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Thus passes the great hero Anders Breivik into martyrdom

Isn't it disgusting that they will push for a mental health sentence. At least some blame should fall on the government for creating the conditions whereby this event even occured.


Isn't it disgusting that they will push for a mental health sentence. At least some blame should fall on the government for creating the conditions whereby this event even occured.



You forget we're living in the modern world. We don't think about causes. Just effects.

Politically, Norway has the small-c conservative Progress Party, to which Breivik belonged before his radicalisation.  It is sceptical about multiculturalism but not opposed to immigration.  It is a dog in the nationalist manger, like all such respectably culturist and assimilationist mainstream parties.  In the immediate aftermath of the attacks even a party with such a weak-tea platform suffered a loss of membership.  But it has clawed it back since, and appears to be advancing further.

An authentic Norwegian nationalism is impossible to advance, of course, crushed as it is between the Progress Party and Breivik’s murderousness.

As for the rest of us, well, nationalism found some respite from association with Breivik in his original diagnosis, as well as in the scarcely nationalist Christian Zionist anti-jihadism he espoused.  As someone who spends a fair amount of time on newspaper threads arguing the case for the European life, I encountered few references to the Utøya massacre beyond the immediate aftermath.  Now the court has tied Breivik to the motives of every nationalist, there will likely be a longer tail to the damage he has done.

But that, too, will pass. The horror of Breivik is receding, and just as Norwegians cannot hide from the realities of the world their politicians are creating, neither can any of us.  Nationalists remain the only political actors with a true heart and a true analysis.

http://majorityrights.com/weblog/comments/breivik_and_the_future

Killing a bunch of unarmed teenagers is neither particularly courageous nor worthy of honour. I am glad they went the mental health route though, it exposes the denial that inevitably follows such acts in a way that many people can understand. I don't think ordinary people are convinced of his insanity and that's good. Embracing the darkness within our souls is healthy, natural and decidedly pre-modern.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/24/breivik-verdict-sane-21-years

He didn't get a mental health defence, which could mean a few things depending on how government and media decide their own best course of action. Ideally, they would seek to disarm the validity of his political motivations as delicately as possible (as if he hadn't done that already by the very nature of his crimes).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14315108

But for many, it's not altogether unworkable to agree in part with Breivik's sentiment while condemning his actions.