When is murder not murder? Apparently when it’s in a good cause. It’s ironic that some of Breivik’s victims appear to agree with his notion that sometimes terrorism is justified.
Comments by Israel’s ambassador to Sweden comparing the recently-released Palestinian prisoners to the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik who, on 22 July 2011, bombed government buildings in Oslo, killing 8, then killed 69 on a vacation island, have left relatives of victims of the Utøya massacre seething, Swedish news website The Local reports.
“The comparison does not make sense,” added Bjørn Ihler, who survived the Breivik massacre by hiding on the southern tip of the island. “Breivik was a solo terrorist whose actions were based purely on an unreal situation. The situation in the Middle East is very different. There is a real fight for Palestinian freedom going on.”
The distinction here is confusing. Is Bjorn really saying that it’s okay to kill someone in a real situation, but not an unreal one? So if Breivik’s views had been a little more grounded, would it have been okay for him to have tried to kill Bjorn?
Even Middle East expert Per Jönsson with the Swedish Institute for International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska institutets – UI) slammed Bachman’s Breivik comparison.
“The comparison with Brevik is insane in several ways. Breivik is very special. These people that Israel is now releasing are freedom fighters, murderers, and in some cases terrorists, but they are nevertheless rather normal people,” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The term “banality of evil” really comes to mind here. Breivik is special, but the killers who murdered old men and children are freedom fighters who are normal people.
It would seem that the distinction between Breivik and a Muslim terrorism is that Per can identify more with the latter than the former.
The Swedish left really is sick.