[Marxism] Anders Behring Breivik, a perfect product of the Axis of Islamophobia

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jul 25 07:43:56 MDT 2011


Anders Behring Breivik, a perfect product of the Axis of Islamophobia

by Max Blumenthal on July 24, 2011

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store visits the Utoya Labor 
Youth camp a day before Breivik's killing spree. He earned loud 
cheers with an unapologetic call for Palestinian rights.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store visits the Utoya Labor 
Youth camp a day before Breivik's killing spree. He earned loud 
cheers with an unapologetic call for Palestinian rights.

When I wrote my analysis last December on the “Axis of 
Islamophobia,” laying out a new international political network of 
right-wing ultra-Zionists, Christian evangelicals, Tea Party 
activists and racist British soccer hooligans, I did not foresee a 
terrorist like Anders Behring Breivik emerging from the movement’s 
ranks. At the same time, I am not surprised that he did. The 
rhetoric of the characters who inspired Breivik, from Pam Geller 
to Robert Spencer to Daniel Pipes, was so eliminationist in its 
nature that it was perhaps only a matter of time before someone 
put words into action.

As horrific as Breivik’s actions were, he can not be dismissed as 
a “madman.” His writings contain the same themes and language as 
more prominent right-wing Islamophobes (or those who style 
themselves as “counter-Jihadists”) and many conservatives in 
general. What’s more, Breivik was articulate and coherent enough 
to offer a clear snapshot of his ideological motives. Ali Abunimah 
and Alex Kane have posted excellent summaries of Breivik’s 
writings here and here and a full English translation is here. It 
is also worth sitting through at least a portion of Breivik’s 
tedious video manifesto to get a sense of his thinking.

 From a tactical perspective, Breivik was not a “lone wolf” 
terrorist. Instead, Breivik appeared to operate under a leaderless 
resistance model much like the Christian anti-abortion terrorists 
Scott Roeder and Eric Rudolph. Waagner and Rudolph organized 
around the Army of God, a nebulous group that was known only by 
its website and the pamphlets its members passed around in truck 
stops and private meetings. If they received material or tactical 
support, it occurred spontaneously. For the most part, they found 
encouragement from like-minded people and organizations like 
Operation Rescue, but rarely accepted direct assistance. Breivik, 
who emerged from the anti-immigrant Norwegian Progress Party 
(which built links with America’s Tea Party) and drifted into the 
English/Norwegian Defense League sphere of extremism, but who 
appeared to act without formal organizational support, reflects 
the same leaderless resistance style as America’s anti-abortion 

While in many ways Breivik shares core similarities with other 
right-wing anti-government terrorists, he is the product of a 
movement that is relatively new, increasingly dangerous, and 
poorly understood. I described the movement in detail in my “Axis 
of Islamophobia” piece, noting its simultaneous projection of 
anti-Semitic themes on Muslim immigrants and the appeal of Israel 
as a Fort Apache on the front lines of the war on terror, holding 
the line against the Eastern barbarian hordes. Breivik’s writings 
embody this seemingly novel fusion, particularly in his obsession 
with “Cultural Marxism,” an increasingly popular far-right concept 
that positions the (mostly Jewish) Frankfurt School as the 
originators of multiculturalism, combined with his call to 
“influence other cultural conservatives to come to our…pro-Israel 

Breivik and other members of Europe’s new extreme right are 
fixated on the fear of the “demographic Jihad,” or being 
out-populated by overly fertile Muslim immigrants. They see 
themselves as Crusader warriors fighting a racial/religious holy 
war to preserve Western Civilization. Thus they turn for 
inspiration to Israel, the only ethnocracy in the world, a country 
that substantially bases its policies towards the Palestinians on 
what its leaders call “demographic considerations.” This is why 
Israeli flags invariably fly above black-masked English Defense 
League mobs, and why Geert Wilders, the most prominent 
Islamophobic politician in the world, routinely travels to Israel 
to demand the forced transfer of Palestinians.

Judging from Breivik’s writings, his hysterical hatred of the 
Labor Party’s immigration policies and tolerance of Muslim 
immigrants likely led him target the government-operated summer 
camp at Utoya. For years, the far-right has singled Norway out as 
a special hotbed of pro-Islam, pro-Palestinian sentiment, thanks 
largely to its ruling Labor Party. In 2010, for instance, the 
English Defense League called Norway a future site of 
“Islamohell,” “where unadulterated political correctness has ruled 
the roost, with sharp talons, for decades.” Yesterday, when the 
Wall Street Journal editorial page rushed to blame Muslim 
terrorists for what turned out to be Breivik’s killing spree, it 
slammed the Norwegian government for pulling troops from 
Afghanistan and demanding that Israel end its siege of Gaza. For 
his part, Breivik branded the Labor Party as “traitors.”

There is no clear evidence that Breivik’s support for the Israeli 
right played any part in his killing spree. Nor does he appear to 
have any connection with the Israeli government. However, it is 
worth noting that in November 2010, the Israeli government joined 
the right-wing pile on, accusing the Norwegian government of 
“anti-Israel incitement” for funding a trip for students to New 
York to see the “Gaza Monologues” play. Then, the day before 
Breivik’s terror attack, which he planned long in advance, 
Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stor visited the Labor Youth 
camp at Utoya. There, he was met with demands to support the 
global BDS movement and to support the Palestinian Authority’s 
unilateral statehood bid. “The Palestinians must have their own 
state, the occupation must end, the wall must be demolished and it 
must happen now,” the Foreign Minister declared, earning cheers 
from the audience.

Breivik’s writings offer much more than a window into the motives 
that led him to commit terror. They can also be read as an 
embodiment of the mentality of a new and internationalized 
far-right movement that not only mobilizes hatred against Muslims, 
but is also able to produce figures who will kill innocent 
non-Muslims to save the Western way of life.

More information about the Marxism mailing list