Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is having his final day in Court today, August 24. Breivik killed 77 people, many who were young, plus injured more than 240 others when he went on a killing spree in Norway, July 2011. Apprehended at the scene of the killings on Utoyea Island he never denied his actions. He did however try to justify them as "necessary" to stop the spread of Islam in Europe.
The Court case has revolved around whether or not he was sane at the time of the murders. Many people in Norway viewed a possible verdict of insanity as inappropriate. They tend to view a spell in a mental institution as a "soft option" rather than an extended period in jail. Norway has no death penalty.
Breivik himself wanted to be declared sane even though he knew he would go to jail. It was part of his plan to persuade the Court and the Public that his actions were not those of a madman but rather those of an intelligent person who was on a divine mission. The verdict that he is sane will do nothing to convince sane people that he acted for the good of all. He acted in a monstrous manner.
He has been sentenced to 21 years in jail with a minimum jail term of 10 years. Not long enough by a long chalk. He is aged 33 and will still relatively young if and when he is released.
At time of writing the last day of the trial is ongoing. Although the verdict has been passed the legalities today will be lengthy. As he was declared sane a fleeting smile touched Breivik's lips.
Opinion: The far right around the World, who are so quick to attack Islam and Muslims, should remember that they are no better than the ranting extremists of Islam. Whilst they may use their Western education to play with words the meaning is not wasted on anyone with an ounce of intelligence. There are good and bad in all faiths and all countries. The increase in far right views and their senseless activity is as great a concern as that of terrorists in foreign lands. After all it is how Hitler and his misguided followers gained power.
RIP with thoughts to those injured and the loved ones of the victims.