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Reader comment on item: [Breivik and] Norway's Terrorism in Context
in response to reader comment: A friend of Israel as a 'neo-Nazi'?

Submitted by Edward Cline (United States), Aug 1, 2011 at 22:45

Ianus: My remark about Breivik was an estimate of his character. Doubtless he is undergoing psychological evaluation while he's in solitary, but my take on him, given what he wrote in "2083" (which for brevity's sake I called a "manifesto"), is that had he been a teen or young adult in Nazi Germany, his character would have lent itself to finding Nazism just as comfortable a collective to "belong to" as Muslims find Islam, with little demands made on his individuality, such as it was. To such a mentality, the identity of the "cause" is irrelevant, it simply must be "larger than life" and something such a person can lose himself in yet feel superior to most other people. His calling Nazism "crap" is irrelevant, as well. Given the right brainwashing, he would have eventually called Nazism the greatest thing since sliced bread. Also, observe how O'Brien finally persuaded Winston Smith to "love Big Brother," when Smith was once a dedicated enemy of the Party.

As for Breivik's alleged pro-Israel position and suggesting in "2083" that an alliance with Muslim terrorists would be a practical policy, see this excellent column by Daniel Greenfield on his Sultan Knish site. He was not the only one to burst those balloons, but this is one of the best columns on those subjects. He says it better than I could, and provides links.


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