Anders Breivik, the right-wing anti-Muslim radical extremist was found guilty of murdering 77 people and sentenced by a five judge panel to the maximum term of 21 years. Norwegians across Europe breathed a sigh of relief, saying the ruling will pull the shutters down on the atrocity. The Norwegian people are gentle pacifists, for myself, only the guilotine would have brought the shutters down on this evil man.
The 33-year-old Breivik had meticulously planned his attacks years ahead which proved without a doubt that he was completely sane and fully aware of his actions. Breivik first bombed the Norwegian government headquarters, killing eight people, before going on a shooting massacre on Utoya island that left 69 dead at a summer camp for young members of the governing Labor Party.
Breivik himself rejected an insanity plea knowing that this would demean his ideological intentions. Some say he got precisely what he wanted out of the verdict and in his final, parting words Breivik apologized to other "militant nationalists" for not achieving an even higher death toll.
The 33yr old killer of mostly young people in the prime of their lives who could barely run from their murderous assailant, let alone try to fight with the same equal measure of violence and intensity. A conceited, narcissistic man who has been called many things - including a coward - for choosing to stand up for his bigoted, radical anti-Islamic beliefs, while ultimately shielding himself from potential danger amongst such naive, unsuspecting innocents - instead of forging his plan around the Islamic community he narrow-mindedly loathed so much.
Was that to say, that in killing his own, he knew his prey, and therefore knew they had no way of fighting back? But, if his target struck at the central point where his angsts were deepest, the cowardly bully might have just come up against a people who were more used to violence and hatred and therefore capable of deathly retaliation.
Justify it how he likes, inside or outside... a court of law - he maintained a safety-net around himself to perpetrate a cowardly attack, directing his venum and ultimate contempt towards a religion and culture - different to his own - and yet came out of it all totally unscathed. Ultimately, he got to play his game - ultimately, let's just hope he doesn't get to win as well.