Quote: Originally Posted by Ariadne
<copied from the slow thread>
Islamics are eager to label this as a Christian extremist, but the man has stated that he is an agnostic and has no religious affiliation even though he is Norwegian by birth and heritage. I think he had an idea in his head and he got it twisted so badly that he thought murdering children at summer camp was a good plan, and then he planned it for months ... all they while playing shooting video games and the National Anthem.
What a huge loss for so many families ... not only the immediate family but the extended. I doubt anyone in Norway was not affected by this insane murderous rampage on children .. after setting off a carbomb diversion in the centre of Oslo to keep police away for an hour and a half while he randomly hunted and killed children with exploding bullets on a summer camp island.
I think he is claiming association with a Right Wing political group because he doesn't want to be left swinging in the wind without a post to hitch on, but this guy is swinging in the wind in terms of not normal thinking.
Multiculturalism seems to be what many resign themselves to - gotta be politically correct. This guy seems to think that nationalism is more important.
Honestly, I cannot conceive of what this guy might be thinking. I just think it's wrong to allow him or others to tie what he did to any kind of political movement. He left a political party, gave up membership (or was booted out) because their views were not extreme enough for him. From what little I've read, he viewed himself as a big part of that party, nearly winning a city council seat. However responses by individuals who were in the same party state that he was quiet, almost shy, never really participated. So this guy's had delusions of grandeur for years.
He, by his own admission, targeted "immigrants" while on that island. Now, unless he was checking papers, that says to me he was basically taking aim at visual minorities. Anyone who wasn't blond haired, blue eyed, and white, like him. That's racism, pure and simple. And I do believe most people see that. They don't see this as an example of right wing ideology run amok.
I think this guy's views and actions are about as representative of right wing, or conservative, ideologies as Reverend Phelps & Westboro Baptists are representative of Christian values. Which is to say, not at all.
There are some issues where I personally fall on the more conservative side of the spectrum and some where I fall on the more liberal side of the spectrum, but where I disagree I don't see evil. I just see a different point of view.
But when I look at this guy, I do see evil. Evil in his actions and in his heart. He is a small, small man who sought to try and make himself bigger than what he is in the worst possible way.
He sought to save Norway. Right! Save it by terrorizing it, by shooting children? And he has apparently taken to calling himself a Knight Templar? Delusions of grandeur.