As more details about Norwegian mass murder suspect Anders Behring Breivik emerged over the weekend, some prominent voices who warn about the dangers Islamist extremism poses to the West found themselves under fire.
Breivik has confessed to killing 93 people, mostly children, in Friday’s bombing and shooting rampage. He was described by a top Norwegian police officer as a “Christian fundamentalist.” He also has been identified as a freemason, and in online writings, he identified himself as a “Justiciar Knight Commander for Knights Templar Europe,” a reference to a medieval Catholic military order.
In a 1,518-page manifesto, which includes terrorist techniques and tactics and calls for mass executions of “traitors,” he rails against Muslim migration into Europe, “political correctness” and “multiculturalism,” and he takes aim at what he calls “cultural Marxists.”
The document, supposedly drafted over a nine-year period and posted hours before the attacks, also includes quotes from or references to a range of writers, “counter-jihad” bloggers, scholars and right-wing politicians.