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I've stayed up late, reading the fascinating and horrifying 1500 page rationale for the mass murder of children in Norway. In my view, it demonstrates that intelligence and sanity don't always coincide.

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik (Andrew Berwick) was a Christian partisan, declaring himself one of the "Knights Templar Europe", who despised "political correctness" which he defined as "cultural marxism", blaming it for opening the door to Muslim immigration. He laments "the Godless religion of Marxism, with its evil twin spawns Liberalism and Multiculturalism."

His 1500 page justification for killing a hundred children is remarkable for its presentation of the broad sweep of history, psychology, religion, and technology, yet pathetic in its inability to appreciate its own absurdity, hypocrisy, and irony. For example, he imagines himself a knight worthy of praise, whose purpose is to "Protect the weak, defenceless, helpless, and fight for the general welfare of all."

It is also a horrific document.

His racism comes screaming through when he declares that he cannot state that "Whites are generally more intelligent and creative than blacks and have, throughout human history, solved the problems presented to the human race by Mother nature far more effectively than blacks have" without being vilified as a racist.
 Even so, he asserts that the statement is "firmly grounded in fact."

When he describes how he was unable to get a silencer that he wanted for his weapon, he consoled himself that without a silencer he could in its place fit a bayonet, and  therefore "'Marxist on a stick' will soon become an exclusive Knights Templar Europe trademark."

The "Marxists", of course, were to be the children of the Norwegian Labour Party.

Breivik declares, "Pursuing equality is to clash with Mother nature. Nature abhors a vacuum but she also abhors equality..."

The point he tries to make is that the "creation of Eurabia is the greatest act of treason in the history of Western civilisation for two thousand years, since the age of Brutus and Judas." He declares, "I was naïve, too, once, and thought there were positive aspects to the EU. There aren’t, or not nearly enough to keep any of it. The EU is all bath water, no baby." His immediate goal is launching a movement of "one million people [to] march on Brussels" in order to destroy the European Union.

An example of his analysis: "How shall we differentiate between hardcore Marxists, cultural Marxists, suicidal humanists/career cynicists and the capitalist globalists? The common factor here is that they all believe they are doing the right thing, so they all have good intentions, at least according to themselves. But this can also be said about Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. They were all idealists in their own twisted way. Regardless of their twisted intentions they are all mass murderers and must be treated as such... No mercy will be shown... The punishment for high treason is the same whether you are a hardcore Marxist, cultural Marxist, suicidal humanist, career cynicist or a capitalist globalist."

He takes inspiration from right wing American propaganda such as Diana West of the Washington Times, to argue that "we should shift from a pro-democracy offensive to an anti-sharia defensive." Fox News, the Weekly Standard, the Washington Times and National Review are among sources he cites, as well as libertarian sources such as the Ludwig Von Mises Institute. But these are a few among many such references. He also uses anti-islamic websites as well as esoteric and mainstream publications as sources. He quotes at length from a number of authors to support his views.

Breivik excoriates the Quran, quoting Serbian writer Srđa Trifković to observe that the Islamic holy book quotes Allah to declare, "Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them. …But if they repent and accept Islam … then leave their way free." (Sura 9 Verse 5)

How does Breivik reconcile this criticism with the fact that the Christian Bible contains many such passages? For example:

"When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the LORD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them." ( Deuteronomy 7:1,2)

Author Ruth Hurmence Green identified 73 similar passages of mass killings ordered by the God of the Christian Bible in her book, Born Again Skeptic's Guide to the Bible.

Breivik anticipated the question, having written:

"What about the violent passages in the Bible? First, violent Biblical passages are irrelevant to the question of whether Islam is violent. Second, the violent passages in the Bible certainly do [not] amount to a standing order to commit violence against the rest of the world. Unlike the Quran, the Bible is a huge collection of documents written by different people at different times in different contexts, which allows for much greater interpretative freedom. The Quran, on the other hand, comes exclusively from one source..."

Meanwhile, he advocates deportation of all Muslims from Europe, while advocating that Muslims seeking to assimilate must "Convert to Christianity (Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant). Every individual is to accept baptism, the ritual act by which one is admitted to membership of the Christian Church, as a member of the particular Church in which the baptism is administered." One wonders how this is different from, "if they repent and accept Islam … then leave their way free."

He adds, "No Arab/Asian/Islamic name is allowed."

