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The Allusive Aspects of the Anders Breivik Case

Anders Breivik, a Norwegian mass murderer and Christian terrorist, has been found guilty after his murderous rampage on 22 July 2011 when he bombed government buildings (killing eight) and separately shot 69 people, mostly teenagers. The heinous act included more victims than 7/7, with most of those killed children.

Breivik has been described as insane, a far-right militant, a madman, and by some as having misplaced patriotism. Yet, the key ideas that led to the attack are often, and rather conveniently, overlooked by the media. While his Islamophobic sentiment has been clear, his support of Zionism is usually suppressed, most probably in order to politically distance him from the nefarious ideology that supports anti-Muslim campaigns. Take the idea of Eurabia, an Islamophobic conspiracy theory formulated by Gisèle Littman a Jewish Egyptian known both for her vitriolic writings against peaceful European Muslims and normative Zionist interpretations of historical events. The link between Islamophobia and Zionism has been exposed by a number of commentators, including Rosenburg at Al Jazeera.[1] A number of Muslim organisations have been subjected to abuse by right wing Zionist think tanks such as EDL, Harry’s Place, and Quilliam Foundation. Recently, they have targeted the Islamia Village event held by Islamic Network – “The campaign had intensified at the beginning of the week, whereby such groups had threatened to cause violence…Threats of burning down the venue with the people in it have also been made publicly by some supporters of this campaign.”[2] (Emphasis mine)

Many of the threats of physical violence have come from groups such as the English Defence League, those whom Breivik claims he had contact with. Breivik claims to have a strong relationship with senior EDL members and attended an EDL demonstration in Bradford. Paul Ray, an EDL member ‘who fled the UK for fear of arrest in 2008 over internet postings allegedly inciting racial hatred, this week conceded that he may have been the inspiration for the Norwegian mass murderer.’[3] How is it then that the EDL is allowed to exist after having inspired the mass murder of (mostly) children and now threatening to murder British Muslims?

Other issues that have been noticeably missing from the reporting are the religious claims made by Breivik where they have either been glossed over or painted to seem silly. While I acknowledge that modern Christianity rejects such violence, the media has not seemed as eager to subject Christians to the same rhetoric they usually do Muslims. Why weren’t the 7/7 bombers described as four deluded individuals who insanely believed the way to change foreign policy would be to kill scores of people travelling by public transport? Instead the four 7/7 bombers were religious ideologues representative of the sentiments of millions of British Muslims, yet Breivik remains the patriotic maniac, whilst those who share his sentiment of Christian resistance to the unfounded Muslim conspiracy are left to continue with murder.

The Norwegian court accepted that many people share Breivik’s conspiracy theory about Muslims, including the Eurabia theory, yet across Europe (including the UK) anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise. The acceptability of targeting Muslims has reached unprecedented levels with the French niqab ban and David Cameron’s Munich speech vilifying all those who do not share his ideas as being extremists, albeit non-violent. This horrible demonization of a faith group that has nothing to do with immigration, race, culture or ethnicity must be resisted by the sound minded people of Britain and Europe – conflict prevention is invariably better than conflict resolution.

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[2] See: (accessed 24th August 2012)

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  1. bogus


  2. BBC
    Please note the article by Matthew Feldman on the BBC website today that make a similar point.

  3. saleem akhtar

    labeling religious groups
    i think we should also say christian terrorists from now on , just like they been saying islamic terrorists.

  4. kadijah elamin

    If we fail to understand that evil is out to get every soul of the children of Adam, we are truly headed for doom. Race, ethnicity, nationality, and other catorization of mankind are mere divisive schemes of evil plotters to hide the real agenda of soul-snatching. We humans get duped everytime we buy into any theory that one group is superior or inferior based on such defective criteria of race, ethnicity,etc., rather than the criteria of righteousness and obedience to the Creator of All the Worlds.

    It is amazing to me that people don’t believe that all foolishness carried on by them individually or collectively, will end with DEATH, something that ALL life have in common. Many humans spend a lifetime serving EVIL and think that they will rest peaceful when they die, unaccountable for nothing they do!!!This is the ill-fated mental state of humans. Hence the reason humans do as they please, think as they please, and seek freedom to execute their pleasures on all fronts. Humans are truly in a state of loss except for those who do righteous deeds and are patient in truth. We will never win unless we recognize the evil doers’ plots and the satanic movement against humankind.

  5. What support of Zionism.
    Considering that Breivik wrote this in his manifesto:

    “There is no Jewish problem in Western Europe (with the exception of the UK and France) as we only have 1 million in Western Europe, whereas 800 000 out of these 1 million live in France and the UK. The US on the other hand, with more than 6 million Jews (600% more than Europe) actually has a considerable Jewish problem. But please learn the difference between a nation-wrecking multiculturalist Jew and a conservative Jew. Don’t make the same mistake that NSDAP did. Never target a Jew because he is a Jew, but rather because he is a category A or B traitor. And don’t forget that the bulk of the category A and B traitors

    are Christian Europeans. 90% of the category A and B traitors in my own country, Norway, are Nordic, Christian category A and B traitors.”

    Hard to believe a Zionist would refer to a Jewish problem.

    • If every Jew on the Earth disappeared tomorrow nothing would change in the Muslim world except that Palestine would regain self-rule, and would then probably become one more Arab theocratic, militaristic, monarchistic or plain nasty dictatorship, like most of the others Muslim-ruled countries around the world. The Jews are irrelevant to the chronic dysfunctionality of most of the Islamic world, which wil not improve until the Shias and Sunnis stop slaughtering each other, and adopt DEMOCRACY.

  6. SPOT ON!!!!!!

  7. Jzk for this article- well said

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