Before I start I would like to say that my thoughts and prays go out to the victims and families of the victims of today’s attacks. I couldn’t imagine the horror they must be going through at this hour as we’re all still trying to sort out what happened, who’s responsible and what their motives were. As of now, it appears that a Norwegian, Anders Behring Breivik, is to blame. This from the Toronto Sun (hat-tip Michelle Malkin).
Anders Behring Breivik is a conservative Christian who enjoys classical music and the video game World of Warcraft.
Breivik has been named by several Norwegian media outlets as the suspected shooter at a youth camp in Oslo, where 10 people were killed Friday and he may be linked to a bombing near the prime minister’s residence that killed seven others.
On his Facebook page, which appears to only have been started July 17, Breivik mostly posted music videos and said his interests include hunting and bodybuilding.
Under education, Breivik wrote he studied independently, noting he has “approximately 14,500 hours of study” equivalent to a bachelor of business administration and masters in history, as well as “3,000 hours of study in micro and macro finance, religion.”
His profile also says he’s a director at a company called Breivik Geofarm.
He lists himself as single and has five profile photos – four of which are headshots, and one of him at a wedding with two women, one of which is the bride.
A Twitter account is also being linked to Breivik, although there is just one tweet on July 17.
“One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests,” he wrote.
The television station TV 2 in Norway reported Breivik had right-wing extremist tendancies and had two guns registered under his name.
VGTV reported Breivik was unknown to police prior to Friday’s shooting.
So, at this time, the main suspect for the horrific attacks is the exact opposite of who many assumed was behind this attack. Once this information came to light, however, those on the left quickly blamed Christianity and conservatism for these terrorist attacks. Anyone looking for examples of this twisted logic need not look any further then the comments section of the Huffington Post’s most recent article on this tragedy. Here are some examples.
ElBruce – So this means all Christian conservatives must be subjected to additional scrutiny and security procedures? You know, like they were saying Muslims should?
Szanbar – If a Muslim had done this, it would have been the Main news for at least next week, on this website, CNN, FOX, BBC, Drudge report, Yahoo etc etc.. Since the killer is a Christian terrorist, this news has been so conveniently dropped to 3rd or 6th place, on this website and is already missing from all the major media outlets (At least in USA).. That stupid Drudge is still linking to a bogus story about some Global Jihad BS.. Good Job media. Lets get back to Obama bashing, since it wasn’t a muslim…
lonewolfwisconsin – Holy Cow!! Teabagger disease has spread to Norway???
aonorat – Just another example that proves that no particular religion or group has exclusive ownership of terrorist acts. Plenty of other examples exist, to include Timothy McVeigh here in the USA. Hope we don’t send our troops to Norway to prevent Christian terrorists from establishing a safe haven there. (sarcasm) These are crimes against humanity by fanatics or lunatics which require bringing the specific culprits to justice as opposed to engaging in broad scale military ventures such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Eddy333 – The minute they said the shooter was blonde and spoke Norwegian I knew what was coming next. All too predictable given the delusions the far right engage in–no matter what the country.
lovethesinner – “… he describes himself as having Christian, conservative views. He says he enjoys hunting, the games World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, and lives in Oslo. He also lists political analysis and stock analysis as interests.”
I half expected them to say, “and Fox News analyst” at the end, there.
PanFx – Regardless of how real the proof that the perpetrator is a white Christian male, conservatives will deny it. Most of those deniers will do it only because they want to get a reaction out of their counterparts. It helps soothe their bruised ego after realizing that they are no better than the Taliban. It also soothes their cognitive dissonance, which as of late, is in overdrive.
TeraWatt60 – We now have proof that the Tea Party is helping the American Economy ….they have exported their nutt.iness to Norway!! Sharron Angle and her “2nd Amendment Remedy” is now an international sensation !
