Anders Behring Breivik, “the Norwegian far-right extremist” who killed 77 people and wounded hundreds during twin attacks in Norway last summer, was Friday declared to have been sane throughout the course of his rampage. A court sentenced him to at least 21 years in prison.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, leader of the Labor Party whose youth activists were so viciously targeted by right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik, is warning against "a witch hunt on expression." At the same time, the right-wing Progress Party is looking to exploit Breivik's mass murder to revise a few civil liberties.
The monster who slaughtered at least 76 innocent victims in Norway was animated by the same blend of paranoia, xenophobia and alienation that fuels anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. Yes, it could happen here.
Norwegian police charged a man Saturday whom they describe as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist in connection with a deadly bombing in Oslo and shooting spree at a summer camp for liberal youth that killed at least 92 people.