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Anders Brievik: lonely computer-gamer on a killing spree

A review of One of Us by Åsne Seierstad reveals a lonely misfit set on a murderous mission to purify the Nordic race

14 March 2015

9:00 AM

14 March 2015

9:00 AM

One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway Åsne Seierstad (translated by Sarah Death)

Virago, pp.528, £16.99, ISBN: 9781844089192

In 2011, Anders Breivik murdered 69 teenagers in a socialist summer camp outside the Norwegian capital of Oslo, and eight adults with a bomb attack. His hatred was directed at the children of Norwegian politicians who had allowed immigration to contaminate the sturdy bond (as he saw it) of Nordic race and nationhood. ‘You will all die today, Marxists!’ he hurrahed as he stalked and shot his way to infamy.

Inflated with self-importance, Breivik was a self-styled ‘Justicious Knight Commander’ come to cauterise Norway of bloody foreigners. He advocated the racial rejuvenation of his homeland through the expulsion of Muslims, and to this end he photographed himself in masonic Crusader regalia, sumptuously gold-braided and primed for holy war. Was he mad? In many ways he was a grotesque mirror image of Islamist serial killers like Mohammed (‘Jihadi John’) Emwazi.

Like Emwazi, Anders (‘Holy War’) Breivik despised the culturally mixed-up, mongrel Europe in which many of us now happily live, and called for a nation state cleansed of feminists, homosexuals, Jews and bleeding hearts of all stripes. According to the Oslo-born journalist Åsne Seierstad, Breivik was a compulsive computer-gamer. The shooting game Call of Duty had, he thought, improved his firing accuracy no end: the world would have to take Anders the Crusader very seriously indeed.


Why grant Breivik more publicity? He is now almost as famous as his compatriot Henrik Ibsen. In recounting the life and times of this wretched inadequate, Seierstad risks providing a platform for his mono-mania. Better let him fade into insignificance. Yet her point is well made: Breivik was one who preferred to be noticed and infamous rather than not noticed at all, and to that extent he was very much a product of 21st-century celebrity culture. There will be more like him.

Seierstad, best known for her non-fiction reportage in The Bookseller of Kabul, has chronicled Breivik and his twisted ideology with immense narrative verve and psychological acuity. Drawing on trial transcripts, police reports and interviews with survivors, she describes a deepening social malaise in Norway and one man’s wish to undermine its social-democratic experiment in a burst of bloodshed.

Born in 1979 in middle-class Oslo, Breivik was a diplomat’s son who nurtured a corrosive sense of social grievance. His parents had divorced when he was a toddler and his mother was left ignominiously dependent on child welfare. Breivik grew up into a narcissistic, mother-bound teenager, who applied makeup to his pasty face and sought plastic surgery for the bump in his nose (which, he believed, made him ‘look like an Arab’). He had no girlfriends that anyone knew of; people suspected he was gay.

In the early 1990s he got into hip-hop music and became Oslo’s self-vaunted top ‘tagger’, spray-gunning graffiti onto railway sidings and trains. His best mate at this time, interestingly, was a Pakistani, whose street slang Breivik mocked humorously enough as ‘Kebab Norwegian’. There was no sign yet of any dilettante expression of Norwegian fascism, though Breivik did briefly join the xenophobic Progress Party, a sort of Scandinavian Ukip with Viking knobs on.

After setting up an online business selling false university diplomas, Breivik became obsessed by the ‘Muslim threat’ to western civilisation. It is not clear how or why this occurred, says Seierstad. From deranged, off-piste internet sites, however, he learned that shadowy medieval cabals and conventicles such as the Mystical Legates of St Paul and the Knights Templar had taken up cudgels against Islam; he would have to do the same before it was too late.

In a remote farmhouse north of Oslo he began to stockpile bags of explosive fertiliser, telescopic rifle sights, protective clothing, a variety of ordnance and quantities of Red Bull energy drink (he would need all his strength on the day of reckoning). On 22 July 2011, disguised as a policeman, the whey-faced 32-year-old Crusader drove to Oslo’s government district, where he detonated a powerful homemade car-bomb. Minutes later, armed with an assault rifle, he made his way to the summer camp on Utøya island. He had a good hour’s worth of killing there before he surrendered to the police. At his trial the spree killer was judged not to be mad and sentenced to 21 years in jail; he expressed no remorse at all for the young lives he had extinguished, but vowed to continue his good work behind bars.

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  • aubreyfarmer

    Zionist no doubt.

    • La Fold

      Probably a Rothschild to boot.

  • John Andrews

    Which nations have, or had, a popular mandate for mass immigration? We can both detest Breivik and disagree with the policies which drove him mad.

    • Heil Hitler!

      They gave Yasser Arafart the Nobel Peace Prize for exactly the same thing!

      Karma came home to Oslo and she was a real bítch.

      • Innit Bruv

        If Menachem Begin and Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize
        then so can Yasser Arafat.

        • Heil Hitler!

          If the Iranians nuke Israel, the Palestinian scums also die in the fallout… win/win situation

          • Innit Bruv

            Pretty primitive thinking.
            But then why am I not surprised?

          • Heil Hitler!

            You go fight for the Israelis, I don’t give a rat’s rear about them… not my problem…

          • Alec

            “Rat’s rear”… love the politeness and avoidance of profanity!

