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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.

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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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