This is just some of the twisted comments I found in the comments section. It’s good to see that many have been removed by moderators, and that there are quite a few comments from more individuals pointing out that this isn’t “Christian terrorism” or “conservative terrorism.” The problem, however, is that the majority of comments are similar to those I have posted. As per usual, the Huffington Post’s readership doesn’t fail at reaching new lows.
Aside from these anti-Christian and anti-conservative comments, there are many, on the Huffington Post comment section and on other pages from people who believe that the media was too quick in blaming these attacks on Islamic terrorists. In response to them, I have two points to make. Firstly, Islamic fundamentalism has become a serious problem in Norway. If it isn’t Islamic radicals like Mullah Krekar, who preaches about the “eventual” Islamic domination of Europe and his support for armed jihad, its the assault raping of young Norwegian girls by Muslim men. Secondly, it was only after “Helpers of Global Jihad” took credit for the attacks that the media began treating this as another case of Islamic terrorism. The Guardian has a timeline of today’s events which puts this at roughly two-and-a-half overs after the first attack. It definitely wasn’t a rush to judgement, especially seeing as many in the media would rather ignore stories about Islamic terrorism. Case in point, the lack of coverage of the United Airlines Flight 944 incident earlier this month.
In any event, at this point we don’t know exactly why Anders Behring Breivik committed these horrible acts. My best guess is that he believed Norway’s Labour Party was to blame for the country’s problems, and that destroying them would somehow save his country. This kind of twisted nationalism is reminiscent of Jared Lee Loughner’s rampage in Tucson, Texas. Until we have more details, there isn’t anything more I can say.
I will hopefully be updating this post as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin’s newest post raises two points in particular about yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Oslo, Norway. The first point is that, despite what those on the left believe, it wasn’t Christians who were praising the actions of Anders Behring Breivik. Matter of fact, Christians were condemning the attacks before and after it was learned who was responsible. On the other hand, as the Jawa Report reported yesterday, Muslims leaders like Britain’s Anjem Choudary were praising the attacks. Choudary himself tweeted that “The Norwegian regime & Stoltenberg should not have sent their troops to kill Muslims in Afghanistan or mistreated the scholar Mullah Krekar!” Aside from the fact that “Helpers of Global Jihad” initially took credit for the attacks, is it any wonder why the media was focused on Islamic terrorists?
This leads to the second point, that the left somehow believes these Muslim extremists are owed an apology for being blamed for yesterday’s terrorist attacks. It isn’t just the usual suspects at the Huffington Post or the Daily Kos either who believe this nonsense. As Michelle wrote, a writer for the Atlantic, James Fallow, believes that Jennifer Rubin, who wrote a piece earlier yesterday for the Washington Post concerning Islamic fundamentalism in Norway, should apologize for it. The only thing Fallows’ incoherent rant does is highlight the warped mentality of those who share his social and political beliefs. Why should there be any apology when these people not only praised the attacks, but some even took credit for them? Only those with a twisted sense of reality could believe that these wannabee terrorists were mistreated by yesterday’s media coverage.
Once again, I will be updating this post as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey has a post up concerning Anders Behring Breivik. As usual, I recommend my modest readership give his post a read. Ed draws a comparison between Breivik’s actions and those of Timothy McVeigh, instead of Jared Lee Loughner. It’s easy to understand why considering the use of an explosive device to attack a government building, but we don’t know at this point whether or not Breivik was part of paramilitary group, or whether or not his actions were fueled by political ideology similar to McVeigh’s. I won’t make definite statements about his motivations without the evidence to back it up.
Aside from this, I would like to address this idea that Breivik is a “Christian conservative terrorist.” At this time, there are conflicting reports about his religious beliefs. I have been reading various sites which claim that Breivik wasn’t a Christian, but instead a Freemason. That being said, none of the eye witness accounts have him quoting the Bible or any Masonic text, as Islamic terrorists do. Simply put, just because he is a member of a particular faith, it doesn’t mean that he is a religiously motivated terrorist. In fact, I believe all signs, at this point at least, point his actions being politically motivated.
