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The very sane Anders Behring Breivik

In the wake of last week’s massacre in Norway, there was an effort– especially by some who share parts of Anders Behring Breivik’s political views– to dismiss him as simply insane.

How, they asked, could any sane person do such a thing?

But the more I learn about Breivik, the more I am convinced of his chilling sanity.

Andrew Sullivan frequently goes off the rails, especially when it comes to Israel, but I think he makes an excellent point here:

Notice how unlike other crazed madmen, [Breivik] does not end his killing spree by killing himself. Notice how he has not pled insanity; but has pled not guilty even though he concedes the horror of his actions. This man is extremely sane. Notice the justification:

Speaking at a televised news conference, [Breivik's lawyer] Mr. Heger said that Mr. Breivik had acknowledged carrying out the attacks but had pleaded not guilty, because he “believes that he needed to carry out these acts to save Norway” and western Europe from “cultural Marxism and Muslim domination.”

He did what he did, knowing it was evil, because of a passionate commitment to a political cause, which has become fused with a politicized parody of one religion, and with a passionate paranoid hatred of another one.

And as Joseph W writes in the comments below:

He’s definitely not insane.

He says so himself:

I am fully aware that the media will attempt to label me as a nut. This is the most common strategy of combating political dissidents.

and:

I have been thinking about my post-operational situation, in case I survive a successful mission and live to stand a multiculturalist trial. When I wake up at the hospital, after surviving the gunshot wounds inflicted on me, I realize at least for me personally, I will be waking up to a world of shit, a living nightmare. Not only will all my friends and family detest me and call me a monster; the united global multiculturalist media will have their hands full figuring out multiple ways to character assassinate, vilify and demonize. They will possibly do everything they can to distort the truth about me, KT and our true objectives, and attempt to make even revolutionary conservatives detest me. They will label me as a racist, fascist, Nazi-monster as they usually do with everyone who opposesmulticulturalism/cultural Marxism. However, since I manifest their worst nightmare (systematical and organized executions of multiculturalist traitors), they will probably just give me the full propaganda rape package and propagate the following accusations: pedophile, engaged in incest activities, homosexual, psycho, ADHD, thief, non-educated, inbred, maniac, insane, monster etc. I will be labeled as the biggest (Nazi-)monster ever witnessed since WW2.

He knows he will be called insane.

He’s not insane.

If you want to grasp the difference between Breivik and an insane mass killer, compare him to the Tucson shooter Jared Loughner.

Osama bin Laden was called many things, but almost never was he dismissed as insane.

He wan’t insane. Neither is Anders Behring Breivik.