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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Utøya Survivors to Sit In Norwegian Parliament

01l Norway Oslo Bombing Memorial 07.11

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Young candidates from the Labour Party will take part in the first parliamentary election since Breivik’s Massacre in Norway. The 27 survivors chosen from the Worker’s Youth League (AUF) of the Labour Party are expected to be slightly different from previous generations and raise tough questions. Usually, once left-wing young Labour MPs sit in the parliament (Stortinget), they’re likely to share more mainstream views with the rest of the party. However, this generation is believed to confirm confidence in staying true to their beliefs.

Gunn Karin Gjul, a Labour MP, in speaking about the terrorist attack in 2011, when 77 people were killed at the summer camp on Utøya island, noted, “The 22 July generation is a very unique generation within the Labour Party; their ideas were tested in a way that no generation since World War II in Norway has been”. The main question in the AUF candidates’ agenda is oil production. The youth wing would like some parts of the Norwegian continental shelf environmentally protected, the other branches of the party don’t believe this necessary. Another point is the immigration problem, as the AUF wants the government to be more tolerant in this respect. The liberal views of AUF members were one reason for Breivik’s attack… he wanted to stop immigration from Muslim countries to Norway and the AUF seemed to him an obstacle on the way to this. Gjul added that, as massacre survivors, they might question why Norway lacks the death penalty, why Breivik wasn’t given tougher prison conditions, or why he grew bitter and aggressive.

The crucial point in gaining a seat in the Stortinget is a candidate’s ranking on a party list. Many of the Utøya survivors running for parliament lost primary battles for safe positions higher up, so, now, they’re quite low on the list. Only 3 of the 27 survivors have high enough rankings to get elected for sure. According to Norwegian tradition, young people get involved early in politics. The current Prime Minister, Labour’s Jens Stoltenberg, became an MP at age 32, whilst one of his opponents, Conservative Erna Solberg, won election at age 28.

10 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_07_10/Ut-ya-survivors-to-be-elected-in-Norwegian-parliament-9633/

 

Friday, 24 August 2012

As John Robles Sees It… Mass-Killer Breivik Awaits Court Verdict with No Remorse

THIS is what John Robles is talking about… and it’s why I agree with him, completely and unreservedly. If anyone deserved to “swim with the fishies“, Breivik does, and I’d pull the trigger… gladly.

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The blond monster who killed 77 human beings in cold blood in Norway a year ago is about to be sentenced. Many people believe that the only fair sentence for Anders Behring Breivik, as he took the lives of people with families, friends, and futures is the death penalty. However, there’s no capital punishment in Norway, so, this predator of innocents will either get 21 years in prison or end up in his own psychiatric ward. In both cases, the mass-murderer will continue his earthly existence. Breivik receives fair treatment, as he has a three-room suite, with an exercise room, a bed room, and an “office” with a computer he uses to prepare his case and answer “fan” mail, and where he’ll return if he’s found sane. If he’s found insane, Norway will build an entire private hospital wing just for him, and he’ll have his own staff of 17 people to take care of him night and day.

The world’s eyes will be on a small court in Oslo, Norway tomorrow as the judges render their verdict in the case of right-wing extremist and admitted mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik. With his remorseless admission to the mass-killings he committed, his guilt is an established fact; therefore, that isn’t the matter before the court. Rather, the court’s verdict will determine whether Breivik will face incarceration or compulsory psychiatric treatment. Currently, the options are 21 years’ incarceration, which the authorities could extend indefinitely if he’s deemed a danger to society, or indefinite compulsory psychiatric treatment if he’s deemed insane. Breivik insists that he’s sane and promised to appeal the verdict if he’s found insane by the court. He’s remorselessly attempted to justify his mass-murdering execution-style rampage of mostly-defenceless teenagers, many of them young girls, as an attempt to cleanse white Christian society of encroachment by multiculturalism and a fantasised Muslim takeover.

