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Anders Behring Breivik and Scandinavian Mythology

Author: Abraham Shmuelevitz

Military success depends not only on economic and military technology, but also on the technology of managing the masses, and how successful the hostile party is at utilizing cultural codes and archetypes of mass consciousness, mobilizing the historical past to achieve victory, intimidate the enemy, and convince them of the inevitability of your victory.

That’s what Al-Qaeda did. Al-Qaeda managed to gather millions of Muslims under its banner because they made them believe that the banner of Al-Qaeda is the “Black flags of Khorasan” about which they heard since childhood.

Breivik in turn accurately implemented the archetype of the military mythology of Scandinavians, which determines their consciousness and behavior.

According to Scandinavian beliefs, man or God cannot demand of others (mortals or gods) anything he did not do himself. In essence, unless something is done for the first time the action simply does not exist.

Love, betrayal, treason, murder, various crafts, etc – Scandinavian Gods would “test” everything on themselves first before letting it enter the world. People did not know how to lie, kill, love, self-sacrifice, as long as one of the Gods had not previously experienced and conveyed this. In a mutual fashion a leader must first commit an action before the rest of the people will repeat it en masse. No man has the right to lead if he urges others to do that which he refuses to do himself.

Odin, the major God in Norse mythology, was not always the ruler of the world. He achieved this position because he took responsibility and embarked on a grueling path of self-sacrifice and renouncement.

Odin tore out one of his eyes to gain the ability to perceive the world of both the living and the dead. To master the knowledge and power of the runes Odin wounded himself with his spear and hung himself from a tree for nine days, neither alive nor dead, paying for this wisdom with his blood.

Odin is the God of the Vikings and their leaders, the konungs. A konung (king) must be the strongest and brightest, following Odin's lead, and be at the forefront leading by example – only then will the warriors follow him.

Honor is crucial for the Vikings. Their religion tells them that glory comes only through battle. Only those who shed blood, their own or that of others, are worthy of glory. Death and suffering did not frighten the Viking, as a violent death was Odin's way to redeem the most worthy warriors, having a Valkyrie guide an enemy’s spear to kill him. A slain warrior is granted immediate entrance into Valhalla, to the feast of Odin. Valhalla is a place where slain warriors gather to hone their skills in preparation for the final battle between Good and Evil, Light and Darkness.

In the authentic Scandinavian consciousness remains the realization that no man has the right to lead if he urges others to do that which he refuses to do himself. The fulfilment of action is the exact measure of the truth of an idea. Thereafter the idea will seize the masses rapidly. The greater the first act of battle, the faster and stronger the spread of the idea. In this conceptual system Breivik emerges as a true Scandinavian leader.   He accepted responsibility for his ideas, personally brought them to life, and became a natural choice as the leader of the nation.

Breivik's manifesto can also be seen in a different light. It would appear to be a very peculiar idea to write fifteen hundred pages with numerous digressions from the central theme, with personal anecdotes, childhood stories, among other things. Who would read it? If you desire to convey your thoughts to the masses shouldn’t one be brief and concise?

But for Vikings the perfect warrior is not just one who wields a sword better than others, but one who possesses a gift for word. Detailed, elongated self-praise is one of the ritual requirements for victorious warfare. This is one of the requirements to lead your people. The hero of Scandinavian mythology is full of self praise, telling in length and detail about his life and exploits. At the same time his friends must at any given chance interrupt and ridicule him, taking his exploits in jest.

The result is a surprisingly resilient intellectual construct. One who embodies this worldview is invulnerable to the enemy's criticism, because refutations and insults can't shake his faith, on the contrary, they are integral to the system.

The Breivik phenomenon has a far greater depth than appears to be the case at first glance. This is the beginning of a new spiritual and militaristic mobilization of Europe.