Friday’s dual massacre in Norway was an utter perversion of humanity, the worst that the world has seen for quite some time.
The confessed perpetrator, Anders Breivik, was a committed detractor of Europe’s lax multiculturalism and tolerance for immigrants. However you feel about his views, I know we can agree that the wanton slaughtering of innocents is deplorable and misguided, as well as detrimental to affecting political change.
Henceforth, Breivik’s pro-nationalist, anti-immigration beliefs will be associated with extremism. Newspapers around the world are already running headlines like “Attacks Cast Light on Far-Right Views”, or “Europe’s right wing distances itself from Norway killer”, or “Anders Breivik and his 1500-page manifesto of hate”.
His ideas have been dismissed as the musings of a lunatic, and few people want to be caught sympathizing with a serial killer. Breivik has set his own agenda back several years with these attacks as even the most hardcore right wing politicians in Europe are toning down their language.