Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass killer who shocked Europe and the world on July 22, 2011, was sentenced to at least 21 years in prison. The sentence by the Oslo district court is not only a relief to the loved ones of the 77 victims, but sends an important political message as well.
The court considered the mass killer sane when he was on his murderous rampage. He was not seen as a psychotic lone wolf as far-right and xenophobic groups would have wished.
Norway begins today the long process of healing the wounds inflicted by Breivik and the Counter-Jihadist ideology that encouraged him to carry out his killings.
According to researcher Toby Archer of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Counter-Jihad is the new ideology found in the blogshpere, which is not anti-Semitic and does not associate itself with neo-Nazis.
Counter-Jihad movements could be seen as a modern expression of fascism spreading the same message of intolerance. In the 1930s it was Jews, today the scapegoats are Muslims.
The Norwegian mass killer’s deeds did great harm to anti-Islam and anti-immigration groups throughout Europe, especially in the Nordic region. In many respects, the political tide has turned after 22/7.
What Breivik did in the summer of 2011 is incomprehensible, but the smoking gun behind the bloodshed was far-right hate speech that warns Europe that it is being invaded by Islam.
Migrant Tales applauds the sentence by the Oslo district court.