Man who massacred 77 in Norway: “I deserve a medal of honor”

Anders Behring Breivik | photo from New York Daily News

According to the New York Daily News, Anders Behring Breivik, a right wing extremist who murdered 77 people to protest those who embrace immigration “to promote an Islamic colonization of Norway” told the court he deserved a medal of honor for the massacre and demanded to be released.

Breivik has admitted to “setting off the bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo and opening fire at a Labor Party youth camp on Utoya island, outside the capital,” that killed 77 people on July 22, 2011. But he denied criminal responsibility.

Breivik claims he is part of a militant organization aiming to “overthrown European governments and replace them with ‘patriotic’ regimes that would deport Muslim immigrants.” However, police have not found a trace of this network, making them believe he did this attack on his own.

This makes me sick. The fact that this man can sit in a court and claim that he should get a medal of honor for committing such a heinous crime is ridiculous. He ended the lives of 77 people prematurely at a youth camp all in the name of a stopping Muslim immigration. Immigration, which is a natural and necessary part of life and is inevitable.  Immigration, which enables thousands to seek refuge and permanent homes in countries that are not torn by war, poverty or death.  Immigrants are merely trying to find a better life for themselves and their families.  How can someone be so against it to the point they are willing to murder so many innocent people, then believe he deserves a medal of honor for doing it?  He must be a very sick and mentally unstable man. And it saddens me to think that such insane people exist in this world.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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