I think putting any mass murdering nutters on trial creates the risk of inspiring personality cults, or prompting sick individuals to become copy
His main ideas however are neither new nor particularly rare.
It's his bizarre actions or reactions to those beliefs that make him a freak show.
I don't think ideas are the main motivators for people like him.
There must be something else broken in his head.
Everybody harbors prejudices against some group, but only a few people blame ideas for actually killing people, at least outside a war situation. He
may have misread himself as in a war situation, although incomprehensibly he claims he wanted to prevent a war.
Lots of people have hetero-sexist or even homophobic ideas, for example, but most of those people are against physically hurting or killing gay
In the 1980s they said heavy metal music turned kids into suicide victims and Satanic killers.
But in hindsight only one or two psychopaths used that as an excuse.
It's difficult to say whether ideas are a causal factor in such a situation. Perhaps he latched onto those ideas to justify his blood lust.
Nobody is sure.
I know people from Europe who are very concerned about the apparent Islamification of some countries.
But even they say Breivik should be hung, drawn and quartered for what he did.
Perhaps he'd even like that - he said he prefers the death sentence, suggesting that he'd like to be some kind of martyr.
But that's actually where the joke is on him, because not only did he undermine the political position he rants about, but his actions vastly outdo
any ideas he claims to have.
He's just a mass killer, who had the weapons to live out his madness in a country that wasn't well prepared.
People will still argue long and hard about all his influences, but it's unlikely to imagine any real movement galvanizing around his arguments just
because he makes them.
People are trying to understand him, that's why they read his stuff.
I may be wrong about people in some cases, but it doesn't really explain why he murdered all those youngsters.
Perhaps evil is often incomprehensible.
edit on 21-4-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)