Norwegian Terrorist Anders Behring Breivik Wrote 1,500-Page Manifesto Calling for Christian Crusade Against Muslims
Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing Christian fundamentalist who killed at least 76 people in two terror attacks on Friday, wrote a detailed manifesto in which he called for a Christian Crusade against Muslims in Europe.
According to the Melbourne Age, the 1,500-page screed, titled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence”, was posted online hours before Saturday’s deadly attacks. It detailed the daily planning Breivik undertook as he prepared for his ghastly mission. He claims to be part of a small group whose aim is to “seize political and military control of Western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda.”
Breivik’s Crusade would kill or injure more than a million people, he predicted.
“The time for dialogue is over,” he wrote. “We gave peace a chance. The time for armed resistance has come.”
The manifesto recounts a secret 2002 meeting in London, attended by Breivik and eight representatives of eight European countries, at which the men discussed reviving the Knights Templar, a Christian military order that was active during the Crusades.
According to ABC News, Breivik also considered an alliance with Islamic jihadists in order to acquire a weapon of mass destruction. “We both share one common goal,” he wrote. “They want control over their own countries in the Middle East and we want control of our own countries in Western Europe. An Islamic Caliphate is a useful enemy to all Europeans as it will ensure European unity under Christian cultural conservative leadership.”
Breivik writes of acquiring “one million U.S. dollars worth of anthrax” from Islamic terrorists. “Hamas and several Jihadi groups have labs and they have the potential to provide such substances,” he wrote. “Their problem is finding suitable martyrs who can pass ‘screenings’ in Western Europe. This is where we come in.”
Breivik says “cultural conservatives” in Europe would carry out the WMD attack, possibly in the U.K. “Both groups win if the attacks are successful,” he says, before discounting the plan as possibly “traitorous and hypocritical.” “An alliance with the Jihadists might prove beneficial to both parties but will simply be too dangerous (and might prove to be ideologically counterproductive),” he wrote.
The manifesto also describes Breivik’s attempts to master bomb-making techniques, which he eventually did.
Breivik also posted an online video on Friday in which he summarizes his views. At the video’s end, he appears in military uniform, holding an assault rifle.
The following day, a massive explosion rocked central Oslo, killing eight people. Less than two hours later, Breivik went on a shooting rampage at a Labor Party youth camp on the nearby island of Utoya, killed another 68 people, some as young as 16 years old. The attacks resulted in the greatest loss of life on Norwegian soil since World War II.
Breivik was arrested on Utoya, but police are still uncertain whether he acted alone or had accomplices. “We are not sure whether he was alone or had help,” police official Roger Andresen is quoted in the Age. “What we know is that he is right wing and a Christian fundamentalist.”
According to the Age, Norwegian terrorism expert Thomas Hegghammer said Breivik’s manifesto bears an uncanny and ironic resemblance to the late Osama bin Laden’s anti-Christian rants, but from a Christian point of view. “It seems to be an attempt to mirror al-Qaeda, exactly in reverse,” Hegghammer said.
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