Today, Monday April 23, 2012 Anders Behring Bretivik has taken to the stand for the last time. After today it will be up to others to present their case and decide on the sanity of Breivik. This mass murderer has been a strange witness. Today is proving no different.
At times Anders has seemed many things including sane, callous, emotional, cold and totally insane. There is no doubt that he killed the 77 victims but why remains unclear. His ongoing testimony would have us believe that he was on a mission similar to a Crusade.
In court today he offered an apology but only to those killed on the mainland who he deems as non-political. The Island of Utoya was holding a conference of young socialists who Breivik appears to have assessed as legitimate targets. According to SkyNews he described those on the island as ""political activists" working for the "deconstruction of Norwegian society." He went on to say that he considered Utoya island a "political indoctrination camp". "This is a small barbarity to avoid a larger barbarity," Breivik told the court".
The dead on Utoya included very young children, teenagers and women. All were ill prepared to be able to defend themselves from this shooter. Brevik is completing his testimony about the murders prior to speaking regarding his sanity. He also told the court that on the day in question in July 2011 he wore a "good luck coin" from the Knights Templar. This again illustrates how he saw the murders as somehow a valiant mission.
The trial continues.
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