Aside from Kaczynski, (whom he plagiarized without naming), certain
parts of Breivik's manifesto read like a source guide to leading
conservative writers and bloggers in the Western world. And this is
unprecedented. Never before has a terrorist cited so many conservatives
to justify his positions.
Breivik particularly noted writers who focus on
critical examinations of multiculturalism and the dangers emanating
from jihadists and the cause of global jihad. He also cited the work of
earlier political philosophers and writers including John Stuart Mill,
George Orwell, John Locke, Edmund Burke, Winston Churchill and Thomas
Breivik's citation of conservative writers, (including myself and many
of my friends and colleagues in the US and Europe), has dominated the
public discussion of his actions. The leftist dominated Western media -
most notably the New York Times -- and the left wing of the blogosphere
have used his reliance on their ideological opponents' arguments as a
means of blaming the ideas propounded by conservative thinkers and the
thinkers themselves for Breivik's heinous acts of murder.
For instance, a front page news story in the Times on Monday claimed,
"The man accused of the killing spree in Norway was deeply influenced
by a small group of American bloggers and writers who have warned for
years about the threat from Islam."
Before considering the veracity of Sageman's claim, it is worth noting
that no similar allegations were leveled by the media or their favored
terror experts against Gore in the wake of Lee's hostage taking last
year, or in the aftermath of Kaczynski's arrest in 1996. Moreover, Noam
Chomsky, Michael Scheuer, Stephen Walt and John Mearshimer, whose
writings were endorsed by Osama Bin Laden, have not been accused of
responsibility for al Qaeda terrorism.