Bret Stephens, som er en av de beste kommentatorer, sier at Anders Behring Breivik står i en tradisjon som spenner over et større politisk spektrum enn vi liker å innrømme.

What we witnessed was the irruption of an impulse—more psychological than political—that defines a broader swath of the ideological spectrum than most people would care to acknowledge. As for Breivik, there ought to be no question as to what he is: evil incarnate.

In a superb new book, «Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of Millennial Experience,» Boston University’s Richard Landes notes just how pervasive this kind of impulse has been throughout history and across cultures, and how much its many strains—Christian, Marxist, Islamist, Nazi, environmentalist and so on—have in common. Breivik, Mr. Landes says, was of a piece: «Like many active cataclysmic apocalypticists, he believed that the socio-political world is in huge tension, like tectonic plates about to crack, and if he can set off a small explosion in the right place it will unleash far greater forces.» In this sense, Mr. Landes adds, «the thing he resembles most is the people he hates.»

He’s right, and not just in regards to methods. Just as al Qaeda’s primary fury has always been directed at Muslims who they view as apostates, traitors or stooges of the West, the main object of Breivik’s hatred was what he called the «cultural Marxists» who dominated Norwegian politics. «If they refuse to surrender until 2020,» he said of them, «there will be no turning back. We will eventually wipe out every single one of them.»

What Is Anders Breivik?
The Oslo terrorist is neither Christian nor conservative.