Last month, the EDL kicked out its Jewish section leader, one Roberta Moore, for her support of a violent terrorist, a Jew who was convicted of plotting to bomb Russian targets in the US. This proves conclusively that the EDL disavows violence and distances itself from it. In fact, the EDL was subsequently slandered by Moore in an effort to justify her departure and to get revenge, but the truth remains: the EDL rejected any alliance with violent people.
Breivik hated multiculturalism and Islamic extremism and read from many sources on the subject. However, none of these sources advocated violence against Muslims or anyone else.
So what does Breivik say about the English Defence League in his "manifesto"? He describes it:
Organisations like EDL, doesn't [sic] have an official extreme political doctrine.And also:
Instead of condemning and rejecting organisations like EDL it is essential that conservative intellectuals contribute to help them on the right ideological path. And to ensure that they continue to reject criminal, racist and totalitarian doctrines.It is obvious that Breivik believed the the EDL to be non-racist, non-criminal and non-totalitarian. So he endorsed it for that reason. Of course, this position is very much at odds with Breivik's decision to mass murder innocents in Norway. There is no logical connection. But then again, Breivik is insane. Logic or consistency in thought and action are not the hallmarks of a deranged mind.
Sure, they will always be labelled as racists by the MSM, but who aren’t labelled? Everyone who criticises Islamisation or multiculturalism and supports Israel are labelled as racists, fascists and Nazis anyway. Europeans are getting increasingly immune against the multiculturalist labelling techniques. More and more people understand that Islam is not a race, but a hateful political ideology. When they continue with the labelling techniques despite of this, it is actually the individuals labelling other groups who are perceived as intolerant bigots. People aren't stupid.
The conclusions here are obvious. Breivik was not influenced in his mad scheme by the EDL, and any attempt to connect the dots is doomed to failure.
Update: Later I discovered that Breivik subsequently denounced the EDL for its refusal to use violence and terror in pursuit of political goals. Read about it here.