R.F.Wilson writes from Oslo: Big, big sigh of relief comes from all the progressives of Norway and beyond: mass murderer Anders Breivik has been ruled sane yesterday by a bunch of judges who were obviously not sane themselves and sentenced to 21 years in the slammer, with a minimum tariff of 10 years before he’s allowed to appeal. Now every leftie could scream that the right-wing are on the march again across the world, even though it was the left that did all the mass killings in the past 100 years or so, whacking by some estimates up to 200 million.
I don’t know about you, but the moment I first laid my eyes on Breivik I knew he was a nutter. In fact, he could just as well have been a fan of Vladimir Lenin and Chairman Mao and carried the Communist Manifesto with him everywhere. Ideology and politics did not really matter to Breivik. He was on a mission with voices in his head telling him to go out there and whack as many people as possible. Which he did.
In case you’ve been preoccupied with watching the 2012 Olympics, let me remind you that Breivik was put on trial for killing 77 people and injuring another 242 last July, first as a result of triggering a car bomb in Oslo and then carrying out a massacre on the Utoya Island, where the Labour party was holding its regular summer camp for young impressionable people. During the months of court proceedings the tragic events of last year were meticulously studied, with some pretty weird facts about Breivik surfacing along the way that all proved that he was totally bonkers. But the five judges, as it turned out, were immune to these facts and had their own idea of what constitutes madness and what boils down to hardened right-wing attitudes.
Ironically, Breivik’s nuttiness seemed to have rubbed off on his defence team: that the court should accept that the defendant was perfectly sane and should have been criminally liable. I even think that now that the trial is over the judges and Breivik’s whole defence team should be sent for a psychiatric assessment.
Most remarkably, at the trial the prosecution which usually refuses to accept that defendants are mad, on this occasion asked the judges to declare Breivik to be insane. Prosecutors pointed out, and quite rightly, that it’s one thing to express xenophobic and racist views and it’s a totally different matter to calmly kill 77 people in cold blood and feel great about it. It’s probably a first in world legal practice when the prosecutors were the only sane people in the courtroom.
On hearing his sentence Breivik confirmed his madness by promising that he was going to write a trilogy behind bars containing his great ideas on how to prevent Norway becoming a Muslim republic. The deranged idiot is hoping that his books will become instant best sellers, especially in the Middle East.
Say what you will about Breivik, but Norway will never be the same again in the eyes of people who thought that remnants of common sense in Europe were still obvious up north.