By IAN MacDOUGALL, Associated Press – 34 minutes ago
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Anders Behring Breivik said he was a boy when his life’s path began to turn. It was during the first Gulf War, when a Muslim friend cheered at reports of missile attacks against American forces.
“I was completely ignorant at the time and apolitical but his total lack of respect for my culture (and Western culture in general) actually sparked by interest and passion for it,” the suspect in Norway’s bombing and mass shooting wrote in his 1,500-page manifesto.
The 32-year-old Norwegian said it was the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999 that “tipped the scales” for him because he sympathized with Serbia’s crackdown on ethnic Albanian Muslims in Kosovo. A year later he said he realized that what he called the “Islamization of Europe” couldn’t be stopped by peaceful means.
Phi Beta Iota: There has been ample warning of the growing anger of European and North American populations over the Muslimization of their countries. The Muslims are more devout/radical than the Catholics, who have lost a great deal of faith in the Church’s stance against birth control–the failure of all Western governments is complex–on the one hand, they have failed to be intelligent or retain their integrity about domestic population policies; and on the other, they have perpetuated virtual colonialism, unilateral militarism (Libya being the latest example), and predatory capitalism (Goldman Sachs being the most outrageous, hurting its own as well as all others). The gap between the “elites” and the general public is catastrophically wide. The corruption of the West is its own demise.