The Jihadist Roots of the Norway Massacre

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Anders Breivik, who went on a shooting spree in Norway last year, killing some 70 people, recently confessed his inspiration: al-Qaeda, the jihadists par excellence of the modern world.

According to AFP, “The gunman behind the Norway massacres said he was inspired by al-Qaida as he took the stand Tuesday [4/17] at his trial…. he described himself as a ‘militant nationalist’ and, using the pronoun ‘we’ to suggest he was part of a larger group, added: ‘We have drawn from al-Qaida and militant Islamists. You can see al-Qaida as the most successful militant group in the world.’”

Not only was he “inspired” by al-Qaeda, but his very tactics mirrored those of the jihadist organization.  According to the AP, Breivik testified “that he had planned to capture and decapitate” the former Norwegian Prime Minister, with the plan “to film the beheading and post the video on the Internet,” adding that “he was inspired by al-Qaida’s use of decapitation,” which he described “as a very powerful psychological weapon.”

In a globalized world where Islam has the lion’s share of acts of terrorism—where nonstop images of jihadists killing and beheading people have metastasized in the media, and thus the mind of the average person—discovering that al-Qaeda is Breivik’s source of inspiration is, of course, not surprising.

But there is a more profound point here: Breivik is not the first non-Muslim to be “inspired” by Muslim notions; the Crusaders, for example, lived in an atmosphere thoroughly permeated and influenced by Islamic jihad.  Indeed, the very idea of Christian “holy war”—the use of violence and conquest in the name of Christianity—finds its ideological origins in jihad.

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  • Schlomotion

    On the other hand, there is still Breivik's Manifesto which was drawn mostly from Robert Spencer, Peder Jensen, and Gisele Littman.

    • truebearing

      You're apparently deranged or pathologically dishonest….or is it both?

      • Schlomotion

        You are accusing me of lying. I have the Breivik Manifesto right here on my desktop and here it is, filled with references to Spencer, Fjordman, and Bat Ye'or. This is why I don't bother making proofs to people like you.

        • zionista

          one murderous nut job compared to let's see, the thousands of islamic acts of terror – both realized and thwarted – all inspired by the koran. Keep on telling the truth and informing the public SPENCER!!!!!!!!

          • Schlomotion

            By default, comparing one to a thousand is going to be silly. There are thousands of pieces of coal in the earth but very few diamonds. I would rather carry a one carat diamond to the bank than one hundred tons of coal.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Schlomotion…how have you managed not to turn red by now for so long as much as you always continually get dinged so often?

          • Schlomotion

            It's like getting punched at a punk show. The hits aren't very hard, and they only do it to show bravery. Besides the music gives you adrenaline.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Islamist terrorism – partial list:

            - 9/11
            - 1993 truck bombing of the WTC
            - Bombing of Pan Am 103
            - 7/7 2005 London transport bombings
            - Madrid train bombing
            - Bali bombing
            - Beslan school hijacking massacre
            - Mumbai India massacre
            - 2012 Toulouse France massacre
            - Saddam Husseins poison gas attack on the Kurds – 5,000 dead
            - assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
            - richard reid sneaker bomber
            - Nigerian underwear bomber
            - Times Square SUV bomber
            - Death fatwa on writer Salman Rushdie
            - Death threats on Danish cartoonists over pen and ink drawings
            - Near nuclear war between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and India
            - Beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl
            - Various other kidnapping and video taped executions
            - $100 per barrel Oil – Thanks OPEC
            - $4 per gallon gasoline – Thanks OPEC
            - 8 year Iraq / Iran war
            - Genocidal death threats by the Islamic Republic of Iran
            - Death threats against Europe by Muslims living IN Europe – see British Muslism
            - Honor killings of Muslim girls over "family honor" in the US too
            - Murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh
            - Fort Hood massacre
            - Assad kkklan of Syria murder of over 9,000 Syrians AND the absence of "anti-imperialist", "anti-war" protests outside the Syrian consulate
            - attack on the 1972 Olympics and murder of atheletes
            - hijacking of the Achille Lauro and the murder of a wheelchair bound innocent
            - Current Day Slavery in Sudan (Darfur) and Mauritania
            - Empire State Building observation deck murders
            - Muslim-Only city of mecca in saudi arabia
            - wahabbi / salafi fascism
            - Luxor Egypt massacre of tourists
            - murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt
            - synagogue bombings in Turkey
            - church bombings in Nigeria
            - church bombings in Pakistan
            - mosque bombings in Iraq

            Happy Nakba Schlockmeister!

