As many of us have heard, over 90 individuals (many of them children) were killed by a far-right leaning terrorist and extremist in Oslo, Norway by murderer Anders Behring Breivik. This is, however, not the most important fact to draw from this incident. Rather, we should consider the nature of his ideology which led him to the killers; and moreover, we should also consider the lives lost in this tragedy, as opposed to glorifying this man's name for generations to come. As we may know, history will not remember the victims as anything more than a number; however imprinted on our minds will be the name Anders Behring Breivik. If this is to be the case, then I will hope that underscoring his name will be reasons as to why he committed such a heinous crime against humanity; and furthermore it is my desire that human beings are able to learn from this man's hatred and denounce the ideological beliefs which have driven him to this apparent cliff, from which he has jumped, yet for the time being, has successfully managed to escape with little more than a tap on the wrist (or rather, a pat on the back?). The latter conclusion is drawn when one considers the Finnish law system, and that he will only be allowed little more than 20 years in prison for his actions; rather than life imprisonment or the death penalty as are found in the United States.
Anders Behring Breivik has aptly been described as a right-wing terrorist. Of importance to me is acknowledging that the world we live in is litered with hate-filled individuals, regardless of faith, creed, nationality, and so forth. His political and religious ideologies undoubtedly provided him with a purpose for murder. The extremity to which he believed in this things goes to show how dangerous politics, religion, government, and even existence itself can be. The details of his ideologies can be found in an online manifesto posted by Breivik on the day of the attacks entitled: 2083 – A European Declaration of Independence.
A list of news resources on this incident:
Wikipedia (a very detailed overview)