In his wonderful book The Joys of Yiddish, the late Leo Rosten offered a classic example of the word chutpah as “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.”
And today mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik invoked the chutpah defense during his final day of testimony in Oslo
From the Associated Press:
Breivik today claimed questions about his mental health were part of racist plot to discredit his extreme anti-Muslim ideology.
Breivik, who has admitted to killing 77 people in a bombing and youth camp massacre, said that no one would have asked for a psychiatric examination had he been a “bearded jihadist.”
“But because I am a militant nationalist, I am being subjected to grave racism,” he said. “They are trying to delegitimise everything I stand for.”
“I see all multicultural political activists as monsters, as evil monsters who wish to eradicate our people, our ethnic group, our culture and our country,” he said.
He spent his last day on the witness stand finishing up with his account of the 69 murders he committed a a socialist party youth camp on Utøya Island after killing eight others with a car bomb outside a government building in Oslo.
From the BBC:
On the last day of giving evidence, Breivik justified his acts as “a small barbarian act to prevent a larger barbarian act”.
Saying the killings had been a “gruesome” experience for him as well, he explained how he had to force himself to do something which felt so “against human nature”.
He offered an apology for “innocent” people who died in the Oslo bombing, referring to those who were passing by and who had no political connections. But asked if he extended that apology to those he killed on Utoeya, he said: “No, I do not.”
He reiterated his belief that they were “legitimate targets”, and added that there were many others in Norway “who deserve to be executed, eg journalists and members of parliament”.
More from a second Associated Press story:
Anders Behring Breivik has compared the pain he caused the families of his victims to his own situation, saying he lost contact with his friends and family after the 22 July attacks.
Calling the rampage “necessary”, Breivik compared being shunned by those close to him to the grief of the bereaved. “The only difference was that for my part it was a choice,” he said.
On what is expected to be the last day he gives evidence, the self-styled crusader apologised to the family of a pub owner who was among the eight people killed in the blast outside government offices in Oslo, saying it was not his intention to kill “civilians”.
Prosecutor Stein Holden asked him if he wanted to express a similar apology to the families of the other victims, including the 69 killed at the youth camp on Utøya island.
“No, I don’t,” Breivik said. “Utøya is a political indoctrination camp.”
Speaking calmly, Breivik said he used a handgun to kill victims if the distance was less than 10 metres. Otherwise he used his rifle.
Asked why he spared one man who survived the shooting spree, Breivik said he thought it was because the man’s appearance made him look “rightwing-oriented”. “When I looked at him I saw myself,” Breivik said. “I think that was the reason that I didn’t fire shots at him.”
Breivik needn’t fear that he’s being neglected, however.
A suspected right wing terrorist in Britain invoked Breivik’s murderous rampage on his own FaceBook page, where he threatened to carry out his own bombing and killing spree.
From Richard Hartley-Parkinson of the London Daily Mail:
A man who allegedly threatened to bomb Asian restaurants and carry out an ‘Oslo-style’ attack has been arrested, according to a group which monitors the English Defence League.
Northumbria Police said a 29-year-old man from South Shields, South Tyneside, named locally as Kenny Holden, was held for questioning on Saturday on suspicion of assault and possessing racially inflammatory material.
The guy boasted of having a pipe bomb ready for an Indian restaurant district, declaring “GIVE ME A GUN AN AL DO YOU ALL OSLO STYLE.”
He’s also got his fans here in the U.S., including one fellow who sent us a comment we rejected for posting because of its virulently racist attack on three different minorities. Here’s the one sentence we can offer: “We need one hundred Anders type patriots, in every city in America.”