        • truebearing

          References to anyone, when written by a madman, is irrelevant. He was allegedly upset about Muslims but mimicked their behavior. He didn't mimic Spencer, did he? His "manifesto" is a rambling, deranged, contradictory jeremiad that makes little sense….at least to the sane. You seem to understand it however. How telling, and amusing.

    • AdultDiaperPatriot

      How dare you point out these facts! They do not fit with my "all the evils of the world are the fault of those darn arabs!" narrative! Shame on you!

      Let me hate and remain ignorant dammit! That's my right as an American!

  • wctaqiyya

    Well, you say tomato and I say potato. I'm not understanding this fixation with Brievik's supposed source material. He was angry by what he saw as an invited invasion of Norway and Europe by peoples whose interests and criminal propensities were destructive of everything he held dear. He saw his culture being destroyed. He felt helpless and betrayed, so he took matters into his own hands. These things happen. Whether the Muslims 'invented' the idea of holy war or not is absurdly beside the point. And that Brievik used techniques other folks use is no grand mystery, ironic or significant in any way. After all, those techniques are on all the TV channels every day. You take issue with those who insist Brievik was 'inspired' by Christian motifs and then insist that he was 'inspired' by Islamic motifs. Ridiculous. But, if you think it makes any difference what political 'side' should lay claim to Mr. Brievik, please yourself. About jihad being 'invented' by Muslims in the 11th century? I would suggest reading the old testament accounts of war, like Jericho, to learn what religious war was like back in the days before Islam was spawned. That was war, Hebrew style and they rocked it hard core.

    • southwood

      Ah, so the old testament account tells the Jews to forcibly convert people and to go out and conquer the world for the Jewish religion using any means including terror ? I don't think so.

      Your other points are good.

      • wctaqiyya

        No dude, they weren't much interested in converting their enemies, they just wiped em out. The religious aspect was very basic, if you had a different belief system, and were troublesome, you were killed. Thus, the 'hard core' remark. I don't assume the stories are a best practices manual, and I don't think they had a mission to conquer the world. I'm just suggesting, contrary to Mr. Ibrahim's comment that the idea of religious war was started in the 11th century, that it began much earlier. Now, it does look as though wars evolved over time from very, very brutal to the genteel version we enjoy today, so there are differences. And, reasonable people can debate the exact meaning of jihad style war. For me, if it has a religious component, it is comparable. Thanks for the comment and I'm glad you liked my other points.

    • jacko

      The Battle of jericho was fought 3500 years ago while moslem jihadists are murdering people TODAY and not only unbelievers but mostly their own Moslem brothers in Syria Iraq India Pakistan and all points east and west. When was the last time that the Jewish people as a people murdered people of other religions unlike the moslems and christians who in the Middle Ages and omwards murdered each other and millions of Jews just because they were Jews.

      • southwood

        You always take a swipe at Christianity, jacko. You obviously have an issue there.

    • wctaqiyya

      Yes indeed jacko, isn't it remarkable that Islam is the only major culture still firmly rooted in the distant past? And, as you say, they not only kill those of different religions just because they are different, they also kill each other for minor doctrinal differences. Anthropologically speaking, Islamic peoples are a living stone age laboratory. And to think Obama was concerned about Muslim self image. Heck, their behavior constantly sells out advertising space in every communications medium and all we have is stuffy museums, libraries and playhouses. Obama's misplaced concerns show that Muslims lack introspection. However, when upwards of 70% of married couples in Saudi Arabia, depending on area, are blood relatives, we can understand that genetic and developmental problems may arise. Especially since intermarriage has been practiced for thousands of years and most faithfully by the ruling classes. See? It really is a lab cause we are learning. It's like, if you want civilization, don't do what Muslims do. I guess Islam is best summarized as a living and very noisy; Thou Shall Not! This information was probably on the other stone tablets, but now that we know, we don't care if Moses had a few that day. Who wouldn't? It's not like you speak to God every day. Thanks for asking, hope I helped.

