Why Yutes?

So, why did Anders Behring Breivik choose a Labour Party Youth Camp as his main target?

A snippet from his manifesto may partly explain his choice (italics mine):

As Bruce Bawer writes in the article While Sweden Slept[15]: ?Sweden Democrats have been the targets of events that recall China‘s Cultural Revolution. Staged ‘people‘s protests‘ by members of the ‘youth divisions‘ of other parties have led to the firing of Sweden Democrats from their jobs. A few weeks ago, a junior diplomat was dismissed when it became known that he was a member of the party and had criticised his country‘s immigration policy. On several occasions, thugs loyal to the ruling parties have broken up SD meetings and beaten up party leaders. What do the governments in countries like Norway and Sweden do about it? They continue to fund their Marxist lynch mobs as they are successfully silencing their annoying political rivals.

Youth wings of parties are often used to do the dirty work of senior politicians, whether it is rather benign hijinks of the sort I and others used to get up to in Reform Party by-election campaigns, or as in the above case, more intimidatory and anti-democratic tactics. The advantage of using youngsters for this sort of thing (and I don’t necessarily mean children – youth wings often extend their membership to people in their twenties or even thirties -it will be interesting to see the actual ages of the victims of the Utoya massacre) is the plausible deniability it gives more senior politicians – any actions that go too far they can blame on youthful exuberance and lack of judgement, and plead ignorance.

I think we’ll find another reason when the list of victims is released. Norway is a small country, with a population of less than 5 million people (slightly more than British Columbia). I’d be surprised if the total membership in the Labour Party’s youth wing came anywhere near 1000 – the young people camping at Utoya probably constituted at least 80% of the Party’s youth membership from every region of the country, and you can be sure that amongst that six hundred were many children of senior party officials and government ministers and members of parliament, and many young people who were being groomed for future leadership positions in the Party. In choosing the target he did, Breivik has brought far more misery and grief to Norway’s political elite than he could have accomplished with a frontal assault on the government itself.

Mad as a hatter perhaps, but not stupid, nor insane.