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Bullet Points (Ahem) about the Norway Massacres

The Late Stieg Larsson

COMMENT: With information continuing to cascade in about the fascist bloodletting in Norway, a few things have become clear. Links are provided here, but people may have to follow them and archive the text to get a complete printed record of this event–one which is eclipsed by other horrors and sure to be repeated more than once.

  • Behring Breivik was no “lone nut.”
  • Witnesses at the camp massacre spoke of at least one other gunman.
  • Norwegian police have arrested others in connection with the attack.
  • There may well have been a link to fascist conspiratorial  elements in London. These may well have included elements of the English Defense League, who have networked with opponents of “the 9/11 Mosque.”
  • EXPO magazine (founded by the late Stieg Larsson) has identified Breivik as a poster on a Swedsh Nazi internet forum. Note that the general political milieu to which Breivik belonged is the same political milieu to which WikiLeaks gravitated!
  • Breivik spoke of himself as being part of a group that would seize control of Western Europe.
  • His rantings about Zionism and Israel indicate an apocalyptic “End Times” orientation, in which Western Christian forces would fight the battle of Armageddon, Jesus would return and the Jews would be converted to Christianity. (9/11 Liars and Pacifica Radio types have, predictably, been trying to hang this albatross on “the Mossad.”)
  • Worth noting in the immediately preceding context is the growing interface between the fascist element in the Zionist element and Euro fascists like Breivik–the subject of two recent FFT posts.

Discussion

4 comments for “Bullet Points (Ahem) about the Norway Massacres”

  1. Thanks, Dave. I just hope we can wake at least a few people up with this information. You think you can cover this whole thing in an FTR program sometime, perhaps in your next one?

    Posted by Steven | July 24, 2011, 10:51 pm
  2. related news:

    “Fascist war crime trial in Hungary ends in acquittal”

    http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/hung-j28.shtml

    Posted by stu | July 28, 2011, 7:59 am
  3. I guess there won’t be much of an investigation into collaborators…a panel just found that it was growing schizophrenia and possible childhood sexual abuse that caused his actions. He might even be released one day:

    Anders Behring Breivik Report: Norway Killer Insane, No Prison Time

    By Melanie Jones | November 29, 2011 9:03 AM EST

    A court-appointed psychiatric evaluation has found that Anders Behring Breivik, the Norweigian mass killed who murdered 777 people in two attacks on July 22, 2011, was legally insane when he committed the crimes, meaning he cannot face court or be sentenced to prison for his actions.

    These findings must be upheld by the court’s medical forensic board in order to commit Breivik to compulsory psychiatric care instead of prison. The evaluation is at odds with an earlier statement by Dr. Tarjei Rygnestad, head of the board of forensic psychologists assigned to the case, who told The Associated Press that Breivik was likely to be tried and imprisoned.

    Paranoid Schizophrenia

    State prosecutor Svein Holden told reporters that the experts who interrogated Breivik concluded that the mass murderer had for many years been developing paranoid schizophrenia. The condition “has changed him and made him into the person he is today,” Holden said at a press conference in Oslo, Norway.

    Psychologists Synne Serheim and Torgeir Husby conducted 13 interviews, lasting 36 hours in total, with Breivik. The interviews, held at high-security Ila prison, where supplemented by recordings of police interrogations with the Norwegian terrorist.

    Based on their findings, Dr. Serheim and Dr. Husby are arguing that Breivik was “psychotic” at the time of the killings, and that his world, marked by anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim obsessions, was governed by delusion.

    “He lives in his own delusional universe,” Holden said, “and his thoughts and acts are governed by this universe.”

    Meanwhile, Reuters reported that a social welfare inquiry into Breivik’s past reveals he may have been sexually abused. A report 28 years ago, when he was four years old, indicated the future terrorist may have been molested, and the inquiry suggested the trauma may have contributed to his mental state.

    “We have no doubts.”

