Oslow, Norway: Insane Gunman’s Father Was London Diplomat: UPDATED

25 Jul

Rescue workers unload the body of a victim from a ferry boat at the lake shore opposite the island of Utoya (AP)

Rescue workers unload the body of a victim from a ferry boat at the lake shore opposite …

Massacre suspect Anders Breivik lived in London as a small boy, where his father was a diplomat at the Norwegian embassy, it has emerged.

His shocked father Jens, told Norwegian newspaper VG that they lost touch in 1995, but that it was his son who wanted to cut off contact.

“We’ve never lived together, but we had some contact in his childhood,” said Mr Breivik, who is now retired and living in France.

“When he was young he was an ordinary boy, but reclusive. He wasn’t interested in politics at the time.”

Mr Breivik said he learned about the massacre on the internet. “I was reading online newspapers and then I suddenly saw his name and picture on the net,” he told VG. “It was a shock to find out. I haven’t gotten over it yet.”

Breivik’s mother lives in an ivy-covered brick apartment building in western Oslo, currently protected by police. Neighbours said they had not seen her since a few days before the shooting. Police said they had spoken to her and that she did not know of her son’s plans.

In his in his 1,500-page manifesto, Breivik called his upbringing in a middle-class home in Oslo privileged, even though his parents divorced when he was one and he lost contact with his father in his teens.

His parents split up when the family lived in London. A spokesman for the Norwegian embassy, Stein Iversen, confirmed that Jens Breivik was employed at the embassy in the late 1970s.

Breivik said both parents supported Norway’s centre-left Labour Party, which he viewed as infiltrated by Marxists. In his manifesto, Breivik said he had no negative experiences from his childhood, though he had issues with his mother being a “moderate feminist”.

“I do not approve of the super-liberal, matriarchal upbringing though as it completely lacked discipline and has contributed to feminise me to a certain degree,” he said.


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The 1,500-page manifesto written by Anders Behring Breivik is a blueprint for a continent-wide revolution which reflects much of the thinking of Europe’s neo-Nazis.

The document – 2083 A European Declaration Of Independence – lays out a three-stage plan leading to the overthrow of Europe’s liberal democracies and replacing them with a pan-European conservative authority.

In some ways, the writings are a mirror image of those of Osama bin Laden , laying out views of why society is in crisis and how only “propaganda by deed” will inspire the masses to action.

Whereas bin Laden wanted Islam to triumph, Breivik supports a Christian Europe without large numbers of Muslims.

Breivik appears to have chosen the date 2083 because it will be the 200th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx .

Many educated neo-Nazis start from the premise that Marxism thought infected Europe, leading to a reduction in nationalism and the introduction, eventually, of liberalism and multiculturalism.

Breivik articulates all this. At a local level, he blames the ruling Labour party for introducing multiculturalism to Norway and, he believes, ruining the country. His writing is deeply anti-Islamic.

The neo-Nazi movement in Scandanavia is among the strongest in Europe. 

The different groups are almost all in contact with each other, from Italy to Norway and from Britain to Russia.

There are two types of connection: one is intellectual, the other cultural.

One thing which brought the more openly thuggish elements together was the “White Power” music movement which sprang out of the British punk scene in the early ’80s.

“White Power” bands and their supporters quickly began to forge links and attend each other’s concerts. 

These links became political and, before long, the established extreme-right organisations became involved.

There is also an intellectual strand connecting the neo-Nazis in different countries.

The thinking of this movement has trickled down to the rank and file which buys into the broad theories as outlined in Breivik’s document.

The intellectual side of neo-Nazism draws on ancient European history, myths and legends.

The idea of Aryan race features prominently, especially in northern Europe, and much of the literature produced by the far right will mention ancient orders such as The Knights Templar.

Hitler’s Mein Kampf is much studied. In some ways Breivik’s manifesto is reminiscent of Mein Kampf.

Written in prison, Hitler’s book was a blueprint for what happened in the ’30s and ’40s.

The Nazi leader laid out his path to power and what would then happen.

Breivik’s trial will present him with an opportunity to defend and explain the actions he is now reported to have admitted to.

If he is found to be of sound mind, and if he is jailed, he will have time to write more – but the maximum sentence in Norway is 21 years.

With time off for good behaviour, theoretically he could be free before he is 50 years old.

During that time he may become an icon for the far reaches of the neo-Nazi movement.

Publicly few would dare voice support for his alleged acions but privately there will be those who will study them, and his writings, and approve of them.


Hitting home: Norway terrorist cites British links

Hitting home: Norway terrorist cites British links

By Ian Dunt

The British targets of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik have been revealed in a 1,518-page manifesto he wrote before Friday’s attack.

The Christian Conservative extremist cites Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and even Jack Straw as assassination targets and even includes a full Daily Mail article in the document.

The document, essentially a military strategy against what Mr Breivik calls “multicultural traitors”, is datelined ‘London 2011’ and written in perfect English.

Gordon Brown is accused of “colluding” with Islamic groups to establish London as a global centre for Islamic finance.

“Brown is giving Muslims more influence over our lives yet knows that terrorists are organising to go to war with us,” Mr Breivik wrote.

Jack Straw and Tony Blair are also attacked for allowing in more immigrants and working to “make Britain more multicultural”. The latter is described as “a worse appeaser than Chamberlain ever was”.

The Prince of Wales is cited for his role as patron of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

In a sign that he had more than a superficial knowledge of British politics, the confessed killer even cites Labour MP Jon Cruddas, Tony Blair’s speech writer Andrew Neather and former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten.

“Traitors” are classed as category A or B,” he wrote. A total of 62,216 are cited for the UK.

Melanie Phillips, a right-wing columnist for the Daily Mail, has an entire article copied into the document, where she argues that Labour immigration policy was constructed “to destroy for ever what it means to be culturally British and to put another ‘multicultural’ identity in its place”.

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has a Sunday Times article cited in which he complains about the English perception of the national flag.

Several news articles from British newspapers are mentioned in the document.

There are also reports that Mr Breivik was in contact with the English Defence League (EDL), a new far-right grouping whose demonstrations in English towns often descend into violence. If shown to be accurate, the link could lead to calls for it to be banned.

Mr Breivik is due in court today for a bombing in Oslo and a massacre on an island holding a youth camp in which at least 93 people died.

Norway will hold a one-minute silence at 12:00 local time (10:00 BST)

The killer seems to see his mission as part of an atomised terrorist network, branding himself a ‘justiciar knight’. Ironically, he envisages it having a similar set-up to Al-Qaida, with cells installed around Europe functioning without a central command.

The document calls for a “monoculture” modelled on Japan or South Korea, both countries where immigration is severely curtailed and those who come to the country are subject to extra regulations.

Scotland Yard counter-terrorism chief Cressida Dick has been tasked with supporting specialist officers in investigating any European far-right groups which could have helped in the attack.


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