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LA Times: In Norway, piecing together suspect's motives


Police describe Anders Behring Breivik as a 'right-wing Christian fundamentalist,' while friends reportedly say he had begun voicing increasingly extremist views.

-By Edmund Sanders

July 23, 2011- Reporting from Oslo, Norway— In the photographs now circulating around the world, Anders Behring Breivik looks almost preppy.

Neatly parted blond hair frames a boyishly handsome face. The upturned collar of a peach-colored polo shirt pokes through a dark Izod sweater.

It's hard to reconcile the softly smiling young man in these professional studio shots with the monster who witnesses say donned a police uniform and ruthlessly hunted down scores of young Norwegians, firing at those who jumped into freezing water in a desperate bid to escape.

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"I'll kill every one of you," he shouted at victims, witnesses recalled.

Now it is up to investigators to fit the two seemingly incongruous images together in an effort to comprehend what motivated the man believed to be behind the attacks.

As more details emerge, Norwegians are coming to terms with the fact that rather than some radical foreign agenda shattering the idyllic society they sought to create here, the twin attacks appear to have been orchestrated by a lone home-grown terrorist — raised and educated in a middle-class family and who never had problems with the law before.

According to a Facebook page with Breivik's name and photo, the 32-year-old describes himself as a former business-school student with interests including Winston Churchill, bodybuilding and Freemasonry. His listed preferences include violent movies, war-themed video games, classical music and the HBO drama "Dexter," about a guilt-ridden serial killer.

Police are focusing on a darker side, describing him as a "right-wing Christian fundamentalist" who frequented extremist websites and left a trail of passionate, sometimes obscure rants that reflected strong anti-Islamic views, deep skepticism about the mixing of different cultures and animosity toward socialism.

Officials said they would not speculate on whether his political or religious views played a role in the attack.

But a chilling 1,500-page political manifesto, titled "A European Declaration of Independence," posted on the Internet earlier this year appears to lay out Breivik's world views. Exact authorship of the book could not be immediately verified.

Sections of the online book include "What your government, the academia and the media are hiding from you," "Documenting EU's deliberate strategy to Islamize Europe" and "How the feminists' 'War Against the Boys' paved the way for Islam."

The book calls for a "conservative revolution" and "preemptive declaration of war," including "armed resistance against the cultural Marxists/multiculturalist regimes of Western Europe."

It describes "attack strategies," including assassinating professors and carrying out coordinated assaults on multiple targets at the same time.

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