Norway attacks: Utøya gunman boasted of links to UK far right
Anders Brehing Breivik took part in online discussions with members of the EDL and other anti-Islamic groups
By Mark Townsend, Peter Beaumont, and Tracy McVeigh
It was revealed that the 32-year-old former member of the country's conservative Progress party–who had become ever more extreme in his hatred of Muslims, leftwingers and the country's political establishment–had ordered six tonnes of fertiliser in May to be used in the bombing. While police continued to interrogate Breivik, who was charged with the mass killings, evidence of his increasingly far-right world-view emerged from an article he had posted on several Scandinavian websites, including Nordisk, a site frequented by neo-Nazis, far-right radicals and Islamophobes since 2009.
The Norwegian daily VG quoted one of Breivik's friends, saying that he had become a rightwing extremist in his late 20s and was now a strong opponent of multiculturalism, expressing strong nationalistic views in online debates.
By Bill Berkowitz
Sources in Norway told the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR), "that Breivik has been known to write posts in right-wing internet forums in Norway, where he has described himself as a 'nationalist' and has also written numerous screeds critical of Muslims."
IREHR reported late Friday evening that "New evidence has surfaced indicating that Breivik appears to be a fan of the Tea Party's favorite Islamophobe, Pamela Geller. The website Little Green Footballs reports that he's been posting links to Geller's website Atlas Shrugged since at least 2009."
The writings apparently by Anders Behring Breivik, the suspect in the twin terrorist attacks, highlight a trend of rising right-wing extremism that has been intensified by demographic changes in Northern Europe.
By Henry Chu
The chilling manifesto advocates an armed campaign against the Muslims it says are overrunning Europe. A hate-filled brew of political, ideological and militaristic cant, the treatise denounces Europeans who support multiculturalism and argues for spectacular violence using tactics similar to those seen Friday, such as adopting a police disguise to fool victims before killing them.
This case is a perfect example of what happens when you take right-wing hatred of blacks, Latinos, Indians, Muslims, and gays to its logical extreme. You get terrorists who would rather kill people who disagree with them than live in peace with them. These fanatics are a danger to democracy and we should oppose them whenever and wherever we can.
For more on the subject, see:
Tim Wise on Loughner's paranoia
A history of conservative hate speech
Racist rhetoric fuels hate crimes
Stephen's bigotry against Muslims
All bigotries are similar
"Knives are flying" at immigrants
Teabaggers = hatemongers
Right-wingers foment hate