it's a long list, and I'm sure I've probably missed a few.

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Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 11:44 PM PDT

He is Fjordman

by Mariken

The anonymous blogger Fjordman who is cited and often mentioned in Breivik´s "Manifest" has come forward.

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Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 01:11 PM PDT

Norway's Challenge

by Lovechilde

Reposted from Lovechilde by Mariken

Article first published as Norway's Challenge on Blogcritics.

The 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.  The response to this tragedy was typically American:  calls for vengeance against the perpetrators and political posturing by government leaders resulting in passage of draconian laws that restrict rights but do nothing to prevent future violence.

Timothy McVeigh, the man who detonated the bomb, was executed in 2001.  His accomplice, Terry Nichols, was sentenced to life.  As a direct result of the bombing, Congress overwhelmingly passed and then-President Clinton signed into law the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which amended the federal habeas corpus statute to place onerous provisions on criminal defendants and greatly circumscribe their ability to obtain relief in federal court.

The United States is the only western country that still uses the death penalty, and last year together with China, Iran, North Korea and Yemen, carried out the most executions.  With over two million people in prison, we have the highest incarceration rate in the world.  Attempts to explore the root causes of crime are dismissed as bleeding-heart approaches, and resources for drug rehabilitation, mental health services and vocational training are severely limited.  

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's initial response to the twin attacks that left 76 people dead was to de-politicize the tragedy and call for more democracy, more tolerance, and help for the survivors and victims' families:  "We meet terror and violence with more democracy and will continue to fight against intolerance," he said.  In response, tens of thousands of Norwegians lay thousands of flowers around the capital.

Norway's criminal justice system couldn't be more different than ours. There is no death penalty and no life sentences.  The focus is on rehabilitation not retribution.  Hedda Giertsen, a professor in criminology at the University of Oslo, explains that they put a lot of resources into this:  "The idea is for people to be able to leave prison and lead a life free from crime. There is help to find accommodation, help with personal finances, education - nearly half of Norway's prison population is offered some sort of course or education."

Anders Breivik has been charged with acts of terrorism, which carry a maximum sentence of 30 years.  While this relatively lenient sentence for such horrific acts has been met in the U.S. with disdain and disbelief, Norwegians, by and large, are not demanding harsher laws or any change in their country's approach to criminal justice.  The BBC reports that while many wish that Breivik would spend his life in prison, "there have been few calls for adapting Norway's criminal justice system to make it easier to sentence someone to life in prison in cases of extreme terror."  Typical was Geir Ruud, the Norwegian editor of a Danish newspaper, who was quoted in the Daily Beast:  “Even if a lot of people think 21 years is too little, in Scandinavian countries it’s deeply ingrained that criminals should have a second chance in society.  These are the values all those kids who were killed believed in, and the values Breivik fought against. If we let his crime change our societies, then he will have won."

And it works.  Norway has a 20 percent recidivism rate for convicts who serve time in prison, compared to nearly 60 percent in America. Their incarceration rate is less than a tenth of ours.  The murder rate in Norway is one of the lowest in the world, 0.6 intentional murders per 100,000, compared to 5 per 100,000 in the U.S.

It isn't Norway that needs to re-think their criminal justice system, it is us.

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