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More details have emerged on the Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik and now we have enough details to piece together what's behind Friday's massacre which saw car bombings in Oslo and a mass shooting attack on the island of Utoya that caused the deaths of more than 90 people. 

Hours before his terrorist acts, Anders Behring Breivik left a 1550-page manifesto on internet. Its title is 2083: A European Declaration of Independence. Apparently, the title is rooted in a demographic claim that Muslims will become a majority in Europe.

To borrow Doug Sanders, the manifesto draws on "Eurabia" and "Muslim Tide" writers such as Bruce Bawer, Melanie Phillips, Mark Steyn, Geert Wilders, Theodore Dalrymple, and Robert Spencer, as well as many figures from the extreme right, to create an argument that Muslims, immigrants, multiculturalists, European Union backers and social democrats are part of a plot to undermine Europe's Christian civilization. It then draws on the extreme right, the ideas of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups (which he admires) to describe and rationalize a plot which almost exactly matches July 22 massacre.

While Breivik is relatively dismissive of the larger anti-immigration parties' prospects for meaningful change, he lauds more fringe groups such as the Stop Islamization of America and Stop Islamization of Europe, websites including JihadWatch and Gates of Vienna, and the True Finns, some of whose members were sent the manifesto shortly before his killing spree started.

Breivik also brags of his links to and friendship with members of the UK's English Defense League. However, he chides the EDL for being "dangerously naive" in pursuing a democratic path, and advises it to instead attack a nuclear plant to "cripple the British economy, contributing to creating an optimal climate for significant political change."

According to his lawyer Geir Lippestad, Breivik spent years writing the 1,500-page manifesto that police were examining. It was signed as "Andrew Berwick." The date was referred to later in the document as the year (2083) that coups d'etat would engulf Europe and overthrow the elite he maligns.

"He wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution," Geir Lippestad told public broadcaster NRK. "He wished to attack society and the structure of society."

The manifesto vowed revenge on those who it accused of betraying Europe. "We, the free indigenous peoples of Europe, hereby declare a pre-emptive war on all cultural Marxist/multiculturalist elites of Western Europe. ... We know who you are, where you live and we are coming for you," the document said. "We are in the process of flagging every single multiculturalist traitor in Western Europe. You will be punished for your treasonous acts against Europe and Europeans."

The Knights Templar Video

In the manifesto, Breivik referred to the Knights Templar group. According to the Associated Press, the use of an anglicized pseudonym could be explained by a passage in the manifesto describing the founding, in April 2002 in London, of a group he calls a new Knights Templar. The Knights Templar was a medieval order founded to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land after the First Crusade.

A 12-minute video clip posted on YouTube with the same title as the manifesto featured symbolic imagery of the Knights Templar and crusader kings as well as slides suggesting Europe is being overrun by Muslims. Police could not confirm that Breivik had posted the video, which also featured photographs of him dressed in a formal military uniform and in a wet suit pointing an assault rifle.

The video was a series of slides that accused the left in Europe of allowing Muslims to overrun the continent: One image showed the BBC's logo with the "C" changed into an Islamic crescent. Another declared that the end result of the left's actions would be an "EUSSR."

More quotes from the Manifesto

For me it is very hypocritical to treat Muslims, Nazis and Marxists differ. They are all supporters of hate-ideologies"(page 2-3)

What is globalization and modernity to do with mass Muslim immigration?

And you may not have heard and Japan and South Korea? These are successful and modern regimes even if they rejected multiculturalism in the 70 --s. Are Japanese and South Koreans goblins?

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