Monday 16 January 2017

Norway must stand unbowed in tragedy

Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00

NORWAY, a country famous for good government and social solidarity, has been shocked to its core by the crime committed by the right-wing zealot Anders Behring Breivik.

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His mass murder of nearly 100 people was as bizarre and improbable as it was hideous. Having set off bombs which killed seven people in Oslo, Breivik moved to the nearby island of Utoya, where he shot the majority of his victims.

Unlike many other multiple killers, he did not turn his weapons on himself, but came out of the bloodbath alive. The police have in their possession a 1,500-page manifesto in which he explains his motives. The manifesto is in its own way more shocking than the event itself.

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