A lonely lunatic or a social monster?
It is difficult to absorb in your mind the terrible things that happened in Oslo and on the idyllic island of Utoya. A lonely man kills innocent people with such an extreme and still chilly violence that the reality has difficulties to enter our consciousness. We do not want horrors like this to happen. We push it away from us in disgust.
Utoya – an idyllic island transformed to a hell by a fascist.
Yet we must take to our hearts the tremendous and difficult task of understanding what happened and prevent new heinous attacks on what the young people in Utoya stood for. Unfortunately our media does not help in this. The TV channels and newspaper columns quoted one ”terrorist expert” and psychoanalyst after another. ”A lonely madman with obsessions” and other bright comments were lined up. Not one of them seems to understand that what happened is evidence of a social madness, and not the result of the chimeras of a lonely lunatic.
Anders Breivik’s acts are despicable and we all feel powerless about what happened. Not even on the extreme right wing dare anyone rejoice over Breivik’s ”feat”. But doesn’t that depend only on the fact that our current Nordic societies are relatively peaceful, that conflicts and contradictions are discussed until more or less acceptable solutions are found, and that hate between social groups and classes are on the back burner?
It could have been different. His act could have triggered the cheers from thousands of people with hatred in their hearts.
Imagine Anders Breivik in Germany of 1931 and let him commit a mass murder against young people gathered in a summer camp organized by the German Communist Party. Tens of thousands of extremists in Hitler’s shadow would surely have rejoiced over the slaughter of ”the Judeo-Bolshevik pest” and ”Marxist cosmopolitans”.
Let Anders Breivik take place in one of Mussolini’s death squads and murder a few dozen union leaders in the red Emilia-Romagna district. He had certainly been hailed as a hero by thousands of black shirts.
There have been many Breiviks throughout history. If they are seen as isolated lunatics or political heroes has nothing to do with psychology and psychiatry. The analysis of the brown plague cannot be done with Breivik couched and an ”expert on human minds” leaning forward thoughtfully.
Anders Breivik is a social product. We are happy that thousands of hateful supporters are not praising his deeds. There are other societies on earth where large groups of people take joy in political mass murder. We must with all our might stop those who wish our society to become a fertile soil for Anders Breivik’s ideological brethren.
Let a red stop sign say:
No to xenophobia and racism.
Social justice and solidarity between people.