Norwegian Bomber Strived to be a White Supremacist Martyr
In the, Jon Kay claims that Anders Behring Breivick, the 32-year-old Norwegian bomber, copied much of his manifesto from the provocative 1978 novel, The Turner Diaries, which was written by a white supremacist promoting the extermination of Jews and non-whites. Breivik's approach is also described as resembling that of Islamic terrorists:
"To read The Turner Diaries is to understand that the worldly beliefs of right-wing terrorists such as Breivick are not nearly so different from Islamic terrorists as some might believe. Members of both groups imagine themselves to be “martyrs” fulfilling some ordained and holy purpose, for which civilization will one day thank them. (In his manifesto, Breivick repeatedly references his upcoming “martyrdom.”)
Both groups imagine they are propelling society toward some post-apocalyptic paradise, a New Jerusalem of the type described in the Book of Revelation. And both imagine that their evil crusades lend drama, dignity and cosmic meaning to their lives. “Whenever danger is especially imminent and we might be captured, we are to remove the [suicide] capsules from the pendants and carry them in our mouths,” Turner declares in his Diaries. “And if we are captured and can see no hope of immediate escape, we are to break the capsules with our teeth. Death will be painless and almost instantaneous. Now our lives truly belong only to the Order. Today I was, in a sense, born again. I know now that I will never again be able to look at the world or the people around me or my own life in quite the same way I did before.”
Kay suggests that Breivick took a disturbing indirect approach in Oslo by targeting white Norwegians who are tolerant of other cultures.
"Of course, Breivik didn’t kill Muslims: He killed random Oslo passers-by and government workers, and then teenagers and young adults at a political youth camp — his strategy being to slaughter those he imagined to be the enablers of his country’s multicultural policies. He has described these murders as a “gruesome but necessary” step toward preventing Europe’s enslavement by Muslims — and his massive manifesto seems to have been created to defend these indefensible actions."