At The Jawa Report:
Norway mass murderer an equal opportunity plagiarist? So-called “manifesto” a cut-and-paste job
The 1500+ page “manifesto” that is alleged to have been written by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has the Left and their establishment media allies doing circle jerks and kept them busy for the past few days checking the “manifesto” for names from their enemies list. But it appears to be a complete cut-and-paste job rather than the culmination of years of extensive study by the killer as has been repeatedly claimed by the media (NY Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc.) and the killer himself (in the first few pages of the “manifesto”).
Even worse, if they had actually read his manifesto, rather than do a word search for targets taken from their enemies list, they would have discovered that most of this work is plagiarized and not his own work. Many of the links are already there. It’s looking like the only element that is really truly his is the journal portion.
Scott Shane of the New York Times actually used this manifesto to accuse the usual suspects of helping to shape the “anti-Muslim” worldview of the killer, despite the fact that authorities have not even confirmed it was actually compiled by Breivik. And so far no one has really explained why despite this supposed raging anti-Muslim hatred that he was driven by, not a single victim of Breivik’s killing spree was a Muslim (at least that I’ve seen reported so far). It is also interesting to note that Shane forgot to mention that the New York Times itself was cited as a source in the “manifesto”. Is the Old Gray Lady also to blame for these cold-blooded murders?!?! But I digress…
Having reviewed the first 800 pages of this work, it is clear that virtually all of those sections were plagiarized from other works. I have found the sources for first ~350 pages so far and am working on tracking down the rest (which I will post here as an update).
[Link to Coulter op-ed mine]
Typical of the coverage in the MSM is this bit from GlobalPost:
Breivik’s massacre has prompted calls in Europe for much greater scrutiny of extremism on the web. Germany’s Greens party leader, Cem Ozdemir*, blasted the lack of accountability on the internet, saying, “We need to do more to ensure security.” A police union leader in Germany, Klaus Jansen, told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper that an “alarm button” should be introduced for the internet that would enable people who came across dangerous content to report it quickly.
“Not everybody who goes on a far-right blog is going to go on a shooting rampage but certainly they are contributing to a wider culture of violence in the far right,” Goodwin said. “Some of the ideas that are exchanged on these sites contributed to the ideas that Breivik was using — the notion of a clash between cultures, the notion of an Islamic takeover of Europe, the need to take violent action.
Never addressed in these narratives is the popularity of Mein Kampf in the Arab world, and more recently among *Turks.
Meanwhile, in the UK:
Islamic extremists have launched a poster campaign across the UK proclaiming areas where Sharia law enforcement zones have been set up.
Communities have been bombarded with the posters, which read: ‘You are entering a Sharia-controlled zone – Islamic rules enforced.’
The bright yellow messages daubed on bus stops and street lamps have already been seen across certain boroughs in London and order that in the ‘zone’ there should be ‘no gambling’, ‘no music or concerts’, ‘no porn or prostitution’, ‘no drugs or smoking’ and ‘no alcohol’.
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has claimed responsibility for the scheme, saying he plans to flood specific Muslim and non-Muslim communities around the UK and ‘put the seeds down for an Islamic Emirate in the long term’.
Dr. Paul Crawford of the California University of Pennsylvania has this to say of the allusion to the Knights Templar:
Eight centuries later, Anders Behring Breivik, the man who confessed to last week’s bombing and shooting attacks that left 76 dead in Norway, alluded to two other “cells” of his network, which he referred to in a 1,500-page manifesto as a new “Knights Templar.” In the document, he describes being invited to join the group, which he said is dedicated to “anti-jihad” and claims members held meetings in London and the Baltics. Afterward, he said, the members vowed not to contact one another and to instead plan their “resistance” as individuals.
Halfway around the globe, in Morelia, Mexico, an organized crime group calling itself the Knights Templar has recently distributed 22-page booklets announcing its fight against poverty, tyranny and injustice. A copy obtained by The Associated Press depicts knights on horseback bearing lances and crosses, vowing an “ideological battle to defend the values of a society based on ethics.”
Crawford said Breivik and the Mexican crime syndicate blamed for murders and drug trafficking are “grossly abusing” the ideals and glamour of the original knights.
“A drug cartel in Mexico for goodness sake and a lone murderer in Norway are trying to appropriate a glamorous and admirable image to cloak the horror of their own deeds,” Crawford said. “In neither case would the original organization approve of what is being done and made of their memory.”
Police in Norway say they are convinced that Breivik acted alone. If that is the case, the entire narrative of cloak and dagger is fantasy cover for his murderous impulses, but that won’t stop leftists from blaming Melanie Phillips or Pam Geller for the carnage. Other potential culprits include violent online games:
Frank Waldschmidt, a German trauma and crisis psychologist, said there are many indications that Breivik was an isolated person who fuelled his own fantasies.
“The violent fantasies, the drawn-out planning, the intense preparation, the meticulous work on a long-cherished plan — all of that says to me that he’s classified as a lone perpetrator,” Waldschmidt said.
The danger, he added, is that the mass distribution of Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto — which can be downloaded on the internet — posed the risk of elevating the killer in the minds of others.
He said the manifesto could “infect people who find themselves in a similar life situation to him.”
Extreme loners could regard Breivik’s massive tract as the possibility “to be something and to achieve something, and in their weak self-worth, build up a figure of action.”
Jeroen Rink, a Dutchman who befriended Breivik playing the online war games Call of Duty and the World of Warcraft, was one of the people who received Breivik’s manifesto just hours before he embarked on his attacks, according to Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
In his manifesto, Breivik writes about using a violent video game as a training tool.
“I just bought Modern Warfare 2, the game,” he wrote in the document. “It is probably the best military simulator out there and it’s one of the hottest. I see MW2 more as part of my training-simulation than anything else.”
What’s the proper response? Just off the top of my head, I’d say derision.
I can’t think of a more dismal writing genre than that of the manifesto. I’d rather read appliance repair manuals in Chinglish. It’s the ultimate in fascist communiques, telling you to shut up and take notes. Virtually all of the writers of manifesti have been pompous d-bags.
UPDATE: Forbes writer Abigail Esman rightly pointed out in an article that the manifesto contains positive references to Little Green Footballs. Charles rages that any such references were to posts by Fjordman, which is patently false. He also points out that he hasn’t posted anything that could be construed as anti-Islamist since 2007, though in his own smears he fails to note that Breivik began assembling his ideas and plans in 2000, well before many of the people that Charles blames were blogging.
There’s only one word for Charles: petarded.
UPDATEx2: Pfc Nasser Abdo, conscientious objector to warring against Muslims in Afghanistan, arrested with explosives in his car and, allegedly, intent to kill other US soldiers. This one appears to have had accomplices.
What brought him down? Like Wade Sanders, he was apparently doing research into child exploitation, wink-wink.