Four days with the ‘perfect Knight’

After the last four days, many people will probably have had about as much as they can stomach of Anders Behring Breivik.   Even the sight of him is disturbing.  Seen close up on television, he has the grotesque physical presence of a horror film villain or a Hollywood serial killer, with his narrow black eyes, his neat little beard and shark-like smile, his old-world formality and his puffed-up sense of his own importance.

Yesterday Breivik told the court that it was ‘contrary to human nature’ to do what he did, and that it was necessary to ‘hammer away at your emotions’ to come up with the desired product.  Watching him is indeed like watching  a simulacrum of a human being rather than a real person,  who uses words and makes recognizably human gestures, but in whom it is impossible to detect any trace of empathy, compassion or any of the meaningful bonds that connect human beings to each other.

The more he talks, the more disgusting he reveals himself to be, and the more glaring the discrepancy between his grandiose ’cause’ and the obscenity of his actions and ideas.  Believing himself to be heroic and noble, he comes over as vain, deluded, and self-pitying.

One minute he is bragging to the court about having carried out ‘ the most spectacular operation conducted by a militant nationalist this century’.  Then he is weeping, not for the lives that he snuffed out so brutally, but because he is ‘moved’ by the sight of his own propaganda video.

This tacky combination of racial paranoia, half-baked intellectualism and historical references, anti-Muslim hatred, and sentimentality,  culminates in heroic sword wielding crusader imagery that might have been borrowed from a computer game or a Game of Thrones script.

For Breivik, the first-person shooter and self-styled ‘perfect Knight’ who spent 16 hours a day playing computer games and engaging in combat training by playing Modern Warfare: Call of Duty, fantasy and reality merged into a single heroic narrative with himself in the starring role as the exterminating avenger, slaughtering the sons and daughters of the party that he blamed for turning Norway into a ‘multicultural hell’.

Whether comparing his youthful victims to the Hitler Youth or revealing his plans to kill journalists or decapitate the former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland,  he comes over as a shockingly callous and ultimately hollow individual,  fatally corrupted by his hatreds and monomaniacal obsessions.

Despite his attempts to distance himself from Nazism, Breivik has also revealed himself to be an out-and-out racist, whether decrying Norway’s transformation into the ‘ dumping ground for the surplus births of the Third Worldor  telling the court  of his desire ‘ for racial purity and to change the direction of multi-cultural drift, to avoid greater confrontation and civil war. The only way I could protect the white native Norwegian was through violence.’

All this has been a disturbing and depressing spectacle,  and no doubt deeply painful for the relatives of his victims.  But the fears about Breivik being given a propaganda platform that would inspire others to follow his example would appear to have been misplaced.   Breivik is so obviously repellent, that only those who already think like him are likely to be inspired by his actions and engage in further acts of ‘resistance’.

But such forces do exist.   And the last four days have revealed a contradiction that has yet to be resolved.  The prosecution wants to prove that Breivik is insane, whereas he wants to prove the opposite – the better to glorify his acts of ‘resistance’.

Breivik frequently uses the first person plural, presenting himself as part of a Norwegian and European-wide resistance, and referring to obscure meetings with influential like-minded people who formed his ‘Knights Templar’ movement.

The prosecution argues that these claims are fantasies.  If Breivik wants to prove that these contacts with individuals and organizations were not invented,  then he may have to give names and dates.

To prove his sanity,  his defence lawyer may also be obliged to demonstrate how many of his delusions and obsessions about immigration, Islam and multiculturalism, were shared, by a very wide spectrum that spans anti-Muslim websites and bloggers, established far-right parties, the more recent counter-jihad movement and the various ‘defence leagues’.

This should not be difficult.  As Breivik’s Internet ‘manifesto’ makes clear, many of his ideas, references and sources of inspiration were drawn from an ongoing discourse about Muslims and Islam which can be found in any daily paper.

The next nine weeks will reveal how this contradiction is resolved.   But if this horrendous episode is to have any positive outcome, beyond the immediate aim of finding some kind of justice and closure for the relatives of his victims, we must hope that the court does not limit its focus to Breivik himself.

