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Eighty Young Campers in Norway Slain by Fair-Haired Extremist

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A 32-year-old Norwegian political extremist, now known to be an enemy of Muslims, bombed an Oslo government center on Friday, July 22, killing seven. He then traveled to an island summer camp 17 miles distant, a youth camp for the sons and daughters of the Norwegian Labor Party, where he savagely murdered at least 80 of the children.

His killings at the camp were horrendous. Anders Behring Breivik, at his arrival on the Utoya Island camp was dressed as a police officer. Fitting, because at the camp island, the police had just established a powerful presence, searching and locking down that area in their search for him — Breivik – following the Oslo bombings. 

Anders Breivik is a blond haired fair skinned Norwegian of striking appearance. He told any who questioned him that he was making routine checks in connection with the earlier terror attack.

Some of the 80 or more campers killed in the rampage were as young as 16. Many jumped into the water to escape, and the killer shot them to death as they tried to swim from harm’s way. In the words of one camper, a 15-year old girl, fortunate to escape, “He first shot people on the island. Afterward he started shooting people in the water.”

Armed Norwegian police officers chased the mass murderer half a mile across Utoya Island, where, cornered, he simply surrendered. Even as the officers prepared to shoot the Neo-Nazi terrorist, he stopped. He didn’t panic; he “just surrendered.” A check told police that the shooter’s only weapon, an automatic pistol, had run out of bullets.

Breivik is said to have viewed American “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski as a hero and wrote anti-Muslim philosophy on his Facebook page. In Oslo, Breivik placed explosions that shattered windows at government buildings, including the building which held the office of the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, who was not injured. Seven people however were killed, and about 15 injured.

In court some days later, on July 25th, Anders Breivik admitted the bombings and the killing of the young people, claiming that he was saving Europe from a Muslim takeover. He said he attacked the Norwegian liberal party because, “price of their treason is what they had to pay.” He would not enter a guilty plea, but told the court he was the perpetrator, trying to save Norway and Europe from cultural Marxism and “Muslimization.”
He referred to himself as part of an organization, of which now two “cells” remain.

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  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Let me provide a rather silly example of doing what one can not to support the system. I feel rather guilty of working even for a non-profit, the Salvation Army in this case (there is just as much corruption in non-profits as anywhere else, minimum wage, no problem. And the only reason I’m doing it, I need to buy a vehicle to move back to California. So when my coworkers – people from prisons who work there for 68 cents a day, because it’s a better deal than doing nothing – ask me for some money, I feel guilty for saying no because I have a stupid objective on my mind, which is to get the fuck out of KY. So yes, even by working part-time for a limited objective, such as a used van, I feel I’m compromising myself in not being able to freely respond to people who are in a hell of a worse situation than I am. In some sense, I’m not being true to myself.

    So I say, eliminate the need. Most of the things we desire and crave for are artificial and not really necessary. People in the community should come together, decide on what are the real needs, and try to fill them by forming cooperative ventures. That’s a start, and it must be local.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    it’s not about blathering on the internet. that was someone else’s, might i suggest–misguided idea. it’s about how the ordinary liberal mindset (including its disagreements and its variations) is a part and parcel of supporting the dominating culture.

    it is about a way of thinking that replicates the problems. it is about beliefs. at least, for me it is.

    what can i say liberals whom i see here day in and day out critiquing conservatives are also worth critiquing and, ironically, for the same reasons they think conservatives are. they think conservatives are contributing to the problem. i think both ‘sides’ are. and with equally awful and terrible dehumanizing results.

    what can i say, i think liberals are happily swallowing the blue pill. try the red pill, neo.

    (i agree with you about my style not winning friends and influencing people, though. your point is well taken. i am probably just going through a stage. maybe i will get better. i hope so.)

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    200 -

    199 was a follow up comment to Jordan. 202 is for you.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Roger,

    I am sure of one thing. I don’t want this to be ‘advice’. I have struggled with similar feelings. But, one strand of tinsel doesn’t a decorated tree make. Staying home and recycling won’t change the world, imo . I own property, for pete’s sake. And I am not about to disown it and fail to provide for my old age for the likes of some misguided attempt to do the right thing by other people. I can see where that would get me.