If Islamists are the ultimate targets, then why kill so many Christians in whose name he imagines he is acting? Because these hundred or so murdered children were all traitors: "We will launch information campaigns and create awareness by using any means necessary, including distribution of our messages by using lethal shock attacks against concentrations of class A and B traitors in a pan-European context. The primary goal of the shock attacks is not the immediate physical manifestation of the attack (destroying a few buildings, killing a few hundred traitors) but rather the indirect effects. Shock attacks will have the potency to penetrate the strict censorship regime of the cultural Marxists/multiculturalists."

That a Christian may so easily excuse violent Biblical passages while using a violent passage from the Quran to justify mass murder of children is not simply horrific beyond belief, it is a hypocritical conceit and a sanctimonious absurdity.

In Norway, some publications have reported, the most severe penalty that a criminal may receive is twenty-one years in prison. I expect there will be an exception.

Originally posted to Richard Myers on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 04:03 AM PDT.

Also republished by July 22nd.

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    •  Thank you for wading through the filth (3+ / 0-)
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      Williston Barrett, MKSinSA, DRo

      ...on behalf of the team. I hope the rest of your Sunday is filled with sunnier sights.

    •  tip'd and recc'd, however... (0+ / 0-) keep in mind, that be reading and giving this attention to Anders' written words, you are playing right into his hands.  It's what he wanted with this heinious and hideous act .... attention...

      I haven't read the manifesto, and I am not going to!
      He is a right-wing, Christian Fundamentalist lunatic the likes we see with Michelle Bachmann and so many other Christian Conservatives in this country... acknowledging that these are dangerious right wing lunatics, is what I will do.  But read and pay heedence to their words, I will not!

      Not even out of curiousity!

      GOP = Grossly Ostentatiously Preposterous

      by Poetic Mind on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 09:20:14 AM PDT

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  •  Super Race and Making Hitler Proud (10+ / 0-)

    Slightly down thread is a diary stating nine more people have been arrested, but the link is to a Norweigan paper and I don't read the language.

    Poor Norway has just suffered their own Oklahoma City slaughter by a blond, blue eyed, good looking man who would have made Hitler proud.  CNN is now reporting he wants a trial, has pleaded not guilty, and wants the chance to prove his point in court.  

    It is very interesting that he is citing Americans for justifications.  Will anyone notice?

  •  Richard, what is this name? (1+ / 0-)
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    Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik (Andrew Berwick)

    I'm not up on it. Is this skanky rat-eyed murderer from the US? :: shudder ::

    Can't eat the flag. That's for sure.
    Kossack Lightbulb 7-2-11

    by OleHippieChick on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 04:27:50 AM PDT

  •  eh (1+ / 0-)
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    Author Ruth Hurmence Green identified 73 similar passages of mass killings ordered by the God of the Christian Bible in her book

    More relevant is that God orders people not to kill, not that he kills himself.  And the OT is superseded by the NT, anyways, so the only thing that matters as a normative matter is what Jeebus says.
  •  Grandiose In Every Possible Way (0+ / 0-)

    There's nothing special about this character. Another person with eyes too big for his stomach that imagines his "act" will cause millions to rise up to follow him. Fool.

    This head movie makes my eyes rain.

    by The Lone Apple on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 05:07:08 AM PDT

  •  look at this cushy prison in Norway (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    "They spend their days happily winding around the network of paths that snake through the pine forests, or swimming and fishing along the five miles of pebble beaches, or playing on the tennis courts and football pitch; and recuperating later on sunbeds and in a sauna, a cinema room, a band rehearsal room and expansive library.

    Their commune has handsomely furnished bungalows with cable TV. The residents eat together in an attractively spacious canteen thoughtfully decorated with Norwegian art. The centrepiece is a striking 10ft long model of a Norwegian merchant ship."

    They have convicted murderers there.

    •  And yet . . . (4+ / 0-)
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      Mariken, DRo, meralda, DaleA

      somehow the rate of violent crime in Norway is rather less than what we see in countries with far less 'cushy' prison systems.

      No one wants to see this cruel and twisted butcher relaxing in a resort for the rest of his life (or the next 21 years).  But then it seems that this sort of Norwegian softness is what so enrgaged Breivik in the first place.  

      Norway, like much of Europe, endured violent terror in the 20th century.  In its wake, they have emerged as a just, kind, peaceful society.  I trust that this act of evil will not overcome the goodness of a nation.

