I will just reproduce this from the New York Times.
As I said yesterday, John Brown has been reincarnated as a Norwegian. This is Harper’s Ferry, 1859 all over again – initial shock, righteous indignation, universal condemnation, omen of war, martyr, saint.
These “counter-jihadists” are repudiating Breivik in exactly the same way that the abolitionists squirmed (of course, to save their own necks, as panic set in) when Brown burst onto the scene of history and took their anti-slavery principles to its logical conclusion. John Brown was also convinced that he had a historical destiny.
The Harper’s Ferry raid was a complete military debacle, but the overreaction to it was an icebreaker that forced the contentious issue of slavery to a crisis, contributed to Lincoln’s election, Southern secession, and the War Between the States.
According to the court, the suspect said:
“The operation was not to kill as many people as possible, but to give a strong signal that cannot be misunderstood: that as long as the Labor Party keeps driving its ideological line, and keeps deconstructing Norwegian culture and mass-importing Muslims, then they must assume responsibility for this treason. Any person with a conscience cannot allow his country to be colonized by Muslims.”
Compare to John Brown:
“Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I say, let it be done.”
–John Brown, statement at his sentencing on Nov. 2, 1859
In the long term, when the jihad Breivik prophesized really does break out and discredits the EUnuchs, when the shit really hits the fan because the controversy isn’t going away, and will only intensify from this point forward, they will all be lavishly praising him like Emerson and Thoreau.
A hundred years from now, Anders Breivik will be remembered in Europe in the same way that John Brown is today in America, as the omen that came before the storm, which will make his victims little more than a historical footnote.