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ThinkProgress spoke with one of the conservative figures Breivik cited, Frank Gaffney, during the Western Conservative Summit last weekend. We asked Gaffney if it was concerning that his rhetoric was being used for violent ends.

Rather than reconsidering his outlandish views, Gaffney eschewed Occam’s Razor and took a far different view: Breivik’s manifesto may actually be a hoax planted by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Center for Security Policy president called for a “thorough investigation as to whether it was in fact an authentic piece of his own creation, whether it’s a false flag operation, whether it actually was meant to do anything other than to contribute to Sharia’s efforts to suppress criticism and awareness of its agenda.” He closed by noting he could “absolutely” see the Muslim Brotherhood perpetrating this kind of fraud.

Anders Breivik has admitted killing 77 people in two attacks in Norway. Peter Svaar from Norway’s broadcaster NRK was one of the first reporters at the scene of the Oslo bomb blast, and describes finding out that it was a former classmate who carried out the attacks.

zainyk:

brooklynmutt:

Jon Stewart Blasts Fox News For Playing The Victim Card Through Nonstop Liberal-Bashing - Mediaite

This is completely AWESOME!

Yep, this will become a TDS classic.

ryking:

Many see Breivik’s crime as proof of the dangers of right-wing populist rhetoric. Here, protesters carry a sign reading: “In memory of the victims of the attack — stop the right-wing populists.”
From “European Right Under Pressure in Wake of Attacks”

quickhits:

Anders Behring Breivik and the Crisis of Legitimacy

 | What Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and American “birthers” have in common. (Slate)

theamericanbear:

Breivik is much more specific in identifying the sources from whom he takes his own ideological direction: Robert Spencer,FjordmanAtlas [Pamela Geller], Analekta [Informatics], Gates of ViennaThe Brussels Journal, and The Religion of Peace.

These are the preeminent voices promoting fear and hatred of Islam across Europe and America. But they also form — at least in Breivik’s mind — the “epicenter” of “political analysis” on the threat posed to cultural conservatives by multiculturalism in Europe and America. He recommends Fjordman’s book, “Defeating Eurabia,” as “the perfect Christmas gift for family and friends.”

Do any of the leaders of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) andStop Islamization of Europe (SIOE) advocate that their “freedom fighters” should adopt violent tactics such as those employed by Breivik? Perhaps not. Indeed, I have little doubt that in the coming days we will hear many vociferous disavowals of their having any association with the Norwegian. But have no doubt, while they might have a sincere revulsion for Breivik’s actions, they cannot so easily disassociate themselves from the ideas that drove him to murder almost a hundred innocent people.

Two years ago, Breivik called on fellow Norwegians to form a youth action group “that represents our ideological platform (anti-racist but critical of multiculturalism / Islamization etc).” He saw the group developing as part of Stop Islamization of Europe or as a new group that would model itself on SIOE and the English Defense League.

“For me it is very hypocritical to treat Muslims, Nazis and Marxists differ[ently]. They are all supporters of hate-ideologies,” Breivik writes. There is a whiff of the Bush doctrine here — that we should not differentiate between terrorists and those who harbor them. There’s also a hint of Bin Laden’s idea of the near enemy and the far enemy.

Breivik argues that cultural conservatives should not identify their main opponents as Jihadists, but instead should focus their attention on those he regards as the “facilitators” of Jihadists, namely, the proponents of multiculturalism. Hence his vehement opposition to Norway’s Labour Party and its leader, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Those in the anti-Islam movement who now want to distance themselves from Breivik will proclaim that they are opponents of hatred and maybe that’s true — but that’s how he sees himself too: as a man dedicating his life to combating the “hate ideologies.”

After reading this, I found this on Geller’s blog:

This whole exercise is ridiculous. Anders Behring Breivik is responsible for his actions. If anyone incited him to violence, it was Islamic supremacists. If anything incited him to violence, it was the Euro-Med policy.

As expected, she not only distances herself from Breivik, but manages to extrapolate his actions to the illogical conclusion that the “Islamic supremacists” themselves are to blame.

