When something like the deeds of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik transpire, it is best not to respond in a knee-jerk fashion.
Yes, I did have such a reaction myself on the day following the atrocities committed in Norway and before enough facts about the man came to light.
At first, after the realization that Breivik's deeds were not Islamic terrorism but instead connected to what is often termed the counter-jihad blogosphere, the mainstream media attacked the availability of guns. I thought to myself along these lines: "I guess the mainstream media will not want to call attention to some web sites because if attention is drawn in that direction, people might actually visit those web sites and discover something the mainstream media and Leftists in general would much rather remain in limited circulation." In fact, the early stories decried the lack of gun control and contained nary a word about the blogosphere.
But the Leftists and their allies, the mainstream media, couldn't contain themselves. At last, they had their right-wing terrorist, and they were not about to let the crisis go to waste!
Condemnations of the so-called counter-jihad blogosphere have appeared in various publications, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times, the latter two with hyperlinks to Jihad Watch, Gates of Vienna, and Atlas Shrugs, all cited as sources in Breivik's written manifesto, a much more convoluted presentation than his twelve-minute video, likely the primary source for the quickest condemnations of the blogosphere.
The media's frenzy to smear various "counter-jihadists" might well backfire, however, as these sites have become inordinately active since the condemnations by the mainstream media. We shall see as certainly some people will want to see "the hate sites" for themselves.
What has more recently drawn the attention of the mainstream media as they issue condemnations of the various sources cited by Breivik appears to be this early section of his manifesto, a section which has caused such alarm among political conservatives and the so-called counter-jihadists:
Multiculturalism (cultural Marxism/political correctness), as you might know, is the rootcause of the ongoing Islamisation of Europe which has resulted in the ongoing Islamiccolonisation of Europe through demographic warfare (facilitated by our own leaders). (page 9)Many of us so-called counter-jihadists have expressed that idea. I know that I have.
But the document, a hypergraphic screed of some 769,351 words [Thanks for sending me a copy, Stogie!], contains much more. As one reads on (on and on and on), one can discern the ramblings of a megalomanic who thought he had found the way to solve all the world's problems.
Breivik even includes a page-after-page interview of himself in the Q&A section toward the end of the document. Note the date, which clearly precedes the founding of many of the so-called counter-jihad web sites, which appeared on the web after 9/11:
Q: What tipped the scales for you? What single event made you decide you wanted to continue planning and moving on with the assault?Apparently, Breivik latched onto the strange -ism that had already been forming in his mind.
A: For me, personally, it was my government’s involvement in the attacks on Serbia (NATO bombings in 1999) several years back. It was completely unacceptable how the US and Western European regimes bombed our Serbian brothers. All they wanted was to drive Islam out by deporting the Albanian Muslims back to Albania. When the Albanians refused, they really didn’t have any choice but to use military force. By disallowing the Serbians the right for self-determination over their sovereign territory they indirectly dug a grave for Europe. A future where several Mini- Pakistan’s would eventually will be created in every Western European capital. This is unacceptable, completely unacceptable.
There have been several issues that have reaffirmed my beliefs since then. Among them; my governments cowardly handling of the Muhammad Cartoon issue and their decision to award the Nobel peace prize to an Islamic terrorist (Arafat) and appeasers of Islam.
There have been tens of other issues. My government and our media capitulated to Islam several years ago, after the Rushdie event. Since then, it has gone downhill. Thousands of Muslims pouring in annually through our Asylum institution, or by family reunification. The situation is just chaotic. These suicidal traitors must be stopped. (1379)
As one example of the strangeness of Breivik's beliefs unrelated to the above points, note the following about marriage:
The myth about marriages based on love must be deconstructedI, for one, am sick of hearing Breivik described as a "fundamentalist Christian." Apparently Breivik's words, indicating that any faith he held was nominal at best:
The illusion about love in a relationship between a man and a woman is the sum of irrational feelings based on desire. When love fades, and it always does, there is little to hold the relationship together. The mass media has been allowed to condition people to believe in a myth that does not exist. A marriage must be forged as an institution for the raising of children. Marriage must be based on a specific agreement between a man and a woman who creates an advanced pact which must have a minimum validity of at least 20 years. This pact must be forged upon the mutual interest to achieve a goal based on cooperation, on friendship, proper communication and on mutual respect - not on love. (1176)
I'm not going to pretend I'm a very religious person as that would be a lie. I've always been very pragmatic and influenced by my secular surroundings and environment.Those don't sound like the words of a "fundamentalist Christian" to me. Those do sound like the words of one grabbing onto any idea fitting into his -ism.
I can't possibly imagine how my state of mind will be during the time of the operation, though. It will be during a steroid cycle...
If praying will act as an additional mental boost/soothing it is the pragmatical thing to do. I guess I will find out... If there is a God I will be allowed to enter heaven as all other martyrs for the Church in the past.
I am pursuing religion for this very reason and everyone else should as well, providing it will give you a mental boost....
Breivikism is strange, indeed.
We have yet to learn the short- and long-term effects of Breivik's deeds. Will there be copycats? Does Breivik have allies? Will there be more pressure to censor criticism of Islam?
For whatever reason, we Westerners have a propensity to ask "Did I cause this? Am I guilty?" Maybe all human beings ask themselves than, not only Westerners.
I still believe that we so-called counter-jihadists are going to end up owning this man's carnage, at least for a time and to some extent. As I said in my post at Infidel Bloggers Alliance: We live in the world of perceptions — not the world of realities.
My conclusion now after several days of research and observation: Anders Behring Breivik took many truths, as well as some blatantly strange ideas, and used them as the motivation to commit atrocious actions which none of the cited disseminators of those ideas ever intended or encouraged. I am reminded of cults, of Charles Manson.
We should neither shrug off Breivik, nor should we allow him to tie us up in knots.
Condemn him, answer his "charges," and trudge on.
To do otherwise would be to deny what so many of us have claimed as our convictions.
Furthermore, Breivik sounds an important warning regarding the disconnect between the will of the people and their elected leaders.
See additional reading at Stogie's site, where you'll find detailed analysis of Breivik's written manifesto.
Also see Jason Pappas's essay "Cultural Genocide."