Fjordman’s latest essay has been published at Vlad Tepes. Some excerpts are below:
Those who follow the news probably know that the trial of the terrorist and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is fast approaching. It will begin on April 16 and last until late June. If he or his counsel appeals and there is a retrial, it has already been decided that the second trial in a higher court will begin in January 2013 and will last for some weeks.
The original psychiatric review of Breivik was made by the court-appointed psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim in the autumn of 2011. They concluded that ABB is criminally insane and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. This triggered a massive outcry, especially from members of the left-wing press, who claim that Breivik is part of a vast and dangerous movement of violent right-wing extremists. They have been conducting a campaign of character assassination against Husby and Sørheim ever since. The court in Oslo finally gave in to media pressure and appointed a second team of psychiatrists, who are expected to publish their conclusions on April 10, just days before the trial begins.
The original report by Husby and Sørheim was confidential, yet almost all of it was later published online by the national Norwegian newspaper VG. At Document.no, one of Norway's leading independent websites, writer Christian Skaug has translated this original forensic psychiatric statement into English for the benefit of non-Scandinavian readers.
Norway used to be a quiet place. The atrocities committed by Breivik constitute the biggest news story to appear in that country since the Second World War. Nearly 500 journalists are scheduled to follow the trial. Several hundred of these represent the international press, from the BBC and CNN to Russian, German and Japanese newspapers.
The list of witnesses is slowly becoming clear, although a few details are still uncertain. It seems likely that I will be called upon to give testimony, too. It general, according to Norwegian law you are legally obliged to do so if the court asks you to do so. I have told the press that I can testify if we can find some practical way of arranging this. The political establishment in my country of birth want to put as much pressure as possible on dissidents of any kind. They will shamelessly exploit this case for that end, and I am Public Enemy Number Two (after ABB). Several observers want to blame me personally for mass murder for allegedly being Breivik’s “mentor,” although I’ve never once met him.
The other witnesses include survivors from the terror attacks and members of the police, the Islamic terrorist supporter Mullah Krekar, the former leader of the Progress Party Carl I. Hagen, one well-known neo-Nazi as well as some self-appointed experts on “right-wing extremism.” The witness list keeps expanding and growing more bizarre. The trial unfortunately looks set to become a circus — Circus Breivik.
Read the rest at Vlad Tepes.
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