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Oslo killer's rant against former governor Patten

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am

Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik condemned former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten because he argued for better relations with the Arab world when he was a member of the European Commission.

'On January 31, 2001 European Foreign Affairs Commissioner Chris Patten declared to the European Parliament that Europe's foreign policy should give special attention to its southern flank [the Arab countries in UN jargon], adding he was delighted to give greater visibility to the Mediterranean partnership,' he wrote in a rambling diatribe published online 10 days ago before he detonated a bomb in Oslo and went on a shooting spree that left 77 dead.

Patten's words, Breivik wrote, were another example of how non-Muslims were being overlooked and made to accept 'restrictive and humiliating subordination to Islamic power'.

Later he berates Patten for signing up to a plan for 'strengthening the EU's partnership with the Arab world'.

He lists under the subhead 'Biased Coverage' what he believes is prejudicial reporting by the media in several countries. In one part he refers to China's dealings with the Muslim Uygurs in Xinjiang and how the international media were wrongly on the side of the Uygurs.

'Uygur Islamists have waged a Jihad against Chinese rule for decades,' he writes. 'The Turkestan Islamic Party seeks to create an Islamic Republic for the Muslim Uygur. Western media have condemned the actions of the Chinese government against the 'poor outnumbered rebels'.'

Breivik praised China for being 'far more ruthless in crushing any Islamic aggression than most Christian countries', but the downside was 'they were far more ruthless in crushing anything deemed to be a potential challenge to their power'.

At one point he advised on how to cover up the real reasons for purchasing chemicals from China for use in weaponry.

Breivik's 1,518-page 'manifesto' - called '2083: A European Declaration of Independence' - has been described as a blueprint for a continent-wide revolution and is said to reflect the thinking of Europe's neo-Nazis.

It lays out a plan leading to the overthrow of Europe's liberal democracies and replacing them with a pan-European conservative authority.