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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Norwegian Gunman Anders Breivik Says ‘I Would Have Done It Again’

Accused Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik arrives at the courtroom, in Oslo, Norway, Tuesday. (AP)

Reading a statement during his trial in Oslo, the man accused of killing 77 people in Norway last July said, “These acts are based on goodness not evil.”

Anders Breivik told the court he acted to defend Norway against immigration and multi-culturalism.

The anti-Muslim extremist lashed out at Norwegian and European governments. He claimed to be speaking as a commander of an “anti-communist” resistance movement and an anti-Islam militant group he called the Knights Templar.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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  • Lars Bevanger, BBC reporter

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  • Anonymous

    It as a testament to our civility that the parents of the teenage children Anders Breivik has individually and methodically killed have yet to rip his heart out with their bare hands.  But to give this coward, this pathetic loser, this depraved monster, a forum for his obsessive ramblings adds insult to their injury. 
    Those detached enough to consider that perhaps Breivik has something to say should reflect that in the free market place of ideas, his divisive thinking has won little support. To give support to his fixated ideas now, after his shooting of scores of young people, not only perverts justice, but also beats the drums for vengeance.
    The sanctity of human life does not allow us to even consider the possibility that there might be some validity in what Breivik is saying.  He should find no audience with us.  His killings have shaken us to the core.  And though infamy and oblivion might be the worse we might deal him as a civilized society, may he find no peace on earth as long as he shall live.

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