Rightwing thinking always follows this track. The excuse is always “the devil made me/us/him/her do it”. Any interlopers to the ideological natural order are slowly dehumanized by incessant propaganda until they can be blamed for nearly anything, even unrelated institutional failures such as a collapsing economy or the perceived loss of a “grander”, more pure past.

Anders Behring Breivik, detained in the deadly Oslo bombing and shooting that has left 92 dead, has links to Norway’s anti-government political group the Progress Party

[…]

Tim Phillips, President of the Tea Party group Americans for Prosperity, spoke at a Progress Party event in 2010.

underthemountainbunker:

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Crusades 2.0: the video presentation of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik
It could also be called “Threat Level: Jesus” or “Watch Out! There’s a Marxist Under the Bed!”  or “Satan Loves Diversity.” It’s interesting that there are Christian conservatives now commenting on my posts, claiming that Breivik wasn’t a Christian conservative because (enter various reasons here). The thing is, he called himself that. Sorry. By the same argument, Catholics consider themselves Christian, but many Christian fundamentalists don’t recognize Catholicism as Christian either. Same with Mormonism. I guess we’ll just have to let God sort it all out in the End.
I don’t know how long the video below will stay up (they’re being pulled off of YouTube and another pops up) but if this link fails, you can search for it by the title which Breivik gave it, “Knights Templar 2083“: LINK
Some screen shots from the video are below, and a description of Breivik’s manifesto and the video from the New York Times:

On Saturday, Norway’s TV2, citing police sources, reported that the suspect uploaded a video to YouTube and a 1,500-page manifesto, written in English, to the Norwegian Web site Freak.no just hours before the attacks.
Both the manifesto, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” and the YouTube video were signed “Andrew Berwick,” an apparent Anglicization of Anders Breivik. Both also make extensive reference to the Crusades and the supposed threats to Christian Europe posed by Muslim immigrants and leftist political leaders…



The video’s captions call on conservatives to “embrace martyrdom.” The text also says that if “the multiculturalist elites of Europe continue to refuse to voluntarily transfer political and military power to our conservative revolutionary forces,” then World War II “is likely going to appear as a picnic compared to the coming carnage.”
The video’s extensive text also bemoans the fact that postwar “Europe never had any politicians of the McCarthy caliber.” It complains of “the demonization of cultural conservatives” and the “persecution and vilification of nationalists” by “liberal elites,” who are described as “cultural Marxists.”
An image of President Obama appears at one point in the video, as the text describes a strategy of cultural Marxists to “systematically vilify ancestral heroes and instead glorify new, more appropriate ‘idols’ who adhere to Marxism.”


Watch the video above and try to tell me that many of these images and ideas (aside from the Knights Templar bullshit) ARE NOT typical teaparty fare, that they’re not something we’ve all grown accustomed to here in America.
NOT from Breivik’s video:

underthemountainbunker:

Crusades 2.0: the video presentation of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik

It could also be called “Threat Level: Jesus” or “Watch Out! There’s a Marxist Under the Bed!”  or “Satan Loves Diversity.” It’s interesting that there are Christian conservatives now commenting on my posts, claiming that Breivik wasn’t a Christian conservative because (enter various reasons here). The thing is, he called himself that. Sorry. By the same argument, Catholics consider themselves Christian, but many Christian fundamentalists don’t recognize Catholicism as Christian either. Same with Mormonism. I guess we’ll just have to let God sort it all out in the End.

I don’t know how long the video below will stay up (they’re being pulled off of YouTube and another pops up) but if this link fails, you can search for it by the title which Breivik gave it, “Knights Templar 2083“: LINK

Some screen shots from the video are below, and a description of Breivik’s manifesto and the video from the New York Times:

On Saturday, Norway’s TV2, citing police sources, reported that the suspect uploaded a video to YouTube and a 1,500-page manifesto, written in English, to the Norwegian Web site Freak.no just hours before the attacks.