    The official report comes as a surprise to many, and for some it is a shock that prompts outrage as well as disbelief. It was widely assumed that Brievik, though mentally unstable, would be charged in a criminal court, and sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison for his crimes (Norway has no death penalty).

    This assumption was backed by the head of the very board whose psychologists delivered their verdict on Nov. 29. In July, Dr. Tarjei Rygnestad told AP that it was exceedingly unlikely that Breivik would be found insane. He pointed out the methodical, premeditated buildup to the bombing and the massacre, and the chilling execution of the terror attacks.

    Speaking again on Nov. 29, however, Rygnestad said his opinion had been based on “secondary information.” He said he had yet to read the full report, but insisted that only an in-depth, one-on-one analysis of a patient could truly lead to an accurate depiction of his or her mental state.

    As for Husby and Serheim, the two psychologists are certain their findings are sound.

    “We have no doubt when it comes to our conclusions,” Husby said. “It was a lot of work, demanding… He [Breivik] has cooperated well.”

    Could Be Released

    If the court accepts the two doctors’ conclusions, the anti-immigrant militant will be committed to a psychiatric institution in Norway. He will be held as long as he poses a threat to society.

    This means that Anders Behring Breivik would be released if found to be healthy. He is likely to face periodic hearing to determine his current mental state, and could still be committed for life.

    Well, that settles that.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 29, 2011, 9:31 am
  4. The far-right “Progress Party” of Norway, of which Anders Breivik was an active member, looks like it’s going to be part of the new governing coalition for the first time:

    Financial Times
    September 10, 2013 6:03 pm
    Norway’s centre-right parties start coalition talks

    By Richard Milne in Oslo

    Norway’s four centre-right parties have started coalition discussions after their strongest ever electoral showing suggested the Nordic country’s oil wealth had shifted its politics to the right.

    Erna Solberg, leader of the Conservatives, who is expected to be prime minister, said on Tuesday she anticipated tough talks over the shape of a new government in the five weeks left until Jens Stoltenberg’s centre-left coalition steps down.

    “It is challenging to have to negotiate with the other parties. We all must give and take. I think we have a good foundation, but we will all be tough negotiators,” Ms Solberg said.

    The four centre-right parties won 96 seats, against 72 for the current centre-left coalition. But it is unclear whether Ms Solberg will govern with the populist Progress party alone or persuade two smaller centrist parties – the Christian Democrats and Liberals – to join.

    Both the latter have expressed severe reservations about being in government with Progress, known for its anti-immigration views and for having Anders Behring Breivik, the extremist who killed 77 people in terror attacks in 2011, as a former member.

    Political observers say they are unsure whether the shift to the right reflects a long-term trend or mere weariness with Mr Stoltenberg’s eight-year tenure. But they underline how Norway’s growing oil wealth – its sovereign wealth fund is by far the world’s largest with $750bn in assets – is dulling the traditional appeal of the centre-left.

    “The importance of politics is not so great any more because of the riches and the welfare explosion. There is a feeling that it is very easy to administer this country and that it should be possible with fewer resources and less state too,” said Aslak Bonde, a political commentator.

    Norway has had centre-right governments before but all have been minority coalitions. Observers say it is the last of the Nordic countries to stay wedded to the region’s long-held preference for social democracy, but that this is slowly changing.

    The difference between many centre-left and centre-right parties is minimal in Norway and the wider Nordic region. Centre-right governments hold power in Sweden, Finland and Iceland, but elections next year could see a change of coalition in Stockholm, while Denmark has the only centre-left administration in the region.

    Even in the Progress party, branded as “far right” by some, in particular for its tough views on immigration, there is broad support for the welfare state and increased public spending. As Ketil Solvik-Olsen, deputy leader, said: “In the US the Republicans would call us damn socialists.”

    Nonetheless, the prospect of Progress entering government for the first time in its 40-year history is provoking unease among some centrist parties and voters, as well as foreign investors.

