With a defiant closed-fist salute, a right-wing fanatic admitted Monday to a bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he was acting in self-defense.
On the first day of his long-awaited trial, Anders Behring Breivik rejected the authority of the court as it sought to assign responsibility for the July 22 attacks that shocked Norway and jolted the image of terrorism in Europe.
“I don’t recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism,” Breivik said in his first comments to the court.
“I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt,” he told the court, insisting he had acted in self-defense.
He was just the first to make a splash, as it were. History ebbs and flows with acts such as these, acts by singular individuals who are true believers. One does not have to be dark skinned and play to Allah to be considered a true believer. Maybe that is what is wrong with us in the West, that we are not longer able to grasp the concept of those who are true believers in what they hold dear.
Breivik is a true believer. Further, he feels under attack. He feels like a protector. Worse still, he feels like a prophet. In some ways, he is. He is revealing to us the undercurrents of European reactionary thought to the changing world order. Of an interesting note, another prophet, this one heard only after he died, is the author of the books about girls and tattoos who like to kick over hornets nests, Stieg Larsson. One of the undercurrents of Larsson’s books is the rise of the pro-white politics in Europe and the reality it is bringing to life as the world insists that these beliefs ended in 1945. He too was a true believer.
You may wish to dismiss the actions of Breivik as one of a moral monster, labeling him insane. I do not believe he meets the definition of the last one. He knows exactly what and why he is doing what he is doing. He knows full well why he rejects the legality of the courts and why it is necessary to murder, Old Testament style, the children of your enemies. What’s more, he wrote this down. He wants others to follow him. They will.
The good news is that the hearing was closed and contact is shut-off, except for his attorney. Stories are all over the net at this moment about the accomplices in Britain and Poland, although Poland is denying an arrest at this moment. Supposedly, he has at least two more ‘cells’, however…
Norwegian police are investigating claims by Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted carrying out Friday’s twin attacks in Norway, that he has “two more cells” working with him.
Mr Breivik made the claim as he attended his first court hearing following the bombing in Oslo and a massacre on an island youth camp that killed at least 93 people in total.
Mr Breivik said his attacks were a “shock signal” to Norway’s people. (here)
Also, Bruce Bawer, who is quoted some 22 times in Breivik’s manifesto, analyzes himself and his writings in light of Oslo. The Wall Street editorialist is also the author of the book “While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within.” I have to agree with Bawer when he writes that Breivik is highly intelligent and very well read in European history and the history of modern ideas. In speaking with Rodney over the weekend, who is reading the manifesto and deconstructing it, the appearance of insanity is only in the man’s actions, but it may just be an appearance. After all, I would counter, if the man wants to start a war (immoral doesn’t equal insanity) and is convinced that he is not acting alone, and thus being encouraged, he may see this as a first of many incidents leading to what he wants, as he states in his book. Further, as Bawer goes on to note, the incidents were meant to not just make a statement, but to destroy the next generation of leaders of Norway’s left. He goes on, not to denounce his ideas or to modify them, but to recast them as now the victim. They are hurt by Breivik’s actions – who understood completely Bawer’s call to action, although for Bawer, misunderstood the action being called for.
My concern is for the revitalization of Christianity on the European continent, like we see it spreading in The Third World. The Pope has made it a point of his to see Europe become Christian once again, as has others, Protestants, but with the image of ‘Christian’ being applied to the madman so easily, even if that is but a mere image without any theology or other foundation Christian by so far from it, the fact remains that action mission work, and not as a cultural identity, is hurt due to the phobias of the man.
This week’s epistle reading in the Revised Common Lectionary speaks particularly to this weekend’s tragedy –
First reading and Psalm
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128
Alternate First reading and Psalm
1 Kings 3:5-12
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
…for the whole creation is waiting with eagerness for the children of God to be revealed.
It was not for its own purposes that creation had frustration imposed on it, but for the purposes of him who imposed it- with the intention that the whole creation itself might be freed from its slavery to corruption and brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God. (Rom 8:19-21 NJB)
And as well as this, the Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words; and he who can see into all hearts knows what the Spirit means because the prayers that the Spirit makes for God’s holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God.
We are well aware that God works with those who love him, those who have been called in accordance with his purpose, and turns everything to their good. He decided beforehand who were the ones destined to be moulded to the pattern of his Son, so that he should be the eldest of many brothers; it was those so destined that he called; those that he called, he justified, and those that he has justified he has brought into glory. After saying this, what can we add? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Since he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for the sake of all of us, then can we not expect that with him he will freely give us all his gifts? Who can bring any accusation against those that God has chosen? When God grants saving justice who can condemn? Are we not sure that it is Christ Jesus, who died — yes and more, who was raised from the dead and is at God’s right hand — and who is adding his plea for us?
Can anything cut us off from the love of Christ — can hardships or distress, or persecution, or lack of food and clothing, or threats or violence; as scripture says: For your sake we are being massacred all day long, treated as sheep to be slaughtered? No; we come through all these things triumphantly victorious, by the power of him who loved us. For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:26-1 NJB)
I suppose that there is a danger of going to the bible as a forecaster or some sort of mediocre self help guide, but I don’t mean for it be presented as such. However, this passage should speak to us in the face of tragedy, personal, national, or international…