Rocking My Boat

Last year when I was in Minnesota, I heard some terrible news, something so absolutely diabolical; it caused my blood to boil and my nerves to crawl. I was sitting with Rosie at her place in Litchfield. The sun was shining brightly outside and I was coming to the end of one wonderful month in America. I wasn’t really looking forward to leaving, wasn’t so happy about returning to Sweden, to my usual, mundane routine. That wasn’t the terrible news though. I will try and keep this post short. It’s not really a subject I enjoy writing about and it certainly doesn’t deserve a whole lot of my time or yours for that matter. What it deserves is a quick and decisive end.

On 22 July 2011, the government buildings in Oslo, Norway were bombed, resulting in the deaths of eight people. If that wasn’t enough, mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik then carried out a mass shooting at a camp of the ‘Workers Youth League (AUF)’ of the Labor Party on the island of Utoya. He systematically gunned down sixty-nine people, mostly teenagers.

Island of Utoya

What this evil man did has shocked the world and I for one, am in contempt of his heinous crimes. This madman spent eight years just planning these atrocities, stockpiling large quantities of fertilizer and other chemicals with which to build bombs.

And now there is a court case. This animal stands proud in the courtroom, despite all he has done. The only emotion he has shown so far was when his propaganda film was shown. He cried out of sheer pride. Each time he enters the courtroom, he does a Hitler salute, his pin-like eyes scanning the room before he sits down. He is loving it, wallowing in the horror of all he has done as he looks straight into the eyes of the families who have lost their loved ones.

I am not for the death penalty; do not believe we have the right to extinguish life. I believe on the day of reckoning, God will decide our fates. We will be made to pay for our wrongdoings.

However, I fail to understand why this ten week court case needs to take place. Why must the Norwegian taxpayer fork out millions of Krowns just to find out if this man is sane or not. He is guilty of extinguishing seventy-seven lives, eight in Oslo and sixty-nine on Utoya. It doesn’t matter if this man is insane or sane. The end result will be the same. He will be locked away. I hope it will be forever, although twenty-one years is a life sentence in Norway.

Personally, I think they should save the money, lock him up and throw away the key.

Final note: If you have thoughts on this issue, we would really like to read them. Leave us a reply.


5 Responses

  1. Eva

    Gavin, myself I read the news on the internet one morning in California. I felt so very far away from my loved ones at that moment…
    A part of me agrees about just locking him up and throwing away the key. But then, I think we need this trial as a part of a healing process. Mr B looks very proud, yes, but how do we percieve him? To me he is just showing himself as the very little man that he is. I heard an interview with one of the young men who survived Utoya. He had been carrying around this fear for almost a year, but seeing his monster in court made him realize that it was just a very small man responsible for his fright. He somehow took a lot of comfort in that.
    As disgusting as it is – yes, I think we need it…

  2. Trudy

    I recall this happening! My heart went out to those who were killed, their families, and those that will carry it with them for the rest of their lives. This low life human needs to be tied to a stake and shot. No trial, nothing! Why waste the peoples money on people like this low life individual? That’s what is wrong with the system, if you ask me. If they know for a fact (like in this case) the cold-blooded person did the act.. why waste everyone’s valuable time in a court room? Take the person out and kill him/her/them the same day. No trial, nothing!!!

    1. Gavin and Rosie

      I must admit, Trudy that although I appreciate the comment of Eva, I much more lean toward what you are saying. This man is getting all the publicity he ever wanted. Had my son been within that number, I wouldn’t want a court case, I would want revenge…I would want him totally out of the way…would get him myself!

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