|The Independent reports that leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Lennon, has been “forced to deny supporting mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik” after comments he made in an interview were published in a Norwegian newspaper.|
From the Independent:
“EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon has been forced to deny supporting mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik after he was quoted praising the man who killed 77 people in a Norwegian newspaper."
In the interview, Lennon stated, “The [Breivik’s] blogs are full of facts. You can not yell at people because they tell the truth. You may find the truth hurts, but it is still the truth. I read the blogs themselves – they contain facts about Islam.”
Responding to the question, “Would it be easier to justify the attack if Breivik had attacked Muslims?”, Lennon states, “Yes, it would been easier to justify it, but he would only have been swept aside as the one that killed Muslims because he did not like Islam. Whether you like it or not, that guy was pretty smart...What he did is despicable, but he managed to make people curious.”
The Independent continues, “Today, Mr Yaxley-Lennon was forced to insist that he did not condone the killings. He acknowledged the quotes given to the Norwegian paper but told The Independent “they were not in support of Breivik. I was saying that it is bad we are all playing out what he wants us to. Everything that is happening, he thought about. He has planned all of this; it is disturbing to give him what he wants.
““What I said was if it was Muslims, he would have been swept aside as a Muslim-hater. The man is a monster, he took kids away from their families. But the blogs are the truth.”
The ‘blogs’ Lennon refers to are referenced in Breivik’s manifesto and repeat many of the worst excesses of the ‘counter-jihad movement’ and the ‘Eurabia’ fantasies that inform it. The ideological motivations of Breivik and his links to the ‘counter-jihad movement’ were explored in a briefing paper by the Institute of Race Relations published last September.
Part of the interview is available to view online here.
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