Monday, July 25, 2011

Open Thread & News Round-Up: Norway Attack

[Trigger warning for terrorism and violence.]

Here is some of the news emerging about Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian man accused of killing at least 93 people in a bomb attack and shooting rampage in Oslo and on the island of Ut√łya last week:

Breivik, who has admitted to being the bomber/shooter, was in court today for a custody hearing. The Guardian's live blog is here: The court "decided to remand Breivik in custody for eight weeks, as it believes there is a risk he would tamper with evidence were he released. Breivik has also provided statements that require further investigation—especially his assertion that there may be two more cells in his organisation. Judge has also agreed to the prosecution's petition for complete isolation for four weeks and a ban on letters and visitors."

CNN: Who is the suspect in the Norway attacks?

Reuters—Norway's mass killer pursuing anti-Islam crusade: "Multi-culturalism is one of the dirtiest words in Anders Behring Breivik's political vocabulary."

New York TimesBreivik Wrote of Fear of Islam and Plan for War:
As stunned Norwegians grappled with the deadliest attack in the country since World War II, a portrait began to emerge of the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, 32. The police identified him as a right-wing fundamentalist Christian, while acquaintances described him as a gun-loving Norwegian obsessed with what he saw as the threats of multiculturalism and Muslim immigration.

"We are not sure whether he was alone or had help," a police official, Roger Andresen, said at a televised news conference. "What we know is that he is right wing and a Christian fundamentalist."

In the 1,500-page manifesto, posted on the Web hours before the attacks, Mr. Breivik recorded a day-by-day diary of months of planning for the attacks, and claimed to be part of a small group that intended to "seize political and military control of Western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda."

He predicted a conflagration that would kill or injure more than a million people, adding, "The time for dialogue is over. We gave peace a chance. The time for armed resistance has come."
I wish I had wise or comforting words for our Norwegian Shakers. All I've got is this: We are with you.