The name Anders Breivik is unforgettable to Norwegians. He killed 77 people on a horrible July day in 2011, basing his actions on the need to rid his country of multiculturalism.
Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad has written a gripping account of that day and of Breivik’s motives. Titled “One Of Us”, it is tightly written (the English-language version comes through a translator) and richly researched. Breivik’s critics will find him to be a lunatic, while his supporters — and, yes, he has them — believe he is a gigantic political figure leading a noble movement to make Norway Scandinavian again.
Breivik has been in prison since 2012. He will serve 21 years, though his sentence could be extended.
Last year, Breivik demanded he receive better treatment in prison. He won. FOX News picks up the story from there.
He is allowed to play video games, use gym machines, read books and newspapers, and has a computer without Internet access.
The district court judge, however, found that Breivik had been isolated from other prisoners and did not have enough social activities.
Also, the ruling mentioned “humiliating” strip searches, regular use of handcuffs, and the fact that Breivik was often woken up at night.
During the hearings in April, Breivik complained about cold coffee and frozen microwave dinners in prison, as well as the use of plastic cups and plates.
Among other quirky complaints were: being denied the chance to meet fellow Nazis and marry one, and being banned from publishing his two books: ‘The Breivik Diaries’ and ‘The Nordic State.’
Amazing, no? Now, remember, there are many people who argue that imprisoned men and women ought to be treated humanely and significant efforts ought to be made to try rehabilitation instead of punishment. Regardless of whether you espouse that philosophy, has he not been given enough?
Norway retains a justified place among the most civilized nations. It’s commitment to the needs of its people is laudable. It is precisely because of that commitment to being humane that the country doesn’t have the death penalty, a fate Breivik certainly would have received had it been legal in Norway.