Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for gunning down 77 people, many of them children, in the worst civilian massacre in Norway since the days of the Third Reich. And in his defiant anti-government rants, the gunman sounds like he might be right at home among the extreme wing of the usual suspects in the US:
(TIME) — Anders Behring Breivik defended his massacre of 77 people Tuesday and called the bomb-and-shooting rampage the most “spectacular” attacks by a nationalist militant since World War II.Reading a prepared statement in court, the anti-Muslim extremist lashed out at Norwegian and European governments for embracing immigration and multiculturalism.
He claimed to be speaking as a commander of a Norwegian and European “anti-communist” resistance movement and an anti-Islam militant group he called the Knights Templar. Prosecutors have said the group does not exist.
Maintaining he acted out of “goodness not evil” to prevent a wider civil war, Breivik insisted, “I would have done it again.”
He set off a bomb in the government district of Oslo, killing eight people, then set out for a youth camp for Norway’s progressive party, where he shot 69 more people to death and wounded many more.