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Norway suspect detailed plans to kill journalists

Confessed Oslo attacker Anders Behring Breivik mentioned journalism conferences that attract droves of reporters and editors from around the globe as major targets for possible attacks to advance his xenophobic, right-wing agenda.... Read more»

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Jul 26, 2011, 5:08 pm
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Anders Behring Breivik also wrote in his manifesto of targeting Universities saying professors are easy targets. Apart from journalists he also wrote that gatherings of literary types (authors/writers) were another worthwhile target. His reasoning, albeit beyond the realms of sanity, was that Universities and modern fiction disseminate left teachings. If teaching compassion and acceptance and not hatred is part of the left then I’m sure he has converted more people to the left. His manifesto will backfire on him; the world just took a step left.

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Jul 26, 2011, 7:20 pm
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That mass-murderer targeted a youth-gathering of children and young people of the left-leaning Norwegian Labour Party, and has been met with the response by these politically aware and activist youths that they will NOT be silenced. Their commitment to their political stance, which encompasses tolerance, and humanitarian treatment is to be commended. What a deviation from this high standard is that of Breivik, with his hate-filled ultra right-wing xenophobic Hitleresque terrorist manifesto.
Free speech and free press have an obligation to truth, democracy and freedom. Such manifestos as Breivik’s are not hallmarks of these freedoms; instead they demonstrate the processes of those deviates who would act to squelch these very freedoms in the name of supremacy of those imagined “chosen few”.

Rather than viewing reaction regarding this deviant as a step to the left, perhaps consideration of this tragedy will reactivate appreciation for these essential freedoms of free press, free speech, and democratic processes, as well as a sensitivity towards diversity and tolerance, to honor and recognize the young lives that were lost and the causes for which they gave their lives. Perhaps it will influence those who hold respect and appreciation for their freedoms to work to maintain and foster these rights, in political and social activism such as these young Norwegians modeled so well.

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