Breivik Recommended Anti-Muslim Film ‘Obsession’ For ‘Further Study’
Norwegian gunman Anders Breivik’s manifesto is littered with references and citations to key players in the American Islamophobia industry. Bloggers like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer and terror ‘experts’ like Steven Emerson, Daniel Pipes and Walid Shoebat all appear to have played a role in influencing Breivik’s murderous rampage on Friday. But buried on page 762 of his 1,518-page manifesto is a list of sources Breivik recommended for ‘further study.’ The list includes links to all ten parts of the Islamophobic documentary Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against The West.
The documentary made headlines in the U.S. after the Clarion Fund — the film’s producer and distributor — staged a masssive distribution of the film as inserts in swing state newspapers in September 2008 before the presidential election. The distribution hinged on the giveaway of 28 million DVDs of the film, costing nearly $19 million, and Chicago businessman Barre Seid paid for it.
The distribution was widely interpreted as an attempt to mobilize anti-Muslim sentiments before the election and to scare voters into going to the polls. The messages contained in the film summarize some of the core beliefs of ‘counterjihad’ bloggers and pundits.