    When the culture is ready to eliminate private property, I will be the 1st in line to give mine to the public domain. I will discuss the idea and promote it. But changing culture is a social endeavor, imo. Not something one can do in private by simply not working for a non-profit, not owning property, not using laundry detergent (or whatever one’s idea is–joke!–sort of).

    I don’t work for a bank, it hasn’t changed the world one iota. It’s a social thing, for me. I think Murray Bookchin had a point.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Which gives me an idea. Why not read some anarchist stuff? We could read Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    198

    it’s more than about voting, zing. the whole of our thinking is infiltrated from birth by our culture. while ‘liberal’ has typically felt like the ‘good guy’ vs the ‘bad-guy’ conservative, it is more like both sides equally uphold the dominating culture. both sides equally accept, as the ‘real world’ and to a great degree as ‘natural’ (that is beyond our control, preordained by biology), the dominant cultural social reality. doing this is cause of all ills. that is the problem in a nutshell.

  • zingzing

    cindy: “it is about beliefs. at least, for me it is.”

    fair enough. but there’s a gulf between beliefs and reality. some of us have to do our (ineffective) bit in reality. you’re not going to take down the system by yourself. and there aren’t going to be enough people like you to take it down any time soon. and even if there were, they’d never agree on what to do next.

    i’ll agree with you that liberals deserve criticism as much as conservatives do. and yes, they do help to preserve the status quo to a degree. but society isn’t going to go to bed a vulture and wake up a lovable kitten. at some point, everyone has to reconcile their beliefs to reality. while you wander around in a theoretical “what if,” us braindead liberals have a real opportunity to change things ever-so-slightly, which is as good as it’s going to get.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Roger,

    Bookchin critiques “post-modern forms of anarchism”. Hmmm, I wonder how I will reconcile that with what I think Bookchin is saying about social anarchism. That would be very interesting to me to find out if you, troll, anarcissie, or? happen to be interested.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    zing,

    you don’t change things is my contention. in fact, you make things worse. (er, is my contention)

    actually, it is liberals, it seems to me, who keep this hell hole rolling along as normal. they could be stopping it. but, like you, they think protesting is kidstuff and something one should grow out of and you know, get with the ‘real’ world.

    that was me i am talking about. and maybe that is what pisses me off and makes me so ornery–that all my good deeds that were EVER in line with the culture, were actually is service to the ‘enemy’.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    i didn’t mean to imply that protesting formally was the be all end all.

    i guess it is more that i can’t even enjoy freaking george lopez for all the sexist shit on that show. i can barely stand anything anymore that would be considered ‘normal’ and i will include what is ‘normal’ to the current ‘hip’ crowd–who are likely twice as deluded (imo) as the regular average joe.

  • zingzing

    cindy, as an individual, i don’t change things, nor do i make things worse. i have nil effect. same as you. but i do believe that liberals have a good affect upon society. gay marriage is one thing we’ve been fighting for recently, and that seems to be becoming a reality. are you against gay marriage? if not, who do you thank for that?

    i don’t think protesting is “kid’s stuff.” i think… wait, george lopez? eh?

    anyway. protesting is an important part of the process, i’ve done it myself, both as a liberal (in 2003, in washington, against the war in iraq) and as a radical of some sort (in london, in 99 or 2000, when we had a grand old riot), but protest can often be both ineffective (2003,) or something that galvanizes the opposition (99 or 2000,) because the protesters end up looking like destructive fools.

    i grew sick of not having any voice. so i joined the status quo side that best fit my views. it’s done me little good, but it’s better than nothing.

    given that, how do you feel? do you feel your voice is ignored by society? it is. you are (rightly) viewed as a radical by most you come across. it’s great that you’re outside the system in your thought. but you’re not free of it. you still have to exist within it. if you don’t confront it directly, instead of trying to attack it from without (which is a position it can easily ignore you from), what does that make you?