  • LTLTLT

    Speaking of Brievik and the new Inquisition, the Hate Speech Laws of Europe, one should note that the dreaded Catholic Inquisition has its roots in Islam. The Muslim Inquisition was instituted in Southern Spain by the extremist Almoravid regime after the second conquest (11th century) and was used to determine which southern Spanish converts to Islam were true converts and which were just trying to avoid death and deportation. The Almoravids and Almohads who succeeded them committed genocide against southern Spaniards, razing their cities, killing and deporting hundreds of thousands of civilians to northern Africa where they and their language (Mozarab Spanish) quickly became extinct. Southern Spain was as a result depopulated. The Pope brought this Muslim Inquisition into Catholic Church in the 12th century, that is, 100 years later. In Spain, false converts to Islam were decapitated. All converts lost custody of their children, which were given away to old Muslim families.
    Other interesting facts:
    The Spanish adopted from the Muslims the Invitation to the Faith Before Battle, a document usually read out loud in sight of but not always within hearing distance of the enemy army. This Invitation to the Faith was read out loud in Latin or Spanish to the Aztecs, to the Incas etc. as an official way of turning a simple war of conquest into a Christian (and therefore legal) Jihad. I always thought this tradition was such a hilarious and cynical Spanish invention, until I found out where it comes from: the Koran itself.
    The idea of deporting hundreds of thousands of people from a kingdom due to their religion started early on in Europe in 11th century Spain, but it was the Muslims who started it first and the Spanish eventually adopted it to deport Muslims and Jews in the 15th century, after Granada was finally conquered.
    The impalement of tens of thousands prisoners of war on the battleground after a battle was another gem of a custom the Spanish learned from the Muslims. It was used liberally in America to cause TERROR and it was used in other parts of Europe that had been influenced by Islam, namely Roumania.
    So many wonderful ideas the Spanish learned from the Muslims.
    I happen to know these arcane details because I taught Spanish Medieval Language History for 8 years at universities, so I had to read enough of the actual history of the country to provide an appropriate context.

  • Dirk the Daring

    Mr Ibrahim makes an excellent point. Breivik’s motivation was to rid Europe of Moslems. His inspiration for doing so however, was Al Qaida – and that’s where the violence and terrorism comes in. His motivation was fair enough; it’s the Islamist terror and jihad that inspired him to action that are the problem.

    • ctyankee

      Yes, Mr. Breivik claims that he was inspired by Al Qaida with the fantasy to behead people. His fantasy is not so much that of Crusaders as it is like pre-Christian Vikings. In Medieval Europe, it was customary to behead enemies and criminals, then display the severed head on a spike by the city gates.

      I wonder to what extent the Romanian crusader named "Vlad the Impaler" was inspired by the Turks, who held him captive as a youth.

  • hammar

    islam is the phony faith of death….even mohammed will be dragged from his grave and judged.
    Only Jesus is Lord and God….Amen.

  • bq45

    FrontpageMag's hatred against Islam has no bounds. Now it is connecting the crime committed by Anders Breivik to Islam. Wow, what a load of crap. Anders Breivik actually was inspired ( Read his manifesto) by like of Robert Spenser and company.
    Although there are a number of reports, surveys and academic research on anti-Islam discourse in the west but we who have been working for years to raise concern about the rise of Islamophobia are often told to prove our claims. Well, here is one of the latest documentation of discrimination against Muslims.
    According to Amnesty International report issued on 23rd April 2012, Muslims in Europe face discrimination in education, employment and religious freedom.
    The report, titled “Choice and Prejudice: Discrimination Against Muslims in Europe”, details the problem, with a focus on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
    The report said employers have been permitted “to discriminate on the grounds that religious or cultural symbols will jar with clients or colleagues or that a clash exists with a company’s corporate image or its ‘neutrality.’ European Union legislation “prohibiting discrimination on the ground of religion or belief in the area of employment seems to be toothless across Europe, as we observe a higher rate of unemployment among Muslims, and especially Muslim women of foreign origin.
    Thank you Amnesty. Keep up the good work.

