Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Breivik once offered his personal feelings on the state of the world during a series of postings on several far right and anti-Muslim websites, including Stormfront, Gates of Vienna, enationalist and Nordisk.
In a posting on Stormfront in 2008, Breivik described it as “ironic” that in his words, “the only three racially pure countries in the world are Japan, Korea and Taiwan”. He then went on to give a breakdown on the racial and ethnic make up of several European countries, a piece of work he says took “25 hours to create/research”.
Breivik made his postings on the British section of the forum in October of 2008, claiming that he was living in Sweden and was writing a book “about the Islamification of Europe and how to cope with these upcoming problems”.
Stormfront is the world’s most important white supremacist internet forum used by neo-Nazis from across the globe. It is run by Don Black, a hardline neo-Nazi and a former KKK Grand Wizard and member of the US Nazi Party.
Complaining that the right wing in Europe and the US was “fractured”, Breivik wrote about how he hoped the various groups “can try and reach a consensus regarding the issue” which he saw as being the “Islamification of Europe/US”. He wanted these united groups to “overthrow the governments which support multiculturalism”.
Recommending a series of groups he hopes can deal with “60 MILLION Muslims in western and Eastern Europe” he also claims that Britain or Denmark will be the first western countries to face “civil war due to Muslim immigration”.
Unsurprisingly, these views are not too dissimilar to those of BNP leader Nick Griffin who has often claimed that there will be a “civil war” in this country as a result of a conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims. Breivik then links to a series of far-right websites, mainly BNP ones that he approves of, including the blogsite of the BNP’s former deputy and current press officer Simon Darby.
Breivik also posted on the anti-Muslim Gates of Vienna blogsite, again in the autumn of 2008. In them he takes to task leading anti-Muslim bloggers, such as Fjordman, who is quoted extensively in Breivik’s manifesto and is a supporter of the EDL. Breivik agrees with their critique of Islam and its threat to Western Europe but he believes that their suggested solutions are not enough to save the West. Addressing Fjordman’s view that immigration into Europe should be halted, Breivik writes: “anti-immigration laws/closed borders will only delay a Muslim takeover at best. Even in areas with a poor living standards/weak economies (like Kosovo was) they will outbreed non-muslims. It will only take them a few more decades.”
Instead, he calls for the forced deportation of those Muslims already here and criticises leading anti-Muslim bloggers, such as Dr. Pipes, Fjordman, Bat Ye’or, as they were “scared to propagate a conservative revolution and armed resistance”.
He added: “Why haven’t you or any of the other current authors on the Eurabia related issues/Islamisation of Europe (Fjordman, Spencer, Ye`or, Bostom etc.) brought up the “D” word? I assume because it is considered a fascist method in nature, which would undermine your/their work? Why would it undermine their efforts when it is the only rational conclusion, based on the above argument? As far as I know, it’s not illegal in Europe to suggest deportation as a future method when discussing future hypothetical World Orders (correct me if im wrong though, Im not 100% sure, lol)!?”
He made a similar criticism in his 1,500 manifesto: “The reason why authors on the Eurabia related issues/Islamisation of Europe - Fjordman, Spencer, Ye’or, Bostom etc. aren’t actively discussing deportation is because the method is considered too extreme (and thus would damage their reputational shields). This would un-doubtfully undermine their work and probably disallowing them to publish any future books. However, the warning about Islam has been repeated for more than two decades and it is apparent that 40 more years of dialogue, without action, would have a devastating effect on Europe. If these authors are to scared to propagate a conservative revolution and armed resistance then other authors will have to.”
Several of the anti-Muslim bloggers referenced by Breivik in his postings and in his manifesto have supported the EDL. These include Fjordman, Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch blog), Edward S May (Gates of Vienna) and Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs). As recently as 19 July, just three days before the massacre in Norway, an article written by Fjordman appeared on the EDL website. He ended it by writing: “I see brave people, ordinary men and women, who after years of humiliation and degradation are finally sick and tired of having to watch evil groups and organizations from other parts of the world being allowed to colonize their country and destroy their freedom, with barely a peep of protest from the local authorities. From that perspective, the EDL represents the only good news to come out of the repressive and dysfunctional country known as modern Britain in years. The organization has even inspired similar groups in other parts of Western Europe.
“I don’t know what the EDL will amount to in the future, but right now it represents potential and hope. That’s why I support the efforts of the EDL, and that’s why you should do so, too.”
In 2009, Breivik also registered as a member of Nordisk (Nordic), which has more than 22,000, mainly Scandinavian, members. Discussions on the forum range from White Noise music (Nazi / skinhead music) to political strategies for obliterating democracy.
Nordisk (Nordic) was launched in 2007 and was a rapid hit with nationalists in Sweden. Members span from high-ranking members of the Sweden Democrats, a nationalist party with seats in the Swedish parliament to leading members of the nazi movement and to unhinged psychopaths. What unites the whole lot is a hatred of immigration and immigrants. Subjects are generally discussed in a racist manner and have included discussions about the book The Turner Diaries, a novel that has served as a terrorist manual, was labelled the “terrorist bible” by the FBI and served as a direct inspiration for the Oklahoma bombing of 1995 in which 168 people were slaughtered. Nordisk is described as a portal “themed with Nordic identity, culture and tradition”. The forum was established by the Nordiska Förbundet (Nordic League) organisation, founded in 2004 by members of the right-wing extremist National Democrats and the hardcore nazi Swedish Resistance Movement.
Some of its members openly incite violence. In March 2010, for example, an anonymous user wrote: “Cars parked next to large buildings with fertilizer + diesel give a nice blast. Skyscrapers go down like the World Trade Centre towers. I haven’t said anything about killing. You'll hope the buildings are empty, and if not so, too bad...I don’t understand why people don’t realise that we have to wage war. The top politicians in government, who live in nice areas a long away from the immigrant threat, have decided that “wogs” can come here and live on our soil. In our society. Take advantage of what our forefathers have built up for us. In my world, nothing you do to these monsters is immoral.”
The language of the far-right is the language of hate. In the modern internet age people are less likely to join organisations but instead flit between groups, causes and campaigns with a much looser affiliation. This is what Breivik appears to have done. It is clear he read, digested and disseminated information on a wide range of neo-nazi, nationalist and anti-Muslim forums. Breivik went down a terrorist path but he shared a common ideology and hatred with the likes of the BNP and EDL.
Thanks to Nick Lowles at HOPE not Hate/Searchlight