Islam and Breivik's Bombs

The killing of 8 people by a bomb in Oslo, placed by the Norwegian berserker Anders Behring Breivik, followed by his gunning down of a further 69 on the island of Utoya, is a horrible reminder of the potential for evil inherent in human nature.  That he deliberately chose to gun down children in Utoya strongly demonstrates this.  No amount of Scandinavian welfare and niceness can wash away personal wickedness.  It will always be there.  Breivik’s actions were not “inappropriate” or “deviant” or “contrary to social norms,” as the jargon of the left would put it; they were evil.  As he killed the children, he laughed and cried out, “You can’t escape.”

Breivik’s actions and philosophy remind one of the “propaganda of the deed” advocated by anarchists, which led to setting off bombs in public places not only to kill but to destabilize society—also one of Breivik’s aims.  These were not the acts of a political party but of wild individuals or cells who saw themselves as part of an invisible elite who could change the world through erratic violence.  By chance, I have just returned from the Liceu theater in Barcelona, where in 1893 the anarchist Santiago Salvador threw two bombs at those attending a play, killing 22 and injuring 35.  Their successors in our own time were the German and Italian left-wing terrorists of the last 30 years...

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