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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Norway Bomber Likes Japan

In the "file under 'C' for creepy' news, comes a revelation that Ander Behring Breivik, the accused mass murderer (and confessor) of 76 innocent people in separate bomb and gun attacks in Norway on July 22, 2011 thinks that Japan is a model country.

(Please don't let it be about Japan's immigration policies. Please don't let it be about Japan's immigration policies. Please don't let it be about Japan's immigration policies.)

In a document he had placed in the World Wide Web prior to his murderous spree, Breivik praised Japan for not embracing multiculturalism (Dammit!).

The oft-times rambling 1,500 page manifesto notes that he (Breivik) was on a self-appointed mission to save Europe from the threats of Islam, immigration and multiculturalism.

The wordy document also commended Japan for its policy of not allowing many Muslims to immigrate.

Just so we are all clear, Japan - like an decent first-world country - does not have a ban or limit for any specific or ethnic groups.

This tragedy in Norway might find its roots in fanaticism - the blaming of Muslims for all the world's woes. If people want to remember the past - Europe, heck, the world once blamed those of the Jewish faith for all of its ills.

Japan... you are a decent role model. Yes, you might want to make it easier for people to become actual Japanese citizens, but to be considered a role model for a psychopath - sorry. Breivik is one troubled young man.

More's the pity that there are a lot more people out there - of many religions or faiths or beliefs - that not only think like Breivik, but act like him.

Without getting too preachy, we're all people of the planet Earth. Can't we all just get along?

Andrew Joseph
who is of Indian-descent, Portuguese, too, born in England, grew-up in Canada, and lived in Japan. His dad is a Protestant, he was raised Catholic, is now an agnostic, likes the philosophy of Buddhism and married an Atheist. His family is brown, has a black uncle and mixed black and brown cousins, married a white woman and has a beige child. We don't have a Muslim in the family, but that was hardly from lack of trying. There's still time for a cousin or two. If my family isn't a fine representative of this big blue marble, then I don't know who is.

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