Anders Breivik has appeared in the Norweigen courts this week for his trial after killing 77 people last July. His 'calm' and seemingly 'proud' delivery when answering questions in court has led to outrage across the world.
The attacks were described by Breivik as a fight against multiculturalism in order to preserve the purity of the European race, however, his actions are sickening even to advocates of maintaining cultural identities. The main targets were Muslim immigrants into Norway, who Breivik saw himself as a crusader against. When asked if he could understand how the families felt, he allegedly said that he could understand why his comments were 'exacting things for people to hear' but he went on to state that with his 'gruesome and barbaric acts' he 'cannot even start to conceive what it is like for others.'
Breivik has said that he would do it again if the opportunity presented itself, and that he had intended to kill more people but the car bomb he used for the initial deaths in the government buildings was not as strong as first thought.
For a man who shows no remorse after such atrocities, there are debates over his sanity. What is clear, is that being labelled insanity and being sent to an institute, would represent a much safer environment than prison, where relatives of the victims or people from these ethinic backgrounds that he tried to eliminate may be awaiting his arrival. Breivik is now in the hands of the Norweigen judicial system, and the world is watching their punishment for such an unthinkable crime.