Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gunman Conspired With “Business and Political Leaders” Before Massacre?

Anders Behring Breivik said he conspired with “business and political leaders” in London years before he set about planning last week’s massacre, an intruiging connection given the fact that the gunman’s manifesto is datelined “London 2011, suggesting a clear connection to the capital as evidence emerges of a wider plot.

“In the manuscript Breivik describes his “mentor” as an Englishman he identifies as “Richard”, and says his journey into violent extremism began at a small meeting in London in 2002 where a group of like-minded extremists met to “reform” the Knights Templar Europe, a military group whose purpose was “to seize political and military control of western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda,” reports the Guardian.

“In his manifesto Breivik said the gathering in London was “not a stereotypical ‘rightwing’ meeting full of underprivileged, racist skinheads with a short temper”. Instead, he claimed those present were successful entrepreneurs, “business or political leaders, some with families, most Christian conservatives, but also some agnostics and even atheists”.

The gunman said that the participants of the meeting came from all over Europe and that he was first put into contact with them by a “Serbian crusader commander”.

Breivik’s conenctions with London – he lived there as a child when his father was working at the Norwegian embassy – are clearly a cornerstone of his plot. Indeed, as Mark Steyn writes for the National Review Online, the gunman’s manifesto is largely concerned with Britain and America. “The entire document is strangely anglocentric – in among the citations of NR and The Washington Times, there’s not a lot about Norway.”

The manifesto, signed by the killer as “Andrew Berwick” (an anglicised version of his name), is datelined “London, 2011,” clearly indicating Breivik was in the English capital before his rampage, although the media have asserted otherwise without expalining why Breivik would deliberately place such an error in his own screed. (more)