At least three European politicians, including one former minister to Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, have come under fire for defending the extremist, anti-immigration views of Anders Breivik that inspired him to allegedly murder more than 70 people in Norway Friday.
Francesco Speroni, who was the Minister of Institutional Reform under Berlusconi in the mid-1990s and current leading member of Italy's Northern League, said Tuesday on an Italian radio show, "If [Breivik's] ideas are that we are going towards Eurabia [Islamized Europe] and those sorts of things, that western Christian civilization needs to be defended, yes, I'm in agreement."
Speroni said he condemned the attack itself but was coming to the defense of Mario Borghezio, a fellow member of the Northern League and member of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, who previously said some of Breivik's ideas were "great."
"Some of the ideas [Breivik] expressed are good, barring the violence. Some of them are great," Borghezio said also in a radio interview, according to the BBC and The Guardian. "Christians ought not to be animals to be sacrificed. We have to defend them."
Hours before Breivik allegedly began his attack Friday, he posted a 1,500-page manifesto and Youtube video online in which he not only described his meticulous and painstaking preparations for the attack, but an academic-styled presentation against what he called cultural Marxism and mutliculturalism.
"You cannot defeat Islamisation or halt/reverse the Islamic colonization of Western Europe without first removing the political doctrines manifested through multiculturalism/cultural Marxism," the manifesto reads. "Time is of the essence. We have ony a few decades to consolidate a sufficient level of resistance before our major cities are completely demographically overwhelmed by Muslims."
Breivik apparently finished his manifesto just hours before allegedly launching a bombing attack in Oslo that killed 8 before an assault on a liberal party's youth camp that claimed another 68 lives.
Hours after Borghezio's comments, a leading member of the Northern League, Roberto Calderoli, reportedly released a statement apologizing for Borghezio's "rants" and several other Italian politicians called for Borghezio's resignation.
A member of France's right-wing National Front party has already been suspended for writing a blog post defending Breivik and calling him an "icon," Britain's The Telegraph reported.
"The reason for the Norway terror attacks: fighting the Muslim invasion, that's what people don't want you to know," read a post signed by Jacques Coutela. Coutela called Breivik, "the main defender of the West."
Coutela's post was reportedly removed from the web after a complaint by the French Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between Peoples. After the post was removed, Coutela told Agence France-Presse he was just passing along someone else's words and said he denounced terrorism.