Norwegian gunman’s manifesto criticized Brian Cowen and Charlie McCreevy
Anders Behring Breivik's online manifesto deemed Lisbon treaty proof that EU was 'organized treason'
Anders Behring Breivik, a Christian fundamentalist who admitted to murdering 76 people in Norway on Saturday, slammed Irish politicians Brian Cowen and Charlie McCreevy in his 1,500-page online manifesto.
The terrorist wrote five pages on the two Lisbon Treaty referendums. He saw them as proof that the European Union was "organized treason".
Breivik, who set off a bomb in Oslo's city center and opened fire on an isolated youth camp outside the city on Saturday, published his manifesto, detailing his preparations and reason for the attack, online.
He published it under the name Andrew Berwick. Breivik said the manifesto took nine years and $431,000 (€300,000) to write.
In his manifesto he describes the 2008 Lisbon treaty referendum as a "powerful testimony to the evil nature of the European Union”. He also notes that former taoiseach (prime minister) and EU commissioner Charlie McCreevy had both read and agreed with the yes vote.
He said this was proof that the "will of the people is merely an annoying speed bump which slows down the implementation of their supremely enlightened policies”.
Breivik mentioned that McCreevy had noted that no more than two dozen Irish people had read the treaty and said "yet he saw nothing inherently wrong with this”.
The gunman also quoted the anti-EU campaigner Anthony Coughlan to bolster his argument. In an old essay Coughlan argued that EU integration would lead to a “gradual coup by government executives against legislatures, and by politicians against the citizens who elect them”.
Breivik saw as demonstrating that the EU could not function as “anything other than an increasingly totalitarian pan-European dictatorship, run by a self-appointed oligarchy”.
According to reports in the Irish Times, Coughlan responded to this use of his quote saying "It is news to me that this lunatic has picked up this information. Those themes are quite common about critics of the EU project.
“Anything one says can be taken by lunatics anywhere in the world and perverted. I have had connections in Norway and I have attended conferences there, but I’ve never met this guy.”
It is the killer's belief that Marxism is taking over western Europe, paving the way for Islam to replace Christianity.
Breivik, appeared in front of a Norwegian judge on Monday. His hearing took place behind closed doors.
During the hearing he told the court that he his bombing and shooting spree to save Europe from a Muslim takeover. He also said that there are "two more cells" from his organization in existence. He had previously said he worked along. Investigators are trying to confirm that this is true.
Breivik will now be held in solitary confinement for eight weeks as the prosecution builds a case against him.
It is likely that BReivik will received a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison under Norwegian law.
Outside the court protestors shouted abuse at what they believed to be the car transporting the mass murderer. Alexander Roeine (24), one of the protesters present, told Reuters "Everyone here wants him dead." He added that he knew one of the dead and three of the survivors.
Zezo Hasab (32) said "We want to see him really hurt for what he did."
Speaking on the steps of Oslo University, flanked by Norway's king and queen, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said "In remembrance of the victims … I declare one minute's national silence." This minute stretched out into five minutes at the nation tries to come to terms with these brutal and tragic events.
A mechanic Sven-Erik Fredheim (36) outside the court said "This is a tragic event to see all these young people dying due to one man's craziness. It is important to have this minute of silence so that all the victims and the parents of the families know that people are thinking about them."
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