    • PhillipGaley

      I concur with those scholars who point out that, despite certain religious trappings, much more, in the actuality of it, the world round, in the definition of things, beginning with evil against their own, Moslems follow not nearly so much a religion, but a criminal ideology, . . . and should one wish to bridge to criticism of Christianity, sure, are Christians hacking the heads and hands off their own, or pouring acid on their faces? Or, is it the Christians who are waiting for Moslems to invent and develop labor-saving methods and devises, or to bring food and medicine to the earth's desperate peoples?

      So, yes, as criminal activity cannot but be a drag against what would be the world's forward momentum in rising standards of decency and wealth, as in response to an anchor to the neck of productive mankind, and a caltrop underfoot, yes, Moslems also, are to be discriminated against; however, before the populace awakens in understanding of the evil which Islam is, probably, a whole lot more innocent blood is to be shed, . . . a whole lot more "grooming" of the innocent youth will be done, . . .

      Further, are nodding smiles of dawning enlightenment to be anticipated as forth-coming of any sensible person upon being informed of Anders Breivik's rationale as to why he had to kill? Or, of Ted Kazinski, or Jeffery Dahmer? No. And simply because, whatever such a one might say, it would not be information. Anyone of whole mind sees first, their arbitrary mentality, and understands that, it is not a rational approach which was in affect, but rather, arbitrary impulse. This, various of the news reporters do not well apprehend.

      And in this way, while the insular origins of the Scandinavian nations provides that, they look first within for sensibility in evil, in the pattern which Justice Jackson made use of at the end of the Nazi war crimes trials—"These men are judged not by what they have thought, but by what they have done."—in the USA, we more clearly perceive that, red, and yellow, black, or white, anyone of criminal animus is to be effectively judged of that same pattern, and without regard to mere distractions, though couched in protestations of any seeming appearance of rationality—not by them, nor by anyone proposing such on their behalf.

      So, no. Anders Breivik did not follow Robert Spenser and company, but rather, as all such similar, he followed the arbitrary impulse which was generated within his own mind, . . .

      And yes—although rationalizations in killing is a thing which Moslems do, and in that way, what Brevik did was the same, though a difference or similarity without apparent use or value—for this reason, offer but short shrift and hard entertainment to that kind of, . . . I suppose, they call it "reporting", . . .

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Although there are a number of reports, surveys and academic research on anti-Islam discourse in the west but we who have been working for years to raise concern about the rise of Islamophobia are often told to prove our claims.

      Islamophobia is a word coined by covert and deceptive non-violent jihadists in order to exploit the ignorance's of the delusional Left (you know…loons like you) to use them as gullible useful idiots, and that strategy so for has far exceeded all expectations already.

      According to Amnesty International report issued on 23rd April 2012, Muslims in Europe face discrimination in education, employment and religious freedom.

      Amnesty International is a good example of an incompetent and narrow-minded useful idiot Leftwing organization. In stark contrast to what Amnesty International cluelessly reports, lets take look at the way that all non-Muslim unbelievers living in Islamic totalitarian hellholes are treated in the very draconian Islamic totalitarian world today.

      For instance, the Christians and all other non-Muslim unbelievers living in the Islamic world today as less than second-class dhimmi citizens are violently oppressed and systematically persecuted, when not outright slaughtered altogether.

      Further, Muslim females in the Islamic world don't fare much better either, as Female Genital Mutilation is rampant and the practice of Muslim fathers selling their daughters into child sexual slavery is ubiquitous. As millions of females in epidemic proportions throughout the Islamic world suffer today from chronic gynecological problems stemming from having had sex with adult males before their bodies had become physically mature and also from having to bear children before their bodies had become fully physically mature.

      Not to mention the prevalence of honor killings and the systematic persecution of Muslim females, which is now rampant throughout Europe and America as well today. Indeed, in the Islamic totalitarian world if a female makes the mistake of reporting the crime of rape, if married she will inevitably be stoned to death for fornication, and if unmarried she will be lashed for fornication and then subsequently become a victim of an honor killing, since the value of a Muslim female that has lost her virginity is worthless.

