Here Fjordman has more from mass murderer Anders Breivik’s recent letter, completely ignored in English-language media, in which he says that he constructed his counter-jihadist manifesto so that his murders would be blamed on that movement, thereby discrediting and destroying it. In another article, “Breivik Opposed Spencer, Fjordman, Exploited Counterjihad for Nazi Goals,” Daniel Greenfield also has these quotes from Breivik’s marginally coherent message:
The compendium was, among other things, of a calculated and quite cynical “gateway-design” (the 2+?+?=6-approach), created to strengthen the ethnocentrist wing in the contra-jihad movement, by pinning the whole thing on the anti-ethnocentrist wing. The idea was to manipulate the MSM and others so that they would launch a witch-hunt and send their “media-rape-squads” against our opponents. It worked quite well.
In other words, he wanted to strengthen actual racists by tarring anti-racist foes of jihad, whom he names in this message as “represented by Fjordman and his Jewish network, the EDL-leader, the SIOE-leaders, Wilders, Farage etc.,” with responsibility for his murders. He adds: “When the norwegian MSM announced that Fjordman was my role model and idol, they couldnt be more wrong.” He further claims:
There has been an active power-struggle between the two factions within the contra-jihadist movement for years, and the reason why its so critically important to dominate and influence this movement is because it acts as a “supplier of terms” to moderate european nationalist parties with a base consisting of tens of millions of europeans. The battle within the “counter-jihad”-movement is in many ways a battle for the future content of northern-european nationalism.
This is completely fanciful. There was no power-struggle, and no two factions within the counter-jihad movement. There were Leftists and Islamic supremacists tarring us all as racists and neo-Nazis, but real neo-Nazis always sided with the jihad and the foes of their biggest enemy, Israel.
In any case, the ongoing mainstream media silence on this latest from Breivik, after they couldn’t stop talking about his supposed counter-jihad inspiration, reveals, as Fjordman says below, just how rotten, corrupt, immoral and dishonest mainstream media reporters are. I just sent this email to Scott Shane of the New York Times:
Hello Mr. Shane
A few years back you put a photo of me and a story about me on the front page of the New York Times, blaming me and some of my colleagues for Anders Breivik’s mass murders in Norway.
You added to this by likening me to Anwar al-Awlaki in a subsequent email exchange.
Now the murderer Breivik, who is manifestly insane, has declared himself a Nazi and said that he constructed his “manifesto” in order to induce the media to blame his murders on the counter-jihad movement, so as to destroy that movement. He is gloating about how well it worked. You, of course, are one of the chief “journalists” who fell for it, and so I hope you will have the integrity at very least to note Breivik’s new claims. No English-language media, none, has picked up this story, although they were eager to publicize Breivik’s earlier claims of murdering people because he was a foe of jihad terror.
The right thing to do would be to publish a new story with a retraction and apology to me and the others you defamed on the New York Times front page.
I have little expectation of that. I do, however, hope you will publish some notice of this in the Times. You can send your apology to me here at this address.
Background information to help you craft your story:
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If I hear from him, you will be the first to know, but you know, I ain’t holding my breath.
“Breivik’s Confession and the Media’s Silence,” by Fjordman at FrontPage Mag, January 27 (thanks to Marc):
From his prison cell, the confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in January 2014 circulated a letter in which he repudiated all association with the Counterjihad and anti-Islamists. He gloated over how easy it was to fool the Western mainstream media (MSM) into supporting his intended witch-hunt on peaceful anti-Islamists:
The idea was to manipulate the MSM and others so that they would launch a witch-hunt and send their “media-rape-squads” against our opponents. It worked quite well. (…) I tried to hint about this double-psychology, by quoting “war is deceit” x number of times, but I couldnt make it more obvious, as it had to be credible to the aggressive army of 2000 media psychopaths (the MSM-rape-squad). The “hug-your-opponents, kick-the-ones-you-love”-tactic is one of the oldest in the book.
