I was in­spired by Al Qaeda

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THE July 22 mas­sacre was in­spired by atroc­i­ties car­ried out by Is­lamic ter­ror­ists Al Qaeda and its leader Osama Bin Laden ( left).

Breivik told his mur­der and ter­ror­ism trial he wanted to carry out his killings to push the boundaries of what far right mil­i­tants were pre­pared to do.

He said the Amer­i­can 9/11 at­tacks had been a wa­ter­shed in Is­lamist ter­ror­ism and wanted to recre­ate that feel­ing for his cause.

Breivik added that he also learnt from Al Qaeda’s meth­ods in cre­at­ing mar­tyrs to be idolised.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions from the pros­e­cu­tion he said: “9/11 cre­ated Al Qaeda to an ex­tent and there was a leap for­ward in terms of meth­ods.

Vi­o­lence

“In the be­gin­ning peo­ple were shocked.

“If you look at July 22, all were shocked, even mil­i­tant na­tion­al­ists. But I think the thresh­old for acts of vi­o­lence by mil­i­tant na­tion­al­ists has been low­ered.”

“We have at­tempted to in­tro­duce new tra­di­tions for na­tion­al­ists in Europe and we have taken a bit from al Qaeda and Is­lamists in­clud­ing the use of mar­tyr­dom.

“Al Qaeda is the most suc­cess­ful mil­i­tant group in the world and I be­lieve mil­i­tant na­tion­al­ists in Europe have a great deal to learn from them.

“July 22 was not about me at all. July 22 was a so-called sui­cide at­tack and I did not ex­pect to sur­vive.

“They say I am a nar­cis­sist but a nar­cis­sist would never sac­ri­fice his life for any­thing or any­one.”

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