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.