I haven’t managed to read the entire 1500 page manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, I’m not sure I want to either, but I have read a chunk of it, more than enough!
The thing that makes the events in Norway different to other crazed rampages, is that it is a means to an end. Within the first few pages of the manifesto you get to this:
Sacrifices made when creating the compendium
I’ve spent a total of 9 years of my life working on this project. The first five years were
spent studying and creating a financial base, and the last three years was spent working
full time with research, compilation and writing. Creating this compendium has personally
cost me a total of 317 000 Euros (130 000 Euros spent from my own pocket and 187 500
Euros for loss of income during three years). All that, however, is barely noticeable
compared to the sacrifices made in relation to the distribution of this book, the actual
marketing operation ;)
At this point I felt physically sick as I realized that by reading it I was fulfilling the goal of coldblooded slaughter of innocent children. I couldn’t help but feel party to it. Truly disturbing and to be honest, I haven’t quite recovered. It’s powerful stuff – and he knew it too. The winking smiley is terrifying.
For this reason, I will not quote a further word. But I feel that as someone who has read some of it, I should point out why it is so dangerous. Which will be the subject of the rest of this post.