One point that the press and the debate over Breivik and his heinous crimes hasn’t really touched upon, and one that I feel may be key to deciding his “sanity”, if there’s really any doubt, is the fact that almost all of his victims were white Norwegian youth, a fact that should negate any argument that he was “fighting for Norwegian purity against a Muslim threat”, and a fact that points to the sheer pointless insanity of his actions. He’s a madman who wanted to kill as many people as possible as viciously as possible, and his choice of targets made his own insane reasoning completely and utterly pointless. Sadly, for Breivik and his like-minded angry-white-supremacist brethren, such killings can be justified, in some twisted way. Somehow, they can be deemed the act of a sane person. However, for most of us, such senseless murder can in no way be justified.

In addition, the fact that Breivik is white is a very important factor in the case. He’s has been repeatedly allowed to make Nazi salutes for the cameras in the court, and repeatedly been allowed to invoke his insane ideological ranting in court, as if such beliefs could in some way defend his horrendous crimes. Were he of another race or group, it’s seriously doubtful that he’d be allowed to so blatantly spit in the face of all of us. The fact that he’s white, as with most white-supremacist mass-murders, has led the court and society to debate his sanity. Most members of white society are always quick to marginalise and deem psychotic one of their own when events such as this take place, they’re quick to call these killers “loners”, and not part of an organisation, unlike what occurs when a Muslim or member of any other race group commits such a crime. Priyamvada Gopal at the Guardian looked into this topic in depth. With the world currently engaged in what many consider a war against “primitive” Muslims, Breivik has many apologists in white Christian society. However, even in this context, there can be no justification for his acts.

Are the Norwegian people happy about all of this? Many aren’t. Many feel as I do, that there are crimes that a civilised society can in no way forgive, and that Breivik’s heinous mass-murdering rampage falls into this category. There are crimes for which, even in a humane and civilised society, there must be an ultimate price to pay. There must be an exception allowing for execution; Breivik, as one of the worst mass murderers of all time, deserves such. Thomas Indreboe, a lay judge who was removed from the case when he called for Breivik’s execution, to save “taxpayers from unnecessary expenditures”, put it well when he said, “…there are other things in Norway that need to be taken care of, like our elderly, roads, and such things; the money could’ve been spent on other things”.

According to RIA-Novosti, even if the court finds Breivik insane, psychiatrists may refuse to treat him, as he has been diagnosed as being rational and sane in the past. Breivik himself hopes he’s found sane, so that his monstrous killing spree won’t be viewed as the act of a madman; this will support the delusional architecture of his psychosis, and allow like-minded neo-Nazi fanatics a victory they don’t deserve. If systematically, remorselessly, and cold-bloodedly taking the lives of 77 human beings, people with families, friends, and futures, doesn’t forfeit one’s right to continue to exist, then, I don’t know what does. Regardless of what I think, and many who would agree with me, Breivik will continue to live, costing Norwegian taxpayers millions, and he’ll continue to breathe, exercise, eat nice meals, answer fan mail, and spit in the face of all humanity.

23 August 2012

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_23/Mass-killer-Breivik-awaits-court-verdict-with-no-remorse/

Breivik Sentenced to 21 Years for Norway Terror Attacks

Lest we forget… THIS is what this monstrous bastard caused…

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Spare a thought and prayer for the victims, their families, and friends…

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A court in Oslo sentenced Anders Breivik to the maximum 21 years prison on Friday for terrorism and the murder of 77 people, after declaring him sane. Breivik went on a killing spree last 22 July, setting off a bomb that killed eight people in the government district of Oslo and, then, shooting dead 69 people at a youth camp on nearby Utøya Island. He will serve his sentence under special conditions at the maximum-security Ila Detention and Security Prison, where he’s been held since his arrest. The authorities may extend his detention beyond the end of his sentence, if they consider that he’s still a danger to society.

