"The elections of 1948 were faked; so were those of 1951. In such circumstances, the moderates had no effective role to play. The men of violence moved forward." Paul Johnson, Modern Times. (New York: Harper Perennial; p. 496.)
Breivik, according to me, found an opportunity in Norway, and took it. Whether one can rightly claim that Norway's electoral system is corrupt is questionable on its face. The nation has free and fair elections among a brain-washed and cowed population sated with consumerism and nihilist poligion. Norwegians are often enraged about "ideas" such as Israel's existence because too often Norwegians have no personal emotions to actually feel in the real world, requiring sentimentality and false rage to have any feelings at all. But the elections are, more or less, what we have to conclude as free. Soft totalitarianism works just fine for a nation of idiots drunk, on dope, and sated by food and sex. Toss them some meaningful political religion, and life is wonderful. The people vote for more of the same. No force required. Breivik wasn't buying it. He was not that kind of nihilist.
Breivik, as I understand him, was interested in a politics of confrontation. In Algeria, the French provided it to the locals by bombing villages and slaughtering civilians in a rage of their own. It's not just massacres that motivate, though. If the state starts banning those who discuss the same things Breivik discussed, and if the state follows the fascist Left and bans what we think of as free speech, there will be a reaction that is little to do with speech at all. If Breivik's incident causes the Left to repress opposition to its "hate speech" codes, there will be less jaw-jaw, as Churchill puts it.
At the Belmont Club, Wretchard writes in the commnents:
If the line cannot be held here and we go on to ban more “cartoons” and more types of speech the chances are not that more Breivik-like behavior will be prevented but that in the end you will have nothing left but Breivik-like behavior. If we get there then everything runs under those rules, discussions stops and everything reopens again under the management of the Last Man Standing. But if we don’t want to go there, then now’s the time not for suppression, but debate.
Richard Fernadez, Belmont Club. July 26, 2011.
So far there is still some openness to discussion, though the Left fascists are seemingly happy to put a stop to as much as they can, if we look to the treatment Robert Spencer, for example, is receiving from them. The French in Algeria missed that intermediate step.
In May 1945 Arabs massacred 103 Europeans in Algeria. The French retaliated: "Dive-bombers blew forty villages to pieces...." (Johnson: p.496.)
The effect in the longer term was the radicalisation of the natives, fairly, in my opinion. But there were Breiviks among them who no doubt would have found some cause to join whether the French ruled Algeria by force or not. Johnson points out that the Algerian resistance wasn't concerned to defeat the French military; the point of the resistance was to divide the people between collaborators and resistance. "The aim was to destroy the concept of assimilation and multi-racialism by eliminating the moderates on both sides." (Ibid. p. 497.)
The effect of terror is to sharpen the divisions: Ben Bella writes, "Liquidate all personalities who want to play the role of interlocuteur valable." (Ibid. p.497.)
Breivik, and again I speculate, shot children to death because he knows that most Norwegian couples have roughly one child. Many of these couples will now be past the age of reproduction. They are finished. They will not be replicated by their diminishing lot of babies. But more, Breivik, I think, determined to demoralise the survivors as well. Who among the survivors, direct or not, will now flock to the neo-fascist flag after knowing the potential result of it? Many might well reconsider a career as a Norwegian government apparatchik. Some might even question the whole parental world view that lead a man to act against it so vividly. Breivik has taken the fun out of being a sanctimonious Norwegian fascist. For some, at least.
"But it was the Muslim men of peace the FLN [Algerian Communists] really hated. In the first two and a half years of war, they murdered only 1,035 Europeans but 6, 352 Arabs (authenticated cases; the real figure was nearer to 20,000.) by this point the moderates could only survive by becoming killers themselves or going into exile." (Ibid. p. 498.)
Breivik is said to have desired a co-operation between such as himself and jihadis. It's sensible in that light: that like the Algerians and the French there will be only two options: French or Algerians. If the Algerians could murder enough Algerians, Algerians would either opt for collaborating with the French or they'd try to save themselves by joining the Algerian resistance. One assumes that Breivik sees himself as the (Modernist) Algerian in struggle with the (Muslim) French. Make French retaliation against the people so severe, and cowardice so fatal, that the people will choose one kind of death over another and hope they might somehow survive. If Breivik could join with the jihadis, he would have his other half the the confrontational dialectic needed to play this game. You can't have a war if no one is willing to fight.
The point, which Breivik seems to have grasped, is to kill the moderates so the survivors will see open conflict as a viable option. Compromisers are dangerous. They have to be, in the understanding of Breivik, the first to die to stir up a war I am sure he sees not only as inevitable but as right and good. He's just one man, now in prison and incommunicado. We won't be finding out much more about his ideas from him for a number of years at best. The question now is whether the fascist Left will play his game and repress any opposition, thereby further radicalising the people against the fascists. Less jaw-jaw, more war-war. We'll have to see how stupid and self-satisfied the Left is. Will they stomp on the opposition? I suspect so. Breivik will have the last laugh.