Anders Behring Breivik, a pernicious cult with one adherent
This week, one of the most absurd, but nonetheless dangerous, European, megalomaniacal psychopaths, since the demise of the so-called 'Third Reich,' Anders Behring Breivik, stood trial for killing 77 people in July 2011.
Due to a mountain of evidence, there is no doubt that Breivik committed the heinous crimes with which he is charged, but following due process of law, a Norwegian court (comprising 5 Judges headed by Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen) is actually going to decide whether Breivik should be locked up in prison for the rest of his life as a criminal who was fully-responsible for his acts, or confined to a secure psychiatric hospital as an irresponsible, criminally-insane man.
Breivik and Hitler
In the mean time, these public proceedings, have become a world-stage on which Breivik (who has a right to a defence) is being temporarily allowed to pose as a racially, morally and intellectually superior victim. In the adult world of quantifiable reality, Breivik is a high-school drop out, failed businessman and an addict of computer war games.
These events are frighteningly familiar, for, in 1923, Adolf Hitler was arrested after his failed 'Beer Hall Putsch' in which he attempted to seize power in Germany. Although he was Austrian by birth, he was charged with treason. This offence carried the death penalty in Germany. Hitler's trial lasted five weeks and transformed him into a nationally-recognised figure. He was given a public platform on which to broadcast his paranoid delusions. In this way, Hitler's right to a defence was used to denigrate his (imagined) enemies - Jews, communists, socialists, weak German politicians, etc. Immediately after the sentence of 5 years imprisonment was passed, Hitler boasted that 'History will tear to tatters the verdict of this court.'
A twisted mind defends himself
On the opening day of his trial, Breivik admitted taking the lives of 77 people (many of whom were Norwegian youths attending an annual, Labour party camp for students with left-wing, multi-cultural views), but he entered a plea of not guilty, on the grounds that he was 'acting in the defence of his country' and of Christendom in the face of an Islamic invasion. Thus, Breivik's intention had been to wipe-out the next generation of his (imagined) enemies - (i.e. weak, left-wing Norwegian politicians whom he believes have allowed the Islamic invasion of his country), but these murders were only the initial phase of his grandiose objective.
In his twisted mind, Breivik sees himself as a sort of misunderstood doctor, falsely accused of murder for having the moral and intellectual courage to perform a necessary-operation to prevent an evil cancer from spreading. The following is some more of the predictable, comic-book drivel that Breivik has already spouted in court as the false-justification for his unjustifiable crimes.
'I have carried out the most spectacular and sophisticated attack on Europe since World War II'
'I would do it all again.'
'These acts are based on goodness not evil.'
Like Adolf Hitler in 1924, Breivik now describes himself as an 'imprisoned writer,' and this is partly true; for he is yet another mediocre little nobody living-out a dangerous, self-gratifying fairytale which he has set-down in turgid detail, as fact.
A cult instigator
Breivik is an almost unique example of a cult instigator; for although he has plagiarised the fictitious, dualistic scenario which controls his personality and behaviour, he has also invented the existence of a noble group of which he steadfastly pretends to be one of the heroic founders and leaders.
Breivik claims to represent an 'International Christian Military Order, the New Pauperes Commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici (PCCTS, Knights Templar), established as an anti-Jihad Crusader-Organisation fighting against Islamic suppression.' In a lengthy document (1801 pages) entitled 'The Compendium 2083, What you need to know about our falsified history and other Marxist multiculturist propaganda,' Breivik describes how 'PCCTS' was secretly created in London in April 2002 by 9 men: himself, 2 Englishmen, a Frenchman, a German, a Dutchman, a Greek, a Russian and a Serb (represented by Breivik). 'The Compendium' further pretends that there are between 15 and 80 'Justiciar Knights' in Western Europe, and an unknown number of low-level, loyal initiates who serve them. Breivik has predicted that, starting in Norway, the Order will seize political and military control of Western Europe before 2083, and his arrogant behaviour in court is apparently based on his ego-supporting fantasy that,no matter what sentence he is given, he will one day be free and universally hailed as a great visionary leader. Therefore, Breivik is currently laughing at the weakness of Norwegian justice (which he refuses to recognise), and it is possible to predict that he will, on conviction, repeat Hitler's boast: 'History will tear to tatters the verdict of this court.'
Indeed, if it wasn't for the tragic results of his puerile game of make-believe, then Breivik would be hysterically funny. At the risk of causing offence to the relatives of his many victims, he actually puts me in mind of the reality-denying 'Black Knight' in 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail.' That said, in the past, various psychopathic cult leaders have avoided rigorous investigation, because what they were actually plotting, seemed too outrageous to be true. Ironically, because he had killed so many innocent people in carefuly-prepared attacks in two different locations, and suspecting that he might not have been acting alone, at first, the Norwegian authorities felt obliged to take Breivik's outrageous tales seriously.
According to this self-appointed, latter-day 'Templar leader,' his (imaginary) code-name is 'Sigurd' and his (imaginary) 'mentor's' code name is 'Richard' (after the historic warrior monarchs of Norway and England who feature in the computer war game, 'Crusader Kings'). Breivik describes himself as 'a one-man cell of PCCTS.' He has also insisted that 'there are other PCCTS cells in Western countries, including 2 more in Norway.' Laughably, Breivik has very kindly offered to provide information about these(imaginary) cells, in exchange for his immediate release from his (real) prison cell. However, after a lengthy investigation (assisted by several security agencies internationally), the Norwegian police have (on medical advice) finally-concluded that Breivik is a mythomaniac suffering from schizophrenia.
Legalistically, cultism does not exist, but without effective legislation internationally to identify the phenomenon, even Breivik's paranoid, comic-book dreams could again be transformed into a nightmare reality.
David Brear (copyright 2012)
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