Fjordman’s latest essay was published today at FrontPage Mag. He asked me to post this preface along with the excerpts:
Note to readers: Many of you are probably tired of hearing about Breivik. Quite frankly, so am I. Nevertheless, I intend to publish a book in the near future called Witness to Madness, which will partly deal with the Breivik case. In it I will include among other things a more in-depth analysis of Breivik’s so-called manifesto than what you see here.
The active writing for this book will be wrapped up in September or October. After that, at a minimum it will take a few weeks to edit everything and make it ready for publishing. The book will be self-published and should be available within a few months via websites such as Amazon.com, most likely both as an ebook and a printed paper book.
As you all know, Breivik’s atrocities had a big impact on this blog and especially on my personal life. However, real-life events cannot be ignored, and I will gradually after this autumn write less and less about the Breivik case and more about the great power grab by the EU elites and the ECB plus the collapsing euro, the possible re-election of a pro-Islamic, anti-white Marxist as President of the Unites States, the massive damage caused by mass immigration to the Western world, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the threat posed by Iranian nuclear ambitions and other major issues.
Breivik’s massacre on July 22 2011, no matter how horrible it was, will do little to change the direction in which world affairs are moving. It did unfortunately provide some free ammunition for those who want to demonize, censor and silence critics of Islam and mass immigration in many Western countries, far beyond the borders of Norway or Scandinavia. Only a few days ago, I read articles in the Los Angeles Times using Breivik as a tool and excuse to suppress Islam-critics in the USA.
I therefore have to write a little bit about this case to dispel some of the major myths that have been promoted by the mainstream media. I happen to be in a better position than most people to do this, so I have to spend some time on these issues regardless of whether I like this or not. This blog will, however, waste less and less time on the demented Mr. Breivik after this year.
Excerpts from the FPM essay about Breivik:
Jan Oskar Engene, an Associate Professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen specializing in terrorism, warned observers against trying to construct an elaborate ideology behind Anders Behring Breivik’s mass murder, since it’s not clear that the uneducated Breivik espouses a coherent ideology. He suggested that what ABB stated in court was rather incoherent and did not always appear genuine, and feared that others might try to create a more sophisticated ideology where Breivik himself appeared mainly to harbor confused ideas.
Unfortunately, Engene’s timely warning has not always been heeded. The mass murderer is just too useful as a stick for the ruling Multiculturalists to beat their opponents over the head. Any serious attempt to analyze his so-called manifesto will find it full of inconsistencies, however, including a few surprisingly pro-Islamic views.
Left-wing organizations love to highlight the fact that the absurdly long manifesto/compendium of 1,518 pages contains a few citations of or references to the Center for Security Policy’s President Frank Gaffney, the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s Director Steven Emerson, as well as the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Yes, but these are individuals and groups dedicated to tracking and monitoring terrorism, not promoting it. Breivik also quoted many Muslims and Marxists, even the Communist leader Fidel Castro.
As good and recommended literature, ABB highlighted the Bible, Machiavelli, George Orwell, Thomas Hobbes, John Stuart Mill, John Locke, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Ayn Rand and William James, which can hardly be called terrorist literature. One has to question very seriously just how much Breivik has personally read, let alone understood, in most of these works.
Steven Emerson ‘s Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has analyzed over 1,600 personal names mentioned in Breivik’s manifesto 2083 — A European Declaration of Independence. IPT’s research establishes that quite a few conservative writers are mentioned there, but also many liberals and leftists as well as various Christians and Muslims plus numerous historical figures and writers.
All together, the IPT counted 84 names mentioned ten or more times in 2083, encompassing a wide and somewhat unfocused range of different figures and ideologies.
Read the rest at FrontPage Mag.
For a complete archive of Fjordman’s writings, see the multi-index listing in the Fjordman Files.