      Sorry. I can't seem to find that sig-line. j1k1l

      by Rick in Oz on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 05:41:37 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, cuz our Medieval prisons are so effective. (4+ / 0-)
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      MKSinSA, dirkster42, DaleA, ebohlman

      The U.S. approach to 'justice' has become one of brutalizing prisoners via grossly overcrowded, barbarically harsh, understaffed facilities where guards turn a blind eye to rape and gang violence. We've done away with almost all education and job retraining for inmates, and made it virtually impossible for them to find employment upon release, guaranteeing an astronomical recidivism rate. Back to jail again and again. Lather, rinse,  repeat.

      Honestly, what's so 'enlightened' about treating prisoners so squalidly that we guarantee new crimes and more social disintegration?

  •  He's Gonna Have Our Fundies Gunning for Him (3+ / 0-)
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    for this heresy:

    the Bible is a huge collection of documents written by different people at different times in different contexts, which allows for much greater interpretative freedom.

    Anyone caring to drop by their local megachurch this morning will have it hammered into their heads that it is the literal inerrant word of God.

    And that the part where Jesus forbids public prayer doesn't count.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 05:41:21 AM PDT

    •  I don't see him being a xian fundy. (1+ / 0-)
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      All the cult-y freemason stuff disqualifies that as a credible alternative right off the bat.  What he is a right wing nationalist trying to pin down a cultural identity.  Xianity is one of the things probed as part of that project.

      •  Well, just in the sense that Nazis were. (1+ / 0-)
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        The Nazis from Hitler on down were explicitly Christian, and openly proclaimed their goal of "preserving" Europe's "pure", Nordic-style Christianity from both the Jews and from the "degenerate" slavic cultures.

        This despicable mass murderer of children fits right in.

    •  No he won't (0+ / 0-)

      The fundies are so damned stupid they will have no problem continuing their cognitive dissonance with this. They'll believe what they want to believe and ignore the stuff that they don't agree with.

      It's the same mindset that has let then be greedy hateful fucks in direct opposition to the teachings of Jesus for years and years.

      But don't forget that most men without property would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor. (1776)

      by banjolele on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 06:01:55 AM PDT

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  •  I am thrilled that "terrorist" hasn't attached (1+ / 0-)
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    to the acts of this terrorist ... yet. It will take a moment or two for the "Christian" portion to set in and once it does, then "Christian terrorist" is next on the docket.

    I hold much admiration and respect for the Matthew 25 types than for the bloated megachurches that thrive here in Central Texas with their focus on greed, gluttony and pride. It is these groups that should be tainted and painted by the very wide coattails of this sick individual. These fundamentalists made him, they can keep him.

    Trump / Palin 2012: "You're Fired / I Quit"

    by MKSinSA on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 05:51:23 AM PDT

  •  Giving White People A Bad Name (0+ / 0-)

    Mein Kampf ended up killing a lot more though. I wonder if a homicidal warrior gene could be isolated through DNA research.

  •  Maximum penalty (1+ / 0-)
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    In Norway, some publications have reported, the most severe penalty that a criminal may receive is twenty-one years in prison. I expect there will be an exception.

    The maximum penalty in Norway is 21 years.  Also, one "prison year" is generally 9 months, meaning that the prisoner most often serves only 2/3 of his sentence before being paroled, i.e. a of a 21 year sentence, most often, only 14 years are served.

    Furthermore, states ruled by law do not make exceptions. That is a good thing.

    However, in 2002 the penalty of "forvaring" (preventive detention) was introduced in Norway. This means that in certain cases an original sentence may be extended if a prisoner is deemed to remain a threat to society. Thus, in principle, a person may be imprisoned for life.

    Still, both a regular prison sentence and a preventive detention sentence require that the accused is found mentally competent and may be held criminally responsible. If not, there will of course be another type of confinement.

    To be rich and prosperous, a nation must have a safe, secure supply of wood.

    by LodinLepp on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 06:30:20 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for reading this (0+ / 0-)

    so the rest of us don't have to.

    My sympathies to the Norwegian people.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 06:43:44 AM PDT

  •  "No Arab/Asian/Islamic name is allowed." (0+ / 0-)

    I found this interesting especially when you think of homophones -- so let us begin by eliminating them in all names; for example, ken means sword in Japanese.  

    This desire to eliminate anything non-Europen means that Senator Inouye needs to change his last name.  I'm wondering about common Spanish first names like Omar or last names like Medina.  This diktat means we must immediately rename the Shrine of Fatima  

    Plus I suppose we must begin an immediate purging of all loan words with any Arabic or Asian taints -- so out the door goes algebra, alcohol, admiral, ketchup, tsunami, typhoon, etc.

