This post is about a rational and objective analysis of Breivik’s actions and public reactions to them. I am not considering any of the emotional, legal, cultural, ethical, sexual or other aspects of this event- as there are many others doing that right now. Also, as most of you know – I have no sympathy for CONservative worldviews like his.
Let me begin by stating one very obvious, but often unmentioned, aspect of this event.
Guys who do stuff like this do not care about your version of reason, religion, ethics, morality etc. There is nothing to stop a guy who is competent and willing to die for what he believes in. It is also obvious that he had thought through his actions.
Now let us look at other aspects of that event.
1. What about killing kids? Is that not bad PR? What about ethics, morality etc?
Answer- If you condemn this guy for killing so many kids, what about members of the US army and airforce who have done the same to kids in Afghanistan, Iran or Vietnam? What about their morality, ethics, religiosity?
Unless you believe that a non-white child has less implicit value than a dog, you cannot say that he was especially evil. If anything he was far more honest about the effects of his actions than your average US soldier. There is of course the defense of ‘just following orders’ aka the Nuremberg Defense.
2. What about his worldview? Was killing so many justified for it?
Answer- What about Winston Churchill. Was starving millions in India during WW2 justified? What does that say about his worldview? What about Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot? What about Josef Mengele or Shiro Ishii? Didn’t all these people pretty much get home free inspite of their actions and ideologies? Compared to these people, Breivik’s actions are pinpricks.
Moreover don’t many CONservative cocksuckers worship Churchill inspite of his fuckups and needless genocides? What about Mao’s legacy? Didn’t the USA employ Shiro Ishii after WW2? On a scale of fuckedupness, Breivik scores much lower than many popular leaders from the last century.
3. What about the effects of his actions on his cause?
Two words- Who Cares?
People do all sorts of fucked up things for far more selfish reasons. Doctors prescribe anti-psychotics to hundreds of thousands of kids without considering long-term effects or even therapeutic efficacy- all because of peer pressure or monetary considerations. A very significant part of health care expenditure goes on similar known useless to harmful services and products. But who cares? Does the insurance company who uninsures a cancer survivor care about his/her well-being? What about the government who gives trillions to large financial institutions and cuts benefits to people who cannot find jobs?
People scam, hurt and kill each other over cartels, traditions, “laws” and similar assorted bullshit- and that is considered “normal”. Ask yourself- if those things are “normal” can you really condemn what he did.
While what he did is atrocious we routinely do/accept far worse and justify it.