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    i will reply after a visit to sleepytown, zing. nightie night muchacho.

  • zingzing

    wake up civil, cindy.

  • troll

    #196 El Bicho – in the throws of a bout of unimaginative cynicism are we?

    as an example – after harvest why don’t I send you the (non-genetically modified ‘heirloom’ organically produced etc etc) seed for next season’s depression garden?

  • troll

    yes the world is different because you don’t work in a bank Cindy

    (imo and grossly oversimplified) Bookchin is an apologist ymmv

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Cindy, re #204

    Yes, changing culture is a social endeavor, but it’s got to start somewhere, with an individual or a number of individual. My example wasn’t meant to preclude other avenues, but it’s one way how a change of consciousness can occur in some people.

    We must realize that conspicuous consumption only feeds the system. I’m not talking about depriving oneself of life’s necessities, as though extreme asceticism were the necessary stance one must take in order to defy and not support the system. But realistically, a great deal of what we consume are either trinkets or things which keep us diverted and occupied, not life’s necessities. We should be careful with our hard-earned money, our limited resources, so as to put them to use for what will benefit us rather than the system which exploits us, especially since what little we have and “earn” is won at the expense of our subjecting ourselves to the condition of exploitation. So yes, that’s not the only way, but it’s a necessary first step in changing one’s consciousness so as to effectuate social change, a platform to build upon.

    There a plenty of people in America and worldwide who live from hand to mouth. Making ends meet is their natural, chronic condition. Yet, they’re not all without resources, skills, etcetera. That’s why I speak of community action. These people should get together, locally, pull their resources, determine the community needs which are not being met by the system, and form cooperative ventures to meet these needs. That’s how self-sufficiency is built from the ground up, it’s rewarding, and it surely beats a minimum wage job at the local MacDonald’s. That was the context for my remarks.

    As to Bookchin, “the Dean,” yes we talk about it on the Mice thread (look it up). Perhaps one should distinguish here between anarchism as a personal philosophy and anarchism as a movement. While I may agree that the very concept of organization may be antithetical to anarchistic principles, I’m too much of a neo-Marxist and feminist to dismiss the notion outright.

    Anyway, it’s something to talk about.

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    Why would I need to imagine it when you could just tell me what you do?

    This is why people dismiss you armchair anarchists as blowing smoke up each other’s behinds. When asked in a straightforward manner to provide specific examples of what you are talking about both you and Roger prove unable to do so. (Although hanging zing from a tree may have merit.)

    Not that you aren’t entitled to respond however you see fit, but I’m not sure why you guys act like you know a better way of life when you can’t or won’t articulate it.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    There you go, LB. That was one concrete suggestion you asked for.

    I did, however, refer you to Wolff’s video and you chose not to comment on it. Likewise with my #216. So I don’t really understand what kind of instant miracles you’re looking for. No wine before its time, I say.

  • troll

    I gave you a real life example of ‘what I do’ El Bicho

    I will overproduce the seed which I will distribute off market

    I’d send you some surplus veggies but they are spoken for

    I also work in metal: make one to use and one to give away

    none of which is done from an armchair

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    You got me beat. I have neither the resources nor the requisite kind of skills to make that kind of difference. I didn’t know I was ever going to have to apologize for being a writer, but I guess I must. The bottom line is, I have to resign myself to cranking out ideological tracts, hoping all this time to be on the right side of history.

  • troll

    the production of ideas is as critical as anything

  • troll

    El Bicho – I dropped by to see if you want to take me up on my offer…I guess not

    (btw – if you want to have a ‘straight forward’ discussion with folks as implied in your semi-sanctimonious #217 you might avoid starting out with forms of address like your snarky ‘the enlightened ones’ from #162…just sayn’)

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    He’s never serious, troll, except perhaps when he writes about rock concerts. Most of the times, just a shit disturber. If you get more than one comment out of him, preferably in a row, consider yourself lucky.

    Perhaps the poor fellow suffers from an ADD