Anders Behring Breivik (born 13 Feb. 1979) is a Norwegian terrorist and the confessed perpetrator of the July 22, 2011 Norway attacks. The attacks included detonating a car bomb in downtown Oslo, Norway, near the offices of the Prime Minister, killing eight and wounding 26. This was followed by a mass shooting on the nearby island of Utøya, where he attacked teenagers attending a Norwegian Labour Party youth camp, killing 85 and wounding 66. Breivik described his far-right militant ideology in an online manifesto 2083 – under the anglicised pseudonym Andrew Berwick. His ultranationalist manifesto lays out hisxenophobic worldview, which includes support for varying degrees of cultural conservatism, right-wing populism, and anti-Islamisation. He further argues for the violent annihilation of Islam, “cultural Marxism“, and multiculturalism, to preserve a Christian Europe.
THE RIGHT-WING IDEOLOGUES CANNOT BE ABSOLVED OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES IN RELEASING SUCH PACKS
[ANDERS BREIVIK WASN’T THE LONE WOLF]
by Adam Bienkov
Right-wing pundits are now very keen to tell us that the Norwegian terror attacks were not caused by right-wing anti-multicultural ideology.
He was just a lone nutter okay? And besides, if it wasn’t for multiculturalism, then there wouldn’t have been a problem there in the first place.
Boris did not feel implicated by those who blamed Islam for the 7/7 attacks but he does feel implicated by those blaming right-wing politics for the Breivik attacks.When Islam was in the dock, Boris wanted it detained without charge, but now that right-wing ideology is in the dock, he wants it released, no questions asked.
It’s a sly trick, but it’s one that he shouldn’t be allowed to get away with.
Islamic ideology had questions to answer after 7/7 and the hard-right ideology pushed by certain pundits in the press has questions to answer now.
The Anders Breiviks of this world do not emerge from nowhere, just as the English Defence Leagues of this world do not emerge from nowhere. They are fostered by an ideology legitimised by screaming tabloid headlines and the fear-mongering of politicians who really should know better.
And unfortunately whilst Breivik’s actions were the actions of a nutter, he is not the only nutter out there.
Three years ago 54 explosive devices and 12 firearms were found at the home of BNP member Terence Gavan.
Like Breivik, Gavan saw himself as defending his country from Muslim immigration, and like Breivik he was dismissed as a “lone wolf” whose ideology we didn’t need to worry about.
And yet from lone wolves, larger packs are formed.
So whilst we shouldn’t entirely blame right-wing ideologues for helping form those packs, we shouldn’t entirely absolve them from their responsibilities either.
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