The trial of Anders Breivik in Norway has taken a decided turn toward the bizarre. Usually in such cases the defense tries to prove that the mass murderer was insane in order to argue that they deserve a lesser punishment, but Breivik’s lawyers are trying to prove that he was sane — by putting neo-Nazis on the witness stand to say they share his beliefs. Seriously.
Norwegian right-wing extremists decried the “Islamisation” of their country as they took the stand Tuesday in what Anders Behring Breivik’s defence hopes will help prove he was sane when he killed 77 people in Norway last year.
The 31st day of Breivik’s trial was in large part dedicated to testimony from extremists, as the defence tries to prove the July 22 bloodbath was the result of ideological convictions shared by others, albeit a tiny minority, and not due to mental illness.
“Norway is at war. It is in the process of being Balkanised,” Tore Tvedt, the founder of neo-Nazi group Vigrid, told the Oslo district court.
“We are not only under attack. We are in the process of being eradicated,” he added in reference to an alleged “Clash of Civilisations” between the West and the Muslim world.
Well sure, that’ll help his defense.