Friday, 24 August 2012

Why keep Anders Breivik alive?

77 lives, mostly very young lives, were ended by Anders Breivik. Another 240 were injured as he bombed and shot innocent people.

He isn't insane. He's an evil human being who committed pre-meditated murder on the basis of his own warped world view. He planned these attacks and carried them out.

And now? 21 years in prison. A prison life where he will no doubt be well fed, clothed, watered and protected by other inmates at a cost to the families who have lost loved ones to his blood lust.

He will need to be separated and kept away from other prisoners. Even those who have committed heinous crimes themselves will want to extinguish the life of a man who targeted children. Taxpayers will pay to keep this beast alive. Why?

This is cut and dry. He committed these crimes. He meant to. It may be all well and good to play the bleeding heart angle but seriously: if your child or mum or father had been shot down by this animal, would you really think justice was him being looked after in an isolated, private part of a prison? I would want him dead in a heartbeat.

The death penalty in cases such as this is not about stooping to his level. It is about a punishment that fits the crime. For Anders Breivik to be kept alive and protected by the state is surely a sick perversion of true human justice.


martinned said...

The purpose of government is to protect our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The government shouldn't kill people unless it has to.

Andrew Shakespeare said...

I fully accept that some people's crimes are so heinous that they deserve a more severe punishment than your common-or-garden murderer. My problem with capital punishment is one of practicality.

Who is going to do the deed? Is it wrong for one man to kill another, or isn't it? If the taking of human life is morally wrong, then we can't say, "You have no right to kill other people, but if you do, I then have the right to kill you, because the prime minister has authorised me to."

Who is the prime minister to issue that authority?

Ben Goodwin said...

Because the Norwegian justice system is one of, if not the most effective in the world. I think it's incredibly arrogant to disagree with their outcome on this.

Also worth noting he will almost certainly spend his living days in prison without release.