Why the Year 2083 Is the Title of Norwegian Terrorist Anders Breivik's Manifesto

07/28/2011 03:35 pm 15:35:31 | Updated Sep 27, 2011

The morning after Norwegian Anders Breivik allegedly ignited a truck bomb of explosives in downtown Oslo and took a boat to an island camp where he coldly slaughtered scores of young political activists, I received an electronic version of a manuscript from a journalist in Norway. It was a manifesto titled 2083: A European Declaration of Independence.

The author of this 1,500-page anti-Muslim rant was "Andrew Berwick," which as I immediately suspected was an Anglicized form of the name, Anders Breivik. But what did the title mean?

I began to look for clues. In the manifesto, Breivik indicated that the year 2083 would be the culmination of a 70-year war that began with his actions. Yet 70 years from 2011 would be 2081 -- why did he date the final purge of Muslims from Norway to be two years later, in 2083? Knowing that Breivik was obsessed with the Crusades, I googled the year 1083 for events, and could only find the sack of Rome by Henry IV. That did not seem right.

But then as I read the manifesto, I found the answer on page 242, where Breivik mentions the Battle of Vienna in the year 1683. On that date the armies of the Ottoman Empire were defeated in a protracted struggle, thereby insuring that most of Europe would not become part of the Muslim empire.

Aha. The date in Breivik's title is the 400th anniversary of that decisive battle. In Breivik's mind he was recreating the historic efforts to save Europe from what he imagined to be the evils of Islam.

"The time for dialogue is over," Breivik writes on page 811 of his manifesto. "The time for armed resistance has come."

The enemies in this imagined war were "the cultural Marxist/multiculturalist elites" whom he regarded as the "Nazis of our time," intent on "leading us [ie, White Europeans] to the cultural slaughterhouse by selling us into Muslim slavery." Breivik then aims his threats directly at the "multiculturalist elite," including youth leaders of their future movement: "we know who you are, where you live and we are coming for you."

Behind Breivik's imagined earthly conflict was a cosmic war, a battle for Christendom. As the title of Breivik's manifesto indicates, he thought he was recreating that historical moment in which Christianity was defended against the hordes, and Islam was purged from what he imagined to be the purity of European society.

Breivik meticulously detailed what he expected to be the historical trajectory of this war through four stages, culminating in 2083. He expected that the forces of multiculturalism would be tough, and would resist the efforts to combat it. "It will take us up to 70 years to win," Breivik writes on page 811 of his manifesto, but adds that "there is no doubt in our minds that we will eventually succeed."

In the final phase of the great cosmic war, the civil war between the evil multiculturalists and the righteous few, a series of coup d'etats throughout Europe will overthrow the liberal forces. Then, finally "the deportation of Muslims" will begin, and European Christendom will be restored. The year 2083 will be date of the new Battle of Vienna.