Image: Norwegian Breivik, man accused of a killing spree and bomb attack in Norway, sits in the rear of a vehicle as he is transported in a police convoy in Oslo
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TODAY   |  July 25, 2011

Oslo suspect wanted to trigger ‘anti-Muslim’ revolution

The man who is accused of killing dozens of people during a shooting rampage in Norway last week appeared in a closed courtroom today. NBC’s Martin Fletcher reports.

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ANN CURRY, co-host: Let's begin , however, with the latest on that deadly shooting rampage in Norway . NBC 's Martin Fletcher is in Oslo this morning. Martin , good morning.

MARTIN FLETCHER reporting: Ann , good morning. Well, Anders Breivik is in court right now being arraigned on charges of terrorism. Meanwhile, here at Oslo Cathedral , this has become the center of mourning. Now, this drama is just what the confessed killer

wants: to focus attention on his call for a Christian war to defend Europe against Muslim domination. At noon local time today, all of Norway paused for a minute's silence in memory of the victims who died for one man's obsession. And at Sunday's memorial in the Oslo Cathedral , King Harald and Queen Sonja cried with their people. A nation shocked, listening with horror to the survivors of the massacre.

Unidentified Woman #1: He looked like a police officer . He had all the clothes and, yeah, the gun and everything.

Unidentified Woman #2: Mm-hmm.

Unidentified Man: Shootings. It was like a silencer or something, so it sounded like fireworks or...

Unidentified Woman #3: I didn't understand anything and I thought it was some kind of game because I just saw people running, you know.

FLETCHER: Anders Breivik 's lawyer said Breivik had planned the attack for months. But why? Rarely has an alleged mass killer's motives been so clearly laid out. Only two hours before allegedly setting off the massive bomb that killed seven in Oslo 's city center and then driving, according to police, to the island and hunting down and killing at least 86 teenagers, Breivik , 32 years old, posted a manifesto on the Internet , 1500 pages, the work, he said, of several years. In the very first sentence, Breivik wrote, "It is better to kill too many than not enough." Later, "We do not want to do this but we're left with no choice." And his chilling final thought, "I believe this will be my last entry. It is now Friday, July 22nd ." Then Breivik allegedly set off on his murderous rampage. Breivik 's lawyer told NBC News Breivik wants a platform for his political views.

Mr. GIER LIPPESTAD (Breivik's Lawyer): This is a start of a revolution that will change the Western world .

FLETCHER: Breivik wants to stop Muslims from immigrating to Europe , to end European attempts to have different people live side by side, what they call multiculturalism. Breivik also wrote that in 2002 he formed a kabbalah, right-wingers, nine people from eight European countries . So now the concerns in Europe are who are, did he act alone, and is there another Anders Breivik out there. Ann :