Anders Behring Breivik, a perfect product of the Axis of Islamophobia

July 25, 2011 § 3 Comments

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store visits the Utoya Labor youth camp a day before Breivik's killing spree. He earned loud cheers with an unapologetic call for Palestinian rights.

The following is an excerpt from Max Blumenthal‘s piece at Mondoweiss on the terror attacks in Norway:

As horrific as Breivik’s actions were, he can not be dismissed as a “madman.” His writings contain the same themes and language as more prominent right-wing Islamophobes (or those who style themselves as “counter-Jihadists”) and many conservatives in general. What’s more, Breivik was articulate and coherent enough to offer a clear snapshot of his ideological motives. Ali Abunimah and Alex Kane have posted excellent summaries of Breivik’s writings here and here and a full English translation is here. It is also worth sitting through at least a portion of Breivik’s tedious video manifesto to get a sense of his thinking.

From a tactical perspective, Breivik was not a “lone wolf” terrorist. Instead, Breivik appeared to operate under a leaderless resistance model much like the Christian anti-abortion terrorists Scott Roeder and Eric Rudolph. Waagner and Rudolph organized around the Army of God, a nebulous group that was known only by its website and the pamphlets its members passed around in truck stops and private meetings. If they received material or tactical support, it occurred spontaneously. For the most part, they found encouragement from like-minded people and organizations like Operation Rescue, but rarely accepted direct assistance. Breivik, who emerged from the anti-immigrant Norwegian Progress Party (which built links with America’s Tea Party) and drifted into the English/Norwegian Defense League sphere of extremism, but who appeared to act without formal organizational support, reflects the same leaderless resistance style as America’s anti-abortion terrorists.

While in many ways Breivik shares core similarities with other right-wing anti-government terrorists, he is the product of a movement that is relatively new, increasingly dangerous, and poorly understood. I described the movement in detail in my “Axis of Islamophobia” piece, noting its simultaneous projection of anti-Semitic themes on Muslim immigrants and the appeal of Israel as a Fort Apache on the front lines of the war on terror, holding the line against the Eastern barbarian hordes. Breivik’s writings embody this seemingly novel fusion, particularly in his obsession with “Cultural Marxism,” an increasingly popular far-right concept that positions the (mostly Jewish) Frankfurt School as the originators of multiculturalism, combined with his call to “influence other cultural conservatives to come to our…pro-Israel line.”

Click here to read the full piece.

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§ 3 Responses to Anders Behring Breivik, a perfect product of the Axis of Islamophobia

  • Joseph. says:

    Very good, but Gilad Atzmon understood the links and got the story well before Blumenthal did —

    Check Atzmon’s insights here —

    http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-was-the-massacre-in-norway-a-reaction-to-bds.html

    http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-massacre-in-norway-more-about-the-jewish-right.html

    • It was hardly a “reaction” to anything. Breivik’s terroristic atrocity was carefully planned, over almost a decade, which makes the hate-mongering by the far-right even more damnable.

  • Ibrahim Hayani says:

    This is the ugly “price” that a society, any society, will ultimately pay for allowing hate to be “normalized” and become main stream. By its very nature, hate is self-destructive. The horrific crime committed by the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is but an enduring testament to the inherently destructive nature of racism. If it is true that “birds of one feather folk together,” it is also true that the best :service” that “goodness” can offer to evil is silence. The barbaric nature of racism should be exposed for what it is, barbaric. When will the “delusional” supporters of Israel’s racist policies against the Palestinians realize that they are allying themselves with those hateful racist who are operating on the wrong side of history. Hate is incapable of building and sustaining a civilization; true love based on justice can.

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