Both the manifesto, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” and the YouTube video were signed “Andrew Berwick,” an apparent Anglicization of Anders Breivik. Both also make extensive reference to the Crusades and the supposed threats to Christian Europe posed by Muslim immigrants and leftist political leaders…

The video’s captions call on conservatives to “embrace martyrdom.” The text also says that if “the multiculturalist elites of Europe continue to refuse to voluntarily transfer political and military power to our conservative revolutionary forces,” then World War II “is likely going to appear as a picnic compared to the coming carnage.”

The video’s extensive text also bemoans the fact that postwar “Europe never had any politicians of the McCarthy caliber.” It complains of “the demonization of cultural conservatives” and the “persecution and vilification of nationalists” by “liberal elites,” who are described as “cultural Marxists.”

An image of President Obama appears at one point in the video, as the text describes a strategy of cultural Marxists to “systematically vilify ancestral heroes and instead glorify new, more appropriate ‘idols’ who adhere to Marxism.”

Watch the video above and try to tell me that many of these images and ideas (aside from the Knights Templar bullshit) ARE NOT typical teaparty fare, that they’re not something we’ve all grown accustomed to here in America.

NOT from Breivik’s video:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_sn8rHLP3qU8/THQBgJR_kjI/AAAAAAAACqM/W4kUSEhGp9I/s1600/tea+party+racist+signs.jpg

http://standupforamerica.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/unarmed-this-time.jpg?w=584

kateoplis:

32 year-old Anders Behring Breivik, the Oslo bombing/shooting suspect, is a Christian conservative, called himself a nationalist and posted anti-Islam comments. 

kateoplis:

32 year-old Anders Behring Breivik, the Oslo bombing/shooting suspect, is a Christian conservative, called himself a nationalist and posted anti-Islam comments

inothernews:

Here’s the murdering terrorist fuck who was arrested today in connection with both the fatal bombing in Oslo and the massacre of children on an island north of the capital.  From the Daily Mail:

The 32-year-old Norwegian man  arrested for gunning down children on the holiday island of Utoya has  been named locally as Anders Behring Breivik.
Described as 6ft tall and blond, he is reported to have arrived on the island of  Utoya and opened fire after beckoning several young people over in his  native Norwegian tongue.
Reports suggest he was also seen loitering around the site of the bomb blast in Oslo two hours before the island incident.
More than 30 are believed to have been  killed - seven in Oslo and between 25 to 30 on Utoya Island, 50 miles  north of the capital.
Police have said the attacks do not appear to be linked to Islamist terrorism but they are linking the two incidents.
Initially, however, it was not known what the motives were - whether the gunman had been  radicalised and was part of a militant Muslim group waging Jihad or was  alternatively trying to further a home-grown political cause.
The Oslo bomb blast was outside a  government office, while the island of Utoya is reportedly owned by the  Norwegian Labour Party.
Teenagers  on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya had to ‘swim for their lives’  and hide in trees when the gunman fired indiscriminately at them. 

Burn in Hell, asshole.

inothernews:

Here’s the murdering terrorist fuck who was arrested today in connection with both the fatal bombing in Oslo and the massacre of children on an island north of the capital.  From the Daily Mail:

The 32-year-old Norwegian man arrested for gunning down children on the holiday island of Utoya has been named locally as Anders Behring Breivik.

Described as 6ft tall and blond, he is reported to have arrived on the island of Utoya and opened fire after beckoning several young people over in his native Norwegian tongue.

Reports suggest he was also seen loitering around the site of the bomb blast in Oslo two hours before the island incident.

More than 30 are believed to have been killed - seven in Oslo and between 25 to 30 on Utoya Island, 50 miles north of the capital.

Police have said the attacks do not appear to be linked to Islamist terrorism but they are linking the two incidents.

Initially, however, it was not known what the motives were - whether the gunman had been radicalised and was part of a militant Muslim group waging Jihad or was alternatively trying to further a home-grown political cause.

The Oslo bomb blast was outside a government office, while the island of Utoya is reportedly owned by the Norwegian Labour Party.

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

Burn in Hell, asshole.