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Norwegian prosecutors are trying to be oh-so-civilized in their prosecution of mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik. BBC reports:
Prosecutors in Norway have called for self-confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik to be considered insane in their closing argument at his trial.
Prosecutor Svein Holden said there were still doubts about his insanity but he should be placed in psychiatric care, not sent to prison.
Judges in the trial in Oslo are due to deliver their verdict in the trial in July or August.
Breivik killed 77 people and injured 242 on 22 July of last year.
He bombed government buildings in Oslo before shooting young Labour Party supporters at an island camp.
Breivik, who insists he is sane, sought to justify his attacks by saying they were necessary to stop the "Islamisation" of Norway.Is he "normal?" No. Does that make him insane? Apparently in the eyes of the government. But one has to wonder why the government would be so anxious to brand his actions as "insane" and send him off for "treatment" rather than prison. Could there be another motive not related to "justice?" Think about it.
Breivik is passionate, extremely, unreservedly anti-muslim and anti-government. Does that make him insane? His targets were supporters of a government that he felt was destroying Norway. His actions were extreme... not the actions that "normal" people would take in their opposition. He chose to treat the situation as a "war" and the response to the situation was killing those who supported his perception of destruction of the Norwegian culture. Did that make him insane?
Or is he merely a sociopath? Is he simply a person who believes any means is justified by the ends? His actions are intolerable in any society. Does that make him insane or merely without conscience and morals?
He knew what he was doing, just as a suicide bomber knows what he is doing. We may want to call their actions "insane," but in reality they are simply abnormal. He has his mental faculties. He understands exactly what he did... without remorse. He may be misguided in our estimation, but is he insane? From his perspective, he undoubtedly sees himself as a "defender" of Norway... as a suicide bomber sees himself as a defender of Islam. Our perspective says he is completely wrong and misguided in his thinking, but maybe we are misguided. Is the majority always correct?
So, why the call by the prosecution for a judgment of insanity? Two reasons perhaps:
- Breivik's maximum sentence for his crimes is 21 years. That's a little over 3 months per person he killed. An insanity conviction can put him in holding for his entire life.
- More importantly to the government, it throws a pall over anyone else who believes the government is contributing to the destruction of the Norwegian culture by allowing significant Muslim immigration. It is a statement that says, "The government's policies are rational and humane and those who oppose such policies are irrational... insane."