EDITORIAL: Norwegian terrorist too crazy for insanity claim

Editorial Staff

The Norwegian terrorist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who was convicted of acts of terror and voluntary homicide, has pleaded not guilty to the charges on April 16. Breivik had open-fired on a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya Island, killing 69 people, and car-bombed a government building only 25 miles away in Oslo, killing eight, on the same day last summer.

On the date of his trial, he openly denied to recognize the authority of the Norwegian court as well as the judge, citing they receive their mandate from a government that supports multiculturalism as his reason.

Although he denies criminal guilt, he admitted to committing the acts. This man truly believes from the bottom of his heart that he killed all those people in self-defense because, according to him, anyone who supports multiculturalism and pro-immigration policies are a threat to the purity of Norwegian blood.

This man is clearly insane. His monstrous acts of random violence in the name of ethnic cleansing has caused much grief around the globe. The fact that he believes himself not guilty, even with hundreds of witnesses, is an outrage.

The trial is expected to only last up to ten weeks, according to CNN.com. And the only thing keeping him from prison is the possibility that his crimes could be seen as psychotic.

Whether Breivik is psychotic or not is being evaluated by experts and they’ve concluded his sanity will determine his punishment. It is still uncertain whether he will imprisoned or placed in a mental facility.

But Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad is trying to not pull the insanity card. The even crazier part is, Breivik was the one who refused to be classified as insane, calling it a worse fate than death.

Not a wise move on his part, but at least it will increase the chances of him being convicted.

In the 1,500-page manifesto he released online before the killings, Breivik claimed he intends to use the court trial as a media platform to spread his extreme views, which is what he doesn’t want to be called insanity and have his message revoked.

This is evidence that this person is seriously messed up in the head. Every second he spends in publicity is an eyesore to the rest of the world. He should be quickly labeled insane and be jailed or convicted and start serving his life sentence.

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