      Meanwhile, all recent and not so recent Muslim immigrants living in the West today are really covert and deceptive non-violent jihadists that migrated to the West for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest. Which is why in country after country and anywhere and everywhere mass Muslim immigration is taking place in the world today, just like clockwork and without exception the vast overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate, and instead establish Muslim enclaves that in time inevitably morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia as fifth columns and mini independent statelets within states and also in direct contravention to the the laws of the states in which they reside. In fact, the government of France a few years ago counted 758 such Muslim no-go zones in France alone. Can you imagine how many such Muslim no-go zones are present throughout all of Europe today?

      Apparently, this bq45 cat takes pride in being a narrow-minded gullible useful idiot just like most of his Leftwing loon counterparts.

      The report, titled “Choice and Prejudice: Discrimination Against Muslims in Europe”, details the problem, with a focus on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.

      Just because delusional and gullible useful idiot Leftwing loons falsely claim discrimination as they always do just like clockwork all over the world for political gain, it doesn't mean it is true. It just means that the Left is up to its usual unhinged games again. Meanwhile, it doesn't come close to comparing to the violent oppression and systematic persecution that all non-Muslim unbelievers living in the draconian Islamic totalitarian world today are being subjected to.

      –continued below

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      bq45, If Infidels are so bad, so racist, why don't Islamists GO BACK to their Islamist Hellholes? There are plenty to choose from. Why are Islamists crying for others to meet their demands, and not the other way around?

      How many churches or Hindu temples or Buddhist temples or synagogues are in Saudi Arabia?

  • hsmndm

    you mean to say "crusader roots of the norway massacre".

    • zionista

      the crusades were pushing back the muslim hordes

  • ObamaYoMoma

    “The gunman behind the Norway massacres said he was inspired by al-Qaida as he took the stand Tuesday [4/17] at his trial…. he described himself as a ‘militant nationalist’ and, using the pronoun ‘we’ to suggest he was part of a larger group, added: ‘We have drawn from al-Qaida and militant Islamists. You can see al-Qaida as the most successful militant group in the world.’”

    In other words, the massive misportrayal of Islam in the West, per the dictates of political correctness and moral relativism, bred a terrorists in Anders Breivik. Meanwhile, the Left blames the right, even though most of the right is as blind of Islam as the Left. It's hilarious, but very sad at the same time.

    According to the AP, Breivik testified “that he had planned to capture and decapitate” the former Norwegian Prime Minister, with the plan “to film the beheading and post the video on the Internet,” adding that “he was inspired by al-Qaida’s use of decapitation,” which he described “as a very powerful psychological weapon.”

    However, in the case of Breivik, decapitation would have doomed him to hell, if there really is such a place, while the jihadists of AQ, on the other hand, are securing their pathway to Allah's version of carnal paradise in stark contrast. How so very ironic!

    In a globalized world where Islam has the lion’s share of acts of terrorism—where nonstop images of jihadists killing and beheading people have metastasized in the media, and thus the mind of the average person—discovering that al-Qaeda is Breivik’s source of inspiration is, of course, not surprising.

    Except it isn't terrorism at all, but instead violent acts of jihad in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme, as terrorism for various political causes like in the West other than the cause of Islam is a blasphemous capital offense in Islam.

    the Knights Templar bore the brunt of one of the earliest manifestations of Islamic terrorism.

    Except for the fact that it wasn't Islamic terrorism at all, but instead violent jihad in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme.

  • http://apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com/ ApolloSpeaks

    IS ISLAMIC NECROPHILIA BECOMING A SHARIA TREND THROUGHOUT THE ARAB WORLD?

    Click my name for the answer.

    • southwood

      This is on Atlas Shrugs site too. Quite revolting. What depths will these Muslims not stoop to ?

  • flyingtiger

    The Crusades were not inspired by the Jihad. They were a just war to liberate the holy lands from imperial conquerers who were persecuting Christians. A big difference, maybe I should write an article about this?

    • Amused

      read the article, author already made that point by quoting bernard lewis

  • ross1948

    Yes, compare and contrast the different approaches of those opposed to the GZM in the USA and to small Christian churches in Indonesia.
    In New York, there are peaceful protests and constitutional political activity to thwart the establishment of the unwanted mosque..