So if this is politically motivated, does that mean he is a “conservative terrorist”? Once again, as I stated previously, his political beliefs are warped. Just as Jared Lee Lougher’s motivations were only understandable only to him alone, I believe this may also be the case for Breivik’s motivations. If his actions were indeed due the result of his hatred for Islamic fundamentalism as many have been saying, why didn’t he target a Muslim leader like Mullah Krekar? At least then his actions would have made more sense. If it was the Labour Party’s push for multiculturalism, why didn’t Breivik’s writings, as far as we know, speak of his hatred for non-Muslim minority groups? Why were was the target of his attacks the Labour Party and not minority groups? Simply put, there is some warped reason for these attacks that makes sense to Breiviki, but probably won’t make sense to anyone else.
In any event, aside from reports of a possible second gunman, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of new information. When more information does become available, I will update this blog entry.
UPDATE: Here’s more information on Anders Behring Breivik. This from Chris Doucette of the Toronto Sun.
The whole world now knows Anders Breivik is a heartless, cold-blooded killer.
The suspected right-wing zealot has already taken responsibility for the deadly bombing in Oslo, Norway, and the shooting spree on nearby Utoeya island that, together, have claimed nearly 100 lives, most of them youths, and wounded at least as many more.
But on Monday, the 32-year-old is expected to answer the question everyone is asking:
“He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary,” defence lawyer Geir Lippestad told TV2 news on Saturday.
Lippestad’s client apparently has told him he is willing to explain himself when he makes his first court appearance on Monday.
Shortly after the bombing of a downtown Oslo government building, a man dressed in a police uniform opened fire on hundreds of youths on the island 30 kilometres away.
The shooting rampage went on for 90 minutes.
When a SWAT team finally arrived, acting police chief Sveinung Sponheim said Breivik immediately surrendered and confessed to both attacks.
Police also said the accused, who belonged to an anti-immigration party and wrote blogs attacking multiculturalism and Islam, had been unknown to them.
In a YouTube video promoting a fight against Islam, Breivik is seen wearing a wetsuit and pointing an automatic weapon.
Forensics officers gathered evidence at a small farm in the village of Aasta, about 160 km north of Oslo, that was allegedly leased by Breivik two months ago.
Half a dozen bags of fertilizer could be seen stacked against an outbuilding on the property. But it’s not yet known if fertilizer was used to make the bomb that rocked Oslo.
Arild Tangen, a taxi driver who claims he drove Breivik from a train station to the farm on Thursday around 1 p.m., said he did not know the accused, but he seemed to be “a nice guy.”
“He seemed like an up-and-coming businessman coming right from the job,” Tangen told Reuters. “I could never imagine he could have done something like that.”
If Breivik is convicted on terrorism charges, he would face a maximum of 21 years in prison, police said.
It seems that the we’re all going to be learning more about Breivik’s motives very soon. I still, however, find it troubling that there seems to be a significant disconnect between his anti-Islamic positions and these attacks on the Labour Party. If he was so intent on a fight with Islam, why didn’t he target Muslim leaders like Mullah Krekar? Does he believe that the Labour Party is a pawn of Muslim fundamentalists? I expect his reasoning to be that of a deranged conspiracy theorist.
I will continue updating this post as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: Here’s a few more posts concerning the terrorist attacks in Oslo, Norway.
Donald Douglas at American Power Blog has a post up concerning Anders Behring Breivik’s apparent political motives. Douglas makes the point that an anti-immigration, pro-homosexual and pro-Israel is far from the platform of a far-right extremist, especially in Europe where far-right groups are traditionally anti-homosexual and anti-Israel.
Mark Humphrys points out in his post that “for all his protests, Breivik is no different to the jihadists, and should be treated the same as them.” Looking at Breivik’s manifesto, which includes the forced conversion of Muslims to Christianity, the destruction of mosques and Islamic centers, and the use of terrorism against political opponents, it’s not hard to see why Humphrys would make this assertion. I highly recommend my modest readership give Humphrys’ post a read because sheer amount information it provides on Breivik’s political beliefs.
