As you are probably aware, the trial of Anders Behring Breivik is in its third day in Oslo, Norway. The Norwegian man is charged with murdering 69 people at a summer camp and eight others using a bomb last year - a charge that he has pled not guilty to. Yesterday Breivik took the stand and the media pounced on what he said about gaming, along with what he wrote about it in his lengthy manifesto, along with his anti-Islamist views. Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a great analysis of Breivik's testimony and points out that the media only gives credibility to his gaming habits and not has mad view of the world or his delusional thinking on conspiracies and secret societies.
What we want to focus on is the third day of his trial, where sociologist and professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen - a witness for the defense – testified that Breivik cannot tell the difference between reality and "the computer games he played."
"So, when he puts on his uniform he is no longer the lone slightly unsuccessful young man from the west end of Oslo, who never completed an education, never did really well in his working life. He becomes a knight, a defender of the civilisation of Europe against the invading Muslims with his home-made uniform with all the insignias and medals that he has bought on e-bay and with membership in the big and powerful, secret society, the Knights Templar."
He goes on to say that the defense will try to use his testimony to argue that Breivik was sane when he committed his crime.
"I expect that they want me to help them substantiate the claim that he was not insane, which of course is a difficult question. What I can say is that his world view, or large parts of his world view are fairly widely shared, not as it were by a majority of the population in Europe, but by substantial groups who feel that globalisation is not going their way that their country is being invaded by foreign, alien enemy Muslims, that Muslims can never be good democrats, and that we are being ruled by spineless multiculturalists who don't see the dangers of Islam and who even can maybe be complicit in their plans to take over Europe."
The trial is set to continue for 10 weeks. We're curious to see how the media continues to portray this clearly insane man who thinks it is okay to kill nearly 100 people because he doesn't agree with their religion, thinks globalization is evil, or dislikes immigrants.