Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik (photo), currently on trial for a bomb attack in Oslo and a shooting spree nearby that left more than 75 people dead, has openly admitted to the mass murder. However, in court, the 33-year-old man denied criminal responsibility partly by invoking U.S. foreign policy, claiming the deadly rampage was a “preventative strike” taken in self-defense to prevent the “Islamization" of Norway.
Breivik did not mention the so-called “Bush Doctrine” by name. But analysts noted that the confessed terrorist’s “preemptive strike” defense bears striking resemblance to the justification offered by former President George W. Bush in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Breivik also compared the slaughter of teenagers at a left-wing Labor Party retreat to the U.S. government dropping atomic bombs on Japan during World War II. "They did it for something good, to prevent further war," he claimed, comparing the political event where his massacre took place to a “Hitler Youth” camp.
"The attacks on July 22 were a preventive strike. I acted in self-defense on behalf of my people, my city, my country," Breivik told the court, saying he was not guilty of terror or murder and that the victims were participating in a “conspiracy” to destroy Norway’s cultural identity. "I would have done it again."
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