I'm surprised how ten pages seemed to come from nowhere, but I think someone was arguing that the youth couldn't constitute an "elite".
What it looks like is that a very large group of people could considered from standard backgrounds, but there was a very strong privileged presence and the definite presence of future leaders. Plus, whenever uses a snotty phrase like "best and brightest", they're referring to people being groomed for elite positions. Plus, they were barely children. Someone 21 years old is clearly an adult. And while someone 15 isn't as legitimate as a target, it's not something unheard of. Compared with the misery inflicted by the class of the 'victims', it's not much.
Also, I vaguely remember someone asking what was so offensive about the Norwegian elite. Norway isn't a hugely influential country, but it's clearly got its niche. I vaguely remember [insert hard-to-write Norwegian name] was hoping to off some former prime minister primarily known for UN activities. That's kind of an example of an elite, for their own self-satisfaction, trying to export social models and cultural ideas disastrous for other countries. The Norwegian political elite is still part of a greater global parasitic elite and has small niches (from symbolic things like the Nobel Peace Prize to supplying people in more concrete positions in global organizations). Now, he would have a more positive effect if he had been someone in a more influential country, but even a footsoldier isn't a general, they still do something. Also attacks on citizens tend to discredit the ideologies they're for, and islamophobia is something that I wouldn't miss. Also instead of targeting a marginalized minority with little access to political power (Europe's immigrants), he targeted the heart of a parasitic political elite with surprising determination. And that's fairly admirable. Plus, his views meant enough to him for him to essentially sacrifice his free life for it, while most people (such as most who express absolute horror over him) end their views when it stops making them feel good and fluffy inside. I don't agree with his political views, but I can't condemn his actual actions.
edited 26th Jul '11 4:32:37 AM by Tsukubus