Norway Murderer : What is the right punishment?
With the guilt of Anders Behring Breivik not in question, people in every country around the world are talking about the proper punishment.
The punishments for his crime in countries around the world range from immediate death without a trial, to death after a trial, to life in prison, to the Norway limit of 30 years in prison.
You will find that the punishments for murder run parallel to the religious beliefs of each country. Islamic and Christian countries believe in either death or at least a long torturous imprisonment, which also parallels their beliefs in the afterlife. Non-religious, moderate countries may also have the death penalty, but it is rarely used, and prisons are more a method of keeping offenders out of the public, rather than intentional torture.
In American news releases, articles concentrate on the lack of torture and the lack of the death sentence in Norway. How ironic it is that Anders Behring Breivik , a Christian, is benefitting from the moderate laws of Norway’s criminal justice system. In any Christian nation he would be facing death and torture.
The Wall Street Journal asked : Is Accused Norwegian Killer Breivik Headed to a Plush Prison?
USA Today asked : Can Norwegian punishment fit the crime?
Their commentary and line of questioning is reflective of our country’s desire to respond to violence with violence. It is our country’s christianity core that makes us so bent on the idea of inflicting pain on one person as a way of “feeling better about the crime”. It doesn’t have anything to do with deterrence. It is all about the blood lust of the Christian religion. The same blood lust flows through Judaism and Islam.
If you believe that there is a god. If you believe that a god would say that “eternal torture” is justice. If you agree that most of the world deserves eternal torture, then you are exactly the person who wants Breivik tortured. You are exactly the person who agrees with the idea of Guantanamo bay and other “secret” torture prisons of the CIA and the military. You are exactly the person who demanded a response after 9/11 that cost thousands more American lives and trillions of dollars.
You are exactly the problem with this world. Breivik is a horrible person who did a horrible thing. He deserves to be separated from society. Not because it is the proper thing to do to him, but because it is the proper thing for us.
Live in peace. Stop the violence. If you are in favor of violence in any form then you are the catalyst that creates animals like Breivik.