…Breivik now declares that he is a Nazi and despises me because of my alleged “Jewish network.” In his letter he praises Tore Tvedt, Varg Vikernes, Erik Blücher and Nicolai Kvisler. They are all among the (very few) genuine neo-Nazis in Norway. He further states that “When the norwegian MSM announced that Fjordman was my role model and idol, they couldnt be more wrong. These four individuals, on the other hand, are all worthy of trust, respect and praise, due to their past and continued efforts.”I’ve been widely portrayed as Breivik’s “mentor” and viewed as morally co-responsible for mass murder. We now have Breivik’s own confirmation that those presenting such claims ”couldn’t be more wrong.”…
He further indicates that he wanted to harm the anti-Islamists to strengthen ethnic nationalists. So in Breivik’s mind, the clever way to strengthen nationalists is to murder children from their (and his) own nation and ethnic group.Is he crazy? Yes, that’s probably exactly what he is. Nuts. Clinically insane.
My impression when reading this letter was not that Breivik is a Nazi. He’s too incoherent to be taken seriously even as a neo-Nazi. My impression was that he is not receiving the anti-psychotic medications he so clearly needs. ABB first claimed that he was an anti-Nazi terrorist. Now, he’s suddenly a peaceful Nazi who wants non-violent “dialogue” with the media. Next month, he’ll be a smurf. The month after that, he may proclaim that he’s Kermit the Frog from The Muppet Show. He will say this partly because life in prison is boring and he craves personal attention, and partly because he might actually believe it. Perhaps he will design a new uniform for Commander Kermit of the Knights Templar?
There are two alternatives:
1. Anders Behring Breivik is just plain insane, and there is no point in taking anything he says seriously at all.
2. Anders Behring Breivik specifically wanted to instigate a mass media “witch-hunt” on peaceful anti-Islamists. He said both during the trial in 2012 and in this letter from 2014 that he’s very satisfied with the way the media behaved.
The Western mass media have portrayed ABB as a rational and sane person who was inspired to commit mass murder by texts written by me, Robert Spencer and other Islam-critics. This viewpoint can no longer be presented as the truth. It is false, and always has been.
He is almost certainly insane. To the extent that he is rational about anything — which is highly debatable — ABB has been very explicit for years that his intention was to use the mass media as allies to damage Islam-critics such as Robert Spencer, Bat Ye’or, Daniel Pipes or Fjordman as much as possible. Claims made by the established media that Breivik is an anti-Muslim terrorist are incorrect and should be rejected. He admired the Islamic Jihadist terrorists of al-Qaida, and copied them in order to kill non-Muslims and marginalize peaceful Islam-critics.
In between rantings indicative of medical insanity, Breivik occasionally touches upon real subjects. One of these is the issue of bias, distortions and dishonesty in Western mass media. Ironically, he has indirectly exposed just how biased, distorted and dishonest Western mass media can be and often are.
Breivik’s letter from prison was sent to a number of international media outlets. These included The Wall Street Journal, the largest newspaper in North America, Die Welt in Germany and Ekstra Bladet in Denmark. In January 2014, these publications acknowledged receiving the letter and stated that Breivik complained about “torture” in jail. Yet they were not honest enough to admit that he confessed that he had quoted anti-Islamic writers in order to harm them. The only outlet that stated this was the left-wing radical magazine Expo in Sweden, which is usually very hostile to Islam-critics.
As the author Robert Spencer noted on Jihad Watch: The New York Times, the BBC and many other Western media in the aftermath of Breivik’s attacks in 2011 contributed to a smear campaign against Islam-critical writers on both sides of the Atlantic who had done nothing wrong. When it later turns out that Breivik wanted to damage these writers and used the mass media as his allies to do so, the same media say…..nothing.
No apologies for having unfairly smeared decent people for years, just nothing. They pretend it never happened. Breivik was only useful as long as he could be employed to intimidate and silence critics of Islam and mass immigration. When that’s no longer the case, he ceases to be useful.
Anders Behring Breivik did great damage with his attacks. The single positive side effect is that he may have inadvertently helped to expose just how rotten and dishonest Western mass media are, how much information they hide and how much they distort. It is shocking to witness, although sadly not surprising. It leaves one wondering what information the same media distort on other topics.
Robert Spencer is perfectly correct in pointing out that the international press should apologize to Islam-critics for their behavior over the last few years. One of those who should receive a public apology is yours truly. Sadly, I don’t think most journalists have the decency to apologize.
The attacks of July 22 2011 are first and foremost a story about how many families lost their loved ones due to the actions of a sadistic and deeply sick individual. However, these events were cynically exploited in a political witch-hunt, much to the satisfaction of the terrorist himself. The media who participated in this witch-hunt have so far been unable or unwilling to engage in some healthy self-criticism over their unfair smears against their ideological opponents.