    Leaders of the Christian Democrats and Liberals have toned down earlier rhetoric that they could never be in government with Progress – a reflection in part that they each received about 5 per cent of the votes compared with 16 per cent for Progress. “We will fight tooth and nail for the mandate voters have given us. We will have power and influence on the important things in society,” said Trine Skei Grande, head of the Liberals.

    However, Kjell Magne Bondevik, the last centre-right prime minister and a Christian Democrat, said his party might have reason to shun a coalition: “In a key position [in parliament], one can be freer because you don’t have the hour-by-hour responsibility for policy as in government.”

    One potential source of conflict is oil exploration, with the Conservatives and Progress wanting to open up new areas such as the picturesque Lofoten Islands but the centrist parties are vehemently opposed.

    Foreign investors are worried that the Progress party, whose leader Siv Jensen is expected to become finance minister, wants to abolish the rule under which the government can spend only a maximum of 4 per cent of the oil fund’s assets annually.

    Note that the Progress Party’ electoral appeal has been growing for a while:

    Norway’s dark secret

    Calls are growing for the far right to be given real power for the first time since the second world war, writes Andrew Osborn

    Andrew Osborn
    theguardian.com, Friday 1 November 2002 11.22 EST

    It gives more money to the developing world than any other country and its standard of living is officially recognised as the best that money can buy but Norway has a dark secret: it has become home to Europe’s most successful far-right movement.

    The far-right Progress party is not in power yet (although the country’s minority government relies on it to pass legislation) but that could change and pressure is growing for it to be given a seat at the top table.

    It already has 26 seats in the country’s 165-member parliament and captured almost 15% of the vote in elections last year.

    However, recent opinion polls show that its strength has grown considerably and that 33.6% of Norway’s population now support it. Almost half of the country’s 4.5m inhabitants also believe that it is time for the party to take the reins of power and be brought in from the cold.

    That makes the Progress party the country’s most popular by far. Its poll ratings make the National Front in France or the Danish People’s party seem fringe parties by comparison.

    And if the current centre-right coalition government were to fall, the Progress party could be in an ideal position to seize a slice of real power. It is true that the Christian Democrat prime minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, has ruled out sharing power with the Progress party but his own position grows weaker and weaker by the day.

    The Progress party’s success is in large part due to its charismatic leader, Carl Hagen, popularly known as “King Carl”, who has laboured to give what used to be an unruly hard right party a more respectable image purging it of its most outspoken and maverick elements.

    However, the party’s most radical ideas remain unchanged. Its symbol may be a juicy red apple but its policies are far from wholesome. It advocates abolishing development aid to the third world because, it says, the money is spent on “arms and luxury goods” for the elite. And poverty, it argues, is a result of poor countries’ inability to organise themselves.

    Norway already operates a restrictive immigration policy but Mr Hagen would go further. A maximum of 1,000 immigrants a year would be allowed in, and asylum seekers who broke Norwegian law would be repatriated.

    The party also wants a national referendum on whether any more foreigners at all should be admitted -Norway has about 250,000 – and it is keen to test new arrivals for Aids.

    It also has a resolutely populist approach to another issue that is dear to people’s hearts – tax. While Norway’s political elite believes that financial prudence should be the order of the day and that the country’s oil millions should be invested for future generations, the Progress party advocates a more free-spending approach.

    Its attractive solution is to have your proverbial cake and eat it. It wants lower income taxes, lower alcohol taxes, lower taxes on cars, and provide more money for pensioners and more funds for what it regards as Norway’s failing welfare system.

    We have all this oil wealth, the argument goes, so why not spend it now and enjoy it? It is an argument which has struck a chord with many ordinary Norwegians and establishment politicians who oppose “King Carl” usually end up looking tax-happy and mean.

    Perhaps because it is relatively small, not a member of the EU and has traditionally enjoyed an enviable reputation for social democracy and humanism, Norway’s disturbing political metamorphosis has gone unnoticed.

    But something is stirring in Norway and if things go on as they are it could become a beacon of hope for far-right politicians across the continent.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 10, 2013, 11:31 am

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