23 August 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20120824/175407516.html

Thursday, 16 August 2012

As John Robles Sees It… Breivik Blasphemed Security Services, Society, and the Knights Templar

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Up until the cold-blooded-mass-killings by home-grown white supremacist terrorist Anders Breivik, most people thought Norway was one of the safest nations on earth. The double attack left not only Norway, but also the world, stunned and in search of answers as to how this could’ve happened. The Breivik case took a new twist yesterday when a statement, allegedly from the “Knights Templar”, demanded his release. Norway’s been forced to take a cold hard look at itself, and in a 482-page report submitted to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on the failures that allowed the madman to bomb government buildings and run rampant executing youth for hours, it’s come to rational and practical solutions, finding fault with key areas of security that failed to deter Breivik.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the report found that the authorities were aware of the activities of Breivik months before the attacks, when he purchased huge quantities of materials, including liquid fertiliser, that one could use to make bombs, but the security services never placed him on a watch list. The report noted, “We could’ve prevented the attack on the government complex on 22 July through effective implementation of already adopted security measures”. Apart from the aforementioned problem, another key finding was that the government buildings Breivik attacked weren’t sufficiently hardened against sabotage, they’d been identified as a security risk years earlier, but they were never properly brought up to standards.

As security services and police the world over know, if preventative measures fail, then, response time is of utmost importance in extreme situations. According to the report, key responses and measures failed miserably, and these failures, for the most part, were in the command structure. Norway has world-class highly-trained security personnel, but their deployment wasn’t effective; the military didn’t get timely information, and those involved didn’t follow set emergency procedures. First responders didn’t even have a description of Breivik until 20 minutes after the first attack, which they could’ve used to stop him before he reached Utøya Island. The most critical failure was when authorities were aware of the massacre taking place on Utøya Island, but they wasted critical time, which allowed Breivik to gun down his young victims on the island for 75 minutes. According to the Jerusalem Post, apparently, they couldn’t find a helicopter, and the boat they were supposed to use wasn’t able to carry all of the security forces responding to the attack.

Although part of the blame lies with the authorities, a large part has to lie with society, because of its inability to comprehend the viciousness and insanity of predators like this, so, they aren’t prepared to deal with them. Yes, sadly, part of the blame lies with peace-loving people, who can’t comprehend the monstrosities that some men are capable of. We saw this with Hitler, we saw this on 9/11, and we saw this with Breivik. For countries like Russia, the USA, Israel, and the UK, just to list a few, society and the authorities are ready, prepared, and experienced in dealing with these sorts of attacks; unfortunately, for Norway, it was a wakeup call from Breivik, who mercilessly took advantage of weaknesses in the security architecture of the country.

As the government of Norway and the world continue to debate on security, the inhumanity and unrepentant nature of Breivik and his brethren continues to make a mockery of the civilised world, with a statement allegedly from the supposed “Knights Templar”, an organisation that Breivik claimed to be a member of, but which has no connection to the real order of the Knights Templar. Furthermore,   forensic criminologists involved in the Breivik case doubt that the organisation actually exists. The e-mail demands that that the court find Breivik innocent and that his actions were necessary in waging the war that they are involved in. The writer calls Breivik, “their commander”, and vows to destroy the upper echelon of Norwegian society if the court doesn’t meet their demands to free Breivik. The e-mail was sent to recipients all over the country on Monday, after the release of the report mentioned above, prompting an investigation of the purported “Second in command of the Knights Templar Norway” by the Police Security Service of Norway (PST). In the e-mail, the writer claims to be the “deputy commander” of a cell of the organisation in Norway, and issued a warning to all advocates of multiculturalism.

I agree with what Jay Rubenstein, a blogger at the Huffington Post, wrote, “As a historian, I do recognize in him (Breivik) a peculiarly Western Christian transgression, one as old as Philip the Fair… projecting vile, sick, and paranoid dreams onto the Knights Templar… distorting what was originally, in fact, a warped vision of Christian virtue, and using it as justification for bringing dark fantasies to life”. Many believe that the Knights Templar were an honourable noble company, which even protected Jews; its name is used by hate groups to justify their sick abhorrence of others. Like the Ku Klux Klan, who claim to be “Christian Knights”, Breivik’s delusional belief system blasphemes the Christian Faith. The Knights Templar fought for the defenceless, I seriously doubt they would’ve supported a madman who cold-bloodedly gunned down children in a twisted insane quest to cleanse his country of “inferior” ethnics through bloodshed.

14 August 2012

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_14/Security-Services-society-and-Templar-Knights-blasphemed-by-Breivik/

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