Because the paranoia, hatred and delusion that he has expressed during the past week are not unique to him.   Those who propagate conspiracy theories and fantasies of an Islamic take over of Europe shouldn’t be surprised when some people take their fantasies literally.

And unless Europeans can reject these dank and toxic politics, and face up to the bigotry and racism that so often underpins them, Breivik may not be the last of his kind.

 

 

 

It was the Beeb wot dun it

[stextbox id=”alert”]More than a week after the Norway atrocities, European far-right parties and Islamophobic websites on both sides of the Atlantic have embarked on a new attempt to regain what they clearly regard as the lost moral high ground…[/stextbox]

My piece for the First Post today on the far-right spinning of the Norway massacre.  You can read the whole piece here: http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/82531,news-comment,news-politics,far-right-blames-bbc-for-ignoring-anders-breivik-beliefs-norway-killer-massacre-utoya#ixzz1Ty5udXe8

 

 

Twilight in Gellerland

As an example of callous brutality and gimlet-eyed hatred, the latest take on the Norway killings by American ‘counter-jihadist’ Pamela Geller takes some beating. According to Geller, the Labour Party summer camp at Utoeya was in fact an ‘anti-semitic indoctrination centre.’

How does she know this?  Because one of the survivors of the massacre told ABC news immediately afterwards how ‘Some of my friends tried to stop him [Breivik] by talking to him. Many people thought that it was a test …comparing it to how it is to live in Gaza.’  Well that proves it, doesn’t it?  But in case there was any doubt, Geller reports a visit to Utoeya by the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store, who told the assembled youth that the Palestinians ‘must have their own state, the occupation must end, the wall must be demolished and it must happen now.’

Still uncertain about the dark purpose behind this seemingly innocent island, you skeptics? Geller has definitive proof, in the form of a photograph of smiling youths in a boat with Palestinian flags and banners calling for the defeat of the Gaza blockade.   All of which demonstrates that ‘ Glenn Beck was not that far off when he compared it to the Hitlerjugend or Young Pioneers.’

No he really wasn’t, was he?  And all this kinda puts Anders Breivik’s decision to massacre these kids in perspective don’t you think?   You don’t?   Well consider what Auntie Pamela has to tell y’all

[stextbox id=”alert”]Breivik was targeting the future leaders of the party responsible for flooding Norway with Muslims who refuse to assimilate, who commit major violence against Norwegian natives, including violent gang rapes, with impunity, and who live on the dole… all done without the consent of the Norwegians.
The day before the shooting, a pro-Palestinian rally was held.[/stextbox]

So there you have it.   Quid pro quo.   But don’t you go thinking that Pam approves of what Breivik did.   She makes it clear that she doesn’t, telling us that

[stextbox id=”alert”]Of course, the genocidal leftists will twist what I write here; I am not condoning the slaughter in Norway or anywhere. I abhor violence (except in regard to self defense). But the jihad-loving media never told us what antisemitic war games they were playing on that island. Utoya Island is a Communist/Socialist campground, and they clearly had a pro-Islamic agenda.  Only the malevolent media could use the euphemism summer camp and get away with it. The slaughter was horrific. What these kids were being taught and instructed to do was a different kind of grotesque. There is no justification for Breivik’s actions whatsoever. There is also no justification for Norway’s antisemitism and demonization of Israel.[/stextbox]

Do you see now readers?   There is no justification for Breivik’s actions, but then Norway is antisemitic and demonises Israel, so maybe in fact there is some justification after all.   And if Geller approves of violence as self-defence, and if the pretend summer campers were really brainwashed communist kids playing anti-semitic ‘wargames’, and if Breivik was responding to an act of cultural aggression/betrayal (something he himself argued), then doesn’t that mean that his actions were legitimate?

Far be it from a genocidal leftist like me to jump to the conclusions of the malevolent media.  But then why did Geller’s photograph of the youth gathering at Utoeya originally contain the caption ‘Note the faces which are more MIddle [sic] Eastern or mixed than pure Norwegian’ – a caption that has since been removed?  What exactly was her point here?

