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Breivik: I was created like German neo-Nazi killers

The Local · 17 Apr 2012, 15:46

Published: 17 Apr 2012 15:46 GMT+02:00

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Speaking to the Oslo court on the second day of his trial, Anders Behring Breivik drew parallels between himself and other far-right terrorists who he said had been banned from expressing themselves freely since the end of World War II.

“It is these injustices that created me, the “laser man” in Sweden and the NSU in Germany,” he said, according to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The “laser man” was John Ausonius, who shot at immigrants in Sweden between 1991 and 1992 and was jailed for life after being convicted of murder and nine counts of attempted murder.

The NSU was an alleged group of two men and a woman who were immersed in the neo-Nazi scene and claimed to have shot and killed nine men across the country – eight of whom were of Turkish heritage, one of whom was Greek. They are also suspected of having killed a German policewoman.

The two NSU men, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, died after a bank robbery went wrong – after being cornered by police in their caravan, it is thought that one shot the other and then himself. Their alleged accomplice Beate Zschäpe handed herself in to police.

Breivik, 33, is accused of killing eight people with a bomb in central Oslo last July before heading for the holiday island of Utoya where he shot and killed 69 mostly young people.

He told the court he was, “not a nationalist, I am an ultranationalist”, and that he felt the massacre was “necessary”.

“I carried out the most sophisticated and spectacular political attack in Europe since the Second World War,” he said.

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17:17 April 17, 2012 by derExDeutsche
this guy needs to go to jail for life, not just 21 years. I doubt 21 years would change his mind.
18:12 April 17, 2012 by Reader75
So if I don't like my neighbors or don't like it that my country is a diverse melting pot of different ethnic groups, I can go out and shoot people and call it justifiable? Get real. This guy is a mini-Hitler all over again; kill people because you don't like them and then justify it as reasonable for the greater good. Hopefully the German justice system won't let him out in 10-20 years after giving him a place to live, three meals a day, medical & dental care...and then pronounce him rehabilitated. The families of his victims will have to live with the results of his actions for the rest of their lives, they will get no relief.
18:14 April 17, 2012 by Jibzy
I read somewhere that he might end up spending life behind bars. The prosecutors could argue him being a threat so that could happen.

I really hope though that he and other people like him, or broadly speaking, their mentality, can be rehabilitated to seeing the humanity in people rather than identifying them with a group to be hated.

I personally found it extremely tragic that his victims were not what he hated. Young adults, on their path to make a better society were his victims. But i hope their sacrifice contributes somehow to a peaceful world.
18:15 April 17, 2012 by frankiep

you don't have to worry about the GERMAN justice system setting Breivik free
19:22 April 17, 2012 by Johnne
The thing is that most of the victims are non muslims and native Norwegians.
19:24 April 17, 2012 by derExDeutsche
I have a recomendation for his punishment:

21 years in jail, followed by his release, contingent on EVERY immediate family member of those that he killed agree with his being released.

This serves 2 purposes, 1. It may be motivation for him to change. And if not, 2. he will appreciate what it is like to have your fate decided by individuals.
19:27 April 17, 2012 by Kennneth Ingle
Two wrongs have never made a right and if ­ what is probably the case ­ he is guilty and really means what he says, he should be put away for life. But Jail these days is too soft, such cases should result in life-long hard labour.

Nevertheless, while Europe is so ready to condemn this man, whose fear of Islam appears to have turned his brain, there are many people walking around free in this world, who are responsible for far more deaths.

Why is the the international court, for crimes against humanity, so reluctant to put a number of well known politicians on trial?
21:36 April 17, 2012 by Reader75
@frankiep, you're right, my apologies to Germany, in this case I hope the NORWEGIAN justice system won't let him out in 10-20 years...
00:44 April 18, 2012 by crypticvalentine

11:46 April 18, 2012 by raandy
I hate to see this smirking murderer's face on TV. He appears to love the attention from the media and this is part of his plan to exploit the media coverage.

The best thing they could have done was not allow his repulsive face to appear on the news.

He has no remorse and stated he would do the same thing again if he had the chance, you do not let this person back into society ,ever.
12:46 April 18, 2012 by pepsionice
He is a pure narcissistic individual. If you ever wanted a text-book example....this guy is it. My suggestion for the prison? Solitary confinement, a small garden, no radio or TV broadcasts, and limited contact with people.
14:39 April 18, 2012 by michael4096
Suggesting strange and/or extreme punishments might make the author feel better but won't actually help anything: the guy is unlikely to ever be free again, so it won't protect people from him, and it won't deter anybody else going crazy.
21:08 April 18, 2012 by mos101392
To me this looks like a mirror reflection. I don't condone any violent action.

However, it was the American occupation of Saudi Arabia to oust Saddam Hussein that created Bin Laden. Another words, Bin Laden was against a foreign presence in his country, Saudi Arabia, by a foreign country.

Palestinians are famous for killing themselves due to Israeli expansionism.

As for the other side,

A German Neo Nazi group are responsible for murdering Turks and a Greek. And now a Swede has murdered 70+ people for his own reasons.

I think until every country can assimilate other ideas, cultures, and other religions, (without trying to convert them), there will always be issues.

There will always be animosity towards a foreign occupier. We Americans need to learn to keep our noses in our own back yards.

The only other alternative is that there is no immigration and everyone stays in one's own country where they are born in.
16:13 April 19, 2012 by Jeff Kuryk
One way forensic counsellors can try to reinvigorate a political psychopath's soul is to pay them well to read, "Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada. Instruct them to identify each character as they appear in the novel and detail their eventual fate. They might also benefit from viewing "What is the Meaning of Life" on YouTube.
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