    In the Jakarta dormitory towns of Bogor and Bekasi, there is blatant defiance of high court rulings in the churches' favour and death threats, clubbing and stabbing, while the police act as, at best, neutral umpires between Islamist hoods and Christian victims.
    http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/po

    It is the difference between civilisation and barbarism.

  • Ghostwriter

    Let's be honest here:Breivik was a lunatic who enjoyed killing people. He should rot in jail. End of story.

    • curmudgeon

      sometime between now and when western fools are marched into islamic gas chambers for the final solution to the infidel question, those fools will recognize that brievik is a hero. he will pay for his heroism, just as western dhimmis will pay for their cowardice and stupidity. perhaps brievik was misguided regarding his methods–what works for islamic criminals does not work for norwegian patriots, and brievik should have known that. the fact remains, though, that the same muslim criminals who say that they must kill israelis or americans because they are "in our country", have invaded and are colonizing the west, which is not their country, but soon will be, due to stupidity and cowardice of the inhabitants of the contested countries. yes, punish brievik, because we do not honor our own heroes, but after punishing brievik, please, please, send the invaders home. all of them. the alternative is slavery and genocide at the hands of those precious muslim immigrants.

  • Visitor

    Breivik's inspiration comes from neo-Nazi ideology. He viewed his victims as deserving of death because they either were not white Nordic Aryans or else were but supported racial and ethnic diversity. In the not-so-distant past, such virulent Nazi-fascist racism was aimed primarily at Jews. In today's European scene, xenophobic nationalists target Muslims, non-white immigrants generally, or, as we can see in Hungary, Jews again. The Nazis never went away, just underground. Everyone of good will, whether liberal, social democratic, or rational conservative should form a united front to say this type of discourse must not and cannot pass. Just as all civilized forces should oppose Islamofascist terrorism, so too must we unite against barbarism from the Nazi far right.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      AND Islamofascists are inspired by neo-nazi ideology. That is why the Arabic language translation of mein kampf has become a best seller in the Arabic speaking world. After WW2, nazis found refuge in Syria and Egypt.

  • Schlomotion

    What's that supposed to mean? You are better than people who go to punk shows? Why is that? Because you don't? That makes you a better person than me? Something about liking power chords makes me inferior to you? I'd love to hear your theory on why you're better than me because of your music choices.

    • truebearing

      Oh, you're babbling about punk rock….I see. You seem quite upset that I might not share your obsession with power chords. It's almost as if you're unable to differentiate yourself and your likes from those who actually perform those power chords. I've seen that same behavior in junior high kids.

      Are all power chords created equal? I've always been a fan of The Who, but something tells me you like lots of music I wouldn't. Just a hunch. I certainly don't think much of your intellectual maunderings.

  • http://www.normalbreathing.com Dr Artour Rakhimov

    RE: Terrorism alert: KGB total mind control technique

    State and national security officials continue to ignore/hide the real causes of most massacres and still provide grounds for potential terrorists who can commit similar crimes as the recent massacre in Afghanistan, or 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, or this 2011 massacre in Norway. This is because some part of Russian KGB (not Moscow or Putin) uses a mind control technique that requires only a few hours and leads to total mind control. After GULAG KGB mind control application, nearly all people can kill themselves, their children, parents, best friends, and many others. The technique was developed and tested in largest world’s mind control labs: KGB GULAG labor camps where over 10 million perished.

    I repeat this total mind control technique requires only a few hours of intimacy. This can be easily achieved due to, for example, prevalent promiscuity and lack of public awareness about this method and KGB people who use such mind control.

    While Stanley Milgram study (replicated many times later) showed that it takes about 2 hours to make an average person to kill another (innocent) person, over 100 KGB GULAG labs found a shortcut or faster and more lasting solution that does not require presence of authority.

    Note that such crimes are nearly impossible to prove, since the brainwashed people either kill themselves or, if they survive, will say only those things that were ordered them to say, although there are physiological changes (like only about 2 hours of natural sleep) that can be used to identify zombies.

    Artour Rakhimov, PhD