And  just in case any of you were still so disturbed or distracted by the mass slaughter of teenagers on Utoeya that you were in danger of taking your eye off the ball,  Geller reminds us where the real danger lies

[stextbox id=”alert”]Only days after a deranged Anders Breivik claimed creeping Islamization of Norway as an excuse for cold-bloodedly murdering 76 people, the majority of which were children, a group of British Muslim extremists have seemingly mocked the tragedy by hanging bright yellow posters in several London boroughs declaring them “Sharia-controlled zones.”
One has to wonder about the timing.[/stextbox]

One really does.    And one also has to wonder why this ridiculous and utterly marginal Muslims Against Crusades outfit does anything at all, or what its yellow posters were intended to achieve except to reflect back and magnify the fantasies of bigots like Geller and the EDL.    But what one really has to wonder about is the hypocrisy, the glib illogic and underlying savagery of the Queen of the counter-jihadists and her fellow ‘freedom-fighters’, who claim that they wish  to save civilisation, even as they sink deeper and deeper into their own dank swamp.

 

 

Bano Rashid RIP

Bano Rashid, the 18-year-old Kurdish refugee and Labour party youth activist was the first of the ‘Marxist Hunter ‘ Anders Breivik’s victims on Utoeya island to be buried in Norway yesterday.  The funeral service was presided over by an imam and a Christian pastor and attended by her Kurdish family, her Norwegian friends and Labour party political comrades, and her coffin was draped in the Kurdish and Norwegian flags.

Bano Rashid’s family came to Norway from Iraq in 1996, where they were given refugee status, and the New York Times has described how ‘Ms. Rashid wanted to stretch the limits of the country’s blond and blue-eyed identity, to help redefine what it means to be Norwegian.’    Last summer she saved up money to buy the expensive Norwegian national costume, the bunad.  She wanted to be a lawyer and a politician and dreamed of becoming prime minister like her political idol, Norway’s former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.

In an article last year for the newspaper Aftenposten,  the 17-year-old youth activist criticized the populist Progress Party, Norway’s second largest political party,  and the anti-immigrant message of its leader Siv Jensen:

[stextbox id=”alert”]She knows well that people have immigrated for thousands of years, and that it has gone very well. It always turns out that people who move to a country adapt to its culture and its way of life. It just takes some time. If Jensen is really afraid of Muslims, she can see the birth rate of Muslim women in Norway. It has fallen significantly. It is an example of the way people who live in Norway have adapted to Norway. We integrate ourselves….There is no doubt that Oslo would grind to a halt if it went one day without the work of immigrants.    Would it not be better to view immigrants as a tremendous resource? Let Norway use the resources of its immigrants.   Give us time to integrate, preferably without discrimination.[/stextbox]

Bano Rashid embodied that capacity for integration.  Kurdish, Muslim, Norwegian, and a Labour party activist, she was also an anti-racist and a strong critic of discrimination of all kinds.    Such transformations are anathema – and are in fact incomprehensible – to the Breiviks of this world and all the other bigots and racists who warn of the evils of multiculturalism and the threat to European and national identity from Europe’s Muslim communities.

Today, these forces are on the ascendancy all over Europe.  And as Norway prepares to bury its ‘lost generation’ it is to be hoped that Europeans across the continent can learn from the savage and senseless death of this talented young woman who was clearly a gift to her adopted country and whose country was a gift to her – and also from the bright hopes and aspirations that inspired her.

As young as she was, Bano Rashid was clearly capable of being many different people at the same time.   In these dark times we need to remember that such things are possible, and perhaps to hold onto these words from  her childhood friend Siva Jagdar, another Kurdish Norwegian, who told the BBC

[stextbox id=”alert”]Her death won’t scare Muslims like me away from politics.  If anything she has been an inspiration in life, and I hope she will be an inspiration still, to show Norway what we can be… I hope Bano can be a symbol for Norway’s youth, for Christian youth, for Muslim youth, for Kurdish youth. To show everyone that they can follow their dreams.[/stextbox]