            ~alec

          • Heil Hitler!

            You people are fúcking morons.

          • Alec

            Go take a bath, Nazi.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ukFAvYP3UU

            ~alec

          • Heil Hitler!

            Gehen sie saugen eine Schrotflinte jude.

          • Alec

            Hitler is a twerp. He’s half barmy and so’s his army, oh, Hitler is a twerp.

            ~alec

          • Heil Hitler!

            Satanismus ist eine jüdische Kult.

          • Alec

            Google Translate ist mein friend.

            ~alec

          • Heil Hitler!

            сатанизм является еврейский культ.

          • Alec

            Your hero would have had you shot for such fondness for deviant languages.

            ~alec

          • Heil Hitler!

            Chinga tu madre.

          • Alec

            Jews under water! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin-class_submarine

          • Heil Hitler!

            Bok yemek ibne yahud.

          • Alec
          • Heil Hitler!

            You gaytheists and fágnostics of Al Qúeerda are no different than the hijab wearing dóuche bags of Islam.

          • Alec

            Whom the gods first seek to destroy, and all of that.

            ~alec

          • Heil Hitler!

            Arbeit macht frei.

          • Alec

            Certainly nothing you ever do, you fat loser.

            ~alec

          • Heil Hitler!

            Russia has real soldiers on their border and no gay pride marches in their army… imagine that.

    • MSMlies

      Barbara Lerner Spectre calls for destruction of Christian European ethnic societies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFE0qAiofMQ
      How Zionists Divide and Conquer
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJjSzXkm55o&bpctr=1428157080

  • Bonkim

    This chap would have been hanged in another era another place – why waste time on such criminals analysing their evil motive.

    • GraveDave

      Because he’s white and Northern European.

      • Bonkim

        They wouldn’t hand an Arab terrorist either.

    • Damaris Tighe

      I still can’t believe he was given just 21 years for the premeditated massacre of teenagers. If that’s the Norwegian sense of justice then they deserve everything they get.

      • Peter Hatfield

        21 years is a minimum sentence. It is the highest minimum sentence allowable in Norwegian law. It means that after 21 years he will be assessed, and if no longer considered a threat to society they might release him. I think this is very unlikely in Brevik´s case. They will then reconsider his case every 5 years. The likelihood is that he will die in prison.

        • Damaris Tighe

          Thanks for clarifying.

          • Bonkim

            Wait and see – the Norse and Swedish are tight-knit and cannot afford to lose numbers, also believe in the inherent value of their people. Whether human beings are inherently good or evil and worthy of being forgiven this type of crime is another discussion.

  • GraveDave

    ‘Socialist summer camp’.

    Hilarious.

    • Simon Fay

      Did you see the Bright Young Norwegian Labour Hope among the murdered teen politicos? He looked like Niall Ferguson but even more pleased with himself. I know taking human life is a terrible step but even a stopped clock is right sometimes.

  • Simon Fay

    Grand Cull Breivik: the next step in shoot-em-up gaming. Available on PS3 and odourless plastic explosive.

  • “Breivik despised the culturally mixed-up, mongrel Europe in which many of us now happily live” many of us ..really? Well i suppose we need to be told what to think eh ..its just good for us so shut up..i have been puzzling over how liberal and conservative can be compatible as one destroys what the other valúes ..could it infact mean that there is no such thing as a conservative ..mass suicide for shady dreamland idealism that nobody wants …thankfully it can’t last as voters become less zombie and think for themselves

  • Simon Fay

    The pic makes him look like an Amish farmer demonstrating moves used in ritual conflict-settling on an occasion that got out of hand.

  • global city

    When he did his crimes we were all convicted by association for merely being the same colour and from the same part of the world.

    Why does this not hold for other, more unified ‘cultures’?

    • Bonkim

      Rubbish. Each individual is responsible for his/her actions – crime is not shared with your tribe or family.

      • global city

        Yes, precisely…SO TELL THAT TO YOUR DUMB ARSEDLEFTYUNTMTES!

  • “A review of One of Us by Åsne Seierstad reveals a lonely misfit set on a murderous mission to purify the Nordic race”

    Is that why the police refused to cross the lake to Utoya island, listening to the gunfire from across the island? Is that why vacationers used their boats to rescue the children swimming from the island, one vacationer rescuing dozens of kids as the police watched? Is that why Brievik waited until the July vacation month, and after 3 pm when most have left work, to accomplish his mission? Is that why the special police were told not to report for work after the commander of the special police, on vacation, called in to work after watching the attack on television?

    Looks like we’re witnesses to another badly staged false flag operation!

  • Richard Lutz

    The government of Norway facilitated the gun massacre on Utoya island by making it a crime for law-abiding adults to carry a concealed pistol, whereas in Switzerland such people can carry a concealed pistol after undergoing suitable training.

    Law-abiding adults have a right to defend themselves and a legal duty to protect dependants under their care like children, a disabled spouse or an elderly parent. The rich can hire armed bodyguards at the drop of a hat (including drug pushers, rapists and murderers) while political leaders are protected at taxpayer’s expense.

    Laws that stop law-abiding adults carrying practical defensive weapons are inherently illberal and undemocratic. You can find out more about self-defence by visiting the Stalk Victims Information Service website (www.stalkvictims.info).

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