I’ve posted on this before, but this is a but of a step up, at least for now. What many were assuming to be Islamic terrorists (at least some of the accounts I saw on Twitter and Facebook) was actually what Norway police are now calling a right-wing, Christian, nationalist who was highly critical of Islam. Oh, and he was a white guy.
Norwegian TV2 reports that Breivik belongs to “ring-wing circles” in Oslo. Swedish news site Expressen adds that he has been known to write to right-wing forums in Norway, is a self-described nationalist and has also written a number of posts critical of Islam.
A Twitter account for Breivik has surfaced, though it only has one post, this quote from philosopher John Stuart Mill: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100 000 who have only interests.” The tweet was posted on July 17.
On a Facebook account that Norwegian media outlets have attributed to Breivik, he describes himself as having Christian, conservative views. He says he enjoys hunting, the games World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, and lives in Oslo. He also lists political analysis and stock analysis as interests. (here)
I post on this for several reasons. First, if this guy is as he is being position in the European press, meaning that the police in Norway are right, do we then treat conservative Christians the way we do Islamic Fundamentalists (or all Muslims)?
Also, the Arab Spring isn’t confined to the Middle East, or rather, the idea of revolution of the oppressed (albeit at times, oppression is a mental state), is catching on. We know of the rise of a more Euro-centric nationalism in the 90’s, and lately, the graves of the Nazi-dead have become shrines, so much so that Rudolf Hess’ body has to be cremated to prevent further adoration by Neo-Nazis. It is not uncommon in paradigmic shifts in culture and national make-up for traditional majorities to take issue with it, especially as they become the minority. Anyway, I think that the situations in Europe must be watched.
Let us keep the hurting in Norway in our thoughts and prayers.
- Norwegian police dismiss jihadist role in Oslo attacks (longwarjournal.org)
- Profile of Arrested Oslo Terrorist (scienceblogs.com)
- Breaking: Oslo Terrorist ‘Tied to Right Wing Extremism’ – Update: A Pamela Geller Fan (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Norway: “Doubts Raised on Terrorism Angle” (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)