    We need to immediately stop using our alphabet since its origins begin in the Middle East.  The next thing we must immediate do is eliminate the use of the zero a concept that is DIRECTLY traceable to the Arab world including the word itself!  Plus how about the use of Arabic numerals -- out goes 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. since they are tainted by their connection to the Arabs.

    Plus, all classical knowledge is the result of the preservation of those works by the Arabs.  So ipso facto they need to go out the door including the notion of skepticism.  Our lineage in this area goes back to Ibn Rushd.  European Averrroists -- using Ibn Rushd constructed the notion of 'double truth' from whence skepticism arose.

    Yes indeed --- the world is and has been an interconnected place for thousands of years.  I guess purity of essence -- sought by the wingnuts -- tis an impossibility.

    •  re: "No Arab/Asian/Islamic name is allowed." (0+ / 0-)

      I was very tired by the time i published this. I should have written it like this:

      "No Arab/Asian/Islamic name [should be] allowed" [in Europe].

      He is a segregationist and isolationist, wanting all Islamic peoples and all Islamic culture removed from Europe, and then no contact between Europe and the Islamic parts of the world. Interesting that his focus is on the perceived negative impact of Islam, yet his greatest hatred and worst deeds are aimed not at Islamic peoples, but rather at Europeans who (in his view) tolerate, associate with, or promote association with Islamic peoples.

  •  Unabomber was pretty smart too. (1+ / 0-)
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    Hitler had a certain shrewd intelligence as well. That's what makes ideological zealots so horrific and lethal: they frequently meld intelligence, even brilliance in very narrow domains, with such binding certainty in their "cause" that they will happily spill rivers of blood in their quest for "perfection".

    •  Comparison to Unabomber (0+ / 0-)

      I thought of the Unabomber's published document from time to time as i read through "A European Declaration of Independence". But when it comes to unwarranted evil compulsion, i think Anders Behring Breivik is the Unabomber on super steroids. If the Unabomber used a metaphorical sniper rifle in his attacks, Anders Behring Breivik unleashed an artillery barrage against the community.

      Someone mentioned that he is a coward, and i think that cannot be over-emphasized. He was perfectly OK with murder on a massive scale, so long as there was zero chance that he faced any resistance. I have heard (unconfirmed) that when he was confronted by authorities, he surrendered immediately.

      There are certainly some correlations to the Unabomber's modus operandi, but i think another analog, particularly concerning targeting, might be the school massacre in Chechnya. And, of course, Timothy McVey.

  •  Part of the manifest turns out to be a copy (0+ / 0-)

    of the manifest made by the UNA bomber.


    •  Unabomber content/"European Declaration" content (0+ / 0-)

      Not surprised that Unabomber content was included. The document is some 1500 pages, but a substantial amount is copied from others.

      Someone (perhaps Anders Behring Breivik himself) also had some competent graphic design skills. The document has numerous drawings and photos, and someone will find it productive to study where all of these came from, which have been modified, and which ones may have been "re-purposed".

      I note a similarity between an image (page 773) of a very young girl standing, looking up at the camera, a look of horror on her face, spattered blood all about, and an image that i recall of a young Iraqi girl who lost her family, i think at a checkpoint, more than five years ago.

      The image in "European Declaration" has the captions, "New Labour New War Crimes" and "How would you feel if she was your daughter?" How ironic, in light of the horrific crimes commited by Anders Behring Breivik.

      The text includes extensive lists and commentary on alleged criminal deeds, insults and crimes committed by Islamic peoples against Europeans. But i think this image may actually be that Iraqi girl (possibly a Muslim) whose family died when their vehicle was impacted by American ordnance. Will be interested to see if anyone tracks down that series of photos, and does a comparison, and thence an analysis of what re-purposing such a photo, with such a caption, might say about the mass murderer's thought process.

  •  Dangerous to dismiss (0+ / 0-)

    I think dismissing him as crazy, cowardly and inconsistent is dangerous. What I fear is others will take inspiration from his actions and writing. Obviously not much danger for liberal bloggers in America, but think what impact this could have on Neo-Nazis within Europe.
         I recall a bbc article in which Rudolf Hess's grave had to be destroyed because it was becoming site for Neo-Nazi pilgrimage. If there is enough activity around an old grave to justify its removal then I would be surprised if we didn't see copy cat attacks in Europe.  


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