Celestial Junk has a post up concerning the ninety minutes it took for police to get to Utoya after receiving calls for help as Breivik, and possibly another suspect, started opening fire on Workers’ Youth League (Arbeidernes Ungdomsfylking or AUF in Bokmål) summer camp attendees. As Celestial Junk pointed out, considering that the region is dominated by water and mountains, why wasn’t there any boats or helicopters on standby? Do Norwegian authorities even have a special police force on standby in case of such an emergency? If so, why did it take them so long to get to Utoya? One wonders if the media will tear itself away from the “Christian conservative terrorist” meme long enough to ask these questions.
Aussie Dave at Israelly Cool has a post up concerning the far-left’s attempt to blame this tragedy on Israel and the Jewish people. Well known anti-Israel artist and political activist Gilad Atzmon wrote that,
…Within its Judaic mundane-societal context, the Sabbath Goy [Breivik] is simply there to accomplish some minor tasks the Jews cannot undertake during the Sabbath. But within the Zion-ised reality we tragically enough live in, the Sabbath Goy kills for the Jewish state. He may even do it voluntarily…
Atzmon wasn’t the only one pushing this warped belief. Swedish-Algerian journalist Yahya Abu Zakariya also believes at Breivik’s actions were part of a greater Israeli conspiracy against Muslims.
I blame two parties in the West [for the Norway attacks] – the extremist right and the Israeli Mossad… You will witness similar operations in Denmark, in Sweden, in Iceland, in Finland, and in Britain. This is [part of] the Zionist strategy of ridding Europe of its Muslim population under the slogan of preventing Islam from settling in Europe, so that Europe will continue to support the Zionist entity…
In my opinion, this derangement rivals Breivik’s. As I stated previously, Muslims weren’t the target of Breivik’s attacks. If this was an Israeli conspiracy against Muslims, why would they target Norway’s Labour Party? I also recommend my modest readership give Aussie Dave’s post a read, if for nothing else than to better understand how twisted those who believe this nonsense are.
Thanks to Blazing Cat Fur for posting these links to posts about or related to this story.
UPDATE: More nonsense from those on the left about how those on the right are to blame for the terrorist attacks in Oslo, Norway. Here’s the segment from ‘Jansing and Company’, with Chris Jansing “interviewing” (and I use that term loosely) Michael Isikoff (hat-tip Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs).
Is it any wonder why MSNBC’s ratings are so bad? This wasn’t an interview, it was a rant, a collection of loaded questions and baseless claims. Firstly, there is no proof of a “surge in right wing attacks.” There’s a surge in Islamic terrorist attacks, but unless you count mentally deranged people with far-left political beliefs (Amy Bishop, Joseph Andrew Stack and John Patrick Bedell to name a few) as “right wing extremists,” then there isn’t any evidence to back up this claim.
Secondly, this talk about how the “real threat” is the “fringe, extremist terrorist groups on the right feeding off islamophobia” is nonsense. What about the very real threat of Muslim fundamentalism? Those like Isikoff would rather invent bogeymen than address issues like the assault raping of Norwegian girls by Muslim men (same link as above). How about the calls for jihad by those like Mullah Krekar? To those on MSNBC, to even raise that issue makes you an “islamophobe.” To paraphrase Kathy Shaidle of Five Feet of Fury, there isn’t anything irrational about a fear of people who advocate violence against unbelievers.
If MSNBC had standard, not only would they apologize for airing this segment, but fired Chris Jansing for this unsupported and downright hateful nonsense. Pathetic…
UPDATE: Instead of updating this post, I have put up a new post discussing this anti-Christian narrative the media is now pushing. While it’s pathetic to see how dishonest and irresponsible these so-called “journalists” have become, it was inevitable when Anders Behring Breivik was revealed to not be a Muslim terrorist. Pathetic…