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Sunday, July 24, 2011

The sole difference between Oslo and Baghdad last Friday, was that there was no 'martyrdom'..
Norway today mourns 93 people killed in a shooting spree and car bombing by a Norwegian fundamentalist.. who saw his attacks as "atrocious, but necessary" to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam..
In his first comment via a lawyer since his arrest.. 32 year old Anders Behring Breivik.. said he wanted to explain himself at a court hearing on Monday about extending his custody..
"He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary," Geir Lippestad, his lawyer.. said..
He said Breivik had admitted to Friday's shootings at a Labour party youth camp and the bombing that killed seven people in Oslo's government district a few hours earlier..
However, "he feels that what he has done does not deserve punishment," Lippestad told NRK public television..
"What he has said is that he wants a change in society and in his understanding, in his head, there must be a revolution."
Oslo's acting police chief Sveinung Sponheim confirmed to reporters that Breivik would be able to speak to the court. It was not clear whether the hearing would be closed or in public..
"He has admitted to the facts of both the bombing and the shooting, although he's not admitting criminal guilt," Sponheim said, adding that Breivik said he acted alone..
Breivik posted a 1,500-page anti-Islamic manifesto, written in English, on Friday, describing his violent philosophy and how he planned his onslaught and made explosives..
The killings would draw attention to the manifesto entitled "2083-A European Declaration of Independence.." Breivik wrote..
"Once you decide to strike, it is better to kill too many than not enough, or you risk reducing the desired ideological impact of the strike," he added..
Now this all is of significant import..
Lets start briefly with the history of the Scandinavian countries.. There are more suicides in these countries, than anywhere else in the world.. Always have been..
This reflects an underlying lack of 'respect' for the 'right to life'..
That the first religious killing spree took place is Norway, is a factor that's been mentioned before.. and the fact the 'crusader', as this man sees himself, would be appalled at the thought of killing himself.. His case.. his cause.. his voice.. will now be heard..
Add to that the Calvinist strictures concerning the preservation of the faith, and it's not that much of a leap to see this backlash against the Islamic violence we've become saturated with..
Time for some Christian deaths.. for a Christian cause.. perpetrated by one who, for a short while, associated himself with a British Group calling themselves 'Knights Templar'.. no association with the quasi-Masonic Order.. but left that British group saying they were not 'committed enough' to violence..
The 'Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Jerusalem'..the Templar's.. were chartered originally, to protect Christian pilgrims travelling to and coming from Jerusalem.. They were the original 'warrior-monks'.. but too much has been written, both nonsense and disinformation, to go too far into their history..
Regardless.. Breivik sees himself as a man with a mission.. a true 'Crusader'..
Thanks to our gremial conditioning against violence in general, and our over-protective attitude regarding the 'sanctity of life'.. We rarely see atrocities the likes of that last Friday..
But.. there have always been those who have, for whatever reason, run amok..
And there always will be.

Something to watch closely here..
Vince Cable.. our Business Secretary..says there should be "clear" rules on how powerful media groups can be..
There should be market share limits and a "presumption against" media groups owning both newspapers and TV stations.. according to Vince.. This is the man who was responsible for media ownership rules until he was recorded saying he had "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch in December..
Following that undercover recording by the Daily Telegraph,Vince was stripped of his responsibility for overseeing Mr Murdoch's bid to take full control of broadcaster BSkyB.. that bid's been withdrawn in the wake of this phone tapping fiasco..
Cable said he accepted that Mr Murdoch had made "positive contributions" to the British media landscape.. but said plurality, diversity and choice were needed.. and had to come from wider ownership..
And all that requires are those capable of filling the shoes Vince is going to start emptying, if he dismantles Rupert's machine..
You can't just give a newspaper to an Editor In Chief, who, if he or she had talent, would already be working, and say "..there you go.. take a shot.." You can't fill reporters desks with typewriters.. computer screens these days.. and hire those who can't find work anywhere else, hoping they'll make a go of it..
Competition is the key to this media.. Those who can write, do.. Those who can't, find themselves working at Canadian Tire..
It's of great concern when the government begins to dip it's fingers into the rights of the Press..
Too easily can those in debt to the government for their existence through legislated diversification.. become mouthpieces for that government..
With all it's failures and flaws, journalism is as it always has been..
It's a stupid man who gets his picture of the world and that which turns it, by reading the pages of a single newspaper or magazine..
And even though it might if it could, abolish general stupidity.. Our legislators should keep completely clear of limiting the Media..
Stiffen the Laws and increase the fines for those who blatantly disregard either the truth or who manufacture their own, certainly..
But change not a jot or tittle of the freedom this media enjoys..

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