Fjordman om en aspekt på terroristen
Anders Behring Breivik som gammelpressen
"Jan Oskar Engene, an Associate Professor in
Comparative Politics at the University of
Bergen specializing in terrorism, warned
observers against trying to construct an
elaborate ideology behind Anders Behring
Breivik’s mass murder, since it’s not clear
that the uneducated Breivik espouses a
He suggested that what ABB stated in court
was rather incoherent and did not always
appear genuine, and feared that others might
try to create a more sophisticated ideology
where Breivik himself appeared mainly to
harbor confused ideas.
Unfortunately, Engene’s timely warning has
not always been heeded. The mass murderer
is just too useful as a stick for the ruling
Multiculturalists to beat their opponents
over the head. Any serious attempt to
analyze his so-called manifesto will find
it full of inconsistencies, however, including
a few surprisingly pro-Islamic views.
Left-wing organizations love to highlight
the fact that the absurdly long manifesto/
compendium of 1,518 pages contains a few
citations of or references to the Center for
Security Policy‘s President Frank Gaffney,
the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s
Director Steven Emerson, as well as the
Middle East Media Research Institute
Yes, but these are individuals and groups
dedicated to tracking and monitoring
terrorism, not promoting it.
Breivik also quoted many Muslims and
Marxists, even the Communist leader
As good and recommended literature,
ABB highlighted the Bible, Machiavelli,
George Orwell, Thomas Hobbes, John
Stuart Mill, John Locke, Adam Smith,
Edmund Burke, Ayn Rand and William
James, which can hardly be called
One has to question very seriously just
how much Breivik has personally read,
let alone understood, in most of these
Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project
on Terrorism (IPT) has analyzed over
1,600 personal names mentioned in
Breivik’s manifesto 2083 — A European
Declaration of Independence.
IPT’s research establishes that quite a
few conservative writers are mentioned
there, but also many liberals and leftists
as well as various Christians and Muslims
plus numerous historical figures and writers.
All together, the IPT counted 84 names
mentioned ten or more times in 2083,
encompassing a wide and somewhat
unfocused range of different figures and
ideologies. Among leftist thinkers, Karl
Marx was mentioned 27 times, followed
by Theodor Adorno (26), George Lukacs (26),
Herbert Marcuse (24), Antonio Gramsci (23),
Thomas Hylland Eriksen (21), Colin Barker (20),
and Friedrich Nietzsche (10).
Hylland Eriksen may be described as a center-
left ideologue in favor of mass immigration,
whereas Nietzsche’s complex and controversial
ideas defy simple political characterization.
Leftist politicians mentioned in the manifesto
include Tony Blair (20 times), Barack Hussein
Obama (19), Andrew Neather (15), Javier Solana
(12), Romano Prodi (12), and Gordon Brown (11).
Muslims: Anwar Shaaban (48 times), Islam’s
founder and prophet Muhammad (36), Osama
bin Laden (29), Yasser Arafat (19), the Ottoman
Sultan Abdul Hamid (15), Abu Talal al-Qasimy
(13), Ahmad Abu Laban (12), Ibn Khaldun (12),
Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali (11), Hasan
al-Banna (11), and Sayyid Qutb (11).
Christian figures: Jesus Christ (mentioned 63
times in the text), Pope Urban II (13), Patriarch
Nasrallah Sfeir (12), Michael the Syrian (11), and
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (10).
Random historical figures: Charles Martel (53
times), Adolf Hitler (50), Winston Churchill (23),
Duke Odo of Aquitaine (21), John III Sobieski
(19), Thomas Jefferson (18), Napoleon Bonaparte
(17), Sitting Bull (14), and Benjamin Disraeli (10).
Some of the great many writers encountered were
Aristotle (25 times), Ivo Andrić (20), William
Shakespeare (20), Plato (16), Salman Rushdie
(16), George Orwell (12), Wilhelm Reich (12),
and Sigmund Freud (11).
The most frequently mentioned individuals
in the manifesto are: Bat Ye’or (71), Fjordman
(63), Jesus Christ (63), Robert Spencer (54),
Charles Martel (53), Shaykh Anwar Shaaban
(48), Adolf Hitler (50) and Mohammed (36).
The American author Daniel Pipes shares ninth
place with the Dutch politician Geert Wilders
and the Islamic Jihadist terrorist leader
Osama bin Laden, all with 29 mentions, just
edging out Karl Marx with 27.
As Dr. Pipes commented, it is somewhat
bizarre to be ranked alongside Osama bin
Laden and ahead of Karl Marx in importance.
I’m sure it is.
It is even more bizarre for me to share the
same ranking as Jesus Christ.
The entire mix is quite bizarre.
Breivik’s manifesto comes off as a mixed
bag; some would say an incoherent mess.
Left-wing critics might suggest that the
conservative names are quoted in a positive
light whereas the left-wing ones are seen
in a negative light. Yet this is not always
Breivik has been routinely described as
“anti-Islamic” in the mainstream press.
I was therefore surprised to encounter
a significant number of implicitly or
explicitly pro-Islamic viewpoints cham-
pioned in his manifesto.
His understanding of “martyrdom” as
linked to murder is much more closely
tied to a Muslim shahiid, an Arabic term
often translated as “martyr” in
European languages, than it is to
traditional Christian martyrs.
A Muslim shahiid is not just one who
dies for his faith, as Jesus did, but
can be understood as one who murders
others for their beliefs and happens to
die himself in the process.
Breivik openly praises this Islamic concept
of martyrdom and wants to emulate some
of the Islamic rituals performed by Jihadists.
On pages 1,074-1,075 he wrote about
“Learning from the Muslims,” especially
when it comes to “martyrs” and the
treatment of them.